The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva 2012
"Cultural Diplomacy & Sustainable Development"
IntroductionThe world financial crisis of 2008 has influenced the economic agenda of leading governments and organizations and caused a series of important events ranging from the collapse of corporations to the failure of EU member states and the downgrading of various countries’ credit rating. These events forced significant austerity measures, which have affected the economic situation around the globe. Austerity measures have also had a social impact; there have been mass protests around Europe and the US calling for significant change and a more equal economic reality.
Sustainable development of nations and regions is of particular importance during this period of economic turbulence in order to mitigate the effect of these economic crises on communities around the globe. The great challenge facing sustainable development in the context of austerity measures is that it is harder to divert funds to promote sustainable development, especially if there are unsustainable development options which are less expensive; sustainability is not necessarily a priority in these circumstances.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva will be held parallel to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and will focus on the importance of sustainable development to the future of developed and developing countries. The conference will offer perspectives on how cultural diplomacy policies can assist in strengthening existing and future sustainable development policies and, in particular, how cultural diplomacy practices are necessary to express and mediate the rationale behind investment in sustainable development during this challenging period.
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Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.
The Symposium will focus in particular on the following Issues:
- Sustainable Development since the 2008 World Financial Crisis
- The Importance of Promoting Sustainable Development Standards & Policies
- Innovative Strategies for the Future progress & Success of Sustainable Development Policies
- The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in furthering Sustainable Development