Baltic Black Sea
Charter of Peace
- Who we are
People of the state – people of culture – a new generation
- Where are we
Epoch of global transformations of the end of the 20th – beginning of the 21st centuries: spiritual situation, threats and perspectives
III. What we believe in
Basic ideas and goals, values and ideals
- What should we do
Principles and guidelines solidarity peacemaking
The idea of the need to develop and adopt the Charter and its main goals and objectives were discussed by the reputable members of the Council of Elders-Wise Men presidents M.K. Kravchuk, L.D. Kuchma, V.A. Yushchenko (Ukraine) and head of the republic
- Landsbergis (Lithuania).
We would be grateful for your comments and suggestions on this first draft of the Charter and also for your position regarding the fundamental relevance of this idea to us in modern conditions. What do you think are the prospects for its preparation and presentation in the United Nations structures and for the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
We are the members of the Council of Elders-Wise Men, founders of the International Center for Baltic-Black Sea Studies and Consensus Practices, organizers and participants of the Baltic-Black Sea Forums.
Basing on our experience of international activities and the formation of new independent states at the turn of the XX – XXI centuries;
Taking into account the basic principles and fundamental values set forth in:
- Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki, 1975)
- Charter of Paris for a New Europe (Paris, 1990),
- Declaration of a Culture of Peace (1998)
- Charter for European Security (1999),
- Earth Charter (March 14, 2000)
- United Nations Millennium Declaration (September 8, 2000)
- European Union Charter of Human Rights (adopted in 2000 and entered into force after the conclusion of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009).
- Recognizing the Dignity of Man, his inalienable rights, democratic freedoms as the highest value of state and civil policy;
- Evaluating the current moment as the key one in the modern history of European countries, containing fundamentally new opportunities, as well as significant risks and emergency threats;
- Responsibly responding to the challenges of time and striving to do everything we can to ensure, through dialogue, trust and consensus, a European and global solidary world order and well-being;
- We appeal to the government bodies of Greater Europe and we submit to the public our vision of the prospects for the formation and development of joint peacekeeping – the optimal model for the future of humanity
- Who we are
People of a state – people of culture – a new generation
Two years ago, in the days of the 25th anniversary of the Belovezhskiy Consensus, we united under the auspices of the International Center for Baltic-Black Sea Studies and Consensus Practices. The Council of Elders-Wise Men was created, it was formed by the former heads and leaders of the Baltic-Black Sea states, who held high government positions during the collapse of the socialist system and the Soviet totalitarian empire.
They led the formation of a new statehood in the post-socialist countries in the important life period of the historical choice of democratic constitutional development from the post-imperial period of global transformations.
We are our peers, residents and citizens, nations and peoples of our countries.
We are scientists and artists, writers and poets, humanities and technocrats, leaders of social movements and religious denominations, supporters of various philosophical trends and theological teachings, believers, agnostics and atheists, democrats, liberals and conservatives, socialists and progressives, entrepreneurs and businessmen, youth and older generation.
We are citizens of modern Europe and all of humanity, recognizing that “all people are born free and equal in their dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act in relation to each other in a spirit of brotherhood ”(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
We are our fellow statesmen, heads and statesmen of Greater Europe who headed their countries in different years and under different conditions and well understood the problems of power and authority. People who have experienced ups and downs in their presidential or premiere age, triumph and disappointment, joy and sorrow, achievements and defeats, who swore oaths to their parties and like-minded people, sworn to their peoples and nations.
We are everyone who seeks to help ourselves, each other and the younger generation to realize their duty to the present, their responsibility for a future.
We are residents of the vast Baltic-Black Sea civilization space formed by countries, which, as a result of intensive, sometimes violent interpenetration of peoples, ethnic groups, beliefs and cultures, have a centuries-old common history. Our countries form a unique combination of common and particular unity in diversity, which makes our The region of Central and Eastern Europe has been fruitful for creating new forms of equitable, good-neighborly, responsible joint peacekeeping cooperation.
We have different experiences of personal, cultural, educational, professional, and state-political development.
We were united by personal responsibility for the state of the modern European community. We are well aware of the inexorable accumulating challenges to the stability of the common European economic space and the threats to the lives of people and nations.
