The Berlin Inaugural Event of the Cross Continental Cooperation Summit

"Future Prospects in International and Intercultural Relations: Building Bridges between Europe, USA, Russia and China"

(Berlin; September 25th - 27th, 2013)

Summit Overview

The deterioration in US-Russian relations, highlighted recently with Obama's decision to cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin when he goes to the Global 20 Summit in St. Petersburg next month, has demonstrated once more the urgent need for enhanced mutual cross-continental understanding and positive international relations between the continents and the great powers. Given the exponential growth in international dialogue and collaboration in the global context, the facilitation of sustainable bilateral and multilateral cooperation has become a new global challenge which countries must overcome in order to progress in the global economic, political and social spheres.

Today's globalized world, with its new technological and scientific innovations provides a significant opportunity for inter-cultural dialogue to successfully assist and support effective international governance. The Berlin Summit on Cross Continental Co-operation 2013 will analyze and explore how intercultural ties can be used as a vehicle to strengthen relations between Europe, Russia, China and the USA.

Summit Speakers & Delegates

Speakers & Delegates during the conferences will include among others heads of state & leading politicians, senior diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here

Speakers for the Conference include:
President Franco Frattini
President of the ICD Organization for Youth Education & Development; Former Foreign Minister of Italy
President Dr. Emil Costantinescu
President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania

Summit Participants »

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

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more »)

Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the summit, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the summit. Following the summit, select papers will be chosen to be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to all governments and leaders of the international community following the summit.

Certificate of Attendance

All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD Advisory Board.

Summit Agenda

The Berlin Summit on Cross Continental Co-operation 2013 will discuss the future prospects of international & intercultural relations for the development of stronger relationships between Europe, Russia, China and the USA. The Conference will provide a platform to discuss possible outcomes that would occur if greater co-operation between Europe, Russia, China and the USA is to be developed.

The Conference will focus in particular on the following areas:
  • Assessing current trends and future prospects in the relations between the great powers
  • Outlining shared historical experiences in order to improve co-operation between nations
  • Bridging cultural differences and gaps within the fields of human rights, democracy, religion and economic inequalities between the great powers
  • Comprehending cultural differences between the four regions in order to build greater mutual understanding
  • Increasing the level of academic exchange to be used as a vehicle for cultural interconnectivity
  • The importance of youth education and development advancement and its positive influence on strengthening the relations in Europe, Russia, China and the USA
  • Analyzing the impact of climate change and the environment on the cooperation and the relations between the continents