The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN

"Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Washington D.C., February 26th - 27th & NYC, February 28th - March 1st, 2018)

Conference Overview

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world's leading event in the field of cultural diplomacy hosted and organized by ICD in partnership with other leading institutions at the end of each year. This year conference will take place in both Berlin (December) and NYC & Washington D.C (Washington D.C., February 26th - 27th & NYC, February 28th - March 1st, 2018).

The current political and security situation in many regions and countries together with the deteriorations of social norms for the use of violence, emphasizes the growing need for a greater cultural dialogue, understanding and trust in order to avoid further escalation. The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy will therefore focus, on raising awareness and support for activities that promote global collaboration, unity and peace.

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy aims to present successful CD practices in the area of conflict resolution and peace building that the field of cultural diplomacy has to offer to the international community for their application to try to remedy and ease these growing global challenges. The conference will bring together leading politicians, religious leaders, senior academics and celebrated artists together with representatives from areas of conflict in order to establish new institutions and initiatives that will help with these challenges using the practice of cultural diplomacy together with other practices and means.

The conference will include keynote addresses, lectures, and interactive panel discussions and debates in order to enable dialogue about the new opportunities for engagement and to create a platform for new initiatives to be created and proposed.

Conference Locations

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN will take place in New York City and Washington D.C. The conference will be hosted in the UN building and at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the cities.

Conference Speakers

Speakers and delegates during the conference will include leading politicians, chief 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:

Sen. George J. Mitchell
Former USA Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
Secretary Chuck Hagel
24th United States Secretary of Defense
The Hon. Charlotte Beers
Former Under Secretary of State of the United States
Amb. Edward Yakobe Sawerengera
Ambassador of Malawi to the USA
Amb. Karin Olofsdotter
Ambassador of Sweden to the USA

Amb. Pjer Šimunović  
Ambassador of Croatia to the USA

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, and young professionals.

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:

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the Conference Committee.

Participant Papers »

The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the conference, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the conference. Following the conference, the papers will be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to governments and leaders of the international community. To read articles submitted by participants of our international conferences or to submit a paper please click here ».