We strongly advocate peace in modern Europe and the global community, guided by the principles of openness, consensus and creation.
We are focused in forming new consensus practices based on the ways of interrelations that are based on a culture of memory, a culture of dignity, a culture of peace, overcoming recurrences of a destructive attitude towards our common past.
The ideological basis of our cooperation has become a position expressing our unconditional adherence to the values of the dignity of the individual and the freedom of nations on the way to the new stoic humanism of the 21st century.
- Where are we
The era of global transformations of the end of the 20th – beginning of the 21st centuries: spiritual situation, threats and prospects
On November 21, 1990, the Paris Charter for a New Europe was adopted, it began with beautiful inspirational words:
«We, the heads of state and government of the States participating in the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, gathered in Paris during a period of profound changes and historical expectations. The era of confrontation and division of Europe is over. We declare that from now on our relations will be based on mutual respect and cooperation.
Europe is freed from the legacy of the past. The courage of men and women, the strength of the will of the peoples and the power of the ideas of the Helsinki Final Act opened up a new era of democracy, peace and unity in Europe.
Our time is the time of the realization of those hopes and expectations that have lived in the hearts of our peoples for decades: a firm commitment to democracy based on human rights and fundamental freedoms; prosperity through economic freedom and social justice and equal security for all our countries».
Highly appreciate the optimism and pathos of the preamble of the Charter of Paris, we must state that today, in 2019, we live in difficult conditions of a system-contradictory, complex-crisis era of global transformations.
The essence of this era is the formation of a new world order after the events of the late 1980s – early 1990s that changed the face of Europe and the world, the most important of which are: weakening the confrontation between “two great systems”, “velvet revolutions” in Eastern Europe, the final stage of the collapse of the unique in history humanity of the Russian-Soviet empire.
The formation of a new world order began as a result of the Belovezhskiy consensus, which was equally unique in its quality and content, and which brought about the end of the Cold War.
The spiritual situation of the global transformations is characterized by new interconnections and interdependencies in the world community in their pulsating multidimensionality and multi-level conflict, the manifestation in this multi-vector reality of past relapses (including imperial intentions and readiness to return to the world order of the Cold War era) and promising areas of peaceful development that require development new methods of support.
By the spiritual situation we understand the totality of real and desired values and meanings of our life, the unique interrelation of challenges, threats and upheavals with hopes for new opportunities, aspirations and ideals.
The current spiritual situation in the world is shaped by the following historical, political, social and cultural realities in the state of the deepest interdependence:
1) global transformation of the historical process:
– challenges, threats and risks, rapidly renewing and growing in the conditions of geopolitical instability;
– no less rapidly changing goals, values, hopes and aspirations of each individual person, each country and humanity as a whole;
2) the fate of the Baltic-Black Sea countries – Eastern Europe and Russia
– at the turn of the XX – XXI centuries:
– the tragic-dramatic period of geopolitical changes, radical changes in the economy and the political structure of the countries that were part of the USSR and the socialist camp;
– the discovery by the end of the second decade of the XXI century the limits of the fundamental socio-cultural reformation of society in these countries;
3) the long-term controversial impact of the collapse of the Soviet empire of the period 1980–1990 and the associated end of the Cold War on the civil, political, spiritual and moral condition and behavior of not only politicians, but also each individual person;
4) the systemic crisis of basic life values that the world community is experiencing today; this crisis in some societies is acutely manifested in the form of deep division and confrontation, in others it is associated with the loss of identity and sustainable goal-setting;
5) a fundamental change in the essence of being of a particular person in the conditions of a change in the value-semantic foundations of the world outlook, the “depreciation” of universal human values;
6) the searching for a new paradigm demanded by the peculiarities of the state of humanitarian knowledge in the present period and the need to make personal choices and make vital decisions in the most difficult conditions of uncertainty:
– New social pedagogy, necessary for the adaptation of the individual in the context of global uncertainty and instability;
– the concept of constitutional humanism as a value-semantic matrix of the meritocratic way of life: Dialogue – Trust – Spirituality – Dignity – Efficiency;
– meritocracy as a process of spiritual life and peacemaking.
7) the gap between the needs for new ideas and methods and today’s political and managerial practices, the consequences of which is becoming even greater confrontation in the world, growing into hostility of countries and peoples.
