The Barcelona Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation

"Enhancing Cross Continental Cooperation in Europe"

Barcelona; May 24th - 26th, 2018


The recent ongoing disputes in Europe demonstrate the need for ongoing constructive dialogue in order to achieve and maintain lasting cross-regional cooperation both within and between European countries.

Currently in Europe, one can easily see an unstable situation which is highlighted in many forms such as the following examples: the Russian-EU relations, NATO budget and policy issues, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the migration dispute within the EU, the Brexit process, the Catalan, Italian and Scottish independence aspirations, the new nationalist trends, and the ongoing high unemployment in the south of Europe. These kind of conflicts and transitions can be observed, not only in Europe, but in all continents and in many states around the globe where similar conflicts and disputes have arisen, taking the forms of both peaceful disputes as well as violent conflicts.

It is therefore absolutely necessary that ongoing dialogues on all political levels in both old and in new forms should be established and performed. The Barcelona Summit 2018 aims to analyze and debate these important developments in order to demonstrate best practices to enhance cross & continental cooperation in Europe.

Conference Speakers »

Speakers and delegates during the conference will include leading politicians, chief diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

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.

Conference Locations

The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain. The conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Participant Papers »

The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the conference, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the conference. Following the conference, the papers will be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to governments and leaders of the international community. To read articles submitted by participants of our international conferences or to submit a paper please click here ».