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The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2013

"Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community"

(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)


The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world's leading event in the field of cultural diplomacy Co-hosted and organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and The IMAN Foundation.

The conference will bring together heads of state & leading politicians, senior diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists including an interdisciplinary group of participants traveling to Berlin from all over the world to discuss Cultural Diplomacy in our interdependent world. The 2013 event will include parallel large-scale events dedicated to the fields of cultural diplomacy & international relations, peace building, human rights, arts and culture.

The 2013 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy will be held in the framework of the event series on Cross Continental Cooperation; The Annual conference will be the fourth event in the series. Ranging from broad topics of discussion to specific areas within the field of Cultural Diplomacy, the annual conference will provide a wide and detailed analysis of Cultural Diplomacy for 2013.

Conference Agenda

The primary goal of the ICD/IMAN Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is to provide an annual review and analysis of the development, progress, impact, and future of the field of Cultural Diplomacy, characterized by an equal dedication to both its theory and practice. As an interdisciplinary and international forum, the conference will facilitate the creation of novel tools to promote and strengthen international relations, contribute to academic research and literature, empower the younger generation, and create a platform for ongoing valuable discussions on the future of Cultural Diplomacy.

The 2013 Annual Conference will explore best practices of Cultural Diplomacy in general and in particular the application of the arts and culture to promote Cross Continental Cooperation & Democracy Promotion, successful peace building & reconciliation, human rights, multiculturalism and harmonious international relations.

The conference will consist of lectures, panel discussions, interactive discussions, workshops, debates, cultural events & performances, and social & networking activities.

Conference Locations »

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Conference 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 conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

Conference 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.

Speakers & Delegates for the Conference include:
President Francesco Rutelli
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
Hon. Michèle Alliot-Marie
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France
President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
President of the Club of Madrid
The Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia
The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi
Former Prime Minister of Finland
Hon. Mirko Cvetković
Former Prime Minister of Serbia
President Jorge Pizarro
President of the Senate of Chile
Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU European Economic & Social Committee
Amb. Katalin Bogyay
President of UNESCO's General Conference 2011-3
Hon. Winston Peters
Former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
Anna Diamantopoulou
Former EU Commissioner for Employment & Social Affairs
The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson
Former Prime Minister of Iceland
Master Jun Hong Lu
World Renowned Chinese Spiritual Leader
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin
Former French Minister of Health, Youth Sports
Dame Tessa Jowell
Former UK Minister for the Olympics
Prof. Dr. Sibrand Poppema
President, University of Groningen
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
President Emil Constantinescu
Former President of Romania
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Former President of Malta
Prof. Dr. Murat Tuncer
President of the Hacettepe University
President Petru Lucinschi
Former President of Republic of Moldova
President Arnold Rüütel
Former President of Estonia
Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach
Rector, University of Luxembourg
Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro
Former President of Cape Verde
Prof. Dr. Ivan Ilchev
Rector, Sofia University, Bulgaria
Beate Finckh
Celebrated German Actress
Albert Fortell
Celebrated Austrian Actor
Minister Jean-Paul Adam
Foreign Minister of the Republic of Seychelles
Hon. Simon Crean
Former Australian Minister for Regional Development
Dr. Vladimir Filippov
Rector, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
The Hon. Jan Figel
Vice President of the National Council of Slovakia

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.

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.

Berlin Christmas Markets

Participants of the conference will have the opportunity to visit the famous Berlin Christmas markets while they are in Berlin.

Anyone who wants to experience the incomparable charm of "Winter Magic" has to come to Berlin! Berlin is the capital city of the German Christmas Markets. Whether one prefers a contemplative and magical Christmas Market or a lively and urban one, this year Berlin offers a choice of over sixty Christmas Markets spread across the city.