We emphasize that the main feature of the era of global transformations is the systemic and profound deformation of basic life values, both on a human scale and in the dimensions of personal, national, ethnic, and socio-cultural life in all civilization spaces existing in the world community.
General characteristics of the era of global transformations
In the modern spiritual situation, it is extremely important to note that a feature of the current moment in the development of Europe and the world as a whole is the combination of unprecedented early opportunities and fundamentally new threats. The efforts of state authorities and the wider international community will determine to a decisive degree where the balance will swing, positive trends will prevail, or risks and negative factors will begin to shape the agenda.
In 1975, the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki) was adopted; in 1990, the Paris Charter for a New Europe. These historical documents played a huge role in the formation of a new system of international security and constructive dialogue among European countries. Decades have passed since their adoption, and it is important not so much time as such, but the realities that it has brought. Many hopes were justified and became the norm of European life, but not all desires were fulfilled, many predictions were not fully justified, and life turned out to be more difficult than the formulations that were fixed in those years.
Today, the consolidation of the efforts of the international community towards the formation of an optimal model of the future, which can be alarming and tragic, can bring fundamentally new opportunities to the countries of our continent and open a new dimension to the level and quality of life of people.
The third millennium is rightly considered as a symbol of the path to new horizons of human life and society. Unusual opportunities opened up for the formation of favorable prospects.
The most important development trends form today science and technology.
In the energy sector, technologies for the generation and transmission of electricity are rapidly improving, its cost is reduced, and alternative energy is being improved.
In technical areas, labor productivity grows significantly every year, new technologies are opened and introduced to expand the industry, its automation and robotization increase. Information technologies and digitalization are rapidly developing.
New biotechnologies are emerging, opening up the opportunity to qualitatively enhance health saving, prolong human life and its active longevity.
Mankind is developing new space frontiers, expanding the boundaries of the usual ecumene.
Huge opportunities are fraught with world megaprojects. The internationalization of international life is being carried out, the speed of transport communications is increasing, Europe and the world as a whole are increasingly feeling like a single organism.
Technical capabilities make life safer. Effective technologies have emerged to identify potential natural, man-made and social risks and neutralize them in a timely manner, and methods of blocking the factors of extremism and terrorism are emerging.
The accumulated potential of world culture internally enriches human life, gives him the opportunity to join the treasures of thought and creativity, to become spiritually developed and rich.
These trends and many others are only part of the limitless ocean of opportunities that are opening up to man and society today. We live in a period of expanding the boundaries of self-realization of the individual, identifying new horizons of development.
Challenges, threats, risks
By challenges we understand the vector of movement of events, and by threats – complex (political, social, economic, environmental, etc.) specifics of how life processes proceed. Thus, calls consist of threats, and threats are the substantive definition of the composition of calls. By virtue of their lack of clarity and unpredictability, challenges and threats affect a person informed about them, but their essence is not perceived, as a rule, is intimidating, therefore, his desire to resist them seems natural.
The specificity of the term “risk” is that it characterizes a person’s activity in a situation of uncertainty as deliberately containing a possible negative result.
We present some of the challenges and threats of our time that affect the modern spiritual situation.
Devaluation of basic human values, the crisis of moral and spiritual self-determination, the lack of meaningful life strategies.
Changes in the influence of large subjects of geopolitics, a significant misunderstanding of each other by leading world powers, an increase in opposition in the geopolitical space, an increase in aggressive rhetoric, there are calls for aggression. Attempts to restore the bipolar world with the risk of sliding into a new round of the Cold War.
Reducing the effectiveness of international law and the deformation of the system of international legal institutions in a unipolar world, their low efficiency.
Considerable threats have emerged in the economic sphere. The report of the Club of Rome, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of this leading global expert-analytical organization, is pervaded by disturbing observations and expectations. Thus, one of the key problems is the problem of internal and external debt in a number of countries. The Maastricht criteria have long been violated, the debts of individual states have exceeded 100 percent of GDP and continue to grow.
Sanctions-economic impact of large states and their associations on each other and on other countries in order to enhance geopolitical influence.
