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BA, MA, MBA PhD Programs, E-Learning Programs, Certificate Programs

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies is the world's leading center for the study of cultural diplomacy, offering educational opportunities ranging from distance learning courses to master's and PhD programs.
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The CCDS offers the following Programs:
BA, MBA & MA Programs » PhD Programs »
Certificate & Professional Development Programs » E-Learning Programs »

Professional Development Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy »
Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy

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The Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy is comprised of specialized courses designed to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge needed in the field of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, with a particular emphasis on the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and as practiced by the private sector and civil society. (More »)

E-Learning Programs in Cultural Diplomacy »
Professional Development Programs in Cultural Diplomacy

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The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) has designed the E-Learning Programs, which include the main fields of research and activity in cultural diplomacy. (More »)
The CCDS offers the following E-Learning Programs:
  • International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy - Specialization on Governments & Parliaments
  • Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy - Specialization on Global Governance Institutions
  • Cultural Diplomacy for Diplomats - Specialization on Governments
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Sustainable Development & the Global Markets - Specialization on Economic Global Institutions & Corporations
  • Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation - Specialization on Governments & NGOs

The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018 »
"Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music"

(Berlin; February 21st - 23rd, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Film Festival 2018

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"The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018" is an international conference taking place in Berlin from February 21st – 23rd, 2017 to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
Prof. Dr. Karl P. Donfried »
Director of Studies - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)
The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges »
Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board
The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis »
Vice President on the Council for CD Studies
Prof. Dr.  Hans Köchler
President of the International Progress Organization
The Hon. Gert Weisskirchen
Former Senior Member of the German Parliament
Hedva Ser
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy

Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN »
"Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Washington D.C., February 26th - 27th & NYC, February 28th - March 1st, 2018)
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The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN will take place in New York City and Washington D.C. The conference will be hosted in the UN building and at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the cities. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
Deputy Secretary John Negroponte
Former US Deputy Secretary of State
Secretary Chuck Hagel (tbc)
24th United States Secretary of Defense
The Hon. Alberto Gonzales
80th United States Attorney General
Sen. George J. Mitchell
Former USA Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
Secretary Barbara Franklin (tbc)
29th United States Secretary of Commerce

The African Development Forum 2018 »
"Sustainable Economies & Responsible Investments"

(Berlin; March 6th - 9th, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Tourism Fair ITB

The African Development Forum 2018 will focus on the opportunities for development in Africa in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. The forum will highlight the best practices of countries in Africa of practicing successful sustainable development and formulate new initiatives, which will strengthen African development. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria
President Joyce Banda
Former President of Malawi
The Hon. Thabo Mbeki
Former Prime Minister of South Africa
President John Agyekum Kufuor
Former President of Ghana
The Hon. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (tbc)
Former Chair of the African Union Commission
Hon. Rui Duarte Barros
Former Prime minister of Guinea – Bissau
General Moses Ali
First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda
Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar
Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria
Minister Jean Paul Adam
Minister of Health of the Seychelles

Berlin Economic Forum 2018 »
"Sustainable Economies & Responsible Investments"

(International Conference, Berlin; March 9th - 11th, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Tourism Fair ITB

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The Berlin Economic Forum Project 2014-24 (www.beforum.de) is a 10 year global project organized by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in partnership with global governance organizations, national governments, leading academic institutions and multinational corporations. The next event will take place from March 9th-11th, 2018 in Berlin/Germany and will focus on Sustainable Business, Tourism & Responsible Foreign Investments. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
The Hon. Fredrik Reinfeldt
Former Prime Minister of Sweden
The Hon. Tony Abott
Former Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Irina Bokova
Former Director-General of UNESCO
The Hon. Frederik Willem de Klerk
Former President of South Africa
President Percival J. Patterson
Former President of Jamaica
Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
Former Prime Minister of Malta
The Hon. Brian Cowen (tbc)
Former Prime Minister of Ireland

The Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia

The Hon. Édith Cresson
Former Prime Minister of France
The Hon. Aleqa Hammond
Former Prime Minister of Greenland
The Hon. Nika Gilauri
Former Prime Minister of Geoprgia

The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
Former Prime Minister of Serbia

Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
Former Prime minister of Armenia

President Alfredo Palacio
Former President of Ecuador

President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Former President of Malta
Amb. Delia Domingo Albert
Former Foreign Minister of the Philippines
SG Béatrice Wertli
Secretary General of the CVP Switzerland Party
The Hon. Jan Vincent-Rostowski
Former Finance Minister of Poland

Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
CEO, König Ludwig GmbH

Mr. Christian Leitz (tbc)
Head, Corporate Responsibility Management, UBS
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Mr. Mohamed Farid Saleh
Executive Chairman, the Egyptian Exchange
The Hon. Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General
Arab Federation of Exchanges
The Hon. Rashed Al Baloushi
Chief Executive, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
Mr. Nondas Cl. Metaxas
Former CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Mr. Ivan Takev
Executive Director of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange
Mr. Milan Božić, CEO
Banja Luka Stock Exchange
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid
Chairman, Chittagong Stock Exchange
Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike
Chief Executive Officer, Colombo Stock Exchange, Sri Lanka
Mr. Kam Majedur Rahman
Managing Director of Dhaka Stock Exchange
Mr. Moremi Marwa
Chief Executive Officer, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, Tanzania
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU Economic and Social Committee
Mr. Dorji Phuntsho
CEO, Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan

The Barcelona Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation »
"Enhancing Cross & Trans Continental Cooperation"

(Barcelona; March 22th - 25th, 2018)

The Catalan dispute highlighted in the latest regional election, in December 21st, 2017 demonstrated once more the urgent need for ongoing constructive dialogue in order to achieve and maintain lasting cross regional cooperation. (More »)

Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth 2018 »
"Cultural Diplomacy as a Means to Build Bridges between the Commonwealth & the World"

London; April 16th - 20th, 2018
(Held Parallel to the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit 2018)

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The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore created the conference in order to build on the past experience of the commonwealth in order to formulate new initiatives, which will strengthen international relations and encourage cooperation between diverse communities based upon values of peace, democracy, human rights and the rule of law within the Commonwealth of Nations. (More »)

Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018 »
"EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community"

Brussels; June 27th - 29th, 2018
(Held Parallel to the European Council Meeting)

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Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018 will demonstrate the importance of building cultural bridges for the benefits of EU economy, and well-being of EU citizens, while illustrating the cost-effective advantages of such programs compared to other policy alternatives. The conference will also campaign for new programs, increased budgets and greater governmental attention of the unique opportunities practicing cultural diplomacy can bring. (More »)