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The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies is the world's leading center for the study of cultural diplomacy, offering educational opportunities ranging from distance learning courses to master's and PhD programs.
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The Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24 ( is a 10 year global project organized by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in partnership with leading institutions & multinational corporations. The next events will take place from March 6th-11th, 2018 in Berlin.
The events will commence on March 6th, 2018 with a focus on African Development (in the framework of the African Development Forum 2018) and will continue with discussions on the forum themes from a global perspective:

Berlin Economic Forum 2018 »
"Sustainable Economies & Responsible Investments"

(International Conference, Berlin; March 6th - 11th, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Tourism Fair ITB

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The Forum aims to analyze and debate global trends of nation branding with a particular focus on sustainable business, tourism and responsible foreign investments and will demonstrate how these can be used as primary drivers for economic growth. (More »)
Speakers for the Forum include (among others) the following dignitaries:
The Hon Gordon Brown
Former Prime Minister of the UK
President François Hollande
Former President of France
The Hon. Irina Bokova
Former Director-General of UNESCO
The Hon. Fredrik Reinfeldt
Former Prime Minister of Sweden
President Hamid Karzai
Former President of Afghanistan
The Hon. Jan Peter Balkenende
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
President Frederik Willem de Klerk
Former President of South Africa
The Hon. Brian Cowen
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
The Hon. Matti Vanhanen
Former Prime Minister of Finland

The Hon. Laurent Lamothe
Former Prime Minister of Haiti

The Hon. Supachai Panitchpakdi
7th Director-General of the WTO; 9th Secretary-General of the UNCTAD
The Hon. Percival J. Patterson
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
President John Agyekum Kufuor
Former President of Ghana
The Hon. Mmantsetsa Marope
Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO
President Amin Gemayel
Former President of Lebanon
President Rosen Plevneliev
Former President of Bulgaria
SG Béatrice Wertli
Secretary General of the CVP Switzerland Party
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
The Hon. Zlatko Lagumdzija
Former Prime Minister of B&H

The Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia

The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
Former Prime Minister of Serbia

The Hon. Nika Gilauri
Former Prime Minister of Georgia
The Hon. Aleqa Hammond
Former Prime Minister of Greenland
The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
Former Prime Minister of Armenia
Minister Nikolina Angelkova
Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria
Minister Kamina Johnson Smith
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica
Minister Hamat Bah
Minister of Tourism and Culture of Gambia
General Moses Ali
First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda
Mr. Gaorekwe Gaorekwe
Director - Brand Botswana (National Portfolio)
Minister Alain Aimé Nyamitwe
Minister of External Relations & International Cooperation of Burundi

Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
CEO, König Ludwig GmbH

Minister Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi
Minister of Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Mr. Mohamed Farid Saleh
Executive Chairman, the Egyptian Exchange
The Hon. Altai Khangai
CEO of the Mongolian Stock Exchange
The Hon. Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General Arab Federation of Exchanges
Mr. Ivan Takev
Executive Director of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange
Mr. Nondas Cl. Metaxas
Former CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Mr. Milan Božić, CEO
Banja Luka Stock Exchange
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid
Chairman, Chittagong Stock Exchange
Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike
Chief Executive Officer, Colombo Stock Exchange, Sri Lanka
Mr. Kam Majedur Rahman
Managing Director of Dhaka Stock Exchange
Mr. Moremi Marwa
Chief Executive Officer, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, Tanzania
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU Economic and Social Committee
Mr. Dorji Phuntsho
CEO, Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan

The African Development Forum 2018 »
"Sustainable Economies & Responsible Investments"

(Berlin; March 6th - 9th, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Tourism Fair ITB

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The forum will highlight best practices of countries in Africa of implementing successful sustainable development strategies and it aims to create new initiatives, which will strengthen African development in specific countries and for the continent as a whole. (More »)

Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN »
"Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Washington D.C., February 26th - 27th & NYC, February 28th - March 1st, 2018)
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The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN will take place in New York City and Washington D.C. The conference will be hosted in the UN building and at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the cities. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
Sen. George J. Mitchell
Former USA Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
Secretary Chuck Hagel
24th United States Secretary of Defense
The Hon. Alberto Gonzales
80th United States Attorney General
The Hon. Miomir Zuzul
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
The Hon. Charlotte Beers
Former Under Secretary of State of the United States
Amb. Edward Yakobe Sawerengera
Ambassador of Malawi to the USA
Amb. Karin Olofsdotter
Ambassador of Sweden to the USA

Amb. Pjer Šimunović  
Ambassador of Croatia to the USA

The Barcelona Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation »
"Enhancing Cross & Trans Continental Cooperation"

(Barcelona; March 22th - 25th, 2018)

The Catalan dispute highlighted in the latest regional election, in December 21st, 2017 demonstrated once more the urgent need for ongoing constructive dialogue in order to achieve and maintain lasting cross regional cooperation. (More »)
Speakers for the Summit include (among others) the following Dignitaries:
MEP Nigel Farage
Member of the European Parliament
The Hon. President Artur Mas i Gavarró
Former President of Catalonia
The Hon. Joan Laporta i Estruch (tbc)
Former President of FC Barcelona
Sen. José Ramón Bauzá Díaz
Former President, Balearic Islands; Member of the Spanish Senate
Antonio Caño Barranco
Director, El País
Sen. Manuel Guillermo Altava Lavall
Member of the Spanish Senate
MP José Juan Díaz Trillo
President; Spanish Parliament Climate Change Commission
Josep Cuní i Llaudet
Celebrated Catalan Journalist
The Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges
Vice President, ICD Advisory Board

Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth 2018 »
"Cultural Diplomacy as a Means to Build Bridges between the Commonwealth & the World"

London; April 16th - 20th, 2018
(Held Parallel to the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit 2018)

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The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore created the conference in order to build on the past experience of the commonwealth in order to formulate new initiatives, which will strengthen international relations and encourage cooperation between diverse communities based upon values of peace, democracy, human rights and the rule of law within the Commonwealth of Nations. (More »)

Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018 »
"EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community"

Brussels; June 27th - 29th, 2018
(Held Parallel to the European Council Meeting)

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Cultural Diplomacy in the EU 2018 will demonstrate the importance of building cultural bridges for the benefits of EU economy, and well-being of EU citizens, while illustrating the cost-effective advantages of such programs compared to other policy alternatives. The conference will also campaign for new programs, increased budgets and greater governmental attention of the unique opportunities practicing cultural diplomacy can bring. (More »)

Professional Development Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy »
Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
(Berlin; May 16th - 25th, 2018)

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The Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy is comprised of specialized courses designed to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge needed in the field of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, with a particular emphasis on the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and as practiced by the private sector and civil society. (More »)

E-Learning Programs in Cultural Diplomacy »
Professional Development Programs in Cultural Diplomacy

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The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) has designed the E-Learning Programs, which include the main fields of research and activity in cultural diplomacy. (More »)
The CCDS offers the following E-Learning Programs:
  • International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy - Specialization on Governments & Parliaments
  • Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy - Specialization on Global Governance Institutions
  • Cultural Diplomacy for Diplomats - Specialization on Governments
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Sustainable Development & the Global Markets - Specialization on Economic Global Institutions & Corporations
  • Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation - Specialization on Governments & NGOs