Deficits of the most important natural resources, first of all – fresh water, are forming. The capacity of the world lake and river flow hardly covers the needs of the constantly growing population of the planet. So far, the lack of fresh water is mainly a problem of the African continent and, to some extent, of the Middle East, but today in a number of territories it is catastrophic, leading to large-scale social cataclysms and causing significant migration flows. Desalination technologies are open, but so far their scale is insufficient to neutralize the growing threats.
Aggravation of environmental problems: pollution of water and air, reduction of forest area, increasing severity of the issue of industrial and household waste, unresolved issue of nuclear waste – only some manifestations of the general increase in severity of the environmental crisis.
Distortion of the information space: the appearance of a lot of fake news all over the world; unbridled propaganda of some producers of information, and the reaction to it of others, often also acquiring propaganda coloring. This gives rise to the wariness of the peoples of different countries towards each other, growing into hostility, and reduces the ability to trust and mutual understanding, destroying the conditions for conducting productive dialogue.
The emergence of a new type of interstate conflict, known as “hybrid wars” and characterized by the fact that the attacker does not resort to a classic military invasion, but suppresses his opponent using a combination of hidden operations, sabotage, cyber war, and also supporting the rebels operating in the territory the adversary.
International terrorism in its various forms. Growth of extremist manifestations on interethnic and especially on interfaith soil. Local armed conflicts and wars based on internal instability in a number of regions and states.
Military intervention by strong states that claim hegemony in the international arena in the internal affairs of economically and politically unstable countries, where conflicts between political forces develop into armed clashes, leading to the death of people.
Large migration flows from politically and socio-economically disadvantaged countries to Europe. It is not always possible to form the necessary balance sheets of employment, providing arrivals with jobs. In some cases, it is not possible to achieve the necessary socio-cultural integration, enclaves of autonomization and alienation arise. Illegal migration remains difficult to eradicate.
Security problems in almost all areas of life support – energy, food, environmental, socio-economic, information.
These and other factors give us reason to support the thesis of the Rome Club on the crisis of traditional capitalism. A search for an updated development format combining the free market with regulatory and forecasting mechanisms is required.
Restarting the current crisis situation and reaching a constructive track of international dialogue and mutual understanding is the main task of the moment. Without its solution, economic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation is impossible. We believe that there are opportunities for this. They must become a reality, return Europe and the world into a fold of calm, constructive dialogue, and forward movement.
III. What do we believe in
Basic ideas and values, goals and ideals
Retrospectively reviewing the key events of recent decades (the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries), primarily from the point of view of basic values and prevailing life meanings, can reveal the historical boundaries, epochs of global transformations in which we live. If the formula “Man – Country – Europe – Humanity” is put at the forefront of the name “era of global transformations” and try to recall the sequence of events of the end of the 20th century, it becomes obvious that the most visible and profound factor determining the quality of the era of global transformations, are the collapse of the USSR (1989-1991) and a significant change in the dominant state vector of the world community. Meanwhile, it is sad to say that the collapse of the Soviet Union as an event of world-wide scale and significance for various reasons has not yet received a systematic, comprehensive, deep interdisciplinary scientific understanding.
The basic feature of the spiritual situation at present in Europe and the world community can be generally defined as an alarming increase in confrontation, splits, social, national, religious conflicts, when dangerous forms of violent solution of vital problems “improve”, that is, various methods of violence, including cruel sophisticated “face” of terrorism of the XXI century.
The key idea of this Charter is the idea of dialogue, trust and consensus – a dialogue of cultures and civilizations, trust between people, generations, peoples, nations and consensus between civil society and state power, between different communities.
This idea should be the life strategy of every person, country community and all of humanity as a whole.
Accepting these fundamental values of communication, we affirm the creative essence of consensus as a vital way of understanding the world, peacemaking and ultimately – the world order that stimulates each of us to acquire a new culture of historical memory, a culture of spiritual and practical experience of modern reality and only on this basis – culture of peace as a culture of decent and effective humanitarian, legal and practical transformation activities.
The most simple, obvious and accessible means of mastering this new culture is the ideological maxim: to a person to live with dignity among people, in his native country and in the modern world, he can and should master the culture of modern thinking, achieving in all its life manifestations a consistent and conscious synthesis of Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Good, Faith and Benefit;
– recognize the values of Dialogue, Trust, Spirituality, Efficiency and Dignity as integral values of the strategy of one’s own life;
– to realize that they are based on the developed ability for Mercy, Courage, Mediation and Wisdom as the fundamental bases for achieving harmony of Man, Power and Freedom and for asserting meritocracy as the stoic humanism of the 21st century.
