Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the African Union
"African Perspectives: An African Vision for Positive Developments in Africa"
(Berlin; June 26th - 28th, 2013)
|Heads of Program: Pilar Rukavina & Dr. Yehoeshahfaht ben Israel
Email Address: infoculturaldiplomacyorg
This unprecedented gathering will seek to highlight Africa´s self-attained achievements with regards to its standing in the international community as well as it´s increasing emancipation from the often assumed dependency on the Western world. The focus will be on the role and successes of the African Union as an intergovernmental regional organization seeking to combat political, social and economic inequalities. Past achievements will be considered while simultaneously accenting the future challenges the AU faces.
Multidimensional in focus, the conference will revolve around three main themes. Beginning with ´the rise of corporate Africa´, the positive impact of enterprise on development throughout the continent will be accented. The following theme, ´African solutions for African challenges (human development)´ will be dedicated to the overlapping issues of education, the eradication of poverty and the empowerment of women. The final topic ´community development through arts, culture and sports´ will exemplify the power exerted by cultural diplomacy on the furthering of community development.
It will be demonstrated that the application of cultural diplomacy is pervasive within the African Union´s activities, as it has charged itself with the task of uniting highly differentiated cultures within Africa with the aim of achieving "greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and the peoples of Africa".
Cultural Diplomacy will be shown to support and solidify such efforts.
Sustainable Network »During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more »)
Symposium SpeakersSpeakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from civil society, international politics, academia, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board, please click here).
Speakers for the Symposium include:
| President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria
| Sir James Mancham
Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles
Symposium Participants »The conference is open to applications from governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, young professionals, students and scholars, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world.
If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the symposia, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form: