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IMAN and ICD to host joint Conference on Cultural Diplomacy

Mardi, 5 novembre 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 Institutes 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 main goal of the ICD/IMAN Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is to provide an annual review on the progress, impact, development and future of the field of Cultural Diplomacy. With such increasing prominence in the international system, discussion on Cultural Diplomacy in such an arena is vital and the ICD/IMAN hope to facilitate new tools to promote and strengthen international relationships, empower the younger generation, contribute to academic literature and create a forum for valuable discussions on the future of Cultural Diplomacy.

The 2013 Annual Conference will explore the contributions of Cultural Diplomacy, while using the arts and culture to promote Cross Continental Cooperation & Democracy Promotion, successful peace building & reconciliation, human rights, multiculturalism and successful international relations.

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.

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 Franco Frattini - Former Foreign Minister of Italy Hon.

Dominique de Villepin - Former Prime Minister of France

President Francesco Rutelli - Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy

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

Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi - Former Director General of the WTO

Hon. Yves Leterme - Deputy Secretary General, OECD; Former Prime Minister of Belgium

Hon. Staffan Nilsson - Former President of the EU European Economic & Social Committee

Amb. Katalin Bogyay - President of UNESCO's General Conference 2011-3

Hon. Mary Robinson - Former High Commissioner for HR; Former President of Ireland

Hon. Hans Eichel - Former Minister of Finance of Germany

Hon. Winston Peters - Former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand

Hon. Trinidad Jiménez - Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain

Governer Sila Calderón - Former Governor of Puerto Rico

The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson - Former Prime Minister of Iceland

The Hon. Ana de Hollanda - Former Minister of Culture of Brazil

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 Zhelyu Zhelev - Former President of Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach - Rector, University of Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Ivan Ilchev - Rector, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Paul De Knop - Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussels

President Carlos Diego Mesa Gisbert - Former President of Bolivia

President Mihai Ghimpu - Former President of Moldova

President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici - Former President of Malta

Masaharu Nakagawa - Former Minister of Education & Culture of Japan

Ana Paula Laborinho - President of the Camões Institute

Minister Jean-Paul Adam - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Seychelles

Prof. Dr. Pamela Gillies - Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Hon. Simon Crean - Former Australian Minister for Regional Development

Minister Maria Emily Lubega Mutagamba - Minister of Tourism & Heritage of Uganda

Dr. Vladimir Filippov - Rector, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

Hon. Hermine Naghdalyan- Vice- President of the National Assembly of Armenia

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.

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