APPEAL of PARTICIPANTS OF THE 3d BALTIC -BLACK SEA FORUM
“Through dialogue to trust and peace”
We, the participants of the 3rd Baltic-Black Sea Forum, gathered in Kiev on June 21-23, 2017 for a dialogue on the theme: “The Dawn of Europe: the Prospects for Civilizational Development, and Consensus Practices.”
Our work, with the participation of the leaders of the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea region, who headed their states in different years, rectors of european universities, representatives of science and culture, state and religious leaders, was based on the results of the Kiev (December 1, 2016) and Kaunas (March 9-10, 2017) forums.
We are grateful to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, for congratulating the forum participants and for supporting our platform in the purposeful efforts to build mutual understanding and cooperation between people, regardless of their political, ethnic and religious beliefs.
The situation in the world dramatically changes. The process of functioning of a planetary society is accompanied by increased competition between the main actors of world politics for controlling resources (human, informational, raw materials), for the right to determine the vector of development of the global community, given its own understanding of the future of world development, its place in it. European civilization is challenged. From the Baltic to the Black and Caspian seas, an instability belt has been practically formed, the annexation of the Crimea and the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are unacceptable and dangerous; reality has become a violation of the norms of international law, massive propaganda, misinformation, mythologization of history, lies and special operations in cyberspace have become tools of foreign policy.
During the forum, we once again became convinced of the fruitfulness of our mission, which is based on fundamentally new principles that have emerged today in the geopolitical and moral-spiritual European space.
For the long-term goals and urgent tasks, our Center and the forums under its aegis become the generator of new values and meanings that are formed on the basis of the culture of memory as a dialogue of history and the present, truth and truth, reason and conscience as the basis of trust in each other european nations and states, their creative interaction in the name of a worthy future.
In this context, memory culture resists the conjuncture of memory, impedes the creation (invention) of a new mythology, distorts historical realities, and implies relying on a holistic image of our civilizational future based on trust, dignity, prudent consensus, and purposeful peacekeeping. The culture of memory should be formed through a qualitatively new dialogue of scientists, organizers of the system of university and school education.
The immediate goals of the Center are to create a permanent structure that could unite scholars from different countries to form a qualitatively new attitude to history, overcome the wave of mystification of history, which takes on the nature of viral phantoms and destructive phenomena when the regimes build their own myths.
The uniqueness of the third forum is that it takes place on the basis of a pedagogical university, with the participation of the European intellectuals, the leaders of European pedagogical universities. We greatly appreciate this new quality and continuation of work that was started in Kaunas. We consider it important to find forms of cooperation and development within the framework of the “Dialogue of Universities” initiative, including creation at the Center of the Interuniversity Program Committee consisting of leading scientists, social thinkers and specialists on the problems of modern historical knowledge and education, as well as conducting the first international competition among universities of Europe “Europe is our common home, a dialogue of worldviews and generations.”
The Dialogue of Universities platform will allow, taking into account cooperation with pedagogical universities, to create such an educational and moral-spiritual space that would directly form a qualitatively new attitude to history and to the future. Teacher-innovator as the main subject of ideological, intellectual, moral, spiritual and cultural development becomes the priority partner of our Center.
Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania (1998-2009)
Gennady Burbulis, State Secretary of the RSFSR (1991-1992)
Lech Walesa, President of Poland (1990-1995)
Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia (2007-2011)
Alexander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005)
Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland (1995-2005)
Leonid Kravchuk, President of Ukraine (1991-1994)
Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine (1994-2005)
Vytautas Landsbergis, Chairman of the Sejm of Lithuania (1992, 1996-2000)
Peter Luchinsky, President of Moldova (1996-2001)
Arnold Ruuttel, President of Estonia(2001-2006)
Peter Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria (1997-2002)
Stanislav Shushkevich, Head of the Supreme Council of Belarus (1991-1994)
Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-2010)