Cross Continental Cooperation Summit 2016-2017

"Unlocking Potential: Uniting the World's Leading Powers to Promote Sustainable Economies, Global Human Rights and World Peace"

(NYC, Brussels, Paris, Bucharest, Berlin, Abuja; September 2016 - July 2017)

How will America vote?

(ICD House; October 21st, 2016 - January 20th, 2017)

October 21st, 2016, 7:00 pm (free entrance)

October 29th, 2016, 7:00 pm (free entrance)

November 4th, 2016, 7:00 pm (free entrance)

International Conference; November 7th – 10th, 2016, 7:00

Inauguration Day – January 20th, 2017, 7:00 pm (free entrance)

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2016

"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Berlin; December 14th - 19th, 2016)
  Thursday,
December 15th, 2016
Friday,
December 16th, 2016
Saturday,
December 17th, 2016
Sunday,
December 18th, 2016
09:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
09:30 (09:45) Welcome Words by Mark C. Donfried The Istanbul Convention on the Prevention and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in B&H”
(Keynote Address)

MP Maja Gasal-Vrazali
(Member of the Parliament of Bosnia & Herzegovina)
„Freedom of Religion, a Fundamental part of Universal Human Rights . Religious Coexistence in Albania“
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Lufter Xhuveli
(Former Albanian Minister of Environment, Forests and Water, Agriculture and Food)
 
10:00 „Promoting Rights of Marginalized groups in Africa through Cultural Diplomacy : Experience from Uganda„
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Moses Ali
(First Deputy Prime Minister And Deputy Leader Of Government Business In Parliament of Uganda)
Global Migration Crisis - the Children's Perspective
(Keynote Address)

Gunda-Alexandra Detmers
(Head of the International Team of UNICEF Berlin)
“Human Rights, Refugee Crisis : The Contribution of Culture Diplomacy ”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Fani Palli - Petralia
(Former Minister for Employment and Social Protection of Greece)
 
10:30 “Global Human Rights and Climate Justice"
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Nouzha Skalli
(Former Moroccan Minister for Family Affairs)
“Human Rights in Africa and Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Rui Duarte Barros
(Former Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau)
„Cultural Diplomacy between Bulgaria and Neighboring Countries in Relation to Programs for Cross - border Cooperation “
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Lilyana Pavlova
(Former Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria)
“Theoretically define the Ombudsman is Simple but in the Practice?? Human Rights and the Paradox of Empty Democracy
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Lucia Franchini
(Ombudsman of Tuscany)
11:00 „The Human Rights and Long - term Security Issues“
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Ali A. Jalali
(Former Minister of the Interior of Afghanistan)
“Kultur Kampf?”
(Keynote Address)

Lord Inglewood, William Richard Fletcher-Vane
(Former British Minister in John Major’s Government )
“Human Rights and the Migration Crisis in Europe”
(Keynote Address)

Amb. Elena Poptodorova
(Former Ambassador of Bulgaria to the USA)
“The Cultural Influence of Christianity World-Wide and the Diplomatic Activities of the Roman Catholic Church“
(Keynote Address)

Abbot em. Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck Ocist
(Austrian Hieromonk ; Former Abbot of the Cistercian Monastery of Heiligenkreuz)
11:30 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
12:00 “Global Human Rights, the Cultural Aspect”
(Interactive Panel Discussion)

Chairman :
Mark C. Donfried

Speakers :
The Hon. Ali A . Jalali
The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson
The Hon. Moses Ali
The Hon. Nouzha Skalli
The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
“EU Directives, Initiatives for Co-operation in the Middle East and for Establishing Joint Institutions”
(Keynote Address)

DG Nondas Cl. Metaxas               
(Director General-CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange)
“Culture: Uniting or Dividing People”
(Keynote Address)

President Valdis Zatlers
(Former President of Latvia)
"Globalization and Cultural Diplomacy: The Latin-American Case"
(Keynote Address)

Amb. Francisco Mariano Manuel Fernandez Amunategui
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile)
12:30 “Promoting Human Rights through Education”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Hassan B. Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)

 
“Borders of cultures, borders of human rights”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Ján Čarnogurský
(Former Prime Minister of Slovakia)
Keynote Address

The Hon. Thuli N. Madonsela
(Former Protector of South Africa)
13:00 Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions
14:30 Human Rights & Development
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Mohammed Omran
(Executive Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange)
“The Refugees Crisis, Still a Major Crisis”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou
(Former Greek European Commissioner for Employment)

