The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN

"The Influence of New US and UN Leadership on International Relations, Economic Development, Innovation, New Markets, & Global Human Rights"

(New York City; January 10th - 14th, 2017)
Tuesday, January 10th, 2016
VENUE: United Nations Conference Room 6 (CR 6)
14:00 Registrations
15:00 “Responsibility and the Role of the United Nations in Today’s Interdependent World“
Introductory Speech

Mark Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:15 Keynote Speech
Elisabeta David
(Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations)
16:30 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Frantisek Ruzicka
(Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations)
17:00 “The Influence of New US and UN Leadership on International Relations, Economic Development, Innovation, New Markets, & Global Human Rights”
Keynote Speech

H.E. Amb. Laura E. Flores H.
(Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations)
17:30 Keynote Speech
Dr. Neva Helena Alexander
(Global Leadership and Education Specialist and an Entrepreneur)
18:00 Social Program
Wednesday, January 11th, 2016
VENUE: United Nations Conference Room 6
10:00 Keynote Speech
Mohammed Shams Malique
(Representative of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, President of the Citizen Movement)
10:15 Keynote Speech
Mr. Jacob Milton
(CEO, Legal Network International, LLC ND Tycoon Properties, Inc.)
10:30 “Theatre, Ritual and Building International Communities”
Keynote Address & Interactive Discussion

David Daimond
(Director, Theatre without Borders)
Dr. Jessica Litwak
(Artistic Director, the H.E.A.T. Collective)
11:10 Keynote Speech
The Hon. Giandomenico Picco
(Former United Nations Under Secretary General)
11:45 Keynote Speech
Lily Gray
(Liaison Officer, UNESCO Liaison Office to the UN)
12:10 Keynote Speech
Rabbi Yaakov Cohen
(Director, UN NGO The Institute for Noahide Code)
12:30 “Foreign Assistance: Ineffective or Detrimental Without Cultural Awareness“
Keynote Speech

James L. Creighton
(Distinguished Fellow, East-West Institute)
13:00 Break
14:30 The Role of the New UNSG in the Changing Global Landscape”
Keynote Speech

H.E. Amb. Odo Tevi
(Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Vanuatu to the United Nations)
15:30 Keynote Speech
Prof. Dr. Volker Berghahn
(Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University)
15:30 Keynote Speech
Prof. Dr. Nan Greer
(Professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department, University of Redlands)
16:00 Keynote Speech
The Hon. Rabbi Abadie
(Chief Rabbi, Safra Synagogue)
16:30 “Democracy and National Elections in Bangladesh and the USA”
Keynote Speech

Prof. Dr. Shaheda Obaed
(Educationist, Retired as Director General, National Academy for Education Management)
17:00 Music as Cultural Diplomacy
Keynote Speech

Heather Schmid & Syra Mehdi
(Award Winning Singer & Cultural Diplomat &Teen Cultural Diplomat)
18:00 Social Program
Thursday, January 12th, 2016
VENUE: US Capital Visitors Center, Washington DC
12:30 Tour Meeting Point Entrance to US Capital Visitors Center & Orientation Film
13:20 Tour of US Capital - Guided Walking Tour
VENUE: United States Congress, Washington DC
15:00 “The Influence of New US on International Relations, Economic Development, Innovation, New Markets, & Global Human Rights”
Introductory Speech

Mark Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:15 Keynote Speech
Congressman Daniel M. Donovan Jr.
(United States Senator from New York)

Keynote Speech
Senator Lamar Alexander
(United States Senator from Tennessee)

Attorney Richard Hellman
(Founder, Middle East Research Center)
16:00 ROUNTABLE DISCUSSION WITH MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS
18:00 Travel Back to NYC
Friday, January 13th, 2016
VENUE: United Nations Conference Room 11 (CR 11), General Assembly Building
10:00

Welcome Remarks

H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay
(Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations)
Mark C. Donfried
(Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

“The Role of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Peace and Security”
Panel Discussion

H.E. Ms. Cristina Gallach
(Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information)
Nihal Saad
Chief of Cabinet & Spokesperson for the High-Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Rev. Msgr. Tomasz Grysa
(Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations)
The Hon. Agha H. Jafri
(Secretary General, American Muslim Congress)
Martin Oliner
(President, Global College of Technology/ Founder Pres. Center for Righteousness and Integrity, President of Religious Zionists of America)

12:30-13:00 A Conversation with H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, President of the ICD Program on Cultural Diplomacy & The Arts”

Moderator:
Mark C. Donfried
(Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
VENUE: Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN (227 E 52ndstreet, New York)(13:30-18:00)
13:30 Lunch Reception Hosted by Hungarian Ambassador to the United Nations
15:00 Conflicts Cause Poverty and Poverty can Cause Conflicts”
Keynote Speech

Dr. Amir Lakha
(Founder and Chairman, Humanitarian and Charitable One Trust)
15:30 Rehabilitate and Reintegrate for Development
Keynote Speech

Nancy Bolima
(Founder & Executive Director, HEDECS Cameroon)
16:00 “Education as a Resource of Smart Power”
Keynote Speech

Aigerim Raimzhanova
(PHD Student of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, a program offered by the University of Bucharest, Romania - Faculty of Philosophy, in cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Berlin)
16:30 Concluding Speech

Mark Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
18:00 Social Program
Saturday, January 14th, 2016
Day of Departure

Excursion Day