13-16 December 2012

EDU partners with ICD in Annual Conference

His Excellency 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.

EDU counts amongst its senior staff several active members and supporters of the ICD

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

H.E. Secretary-General Levance during an earlier visit to Berlin this year.

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 Cultural Parliament.

International Diplomatic Support

The Conference is also supported by the following Embassies accredited in Berlin:

The 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.

The Secretary-General is scheduled to attend the event personally.