 
“Europe at a Crossroads”
(Keynote Address)

Janez Jansa
(Former Prime Minister of Slovenia)
"The Philippines in 2016: On Forgotten Histories and Identities in Peril"
(Keynote Address)

 

Sen. Leila M. de Lima
(Member of the Senate of the Philippines)
15:00 “How to Save a Dialog in the Context of the Growing Number of Wars & the Socio - Economic Consequences )“
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
(Former Prime Minister of Armenia)
Freedom of Religion, Interfaith Dialogue and Development Policy
(Panel Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Jan Figel

Participants :
Abbot em. Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck Ocist
MdB Heribert Hirte
Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud M Sharaf
Prof. Alberto Melloni
“Balkans - a Potential Key Spot for Intercultural Dialog”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
(Former Prime Minister of Serbia)
“Music - A Universal Means of Communicating the Idea of Humanity”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Ints Dalderis
(Celebrated Conductor, Former Minister of Culture of Latvia)
15:30 “Democracy in an Age of Uncertainty”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson
(Former Minister of Justice of Iceland)
Freedom of Religion, Interfaith Dialogue and Development Policy
(Panel Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Jan Figel

Participants :
Abbot em. Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck Ocist
MdB Heribert Hirte
Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud M Sharaf
Prof. Alberto Melloni
Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
“Migration in Europe and European Cultural Diplomacy : A Challenge”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
(Former Prime Minister of Romania )
Keynote Address

The Hon. Albert Fortell
(Celebrated Austrian Actor)
16:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
16:30 “The Syrian Crisis from the Standpoint of the Promotion of the Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey)
Keynote Address

The Hon. Elmar Brok
(Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs)
Europe of Common Interests or C ommon Values ?“
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Marek Belka
(Former Prime Minister of Poland)
Human Rights and Foreign Policy”
(Keynote Address)

Amb. Tony Brenton
(Former Ambassador of the UK to Russia)
17:00 ‘Cultural Diplomacy - an Active Agent for Change to ensure Good Governance and Respect for Human Rights”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Joseph Said Pullicino
(Parliamentary Ombudsman of Malta)
“Globally and Regionally - How does it fit Together?”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Erhard Busek
(Former Vice Chancellor of Austria)
“The UK, Brexit and the EU - A Maltese Perspective”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi      (Former Prime Minister of Malta)
„Global Human rights, a Challenge for Global Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges
(Former Minister of Education of Luxembourg)
17:30 The Hon. Ali A . “Human Rights and their Impact on National Administrative Law”
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Gabriela Bogasiu
(Vice President of the Supreme Court of Romania)
„Human Rights and Global Value Chains“
(Keynote Address)

Dr. Gerhard Prätorius                
(Head of Sustainability Department, Volkswagen AG)
“Healing through Art”
(Keynote Address)

President Atifete Jahjaga       
(Former President of the Republic of Kosovo)
"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"
(Final Interactive Panel Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Yasar Yakis

Speakers :
President Emil Constantinescu
The Hon. Moses Ali
Judge Gabriela BOGASIU
Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck Ocist
The Hon. Hassan B. Diab
The Hon. Ints Dalderis
Amb. Tony Brenton
The Hon. Albert Fortell
The Hon. Lufter Xhuveli
18:00 "Constitutional Justice and Politics: the Case of Albania"
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Chief Justice Xhezair Zaganjori
(Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Albania)
“The Role of Human Rights Today”
(Keynote Address)

Judge Dragoljub Popovic
(Judge, the European Court of Human Rights)
Keynote Address

President Viktor Yushchenko
(Former President of Ukraine)
"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"
(Final Interactive Panel Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Yasar Yakis

Speakers :
President Emil Constantinescu
The Hon. Moses Ali
Judge Gabriela BOGASIU
Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck Ocist
The Hon. Hassan B. Diab
The Hon. Ints Dalderis
Amb. Tony Brenton
The Hon. Albert Fortell
The Hon. Lufter Xhuveli
18:30   “Hard but Fair”: Global Human Rights & Sustainability or Another Conflict - It is Now All in the Hands of the USA, Europe, Russia and China
(Interactive Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Erhard Busek

Guest of Honor:
HOW TO INVIGORATE
EU’S DREAM?? DEMOCRATIZING DEMOCRACY!!
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Pedro Sanchez
(Former Secretary - General of the Spanish Socialist Workers ' Party)

Welcome Words
President Emil Constantinescu
(Former President of Romania)

