The International Conference on the African Union & Cultural Diplomacy
"Cultural Diplomacy as a Vehicle of Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Future of the African Union"
(London, February 7th - 10th, 2012)
Event IntroductionThe African Union & Cultural Diplomacy Conference is the second of a series of four international conferences dedicated to enhancing awareness and understanding of international governing institutions The conference is organized by the ICD and other leading organizations.
Since the Cold War , the global power axis has shifted significantly, from a bipolar world order into multiple poles of influence, rapid market liberalization and a considerable synergy of global interdependence. This shift in power relations has not been unproblematic, especially for those countries that have been sidelined from the international decision-making processes. The African Union (AU) is therefore a prominent example of the necessity of collaboration in order to protect and promote individual interests in the current international setting.
This conference will emphasize how cultural diplomacy can be used as an increasingly useful tool for building cooperation both regionally and globally, and explores avenues through which this new form of diplomacy can be used as a driving force to foster good governance, development and the promotion of human rights through the AU.
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Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.
Conference LocationsLondon, UK, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.
Conference SpeakersSpeakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from civil society, international politics, academia, diplomacy, and the private sector from around the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board, please click here).
As a result, states have established and are continuing to establish stronger partnerships, and international institutions like the AU have become more and more influential, even rivalling traditional state actors in efficacy. Despite this increased focus on global governance, however, the tool of cultural diplomacy has remained “under the radar”, and needs to be explored as an effective tool for strengthening multilateral relationships, within and outside the AU, and building new alliances to further “global causes” like development, human rights and good governance.