Increasing "globalization" in the present-day world has heightened our awareness of cultural coexistence. The presence of the "global village", where populations of all countries are able to meet frequently and all cultures to interact directly, has made vast geographical distances as well as deep feelings of estrangement disappear quickly. As countries and cultures keep interacting with one another, on a scale the world has never seen, their diversity has become too obvious to overlook, which calls for a great wisdom if they are to live side by side harmoniously. In this connection, what mankind has been working on, such as consensus building, inter-civilization dialogue and peaceful coexistence, bears on the destiny of mankind and survival of the world as a whole. We applaud the activities by the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" and appeal to all the people on earth to work concertedly for a peaceful and harmonious world.
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