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The German Parliament
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The 2012 International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights

Social & Cultural Inequality: Innovative Strategies to Promote Access to Human Rights and Equalize Globalization

(Berlin; June 1st - 4th, 2012)
The events of the Arab Spring in 2012 demonstrated a unified call in Arab countries for social and cultural reforms, which should include greater access to basic human rights. The Arab Spring inspired individuals across the world to use this momentum to demonstrate for more equitable access to political, economic and social rights using modern technology and social media to enhance the promotion and spreading of their messages at an unparalleled speed.

These events were each highlighted by the possibility for the people to better organize themselves and express their will through the social media, allowing them to gather millions of supporters around them within a very short period of time. When one compares these transitions to similar historical events, one can see that such changes have traditionally taken many years, rather than days, however once they do occur, they are sustainable and broad changes that are not then reversed.

The 2012 International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin therefore will focus on analyzing the current global situation and will offer innovative strategies to promote greater access to human rights and to equalize the process of globalization, while using the practice of cultural diplomacy as a tool to enhance these processes.

Symposium Speakers »

Speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board please click here).

Symposium Participants

Participation in the symposium is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, 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 symposium, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:

Certificate of Attendance

All participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.

ICD Alumni Program »

All conference participants will be invited to join the ICD alumni program. The “ICD Alumni Group” is an international network of like-minded individuals with an interest in further developing the field of cultural diplomacy through the support of intercultural relations. Participation in the group is by invitation only, and is open only to individuals who have taken part in ICD programs. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities (more).

Symposium Agenda »

During the conference, the following themes and issues will be explored:
  • Social & Cultural Inequality: Worldwide Historical Overview & Current Issues
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Social Inequality and Human Rights
  • Human and Social Rights: Innovative strategies and New Issues
  • Innovative Strategies to Equalize Globalisation