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"

Conference Agenda

Friday, 7.11.2014
9:45 The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson (Former Prime Minister of Iceland)
Welcome Address
10:00 The Hon. Einar K. Guđfinnsson (Speaker, Parliament of Iceland)
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Symbol of the Fall of a Socialist Empire
10:30 The Hon. Luis Hierro López(Former Vice President of Uruguay)
About Walls and Freedom
11:00 The Hon. Mufti Vahid-ef. Fazlovic (Mufti of Tuzla)
Commitment to Inter-Religious Dialogue - Commitment to World Peace'
11:20 Pastor Árni Svanur Daníelsson (Priest, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland)
The Angel on the Wall
11:40 Break
12:00 Judge Göran Lambertz (Judge of the Supreme Court of Sweden)
The Fall of the Walls of Unfreedom: The Role of International Law
12:20 Judge Xhezair Zaganjori (Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Albania)
The Role and Contribution of the International Law to World Peace
12:40 Gen (Rtd) Moses Ali (Second Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda)
A World Without Walls:  Opportunities For Peace Building In A Time Of Global Insecurity
13:00 Lunch Break
14:30 The Hon. Dr. Adnan Badran (President, Petra University; Former Prime Minister of Jordan)
Overcoming Barriers of Building Culture of Peace
15:00 Prof. Dr. Marilena Zackheos (Director, The Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies, University of Nicosia)
The Berlin Wall and the Green Line: Considerations about Borders and Narratives
15:20 Prof. Dr. Finn Kjćrsdam (Former Rector; Aalborg University in Denmark)
A University World Without Walls
16:00 Break
16:20 Amb. Elena Poptodorova (Ambassador of Bulgaria to the USA)
Coming from the Past, going to the Future
16:40 Prof. Dr. Arthur Hirsch (Director, Webster University, Vienna Campus)
The End of History Re-Visited
17:00 Pro-Chancellor Christopher F. Higgins (Pro-Chancellor, Durham University)
Higher Education and Cultural Diplomacy
17:30 Interactive Panel Discussion
“Opportunities for Peace Building in a Time of Global Insecurity”
19:00 Welcome Dinner
Saturday, 8.11.2014
09:00 Javier Ideami (Founder of Ideami Studios)
Breaking the Analytical Walls in the 21st Century - How Creative Thinking can help us Achieve Balance and Success in Today's Complex Environments
09:20 Bishop Siluan Span (Romanian Orthodox Bishop to Italy)
Removing the ‎Walls of Division from our Hearts
09:40 The Hon. Jan Figel (Vice President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic)
Bridges or Walls? Roots of Relations in the Current World
10:00 The Hon. Speaker Josip Leko (Speaker, Parliament of Croatia)
Keynote Address
10:20 President Živko Budimir (President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Fate of Small Nations in World Processes
10:40 The Hon. Jadranka Kosor (Former Prime Minister of Croatia)
Tearing Down Walls, Building up Bridges in Southeastern Europe
11:00 Thuli Mandosela (Public Protector of South Africa; Human Rights Lawyer and Equality Expert)
Keynote Address
11:20 President Fejzullah Hasani (President, Supreme Court of Kosovo)
Berlin Wall and its Philosophy of Peace, Freedom and Liberty of the Individual
12:00 Judge Julia Sebutinde (Judge, International Court of Justice)
Walls: Peace Makers or Breakers? An Internationa Law Perspective
12:20 President Vesna Medenica (President, Supreme Court of Montenegro)
Human Rights And Their Protection Breaks All Walls
12:40 Deputy Chief Justice Abdulkadir Ilhani (Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Turkey)
“Anticipated Dream: Unarmed and Boundless World"
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 The Hon. Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Former Prime Minister of Denmark)
The Core of Europe
14:20 The Hon. Iveta Radicová (Former Prime Minister of Slovakia)
EU - Divided Unit
14:40 The Hon. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis (Former Foreign Minister of Cyprus)
Division and Reunification: The Anachronism of Separation and the European Reality of Coexistence and Multiculturalism
15:00 President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Former Prime Minister of Spain)
Twenty-Five Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Peace is Still the Task
15:20 MP Dora Bakoyannis (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece)
Is there a Danger of new Walls in Europe?
15:40 Break
16:00 The Hon. Yves Leterme (Secretary General, "International IDEA")
How Can Democracy Build A Safer World?
16:20 The Hon. Massimo D'Alema (53rd Prime Minister of Italy; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy)
After 25 Year: the New Challenges for Peace and Security
16:40 His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania
The Crown and Modern Romania
17:00 Prof. Dr. Timothy O’Shea (Principal of the University of Edinburg)
Wall Smashing Technologies
17:15 Amb. Mustafa Mujezinovic (Former Prime Minister of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Sarajevo Without Walls
17:30 „IDEA International“ (Moderated Panel Discussion)
„The Future of Political Parties in the Context of Citizen Protest Movements: How Can Political Parties Respond?“
