Humanism is the closest we can get to universal good, to a universal idea. Humanism puts the human being at the center, Sri Lankan Ambassador in France Dayan Jayatilleka said.
And placing the human being at the center means to recognize that above all else, beyond national, ethnic, political, civilizational, religious, systemic, and ideological differences, one thing unites us and that is that we are all human, the Ambassador said speaking on New Humanism.
Ambassador Jayatilleka participated as a panelist at the international conference on “21st Century, Towards the New Humanism” on 23rd January 2012 at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture. The event gathered dignitaries as well as Russian and French scholars and researchers.
The initiative was organized by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and for International Humanitarian Cooperation Mission Rossotr u dničestvo in France, and the Russian Centre for Science and Culture. The event took place with the support of UNESCO, the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and the European Humanist Federation Russian Humanist Society.
The object of this two-day seminar (23rd January - 24th January 2012) is to support UNESCO in its initiative for a New Humanism for the sake of bettering conditions for intercultural dialog u e and solidarity. The discussion also intends to prepare the possibility of holding –together with the Spanish For u m “NUNC!”- a broader conference on New Humanism in Moscow in autumn 2012.
Dr. Jayatilleka’s speech was delivered during the first session chaired by Mr. Hans d’Orville (Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning of UNESCO). Among the conference participants were: H.E. Ion de la Riva (Spain/UNESCO), Jean-Luc Nahel (Councilor, Conference of Presidents of French Universities) and Efim Pivovar (President of Russian State Humanitarian University).
Also participating in this seminar were: Prof. V. A. Kouvakine (Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University and President of Russian Humanist Society), Prof. D. A. Leontiev (Professor of psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Head of the research lab of positive psychology and quality of life studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Prof. Alexander Razin (Professor Lomonosov Moscow State University), Prof. Yaroslav Golovin (Professor of Moscow State Open University), Olga Past ushkova (PhD, Vice-President of Russian Humanist Society), Julia Senchikhina (PhD, Vice-Director General, Institute for Humanist St u dies Foundation, Russia), Dr. Alexandra Otchirova (Doctor in Philosophy) and Farit Moukhametshine (Head of the Federal Agency ‘Rossotr u dničestvo’).