A World without Walls 2013
“Promoting the Culture of Peace and Global Ethics for Conflict Mediation through Cultural Diplomacy”
Symposium OverviewIn 1999, the United Nations General Assembly established the UN Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace, which outlined a set of comprehensive guidelines for a new form of governance. The document detailed a series of eight focus areas of action developed for the purpose of strengthening actions at the national, regional, and international levels by all relevant actors, which included: fostering a culture of peace through education; promoting sustainable economic and social development; promoting respect for all human rights; ensuring equality between women and men; fostering democratic participation; advancing understanding, tolerance and solidarity; supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge; and promoting international peace and security.
In order to succeed in these efforts, it is therefore essential to create a framework for a global implementation of the General Assembly Resolutions on the Culture of Peace and Global Ethics. The Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean will therefore endeavor to discuss, analyze, and explore realistic facilitation processes in the full actualization of the resolution as a means of applying mediation and peace building tactics in conflict zones. In particular, the Symposium will present the potential for Cultural Diplomacy in setting the foundation for the initiation of a peace process in the Middle East by engaging parliamentarians, spiritual and religious leaders, academics, and civil society representatives to work together through fostering initiatives, projects, and collaboration in the fields of education, communication, and legislation in the Middle East.
Symposium LocationsBased in Ankara and Istanbul, the Symposium will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the cities, and will consist of meetings in Turkey's top institutions and landmarks.
Symposium ParticipantsParticipation in the Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East is by invitation only.
Symposium SpeakersSpeakers during the Symposium will include parliamentarians, religious and spiritual leaders
The Conference will focus in particular on the following areas:
- Contemporary Challenges for Conflict Mediation: The Religious Framework
- The Parliamentary Framework: Conflict Resolution and Sustaining Peace
- Promoting the Culture of Peace and Global Ethics through Education, Tourism, and Media
- Conflict Mediation through Cultural Diplomacy in Current Areas of Conflict
- The Role of the Quartet and the International Community
- Bridging the Gap in Conflict Mediation through Track III Cultural Diplomacy: A New Global Initiative