Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights
"Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights"

(Berlin; May 27th - June 1st, 2013)

Congress Overview

Since its earliest inception, Human Rights have increasingly been considered to form part of what is now seen as universal law. The creation of the United Nations in 1945 subsequently provided an international regulatory framework for dialogue on Human Rights in the global sphere. Despite a global governing set of laws set forth by the formation of the UN, the international community still lacks a cohesive implementation and engagement strategy in the enforcement of Human Rights.

The conference will therefore provide the platform for activists, experts, academics and world leaders involved in the field of Human Rights to come together, create alliances, and better coordinate their activities, thus promoting better implementation and enforcement of Human Rights in a more effective nature.

The conference will furthermore engage Cultural Diplomacy as a means of uniting the varying sectors of society in order to create a joint collaboration for the protection and support of Human Rights activities, as well as recognize the capabilities of Cultural Diplomacy in enabling governments to fulfill Human Rights obligations towards their citizens.


Symposium Locations

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

Symposium 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 symposia, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:

Symposium Speakers »

The speakers during the Conference will include human rights activists, dignitaries and heads of state and ministers, as well as leading figures and experts from international politics, the diplomatic community and civil society from across the world. These speakers will include high number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board; to learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click here

Speakers for the Conference include:


Dr. Emil Costantinescu
Former President of Romania (more)
The Hon. Michail Kasyanov
Former Prime Minister of Russia (more)
The Hon. Kristiina Ojuland (MEP)
Member of the European Parliament; Former Foreign Minister of Estonia (more)
Minister Ögmundur Jónasson
Minister of the Interior of Iceland (more)

Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Symposium, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the Symposium. Following the Symposium, select papers will be chosen to be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to all governments and leaders of the international community following the Symposia.

Certificate of Attendance

All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD Advisory Board.

Symposium Agenda »

The conference will bring civil society and academics practitioners together with world leaders with the intention of creating global alliances and platforms for dialogue. This major assembly of Human Rights activists and experts will create a cohesive coalition of supporters with the aim of strengthening current policies while initiating new proposals in the Human Rights arena. The simultaneous sessions of the Congress will provide a unique opportunity for those involved in the field to come together and discuss contemporary obstacles and needed revisions, work collectively as a single entity, and ultimately propose alternative solutions to current impediments.