In cooperation with:

The Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEC)
"Intercultural Relations, Youth Development Advancement, Environmental Responsibility & Ecotourism: Opportunities for Successful Nation Branding in the 21st Century"

The next CDEC Weeklong Seminar will take place in Berlin, from March 4th - 10th, 2013

Welcome to Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEC)

Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEC) is an international network of young professionals with an interest in the global economy and its relationship to the public sector, international politics, civil society and the environment. The program has been developed in recognition of the importance of combining perspectives from different fields and levels of society in discussing the challenges to the global economy, and on the understanding that "economic bridges" play an important role in promoting global peace and stability.

Members join the Forum by taking part in one of the CDEC Weeklong Seminars that are held every 4-6 months. Each CDEC Weeklong Seminar will be focused on a specific theme related to the Global Economy and the goals of the Forum. These Weeklong Seminars include lectures, seminars, and workshops led by experts from the fields of economics, politics and diplomacy, nation branding and civil society. In addition to introducing the participants to a range of different perspectives on the global economy and its influence on other fields, the week also provides an opportunity to network and experience Berlin.

Once they have joined the CDEC Forum, members are supported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives, conducting academic research, and are invited to join the ICD Online Forum - enabling them to share information and communicate with likeminded individuals across the world.

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The application form for the next Weeklong Seminar can be accessed by clicking on "Seminar Application Form" on the left-hand-side or by clicking "Apply Now!" below.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the seminar, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:

Next Weeklong Seminar Agenda

(Berlin, March 4th - 10th, 2013)


In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the forthcoming CDEC Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following theme:

“Intercultural Relations, Youth Development Advancement, Environmental Responsibility & Ecotourism: Opportunities for Successful Nation Branding in the 21st Century”


Conference Speakers »

Speakers during the conference include leading figures and experts from civil society, international politics, academia, diplomacy, and civil society from around the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

Conference Locations »

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city

Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of our Conference. The ICD would therefore like to welcome the participants of our conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the Conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the Conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community.

Certificate of Attendance

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