The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2016

"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Berlin; December 14th - 18th, 2016)

Conference Overview

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world's leading event in the field of cultural diplomacy hosted and organized by ICD in partnership with other leading institutions at the end of each year.

The current political and security situation in many regions and countries together with the deteriorations of social norms for the use of violence, emphasizes the growing need for a greater cultural dialogue, understanding and trust in order to avoid further escalation. The 2016 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy will therefore focus, on raising awareness and support for activities that promote global human rights.

The 2016 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy aims to present all successful CD practices in the area of human rights that the field of cultural diplomacy has to offer to the international community for their application to try to remedy and ease these growing global challenges. The conference will bring together leading politicians, religious leaders, senior academics and celebrated artists together with representatives from areas of conflict in order to establish new institutions and initiatives that will help with these challenges using the practice of cultural diplomacy together with other practices and means.

Conference Locations

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted in the ICD House of Arts & Culture and at the German Parliament.


Conference Speakers & Delegates

The conference will bring together over 500 delegates coming from the fields of politics and religion together with senior academics and celebrated artists travelling to Berlin from all corners of the world to promote global peace in our interdependent world.

The Symposium will include Keynote Addresses from the Honorable Members of the ICD:

Hon. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO & UNCTAD
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Former Prime Minister of Spain
President Emil Constantinescu
Former President of Romania
MEP Michčle Alliot-Marie
Former French Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
Former Prime Minister of Malta
Hon. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece
Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges
Former Speaker of the Parliament of Luxemburg
Hon. Jan Figel
European Commission Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the EU
Hon. Thuli Madonsela
Public Protector of South Africa
Hon. Mmantsetsa Marope
Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO
Judge Julia Sebutinde
President, ICD Program on International Law & Human Rights
Hon. José de Faria Costa
Ombudsman of Portugal
Judge Dragoljub Popovic
Judge, the European Court of Human Rights
Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia
SG Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General, Arab Federation of Stock Exchanges
Rashed Al Baloushi
CEO, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
Dr. Mohammed Omran
Executive Chairman, the Egyptian Stock Exchange
Hon. Solomon Passy
President, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria (ICD Bulgaria Branch Office)
Vice President Linda Lanzillotta
Vice President of the Italian Senate
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU Economic and Social Committee
Hon. Yasar Yakis
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
Hon. Nouzha Skalli
Former Moroccan Minister for Family Affairs
Lord Jack McConnell
President, Africa EU Relations Program
Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson
Former Minister of Justice of Iceland
Hon. Ali Ahmad Jalali
Former Minister of the Interior of Afghanistan
Hon. Erhard Busek
Former Vice Chancellor of Austria

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the Conference Committee.

Participant Papers » - The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.