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Jerusalem Council of Civilizations

Goals and Rationale

The Jerusalem Summit to be held on November 28, 2004, will launch the development of the Council ofCivilizations, which is intended to evolve into a new model for unifying the international community and providing it with an ethical compass.

The Council of Civilizations may be described as a “Voice of Ethics” for the international community, with the goal of working alongside the United Nations to fill the gap which exists in its structure.

A great deal of criticism has been voiced at the United Nations for failing in this task because it has no accountability and therefore does not command the respect of its member states. A true and lasting venue for constructive engagement must be built upon universal ethical principles: a foundation that all sides recognize as sacred. There is only one place in the world that commands the respect and awe of a majority of the world’s nations and its three major religions: Jerusalem, the Holy City.

The world needs a non-political body alongside the United Nations, where the best minds of the nations would develop universal ethical norms that would be observed by all the governments and serve as basis for solving humanity’s major global problems.

Unlike the current U.N. framework, governments will not be represented at the Council. It will be comprised of the best minds of 12 world’s principal civilizations. It is the civilizations that, with their distinct cultures and religious philosophies, are the real players on the world stage, and conflicts between them are the most dangerous and destructive. In the Council they will be represented by individuals who carry moral and intellectual authority with their respective civilizations.

These individuals will be chosen through independent public opinion polls, rather than nominated by their governments. In Persian and Arab civilizations, where most regimes are non-democratic and expression of free will is nonexistent, Council members will be selected from among exiled dissidents.

Council members will not be accountable to their governments, nor be dependent on them, either financially or legally. They will be guided solely by their conscience and major universal ethic principles

The membership of the Council and its Executive Committee will be fully rotated on the annual basis. The Executive Committee will draft the agenda, and administer the Council’s sessions in Jerusalem. Council members in their respective civilizations will be selected by regional Jerusalem Summits. JS Asia, JS America, and JS Europe have already been created.

Council will not issue any binding resolutions. Rather, it will strive to gain moral authority, so that its recommendations, developed in the spirit of moral clarity and caring for future generations, eventually become guidelines for the world leaders.

Principles of the Council of Civilizations

ArrowGathering representatives of the civilizations (not governments) which are shaping the fate of humanity: superpowers and clusters of countries with common cultures.
ArrowAgreeing on the existence and definition of the common moral basis: the universal ethical laws.
ArrowSearching solutions to the burning global problems on the basis of these values.

Three-fold actions:

1. Facilitate synergy of civilizations and search for morality-based solutions.
2. Propagate these solutions and advise governments to adopt them.
3.Advance Global Education to Universal Moral Values.

The Jerusalem Summit will invite the United Nations to recognize the Council of Civilizations as an official entity which will work alongside the United Nations (in the format of an official,independent body ( an upper “House” or the model of the British “House of Lords”) through procedures to be agreed upon.

The seat of the Council will be in Jerusalem with regional bureaus in each of the represented civilizations and a permanent bureau at U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Framework:

Admission to the Council of Civilizations is subject to recognizing the following realities:

1. The spiritual laws that serve as common basis to all religions must also serve as basis for taking decisions in all the human activities. Most important of these laws are:

ArrowConsciousness defines Being
ArrowHuman life is sacred
ArrowPeople have equal rights and freedoms
ArrowAll religions are facets of One Truth, and, once they are cleansed of the distortions, will together reveal this Truth in its Entirety

Composition of the Council

Jerusalem has always served as a source for the universal concern for all the nations on earth. The Bible indictates that in addition to Israel, there are seventy ancient nations which are the roots of the diverse national groups and cultures which exist today and which are based on the number of descendants of Noah which are listed in the Book of Genesis, after the story of the great flood. Seventy names are recorded, and at the end of the section it states, ‘These are the families of Noah’s descendants, and from these nations were separated on on the earth after the flood” (Genesis 10:2). The Bible commands the people of Israel to bring seventy offerings on behalf of the seventy nations to the Temple on the Festival of Tabernacles to pray to the Almighty for continued life, sustenance and blessings for the seventy nations. Representatives of the seventy nations were present in Jerusalem at the time at the presentation of these offerings. The seventy nations are the main players in the modern world. Today they are categorized as the major superpowers that represent separate civilizations. Other individual civilizations are represented by the clusters of countries, or regional groups. The major threat to the world peace comes from the clashes of these civilizations.

ArrowSouth America
ArrowNorth America
ArrowNorth-Western (Catholic-Protestant) Europe
ArrowSouth-Eastern (Orthodox) Europe
ArrowRussia
ArrowIndia
ArrowChina
ArrowSouth-East Asia
ArrowPacific civilization
ArrowArab civilization
ArrowTurkic (Turkey and Central Asia) civilization
ArrowAfrica

The Council of Civilizations will be composed of representatives of these twelve civilizations and the host representative from Israel. The Council of Civilizations will bring representatives of these diverse civilizations together in Jerusalem for the first time since Biblical times with the goal of creating unity through the translation of universal spiritual and moral laws into social structure and politics (“social engineering”).

The Council of Civilizations is not a Religious/Ecumenical forum and it is not a purely secular Academic/Political institute. It is a framework for the best and purest minds and hearts of the civilized world – to guide the world towards spiritual and moral renewal.

What the Council will actually DO?

- It will develop an efficient Alternative Model for decision making in world politics: Decision through Wisdom and Ethics not through political or military Force (Realpolitik).

- It will give practical recommendations on how to solve the most crucial global problems through applying integrating consciousness, reconciling competing geo-political, geo-economic and geo-cultural projects.

A Forum of Spiritual and Lay Patrons representing the major faiths and professions is being formed toward the announcement of the development of the Council of Civilizations.


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