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Forthcoming International Conferences (More »)

The Strasbourg Conference on International Law & Human Rights »
"The Role of International Law to Promote Sustainable Development, Youth Empowerment & Women's Rights"

(Strasbourg, France; April 14th - 16th, 2014)

The Strasburg Conference on International Law & Human Rights will gather a broad range of stakeholders to explore The Role of International Law to Promote Sustainable Development, Youth Empowerment & Women's Rights" and will formulate recommendations for joint strategies for immediate and future implementation. The Conference will create and publish a proposal document that will then be publically presented to the international community. (More »)
Speakers for the Congress include:
MP Ján Figel
Vice President, National Council of the Slovak Republic
MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin
Member of the European Parliament
MP Ögmundur Jónasson
Member of the Parliament of Iceland
MP Elfyn Llwyd
Member of the British Parliament
Judge Boštjan Zupančič
Member of the British Parliament
Ineta Ziemele
Judge, Section President, European Court of Human Rights
MEP Marietje Schaake
Member of the European Parliament
Regína Jensdóttir
Head of the Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe
Liri Kopachi
Head of Equality Division, Council of Europe

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

(Brussels; May 22nd - 24th, 2014)

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU will present 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. (More »)

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA »
"US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community"

(Washington D.C. & New York City; June 23rd - 27th, 2014)

The Symposium will bring together US legislators, representatives of the private sector and civil society as well as representatives from the international community to initiate joint-programs that will increase the volume of US engagement in cultural diplomacy. (More »)

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International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Religion 2014 »
"The Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue"

(Rome, Italy; March 31st - April 3rd, 2014)

The Symposium will unite religious and spiritual leaders together with politicians, diplomats, and academics in order to create cultural platforms for dialogue between nation states and religious leaders. (More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Symposium include:
Hon. Franco Frattini
Former Foreign Minister of Italy
Sen. Linda Lanzillotta
Vice President of the Italian Senate
President Angelo Farrugia
Speaker of the Parliament of Malta
Mufti dr. Aziz ef. Hasanović
President of Meshihat of Islamic Community in Croatia
Archbishop Ignazio Sanna
Archbishop of Oristano, Italy
H.E Husein ef. Kavazovic
Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzegovina
President Stjepan Mesić
Former President of Croatia
Hon. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Former Prime Minister of Spain
Sen. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
Former Prime Minister of Romania

The Helsinki Conference on International Law & Women's Rights »
"An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Role of International Law in Promoting Women's Rights"

(Helsinki; March 10th - 12th, 2014)

The Helsinki Conference on International Law & Women Rights explored the Role of International Law in Promoting Women's Rights" and formulated joint strategies for future implementation. The conference featured a variety of lectures and panel discussions provided the participants the opportunity to debate the role of international law in promoting women rights. (More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Symposium include:
The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi
Former Prime Minister of Finland
Minister Erkki Tuomioja
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland
The Hon. Elisabeth Rehn
Former Minister of Defence of Finland

The Berlin International Economics Congress 2014 »
"Global Trends in Creative Economies: Green Industries, Education, Entrepreneurship and Tourism as Drivers of Sustainable Economic Growth"

(Berlin; March 5th - 7th, 2014 - Held Parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair)

The Berlin International Economics Congress is one of the world leading global conferences combining the fields of International Economics, Nation Branding and International Relations with an interdisciplinary and multinational program. The Congress took place over 3 days and analyzed global trends in creative economies. (More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Congress include:
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development
Minister Tsedevdamba Oyungerel
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia
Minister Dato' Seri Mohamed
Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia
The Hon. Dora Bakoyannis
Former Foreign Minister of Greece
Deputy Minister Branimir Botev
Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy of Bulgaria
Rashed Al Baloushi
Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

The Language of Art & Music »
"Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy: Practicing Cultural Diplomacy through Film"

(Berlin; February 12th - 14th, 2014 - Held Parallel to the Berlin International Film Festival)

The conference gathered an interdisciplinary mixture of practitioners of Cultural Diplomacy from across the globe for a celebration of cinematic creativity that ran parallel to the world renowned Berlinale International Film Festival. (More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Congress included:
Neta Riskin
Israeli Actress
Candela Figueira
US Actress
Nursel Köse
German Actress & Film Director

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2013 »
"Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community"

(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)

The 2013 Annual Conference explored the contributions of Cultural Diplomacy, while using the arts and culture to promote Cross Continental Cooperation & Democracy Promotion, successful peace building & reconciliation, human rights, multiculturalism and successful international relations.(More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Summit included:
President Francesco Rutelli
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
Hon. Michčle Alliot-Marie
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France
President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
President of the Club of Madrid
The Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia
The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi
Former Prime Minister of Finland
Hon. Mirko Cvetković
Former Prime Minister of Serbia
President Jorge Pizarro
President of the Senate of Chile
Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU European Economic & Social Committee

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