In this case, this is the defining strategy for us is the production of Freedom –
– Intellectual freedom related to active systemic creative activity and the process of forming a culture of thinking, a culture of understanding, culture of mind. In dialogue, we learn to appreciate Truth, the independence of free human thought, and use the world wealth of human knowledge as our intellectual property;
– moral and spiritual Freedom, coming with an awareness of the need for the supremacy of morality and spirituality in a variety of interpersonal and social relations and meaning the recognition by each of us of the sovereignty and self-worth of such absolute values as Conscience, Nobility, Dignity, Compassion, Mercy, Honor, Duty and Faith Justice;
– Freedom of citizenship, suggesting a developed sense of personal responsibility for the state of social relations, for interethnic and interreligious tolerance, for the system of state and political power, for the humanitarian and legal culture of life of the state in which we live;
– and finally, the Freedom of corporate interpersonal communication, tolerant and attitude to creative and civic associations, to professional, scientific and party groups, in their unity forming the freedom-loving community.
We live in a systemic crisis, first of all, a crisis of trust and spirituality, which we can overcome only on the basis of gaining self-esteem as the most important life resource of recovery, revival and development of the entire world community.
We believe that each person can acquire these spiritual values and learn the rules of dialogue and the consensus practices we have developed.
We understand that this requires a great educational, educational and educational work with new generations. As a basis for such work, we propose a new rational spiritual creed as a combination of basic life values and meanings. It is a system of principles, commandments, maxims, categories and concepts that determine the life concrete historical dynamics and express the humanitarian and cultural transformation of human values in the realities of the 21st century.
The socio-cultural need for a new dogma is primarily associated with the characteristics and quality of the modern spiritual situation, the most important features of which are:
systemic uncertainty in the knowledge of the modern scientific picture of the world;
– ideological pluralism, manifested in an infinite number of competing, conflicting mythologies, ideologies and traditionally situational beliefs in the living space of people of ethnic groups, nations and nationalities.
The ethical and aesthetic diversity of the modern symbolic world perception is deeply reflected in the spiritual well-being of a particular person, a specific nation and all of humanity.
The value of Dignity in the modern historical and cultural space is the conceptual basis of the new dogma, based on the recognition of the relevance and accessibility of political wisdom as the most important basis for the vital activity of each and everyone alone with deep-seated tests of intense and aggressively manifested current challenges and long-term threats. It is in such a limiting situation – in the process of awareness and experience of a person’s personal responsibility for choosing their life strategy and as they strengthen their ability to act in the name of duty based on peacemaking – the spiritual basis of faith is formed as the will to perfection.
The key and interdependent phenomena of the new creed are Power, Will, Belief. NEW FAITH is the Will to Perfection, it is based on the Dignity of the Personality, New Spirituality as an experience and awareness by each Person of his Calling, as an understanding of his Destiny. New Faith is a spiritual Power over fateful opportunities that open up the peacekeeping perspectives of wise life in harmony with Himself, with other people, nations, cultures, civilizations and with the whole Universe.
The value-semantic matrix of such harmony Dignity:
Fidelity – Will – Power – Inspiration – FAITH.
The systemic basis of such a dogma is most accurately determined by the triad “Man – Power – Freedom” and the harmony of its components in the inner world of a particular person, in interpersonal relations and in the social and state structure.
The basic landmarks are:
- stoic humanism of the 21st century
- constitutional ritual peacemaking,
- political philosophy of dignity;
- the dialectic of Truth, Good, Beauty, Good, Debt and Benefit,
- the vocation and mission of man and his destiny as a project of planetary-universal harmony.
Based on the fundamental ideas and values of the Declaration on a Culture of Peace (adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 10, 1998), we note that the culture of peace is a new culture of humanity, with a common system of values and new patterns of behavior for individuals, communities and states. It is based on such universal values as respect for life, freedom, justice, tolerance, human rights, equality of men and women. The 44th session of the International Conference on Education (Geneva, 1994) recognized the need to extend the concept of a Culture of Peace to relations not only between states, but also between ethnic, cultural, and religious groups.
