Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Our Programs

Our Programs

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s primary activity focuses on the development and the promotion of the field of Cultural Diplomacy with the aim to raise awareness and understanding of the field across the globe both locally and internationally; The ICD works continuously to develop new and innovative initiatives of cultural diplomacy.

In addition to promoting cultural diplomacy through its own initiatives, the ICD also promotes cultural diplomacy by actively supporting the work that is already being done in this area by partnering and communicating with other actors in the field.

The ICD activities are implemented and executed by its four main institutions: the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, the Organization for Youth Education & Development (OYED), the Inter Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights & Global Peace (IPAHP) and the ICD House of Arts & Culture.

Each institution focuses on strengthening inter-cultural understanding within a particular area:

The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy »

The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy serves as the academic department within the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy with the aims of developing and raising awareness of the theory and practice of cultural diplomacy and related fields (such as human rights, international law, creative industries, and the performing arts) by governments and non-state actors, as well as to explore new strategies for the strengthening of intercultural relations and promoting global peace.

Programs of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy include:

  • Center for Cultural Diplomacy Center »

    (www.ccds-berlin.de) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) is the world's leading center for the study of Cultural Diplomacy, offering educational opportunities ranging from Weeklong seminars and Distance Learning Programs to interdisciplinary Master's and Doctoral programs for individuals pursuing careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, dedicated either wholly or in part to the field of Cultural Diplomacy.
  • The Center for International Law & Human Rights (CILHR) »

    The Center for International Law & Human Rights (CILHR) is a leading institute for the study of international law, human rights and cultural diplomacy. Four different categories of education programs on International Law and Human Rights are offered: graduate degree programs, e-learning courses, professional development programs (certificate programs) and study abroad (credit programs) dedicated either fully or in part to the field of International Law and Human Rights.
  • The Center for Creative Industries & Performing Arts (CCIPA) »

    The Center for Creative Industries & Performing Arts (CCIPA) is a leading institute for the study of the Creative Industries, Performing Arts and Cultural Diplomacy. Combining theoretical studies with practical and professional application covering all elements of the creative industries. The CCIPA aims to generate world leaders and pioneers in the Creative Industries and the Performing Arts through new and innovative educational opportunities. Five different categories of education programs on Creative Industries and Performing Arts are offered: graduate degree programs, e-learning courses, professional development programs (certificate programs), weeklong seminars, and study abroad.
  • The Center for Culinary Innovation & Excellence (CCIE) »

    The Center for Culinary Innovation & Excellence (CCIE) is a leading institute for the study of culinary tradition and innovation, gastronomy, and cultural diplomacy cuisine. Three different categories of educational programs on culinary innovation and excellence are offered: professional degree programs, e-learning courses, professional development programs (certificate programs). In addition the CCIE provides advisory services to governmental and diplomatic institutions regarding important culinary issues or events.
  • International Conferences » (www.icd-conferences.org)

    International Conferences focus on salient issues in a variety of fields ranging from Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations to Human Rights and Sustainable Development. The International Conferences provide an opportunity for larger audiences to actively participate and engage in lectures, debates, and discussions featuring high-profile figures from the fields of international politics, diplomacy, culture, academia, and the private sector.
  • Cultural Diplomacy Research »

    The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy is conducting ongoing research activity in the field of cultural diplomacy in order to benefit the public with access to information about the field of cultural diplomacy from a historical point of view up until the most recent current developments in the field.

    This activity includes the following:
  • Thematic Programs » (www.icd-thematicprograms.org)

    Thematic Programs are programs focused on specific political, cultural, or economic issues, or which concentrate on a particular geographical region or area. The Thematic Programs focus on the implementation and utility of Cultural Diplomacy as a tool to promote cooperation and understanding in a number of areas. Each Thematic Program includes a variety of activities based on a particular theme, ranging from International Conferences and Global Events to Interactive Panel Discussions, and Exhibitions.
The Academy runs the following Thematic Programs:
Cultural Diplomacy & the Global Economy »
(www.economicbridges.com)
Cultural Diplomacy in East Asia »
(www.icd-east-asia.org)
Cultural Bridges in Germany »
(www.kulturbruecken.de)
Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America »
(www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_cdla_about)
The Transatlantic Relationship »
((www.the-transatlantic-relationship.org) )
ICD Program on Central Asia »
((www.central-asia-program.org/index.php?en) )
Cultural Diplomacy in Africa »
(www.experience-africa.org)
Art, Music & Sports as Cultural Diplomacy »
Cultural Diplomacy in Europe »
(www.icd-europe.org)

Organization for Youth Education & Development (OYED) »

The Organization for Youth Education & Development (OYED) operates under the legal framework of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and is organized in cooperation with national governments. The Organization is dedicated to the creation, promotion and execution of youth-oriented education and development programs. Over the past decade, the OYED has managed to bring thousands of young people together from every corner of the world to discuss and promote issues that are vital to the younger generation.

To further promote and empower youth, the OYED undertakes a wide variety of different educational and professional initiatives. These activities include the following:

  • International Conferences & Events »
    The OYED organizes and hosts events around the world at both the very high-level (including Heads of State, Ministers and Members of Parliament) and at the grass-roots level working with local communities and schools. The intention of the events is firstly to raise awareness and promote the issues that lie at the core of the OYED, secondly to expand the network of partners and youth of the OYED, and thirdly to further promote the mission of the OYED, so that it is implemented increasingly at the local, national and global levels.
  • OYED Young Leaders’ Forums »
    Through its Young Leaders Forums, the OYED is empowering the next generation of young leaders from around the world by creating exchange programs, events, programs and follow-up projects between them. By working with the next generation of leaders, the OYED and its partners have a unique opportunity to empower youth and have a long-term impact on the future global leadership.
  • Internship Project »
    The OYED Internship Project, which has now existed for seven years, was officially launched in January 2008 and has been successful in achieving its main purpose of enabling like-minded students and young professionals to come to Berlin and engage in intercultural and international programs. The internship program is an ongoing, evolving project and, as such its ultimate goal is to enable and empower young professionals to engage in intercultural relations and in so doing promote multiculturalism worldwide.

Inter Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights & Global Peace (IPAHP) »

The Inter Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights and Global Peace has been established to raise awareness of the universality of fundamental human rights, to promote social and economic development in developing countries across the world, and to strengthen intercultural relations between peoples and their communities at all levels in order to achieve global peace and stability. To pursue these aims, the Initiative for Human Rights and Global Peace conducts four main types of activity:

Human Rights Initiatives include:

The ICD House of Arts & Culture »

The ICD House of Arts & Culture is a 5-floor building located in the heart of Berlin on Genthinerstr 20, between the two main centers of the city - the “CityWest” and the “Mitte” - and in approximate walking distance from the famous Potsdamer Platz. The history of this unique building goes back to the 1990s, when it served as the headquarters and studios of a Berlin TV station and was used as a Berlin media house. The ICD House of Arts & Culture serves as the Headquarters of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and its institutions below: