An­cient Civ­i­liza­tions Forum in Athens

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On April 24 2017, the first min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the An­cient Civ­i­liza­tions Forum was held in Athens. This cul­tural event was held at the ini­tia­tive of Nikos Kotzias, For­eign Min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Greece, which was sup­ported by Wang Yi, For­eign Min­is­ter of the Peo­ple' Repub­lic of China. The forum aimed to es­tab­lish an “ac­tive agenda” for in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote Greece to play a role in glob­al­i­sa­tion. Se­nior lead­ers at the forum de­liv­ered their key­note speeches and shared their views on how to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion through cul­ture.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from China, In­dia, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Italy, Mex­ico, Peru, Bo­livia and Greece par­tic­i­pated in the forum. The to­tal pop­u­la­tion of the ten coun­tries ac­count for more than 40 per­cent of the world's pop­u­la­tion and they play an im­por­tant role in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic is­sues. They rep­re­sent Egyp­tian, Ro­man, Per­sian, Chi­nese, Mayan, Inca, Aztec, Me­sopotamian, and In­dian civil­i­sa­tions.

Cul­ture nowa­days is re­garded as a soft power. If used prop­erly, soft power will help en­hance a coun­try's im­age and its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. At the forum, Greek and Chi­nese for­eign min­is­ters in­vari­ably em­pha­sised a com­mon idea: cul­tural her­itage shared by all hu­man be­ings plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing friend­ship, in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, peace, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity; it is univer­sally ac­cepted when peo­ple are com­mit­ted to shap­ing a bet­ter to­day and to­mor­row, while past achievements are still gen­er­at­ing val­ues, and this is the orig­i­nal pur­pose of set­ting up the forum.

An aca­demic con­fer­ence was held at the same time as the min­is­te­rial meet­ing, where dis­tin­guished schol­ars from all par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in the forum shared ideas about the im­por­tance of cul­ture and how to use it to ad­vance eco­nomic growth.

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