A culture of peace reflects and encourages:
respect for life, people and all their rights;
rejection of all forms of violence and commitment to the prevention of violent conflict;
recognition of the equal rights and opportunities of men and women and the rights of everyone to freedom of expression and opinion, to receive information;
adherence to the principles of democracy, dialogue and mutual understanding among nations, ethnic, religious, cultural and other groups and between individuals;
safeguarding the rights of the weak by adopting consistent and long-term measures;
equitable satisfaction of the developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations.
At the heart of the Culture of Peace is the conviction that peace is not just the absence of differences and conflicts, but a positive, dynamic and participatory process, inextricably linked with democratic principles. It proceeds from the recognition of the growing importance of ethical issues in building a more just, humane, free and prosperous society and a more modern world without war and violence.
The transition to a culture of peace involves:
transformation of value attitudes, ideological views and types of behavior in the spirit of promoting the formation of a non-violent world;
instilling in people the skills of dialogue, mediation and consensus building, their mastering consensus practices;
replacing authoritarian structures and exploitation with the democratic participation of people in the development process;
the eradication of poverty and significant inequalities both within and between states;
the empowerment of women in the political and economic fields and ensuring their adequate representation at all levels of decision-making;
supporting the free flow of information and providing greater visibility and accountability in governance issues as well as decision making on economic and social issues;
promoting the ideals of mutual understanding, tolerance and solidarity among all nations and promoting respect for cultural diversity.
The emergence of a culture of peace is associated with the comprehensive social and civic activities of people of all ages. At the same time, the state bears the primary responsibility for ensuring respect and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, plays an important role in creating and strengthening civil society, the conditions and prerequisites for developing a culture of peace. The main means of creating a culture of peace is education, a significant role in this process belongs to the media, the intellectual community, political figures and religious leaders, family, non-governmental organizations. The Baltic-Black Sea Charter of the World provides maximum assistance for promoting the ideas of a culture of peace.
In this strategic mission of the Baltic-Black Sea Charter, it is extremely important to experience and understand our long-term prospects, taking into account the concerns that German philosopher Jürgen Habermas deeply and insightly noted:
“Today the situation looks as if the utopian energy has dried up, as if it has abandoned historical thinking. The horizon of the future has shrunk, and the spirit of the times, like politics, has fundamentally changed. The future is represented in a negative spirit … The answers of intellectuals reflect the same helplessness as politicians … Let the situation be objectively opaque. Meanwhile, opacity is another of the functions of preparedness for actions that society considers itself capable of. It’s about trusting western culture to itself. ”
The culture of peace and the values and actions based on it are called upon to participate in the elevation of the human person, which is especially necessary and urgent today. It is necessary to save, and often restore dignity as the main value of human existence. From the point of view of personal dignity, all people are equal, any discrimination is unacceptable – racial, ethnic, gender, economic, social, cultural, political, geographical.
Differences that take shape due to the circumstances of the place and time in which a person is born and lives must be overcome by solidarity, manifested in specific forms of justice and mutual assistance.
The dignity of the human person is the basis of justice and peace.
We deeply believe
in the stoic social-solidary humanism of the 21st century;
in the moral harmony of Man, Power and Freedom;
in the spiritual meritocratic integrity of personal being, social order, state administration,
to achieve a solid world order based on reason and conscience, dignity and freedom, kindness and justice, duty and responsibility, wisdom of the public good.
- What should we do
Principles and main activities of joint peacekeeping
- Basic principles
Human rights – firm values
Human rights were, remain, and forever remain the highest dimension of social progress. These rights from birth belong to all people, they are inviolable. Their protection is the most important duty of the authorities of all European powers.
Currently, these rights in the overwhelming majority of countries are constitutionally guaranteed, but not always the realities are as cloudless as the texts of the documents. Practical support of the most important rights and freedoms of a person and a citizen, unconditional rule of law, honesty, openness and dialogue of state policy are required.
Culture and social sphere: the human dimension of progress
Successes of economics and technology are a means; the goal is a decent life for people. It is necessary to ensure a constant correlation between the increase in the rates of economic development and the increase in the level and quality of life of the population.
