Emerging New Civilization Initiative

World Academy of Art & Science in collaboration with the Club of Rome

Emerging New Civilization Initiative

March 21-22, 2019

 Inter-University Center (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia

Leadership begins with ideas that represent an aspiration for achievement, a vision of unrealized possibilities and a pathway for accomplishment.

The end of the Cold War offered an unprecedented opportunity for transition to a peaceful, democratic, harmonious global society united in pursuit of sustainable development for all humanity. Yet a quarter century later, both the prospect and dreams have vanished.

A shared vision and unified leadership are nowhere to be seen at this critical juncture in human affairs when it is most needed to prevent the loss or reversal of the most important gains of recent decades. The aim of this initiative is to develop global leadership in thought to shape the future of human development.

On March 21-22, 2019 the World Academy and the Club of Rome convened a meeting of concerned and committed individuals and organizations to share insights and explore pathways to a new civilization initiative that recognizes the systemic interconnectedness of people, nations, sectors, activities, challenges, forces and consequences presiding over global development and seeks solutions and processes that transcend the limitations of the current paradigm and giving shape to pathways toward a better future for humanity.

In June 2013, the World Academy of Art & Science collaborated with the United Nations in Geneva to organize an international conference on New Human- Centered Development Paradigm bringing together 200 diplomats, scientists and thought leaders to call for the formulation of a new pathway for human development in the 21st century that would question, challenge and supersede the limitations and contradictions inherent in the prevailing thinking, theories, policies and practices guiding the development of global society.

Building on the that meeting, in April 2014, WAAS convened a working group of potential consortium partners in Baku to share insights regarding the possible contours of an alternative development paradigm. Consortium representatives included leaders from WAAS, Club of Rome, World Futures Council, Club de Madrid, Future World Forum, Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Academy of Cultural Diplomacy and others to drawn insights from paradigm changes of the past and explore the feasibility of a conscious, comprehensive, integrated approach to forging a sustainable future for all.

In October 2018, members of the Club of Rome meeting in Rome and the Club’s Executive Committee embraced a proposal for a new civilization initiative that recognizes the systemic interconnectedness of people, nations, sectors, activities, challenges, forces and consequences presiding over global development and seeks solutions and processes that transcend the limitations of the current paradigm.

The Dubrovnik meeting brought together a group of World Academy and Club of Rome members together with representatives of other organizations to examine ideas, proposals and methodologies for the project.