20:00 Cultural Diplomacy Awards Ceremony
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Former Prime Minister of Spain)
Jermaine Jackson (World-renowned Singer & Musician)
20:30 Jermaine Jackson (World-renowned Singer & Musician)
Keynote Address & Interview
Sunday, 9.11.2014
09:00 The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges (Former Speaker of the Parliament of Luxemburg; Former Culture Minister)
Peace building and the Future of Nation States
09:20 Mmantsetsa Marope (Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO)
The Invisible Walls of Our 21st Century World: What Would it Take to Break Them?
09:40  President Rexhap Meidani (Former President of Albania)
The Invisible Walls of Our 21st Century World: What Would it Take to Break Them?
10:00 Sir James Mancham (Founding President of the Seychelles)
Why the Might is Right Policy is not Conducive to Peace in the World
10:15 Prof. Dr. Tine Pars (Rector, University of Greenland)
A World without Walls - Greenland, and an Arctic for Peace
10:30 Prof. Dr. John Latham (Vice Chancellor, Coventry University)
A Global Serving University in an Age of Boundaries, Borders and Walls
10:45 Judge Milka Ristova (Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia)
Keynote Address
11:00 Prof. Dr. Karel Luyben (Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology)
Science & Technology without Walls
11:15 Prof. Dr. David Faraggi (Rector, the University of Haifa)
The Role of higher Education in the 21st Century
11:30 His Royal Highness The Raja Remigius Kanagarajah (Head of the Royal House of Jaffna, (Sri Lanka))
The Berlin Wall
11:45 Sir Robert Worcester (Former Chancellor of the University of Kent 2006-2014)
The Relevance of the Principles of the Magna Carta in the 21st Century and its Relationship to Peace Building at a Time of Global Insecurity
12:00 Prof. Dr. Karin Röding (Vice-Chancellor, Mälardalen University)
Education - Another Brick out of the Wall
12:15 Prof. Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin (Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia)
A World Without Walls: 25 years After the Fall of Berlin Wall and Peace building Initiatives
12:30 Dr. Benjamin Barber (World Renowned Political Theorist and Author)
New 'WALLS' Dividing Nations: Can Cities be New Bridges?
13:00 Lunch Break
13:30 Prof. Dr. Andreas Khol (Former President of the Austrian National Council)
What Made the Walls in Europa Fall 25 Years Ago?
13:45 Tatjana Sehic (Program Coordinator, OYED Young Leaders’ Forums)
14:00 MP Reinhold Lopatka (Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of Austrian People´s Party)
“A World Without Borders: Are Borders an Anachronism?”
14:15 His Royal Highness Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni (Zulu Prince; Chairman of the Prince Africa Zulu Foundation Trust)
Can Human Race Coexist within Our Diversities? Leadership Role Lessons from Berlin Wall Fall for Contemporary Generation
14:30 His Royal Highness Prince Boris Petrovic-Njegoš (Hereditary Prince of Montenegro)
How Wall Turns to Virtual and How does Humanity's will Make the Shift ?
14:45 The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson
10 Thoughts Inspired By The Fall Of The Berlin Wall
15:00 President Arnold Rüütel (Former President of Estonia)
Keynote Address
15:15 President Valdis Zatlers (Former President of Latvia)
Keynote Address
15:30 The Hon. Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu (Former Prime Minister of Romania)
'Wir sind das Volk'. A World without Walls”
15:45 The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi (Former Prime Minister of Malta)
Maltese Perspectives on Economic Sustainability Issues
16:00 President Emil Constantinescu (President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)
Keynote Address
16:30 The Hon. Bertie Ahern (Former Prime minister of Ireland)
Keynote Address
17:00 His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamase Taisi Efi (Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa)
“A World Without Walls”
17.30 President Vicente Fox (55th President of Mexico)
Keynote Address
18:00 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Moderated Panel Discussion)
Judge Fausto Pocar (Former President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY))
President Vicente Fox (55th President of Mexico)
The Hon. Bertie Ahern (Former Prime minister of Ireland)
The Hon. László Kovács (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary)
21:00

Anggun Cipta Sasmi (Celebrated French-Indonesian Singer)
Keynote Speech & Performance
21:30 Waldemar Bastos (Celebrated Singer & Musician)
Keynote Speech & Performance
Monday, 10.11.2014
09:30 The Hon. Cyril Svoboda (Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Former Foreign Minister)
Keynote Address
18:00 Archim. Emmanuel Sfiatkos (Representative of the Orthodox Bishops in Germany)
Keynote Address
Tuesday, 11.11.2014
10:30 Prof. Giovanni Puglisi (Rector, International University of Languages and Media IULM, Italy)
Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Technologies, Sustainable Industries...what about Sustainable Culture?