The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014
"A World without Walls": Opportunities for Peace Building in a Time of Global Insecurity

(Berlin; November 7th - 10th, 2014 - Held Parallel to the Berlin Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall")

A World without Walls 2014

Introduction

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world’s leading event within its field and traditionally hosted and organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and other leading organisations at the end of the calendar year. The 2014 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy will be held in the framework of the Berlin celebrations of the 25th Anniversary for the fall of the Berlin Wall. This year’s conference is titled “World Without Walls” to emphasize the great changes that took place in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to symbolize the many political, economic and cultural walls that still exist in today’s society. This year’s conference will focus on these boundaries and issues.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a historic catalyst that led to a change in the world’s political, economic and cultural landscape. In the tumultuous aftermath, Eastern Europe witnessed the emergence of dozens of states which led to today’s European Union. The events in Berlin also brought transformation to other parts of the world very far from the Berlin Wall, including regions as far afield as Africa and Asia, and also laid the groundwork for the world we experience today.

Conference Agenda

The 2014 event will include large-scale events dedicated to the fields of international relations and economics peace building, human rights, arts and culture. The conference curriculum will include a broad range of topics of discussion and will also focus on specific areas within the field of Cultural Diplomacy in order to provide a wide and detailed analysis of Cultural Diplomacy for 2014. Through discussion, lectures and analysis the event will highlight the urgent need to campaign for a world without walls.

Conference Locations »

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Conference Speakers & Delegates »

The 2014 conference will bring together over 300 world leaders coming from the fields of politics and religious together with senior academics and celebrated artists travelling to Berlin from all corners of the world to promote global peace in our interdependent world.

Speakers & Delegates for the Conference include:

President Vicente Fox
55th President of Mexico
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Former Prime Minister of Spain
Hon. Massimo D'Alema
Former Prime Minister of Italy
Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
Former Prime Minister of Malta
Hon. Yves Leterme
Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Hon. Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Former Prime Minister of Denmark
Hon. Nika Gilauri
Former Prime Minister of Georgia
President Amine Gemayel
Former President of Lebanon
President Živko Budimir
President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
President Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson
Speaker of the Parliament of Iceland
President Josip Leko
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
President Patrick Herminie
Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles
Dr. Franz Josef Jung (MdB)
Former Minister of Defense of Germany
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Minister Rimantas Šadžius
Minister of Finance of Lithuania
Hon. Michael Buhl
CEO, Vienna Stock Exchange
Minister Besim Beqaj
Minister of Finance of Kosovo
Nondas Cl. Metaxas
CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Dr. Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges
Rajeeva Bandaranaike
Chief Executive Officer, Colombo Stock Exchange, Sri Lanka
Al Jardine
Celebrated American Singer, Founder Member of the "Beach Boys"
David Hasselhoff
Celbrated American Actor
Jermaine Jackson
Celebrated American Singer, Member of The Jackson 5
Prince Boris Petrović-Njegoš
Hereditary Prince of Montenegro
Prince Radu of Romania
Prince of Hohenzollern-Veringen
Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia
Prince of Venice and Piedmont
Princess Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen
Head of Human Culture History, Universal Museum Joanneum
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
CEO of König Ludwig GmbH
Princess Tamara Laura Czartoryska
Celebrated Sportswoman & TV Personality
Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia
Amb. Mustafa Mujezinović
Former Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina
The Hon. Iveta Radičová
Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali
President of Puntland
HRH Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni
Zulu Prince
President Tui Atua Tupua Tamase Taisi Efi
Head of State of Samoa
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
President Emil Constantinescu
Former President of Romania
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Former President of Malta
President Arnold Rüütel
Former President of Estonia
Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson
Former Prime Minister of Iceland
Hon. Mirko Cvetković
Former Prime Minister of Serbia

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:

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.

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.