Technogenization of social life should not lead to the loss of moral grounds. Only a spiritually healthy society has a future. The modern state should create all conditions for the development of culture and morality. At the same time, the issue of new leaders in the spiritual sphere is acute, and the demands on the creative potential of those who are called upon to shape the cutting edge of modern culture are increasing.
Economic development as a basis for well-being
Only a strong economy can create the foundation for raising the level and quality of life. The focus should be on the task of forming and implementing a model of sustainable progressive growth of the economic well-being of European countries and their regions.
Modern industrial technologies allow to achieve an unprecedented level of automation of production and increase productivity. These capabilities must be properly organized. As mentioned above, the report of the Club of Rome rightly stresses the need to renew traditional capitalism, giving it features that match the realities of the new millennium.
The international cooperation:
on the way to reboot and constructive dialogue
The modern world is one. It has already become so objective, due to the increase in transport flows, the unification of the information space, the transnationalization of economic, technological and cultural life.
Features of the current situation led to the emergence of a factor of misunderstanding and rejection of positions between a number of key countries. He appeared transient and in many ways unexpected. Now his influence is great, but he does not carry the status of immutable, he is conjunctured, and not fundamental. The most important task of the authorities and the wide diplomatic community is to ensure the reloading of the system of international relations in Europe, to reach the former highway of mutual understanding and constructive cooperation. This is the only way to create a basis for global security, to increase the possibilities for economic and technological development. This is an immutable task, it can and should be solved.
- Main activities
Political and civil dialogue, the development of consensus practices
Only international dialogue can serve as the basis for peace and security in Europe, only the development, implementation and adoption of consensus practices will help resolve internal and inter-state conflicts, including armed conflicts, and the promotion of deadlocked negotiation processes.
In accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the Helsinki Final Act, all countries should refrain from the use of force or the threat of force against the territorial integrity and political independence of other countries. It is necessary to step up political consultations and expand cooperation in international diplomacy. We must overcome tensions and mistrust, cross the confrontational barrier and build a stable and united Europe.
The rule of law, human rights and freedoms
Within each of the countries of a united Europe, the key task should be to ensure the principles of the rule of law, ensure the rule of law, the priority of human rights.
We express our determination to fight against any manifestations of racial, ethnic and ethnic hatred, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, discrimination against anyone, as well as persecution of people for their views and beliefs, for religious and political reasons.
Free movement of citizens and contacts between them, freedom of information exchange are the most important prerequisites of democracy and successful development in the economic and technological sectors.
We recognize the important contribution of the Council of Europe to the promotion of human rights and the principles of democracy. Further implementation of the principles enshrined in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms is needed (Rome, November 4, 1950).
Spirituality and Culture
European culture is the most important part of the world treasury of spiritual values. The history of European culture is in many respects the history of the entire modern civilization, during which the most important human values crystallized.
The preservation of the spiritual and cultural heritage is a primary common task.
At the same time, culture is not in the past, it is in the present and future.
It is necessary to create conditions for the activities of organizations bringing up the best traditions of creativity, enlightenment, morality and morality. The development of European cultural exchange in the field of theatrical life, cinema, literature, painting and other arts is required.
Only an internally healthy and spiritually rich society has a future. The governments of all European states should proceed from this premise, the activities of key international European organizations should be oriented towards this.
The realization of the rights of citizens to all forms of social self-realization established by law is the fundamental task of the states of modern Europe. Civil society is the most significant sphere of application of a person’s creative potential, his energy and strength.
It requires the creation of conditions for the free activity of public organizations – trade unions, veterans, youth, charity, environmental, women and others.
It is necessary to promote the activities of national and religious organizations, ensure their freedom of action and constructive dialogue aimed at maintaining interethnic and interfaith peace, equality of citizens’ rights regardless of their nationality and religious beliefs.
Regional policy and local government
European countries are many-sided, there are separate regions with their own characteristics, strengths and problems. Competent regional policy aimed at taking into account the specifics of the territories, providing them with measures of economic and social support is a decisive factor in their harmonious development.
A special area of attention is the Arctic region. It is there that resource wealth is concentrated, which will predetermine the raw material potential of the new century and millennium. The integration of the efforts of the international community in the development of the Arctic is necessary, especially considering its legal status as the territory most open to international projects and programs.