Speakers :
The Hon. Pedro Sanchez
The Hon. Moses Ali
Judge Dragoljub Popovic
The Hon. Jan Figel
Lord William Richard Fletcher Van Inglewood
The Hon. Hassan B. Diab
DG Nondas Cl. Metaxas
The Hon. Rui Duarte Barros
The Hon. Nouzha Skalli
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
MP Maja Gasal-Vrazali
“Hard but Fair”: a Discussion about the Future Europe
(Special Ceremony & Interactive Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Dirk Niebel

Guest of Honor:
“Albania ’ s Contribution in Strengthening the Regional Dialogue and Cooperation by Promoting its European Orientation and Values”
(Keynote Address)

President Bujar Nishani
(President of Albania)

Speakers :
President Bujar Nishani
President Emil Constantinescu
President Viktor Yushchenko
President Atifete Jahjaga
President Valdis Zatlers
The Hon. Pedro Sanchez
The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi     
The Hon. Marek Belka
The Hon. Janez Jansa
The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
The Hon. Ján Čarnogurský
The Hon. Mihai Ungureanu
The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
19:00 "The System of Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms in the Republic of Macedonia"
(Keynote Address)

Judge Milka Ristova
(Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia)
“Hard but Fair”: Global Human Rights & Sustainability or Another Conflict - It is Now All in the Hands of the USA, Europe, Russia and China
(Interactive Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Erhard Busek

Guest of Honor:
HOW TO INVIGORATE
EU’S DREAM?? DEMOCRATIZING DEMOCRACY!!
(Keynote Address)

The Hon. Pedro Sanchez
(Former Secretary - General of the Spanish Socialist Workers ' Party)

Welcome Words
President Emil Constantinescu
(Former President of Romania)
“Hard but Fair”: a Discussion about the Future Europe
(Special Ceremony & Interactive Discussion)

Chairman :
The Hon. Dirk Niebel

Guest of Honor:
“Albania ’ s Contribution in Strengthening the Regional Dialogue and Cooperation by Promoting its European Orientation and Values”
(Keynote Address)

President Bujar Nishani
(President of Albania)

Speakers :
President Bujar Nishani
President Emil Constantinescu
President Viktor Yushchenko
President Atifete Jahjaga
President Valdis Zatlers
The Hon. Pedro Sanchez
The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi     
The Hon. Marek Belka
The Hon. Janez Jansa
The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
The Hon. Ján Čarnogurský
The Hon. Mihai Ungureanu
The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
19:30 Welcome Group Dinner & Reception Farewell Group Dinner
20:30 Welcome Group Dinner & Reception
21:00 Group Dinner Christmas Dinner and Performance Art  

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN

"The Influence of New US and UN Leadership on International Relations, Economic Development, Innovation, New Markets, & Global Human Rights"

(New York City; January 10th - 14th, 2017)
Tuesday, January 10th, 2016
VENUE:  United Nations Conference Room 6 (CR 6)
14:00  Registrations
15:00 “Responsibility and the Role of the United Nations in Today’s Interdependent World“
Introductory Speech

Mark Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:15 Keynote Speech
Elisabeta David
(Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations)
16:30 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Frantisek Ruzicka
(Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations)
17:00 “The Influence of New US and UN Leadership on International Relations, Economic Development, Innovation, New Markets, & Global Human Rights”
Keynote Speech

H.E. Amb. Laura E. Flores H.
(Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations)
17:30 Keynote Speech
Dr. Neva Helena Alexander
(Global Leadership and Education Specialist and an Entrepreneur)
18:00 Social Program
Wednesday, January 11th, 2016
VENUE:  United Nations Conference Room 6
10:00 Keynote Speech
Mohammed Shams Malique
(Representative of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, President of the Citizen Movement)
10:15 Keynote Speech
Mr. Jacob Milton
(CEO, Legal Network International, LLC ND Tycoon Properties, Inc.)
10:30 “Theatre, Ritual and Building International Communities”
Keynote Address & Interactive Discussion

David Daimond
(Director, Theatre without Borders)
Dr. Jessica Litwak
(Artistic Director, the H.E.A.T. Collective)
11:10 Keynote Speech
The Hon. Giandomenico Picco
(Former United Nations Under Secretary General)
11:45 Keynote Speech
Lily Gray
(Liaison Officer, UNESCO Liaison Office to the UN)
12:10 Keynote Speech
Rabbi Yaakov Cohen
(Director, UN NGO The Institute for Noahide Code)
12:30 “Foreign Assistance: Ineffective or Detrimental Without Cultural Awareness“
Keynote Speech

