EDU partners with ICD in Annual
Irving Levance, the Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental
Organization EDU, is pleased to confirm partnership with the Institute
for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in the Annual Conference on Cultural
Diplomacy, held in Berlin 13-16 December 2012. He sees this diplomatic
flagship event as a fitting finale to the hugely successful year that
has been 2012, during which EDU has made enormous strides in its core
mission to promote education and understanding globally.
amongst its senior staff several active members and supporters of the
The Secretary-General has identified a number of synergetic areas
in which the 2 organizations can cooperate and he hopes that this major
event will be the first of many joint ventures. The ICD is an
international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with
headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The ICD´s ultimate goal is to promote
global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural
relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to
become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange
organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among
individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds,
from across the world.
The Power of Arts and Culture to Promote
Democracy and Global Peace
Secretary-General Levance during an earlier visit to Berlin
The 4 day
Conference will be hosted mainly at the ICD’s Headquarters “ICD House
of Arts and Culture” located on Berlin’s famous Kurfürstendamm, with
external phases being hosted by special arrangement at the German
Parliament Building, the Headquarters of the German Foreign Ministry and
the Headquarters of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.
The Theme of the Conference is “The Power of Arts and Culture to
Promote Democracy and Global Peace.” The importance and relevance of
this Theme is reflected in the impressive list of world-class speakers
that has been drawn from the elite ranks of diplomacy, politics,
academia, commerce, the media and entertainment.
The event is
held in cooperation with a range of prominent organizations drawn from
that same broad spectrum including: BMW, Lufthansa, The European
Commission, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, John F.
Kennedy Institute Berlin, Babes-Bolyai University, Kampala University,
American University of Bosnia & Herzegovina, British Council Berlin,
Italian Cultural Institute, Ari Movement of Turkey, and European
International Diplomatic Support
is also supported by the following Embassies accredited in Berlin:
Embassy of the Republic of Burundi, The Embassy of the Republic of
Indonesia, The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
The Embassy of the
Republic of Slovenia, The Embassy of the Republic of Malawi,
The Embassy of the
Kingdom of Morocco, The Embassy of Italy, The Embassy of the Democratic Republic
of Ethiopia, The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
It is co-hosted
by the Iman Foundation which is a UK non-partisan and not for profit
organisation, which aims to promote dialogue to strengthen international
understanding and co-existence through the exchange of ideas, people,
culture and religion by encouraging inter-religious and
inter-cultural dialogue, intra-religious dialogue, challenging extremism
and promoting mainstream voices.
Secretary-General is scheduled to attend the event personally.