The World Forum on Democracy & Peace
A Five-Year Project (from 2022-2027)
The World Forum on Democracy & Peace (2022-7) is a 5-year project that will take place starting from July 2022 and is conducted by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in cooperation with global governance organisations, national governments, international corporations and leading academic institutions.
The second decade of the 21st century brought with it new challenges for the international community. In the first decade of the 21st century, the century of the millennium, societies were distracted by high hopes, when globalisation was the trendy currency word and the historic closeness of East and West starting in 1989 was celebrated and embraced.
During the second decade of the 21st century, however, the global community has been challenged with major events such as the Arab Spring, the creation of ISIS, the beginning of the growing distance of the relations between the West and the East including China, and the continuation of failing States in Africa and other parts of the World.
The withdrawal of America from many of its traditional international partners such as in the Middle East and Europe, and the increase in the doctrine of the previous American President of “America First,” has brought also the West-West relations into a new challenge and even a crisis.
At the same time, environmental issues were promoted only in a limited way and other social issues such as poverty and immigration have created crucial crisis in both the US and Europe. These escalating social challenges even brought a senior EU member country, the UK, to exit from the European Union. Already from the start of the third decade of the 21st century, the world has faced a global pandemic, which is hurting citizens globally to this day. The effects of this pandemic, in addition to a series of political crisis in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Ukraine and other countries, serve as a warning that those diplomatic efforts are starting to fail and major conflicts are starting to take over the international policy priorities.
Under these precarious global circumstances, the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy has launched the World Forum on Democracy & Peace (2002-7), with the main aim to use the application of cultural diplomacy in order to improve international relations and by doing so, uniting the great powers of the contemporary world to better face today's global concerns. The vision of the project is to create through its networks & participants, innovative follow-up initiatives and programs in order to further the dialogue and to create a sustainable impact in strengthening international cooperation. The project will lead to increased research and the creation of academic programs in the field of international relation, economics and law.
Delegates & Speakers during the project events include leading politicians, chief diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists and will be conducted through multiple events taking place on 5 continents over the course of the 5-year period. Participation in the project events is open to applicants coming from the governmental and diplomatic fields, academia & scholars, representatives from the civil society and private sector, journalists, artists, young professionals and students.