The closest authority to the population is local. It is in her that the creative energy of people who get self-management gets the most self-realization. It is required to create conditions for the development of local self-government, to implement the provisions of the European Charter on Local Self-Government.
Technology and science – the main vector of progress, the path to the third millennium
The mainstream development at present is technology and new knowledge. The amount of technological information doubles approximately every decade. Technology in all key sectors of the industry is progressing at an accelerating pace.
This vector must be maintained and fixed. Only technological and technological progress and continuous modernization can create an economic basis for the well-being of countries and peoples, conditions for improving the level and quality of life of people.
The most important joint task of the state and society is the creation of conditions for the development of science, the free exchange of knowledge and information, the dialogue of scientists of all countries. This task will be helped by combining efforts in the implementation of international scientific megaprojects that will take the technological development of the world to a new level.
Economic Development: Market Balance and Regulation
An economy can only be constituted on the basis of the free market and the independence of key economic agents. The market is an economic form of democracy, the only way for further economic development.
It is necessary to develop economic relations between the countries of Europe, expand conditions for mutually beneficial cooperation, strengthen existing and establish new economic ties.
At the same time, new realities dictate an increase in attention to the issues of forming comprehensive balances for further development – balances in the fields of energy, production and consumption of goods, resource extraction, fresh water and food, employment and migration. Today the market cannot be the same as it appeared at the stage of the birth of the freedom of capital. It is necessary to increase the predictability of its development, regulation at the state and interstate levels in those cases when it is necessary for growth rates, maintaining balance sheets, preventing defaults and global dissonances.
Today we need to strengthen measures to protect the environment. The urgent task is to step up efforts to ensure sustainable ecological balance in the atmosphere, water and soil.
This is possible only if the implementation of international environmental programs, strengthening the legal regulation of environmental protection at the national and supranational levels.
Changes in the political and military situation in Europe are today’s realities, forcing us to focus priority attention on these problems. Today, there is no more important task than preventing the escalation of conflicts, ensuring peace and tranquility on the continent, and the security of the states and peoples inhabiting them.
It is necessary to strengthen international cooperation in the prevention of terrorism and extremism. New solutions are needed to ensure the safety of people, wherever they live.
No ideological reasons can justify terrorism. The moral duty and legal obligation of all constructive forces is a joint struggle against terrorism. Any national and social forces that refuse to condemn the facts of terrorism and associate themselves with terrorist slogans should become international outcasts that have no place on the political map of Europe.
Regulation of migration flows
Migration flows to the European continent have continuously increased over the past decades. By itself, migration is a positive economic factor, reflecting the desire of people to find use of their forces where the best conditions for economic and social self-realization of man are created.
At the same time, uncontrolled migration and the lack of measures for the social adaptation of migrants can lead and already lead to imbalances of unjustified autonomization, to the formation of national enclaves. The most important task of the international community is to ensure full measures to regulate migration flows, as well as the implementation of programs to develop tolerance, cultural integration and social assimilation of migrants.
Instead of conclusion
It is symbolic and promising that the historical coincidence that the Baltic-Black Sea Charter of the world is proclaimed on the basis of anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 1948) and the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on a Culture of Peace (November 10, 1998). These declarations are inspirational documents of the modern era, but it can be stated with bitterness and regret that their practical application and spiritual and strategic role are currently substantially undervalued.
Our new principled and responsible initiative for the development and adoption of the Baltic-Black Sea Charter of the World, which fully complies with the spirit and meaning of these documents, is aimed at creating an atmosphere
solidary responsibility to achieve
solidary security based on
solidary peacekeeping, harmonious, sustainable and purposefully developing
solidary world order of the XXI century.
Through a dialogue of ideas and people, through the trust of worldviews and generations – to a consensus of cultures and civilizations, to the stoically socially-solidary humanism and the solidary world order of our global world.
We believe in each other.
We believe in a worthy future for our peoples and states.
We believe in achieving unconditional peace throughout the world.
We deeply believe:
in the stoic social-solidary humanism of the 21st century;
in the moral harmony of Man, Power and Freedom;
in the spiritual meritocratic integrity of personal being, social order, state administration,
in the achievement of a person, which is based on all of humanity and the solidarity of the world order, the principle of freedom and responsibility, amenability, wisdom and society.