The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2016

"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Berlin; December 14th - 19th, 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, the German Parliament and several hotels in Berlin.

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 Conference will include Keynote Addresses from the following 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
President Viktor Yushchenko
Former President of Ukraine
President Bujar Nishani
President of Albania
President Hamid Karzai
Former President of Afghanistan
President John Kufuor
Former President of Gahna
President Atifete Jahjaga
Former President of the Republic of Kosovo
Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
Former Prime Minister of Malta
David Soul
Celebrated ActorBest known for his role as Detective Kenneth "Hutch"
Ian Gillan
Singer & Song writer with Deep Purple
Marcia Barrett
Celebrated Singer, Lead Singer of Boney M
Alberto R. Gonzales
80th United States Attorney General
Hon. Pedro Sánchez
Former Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Hon. Pedro Rosselló
Former Governor of Puerto Rico
Hon. Thuli Madonsela
Public Protector of South Africa
Hon. Mmantsetsa Marope
Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO
MEP Michčle Alliot-Marie
Former French Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hon. José de Faria Costa
Ombudsman of Portugal
Judge Dragoljub Popovic
Judge, the European Court of Human Rights
Hon. Idzet Memet
Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
CEO of König Ludwig GmbH
Prince Radu of Romania
Prince of Hohenzollern-Veringen
Prince Boris Petrović-Njegoš
Hereditary Prince of Montenegro
Hon. Erhard Busek
Former Vice Chancellor of Austria
Altabt Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck
Emerited Abbot of Heiligenkreuz Abbey
Hon. Jan Figel
EU Commission  Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU Economic and Social Committee
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Nondas Cl. Metaxas
CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Amb. Delia Domingo Albert
Former Foreign Minister of the Philippines
Hon. Luc van den Brande
Former Minister-president of Flanders
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. Anna Diamantopoulou 
Former Greek European Commissioner for Employment
Minister Lilyana Pavlova
Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria
Sen. Leila de Lima
Former Secretary of Justice of the Philippines
Hon. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
Former Prime Minister of Romania
Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
Lord Jack McConnell
Former First Minister of Scotland
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President
Hon. Ján Čarnogurský
Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
President Rexhep Meidani
Former President of Albania
Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
Former Prime Minister of Serbia
Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia
Hon. Igor Lukšić
Former Prime Minister of Montenegro
Hon. Janez Jansa
Former Prime Minister of Slovenia
Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
Former Prime Minister of Armenia
Hon. Rui Duarte BARROS
Former Prime minister of Guinea – Bissau
President Alfredo Palacio
Former President of Ecudor
Hon. Said Wilbert Musa
5th Prime Minister of Belize
Hon. Mirko Tomassoni
Former Captain Regent of San Marino
Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges
Former Speaker of the Parliament of Luxemburg
Hon. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
Amb. Katalin Bogyay
Ambassador of Hungary to the UN
Hon. Solomon Passy
President, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria (ICD Bulgaria Branch Office)
Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson
Former Minister of Justice of Iceland
Amb. Elena Poptodorova
Former Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States
Hon. Yasar Yakis
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
Hon. Nouzha Skalli
Former Moroccan Minister for Family Affairs
Hon. Ali Ahmad Jalali
Former Minister of the Interior of Afghanistan

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, economists, representatives of the Business sector, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, representatives of the Business sector, young professionals 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 registration 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.