Forum on Democracy & Peace
"Growing Threats for Democracy Around the World"
The World Forum on Democracy & Peace 2024 will take place in Berlin from February 21st - 24th, 2024 and will focus on the current threats to democracies worldwide.
For decades, all forms of the arts have served as powerful, effective vehicles to inspire and enable people to build diplomatic, cultural and economic bridges and come together towards prosperous peaceful relations. Over the course of many years, people have discovered the unique potential of the arts and in particular cinema, music, painting, sculpture and performing arts to transcend cultures, serving as common languages to bring together different groups and communities in order to promote democracy, justice and human rights. The power of film & arts to build peace will be discussed during the conference and the immense transformative value that the arts hold as vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy to promote democracy and human rights will be examined.
After years of successful globalization and development, the world is facing major risks and inevitable conflicts. The growing tension between the major powers, that spans from trade wars to armed conflicts is developing quickly and the momentum has turned to negative direction. Events that up until a decade ago were inconceivable, are becoming the daily dialect and “normal” vocabulary in global politics. The “Culture of Peace” notion of the United Nations in the Millennium has long been forgotten and revolutions such as the Arab Spring have brought about the rise of groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram to the forefront. These groups and many similar are now flourishing and have become “ignorable” in global politics. These developments have helped to bring us into the new level of violence that the world now sees on multiple fronts, highlighted by the war in Ukraine and in the recent in the Middle East.
The future doesn’t carry any beacon of optimism, as democracies are trying, with not much success, to defend and protect at least some of the concepts and realities of the past decades in front of rising powers, which are trying to realize other standards and goals. Additionally, the possibility for democracies to tackle these realities is significantly challenged by inner conflicts between diverse groups within those democracies. These efforts are coming after already 3 years of fighting the COVID-19 crisis, which resulted with the loss of significant resources for these democracies, at many levels.
Parallel, and simultaneously, the migration crisis adds significantly more weight to the growing rupture of society. These raptures are for example separating the old from the young, the progressives from the conservatives, those who are for business from the socialists, those who believe in science from those who challenge it and those who are for the classic culture from those who would like to cancel it. These ruptures that can be observed in all corners of democracies and societies are creating a dangerous political chaos, which leads to a situation where nobody wins.
The security situations in many cities in the US and in the UK, for example, are sometimes extremely volatile, where looters are coming into shops, conducting organized raids, while the police forces are often not reacting as they are afraid to take action and to thereafter be criticized. The online slander, which has created a culture of defamation is still not legally regulated and is creating ongoing conflicts between people and institutions. All this was tolerable on behalf of free speech, which is now also threatened, as there are some topics that anyone knows that if one speaks about then hard consequences will be immediately applied against. Freedom of speech, which is the soul of democracy is currently being crucially compromised.
All these deteriorations are causing democracies to be evermore fragile, ineffective, and facing major existential risks. These pathways are rapidly growing with no correction process in sight.
In light of the significance of the above-mentioned issues, we have initiated the Forum on Democracy & Peace in order to review and analyze methods of cultural diplomacy that can be used and support the great efforts of democracies to move back onto a safe course.
The event is held in the framework of the Forum on Democracy & Peace Project (2022-7), which is a 5-year project that is conducted by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in cooperation with global governance organizations, with the main aim to use the application of cultural diplomacy in order to improve international relations. Learn more about the Forum on Democracy & Peace Project click Here »
Speakers during the event will include leading politicians, diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, journalists, and artists. These speakers will include individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.
Based in the ICD Academy House of Arts & Culture the forum will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.
Participation in the Forum is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students.
If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:
The Forum Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Forum. The Forum Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the Forum to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the Forum as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the Forum and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.