James L. Creighton
(Distinguished Fellow, East-West Institute)
13:00 Break
14:30 The Role of the New UNSG in the Changing Global Landscape”
Keynote Speech

H.E. Amb. Odo Tevi
(Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Vanuatu to the United Nations)
15:30 Keynote Speech
Prof. Dr. Volker Berghahn
(Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University)
15:30 Keynote Speech
Prof. Dr. Nan Greer
(Professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department, University of Redlands)
16:00 Keynote Speech
The Hon. Rabbi Abadie
(Chief Rabbi, Safra Synagogue)
16:30 “Democracy and National Elections in Bangladesh and the USA”
Keynote Speech

Prof. Dr. Shaheda Obaed
(Educationist, Retired as Director General, National Academy for Education Management)
17:00 Music as Cultural Diplomacy
Keynote Speech

Heather Schmid & Syra Mehdi
(Award Winning Singer & Cultural Diplomat &Teen Cultural Diplomat)
18:00 Social Program
Thursday, January 12th, 2016
VENUE: US Capital Visitors Center, Washington DC
12:30 Tour Meeting Point Entrance to US Capital Visitors Center & Orientation Film
13:20 Tour of US Capital - Guided Walking Tour
VENUE: United States Congress, Washington DC
15:00 “The Influence of New US on International Relations, Economic Development, Innovation, New Markets, & Global Human Rights”
Introductory Speech

Mark Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:15 Keynote Speech
Congressman Daniel M. Donovan Jr.
(United States Senator from New York)

Keynote Speech
Senator Lamar Alexander
(United States Senator from Tennessee)     

Attorney Richard Hellman
(Founder, Middle East Research Center)
16:00 ROUNTABLE DISCUSSION WITH MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS
18:00 Travel Back to NYC
Friday, January 13th, 2016
VENUE:  United Nations Conference Room 11 (CR 11), General Assembly Building
10:00

Welcome Remarks

H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay
(Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations)
Mark C. Donfried
(Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

“The Role of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Peace and Security”
Panel Discussion

H.E. Ms. Cristina Gallach
(Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information)
Nihal Saad
Chief of Cabinet & Spokesperson for the High-Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Rev. Msgr. Tomasz Grysa
(Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations)
The Hon. Agha H. Jafri     
(Secretary General, American Muslim Congress)
Martin Oliner
(President, Global College of Technology/ Founder Pres. Center for Righteousness and Integrity, President of Religious Zionists of America)

12:30-13:00 A Conversation with H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, President of the ICD Program on Cultural Diplomacy & The Arts”

Moderator:
Mark C. Donfried
(Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
VENUE: Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN (227 E 52ndstreet, New York) (13:30-18:00)
13:30 Lunch Reception Hosted by Hungarian Ambassador to the United Nations
15:00 Conflicts Cause Poverty and Poverty can Cause Conflicts”
Keynote Speech

Dr. Amir Lakha
(Founder and Chairman, Humanitarian and Charitable One Trust)
15:30 Rehabilitate and Reintegrate for Development
Keynote Speech

Nancy Bolima
(Founder & Executive Director, HEDECS Cameroon)
16:00 “Education as a Resource of Smart Power”
Keynote Speech

Aigerim Raimzhanova
(PHD Student of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, a program offered by the University of Bucharest, Romania - Faculty of Philosophy, in cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Berlin)
16:30 Concluding Speech

Mark Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
18:00 Social Program
Saturday, January 14th, 2016
Day of Departure

Excursion Day

The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2017

"Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music"

(International Event Series; Berlin; February - December, 2017)
  Thursday,
February 16th, 2016
Friday ,
February 17th, 2016
Saturday ,
February 18th, 2016
Sunday,
February 19th, 2016
09:00 Registration Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
09:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
10:00 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
10:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
11:00 Break Break Break Break
11:30 Interactive Panel Discussions Interactive Panel Discussions Interactive Panel Discussions Interactive Panel Discussions
13:00 Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions
14:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
15:00 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
15:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
16:00 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
16:30 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
17:15 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
17:45 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion
18:15 Interactive Panel Discussions Interactive Panel Discussions Interactive Panel Discussions Interactive Panel Discussions
19:30 Welcome Group Dinner
& Concert
Show Dinner Group Dinner and Berlin Fashion Show Farewell Group Dinner