Statements on the Significance of Cultural Diplomacy
On this page you can find a selection of written statements reflecting on the significance of cultural diplomacy from ICD Advisory Board Members as well as close supporters of the ICD coming from different backgrounds, fields, cultures and countries.
CD Statement – The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Today’s WorldBy Prof. Dr. Vasile Puscas (Former Romanian Minister for European Affairs – ICD Advisory Board Member)
Due to globalization, states can no longer exist individually. Therefore communication must also work horizontally between them, not just at political-diplomatic levels
Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy Clive Myrie (Journalist, BBC)
There was no applause, just stunned silence.” The words of Jonathan Powell the Chief
Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy John Hemming (Member of the British Parliament)
We should start with the definition of Cultural Diplomacy by the American political scientist and author, Milton C. Cummings, as:
Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy Senator Larry Pressler (Former US Senator – ICD Advisory Board Member)
First of all, I want to thank the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy for what it is doing in advocating
Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy Dr. Nazar al Baharna (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain – ICD Advisory Board Member)
“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”
Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy Dr. Erkki Tuomioja (ICD Advisory Board Member - Finnish Foreign Minister)
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Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy H.E Amb. Gebhardt von Moltke (ICD Advisory Board Member –Former German Ambassador to the UK and NATO)
Cultural diplomacy has been for long an important part of international relations.
Comment on Cultural DiplomacyBy H.E. Amb. Paula Dobriansky (Former under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs – ICD Advisory Board Member)
The USA Meets Europe’s (USAME) “Forum for Young Leaders”, supported by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, is a meaningful and productive program that empowers the next generation. As former Undersecretary of State for Democracy
Cultural Diplomacy & Business RelationsBy Prof. Eric S. Maskin (Professor of Economics, Harvard University; USA; Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)
We know that different countries, because of their different cultures, do business differently, and for them to trade profitably with one another,
Cultural Diplomacy & Cross-Cultural UnderstandingBy H.E. Amb. Isaac Lamba (Ambassador of Malawi to Germany)
It is a critical role that Cultural Diplomacy plays [in multilateral trade negotiations, as it is through Cultural Diplomacy that we come to
Cultural Diplomacy & Freedom of ExpressionBy Prof. Gavin Phillipson (Professor, Durham Law School; UK)
There are people in Britain and other European countries that favor a much freer regime for the press, and there are scholars in America who are very critical of First Amendment jurisprudence.
Cultural Diplomacy & Human RightsBy Heather Blake (Head of Reporters Without Borders, UK)
“If you don’t have human rights- [in the sense] from the right to life to freedom of expression to freedom of press, if you don’t promote that and if you don’t have
Cultural Diplomacy & IdentityBy The Hon. Charles Clarke (Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom)
The core point about Cultural Diplomacy is the need for different groups of people
Cultural Diplomacy & MediaBy Marta Cooper (Editorial Assistant, Index on Censorship)
I think absolutely, in terms of building bridges across the gulfs that divide people linguistically, and from the media point of view, helping
Cultural Diplomacy & MulticulturalismBy Ingrid Hönlinger (Member of the German Parliament)
For me, multiculturalism is not a threat, but a challenge. It’s not so easy
Cultural Diplomacy & Multilateral Trade NegotiationsBy Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu (Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia; Former Minister of Trade)
I think Cultural Diplomacy plays a large role in overcoming challenges that arise in multilateral trade negotiations. ‘Soft power’ often does
Cultural Diplomacy & People ExchangeBy The Hon. Said W. Musa (Former Prime Minister of Belize)
I certainly feel that exchange, people exchange- whether it’s in sports, entertainment
Cultural Diplomacy & Self-LiberationBy José António Pinto Ribeiro (Former Minister of Culture of Portugal)
It is important that we do not restrict Cultural Diplomacy to the diplomacy made by the diplomats of states or by international organizations.
Cultural Diplomacy & Sustainable DevelopmentBy Gerard Biraud (Former Chairman, Joint Inspection Unit, The United Nations)
Development, to be sustainable, has to work bottom-up, and it’s a multifaceted
Cultural Diplomacy & The Need for Common UnderstandingBy The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou, Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities
Is it not enough to have greater political union or greater economic union: we need more understanding among people- we need to
Cultural Diplomacy & the UNESCO – A Perspective by ICD Advisory Board Member, Amb. Katalin Bogyay, President of UNESCO’s General ConferenceA Perspective by ICD Advisory Board Member, Amb. Katalin Bogyay, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN- New York( 2015-), Former President of UNESCO General Conference ( 2011- 2013) and Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Hungary
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Cultural Diplomacy & WomenBy Meg Jones (Women and Trade Program Development Manager, International Trade Center)
By definition, Cultural Diplomacy implies that there is going to be inclusivity in different cultures.
Cultural Diplomacy and the Interconnectivity of Digital MediaBy Judy Muller (Journalist & Reporter for ABC, NBC, and NPR)
News literacy is the clearest path to breaking down all kinds of barriers.
Cultural Diplomacy as an Instrument for Integration & PeaceBy Shahid Najam (United Nations Resident Coordinator in Turkey)
I’m a very firm believer in the use of culture as an effective, potent tool,
Cultural Diplomacy as an Instrumental Tool in Conflict ResolutionThe Ankara Conference on Peace-building & Reconciliation 2012
I’m not saying that Cultural Diplomacy in itself will be the sole solution for peace between these countries, let’s say between Turkey and Armenia
Cultural Diplomacy as Dialogue between People, Countries and CivilizationsBy H.E. Amb. Parviz Shahbazov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Germany
“Cultural Diplomacy for me is dialogue between people, countries, and civilizations.
Cultural diplomacy by The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)By EESC Vice President Anna Maria Darmanin
When I read Dr. Milton C. Cummings’s definition of cultural diplomacy “the exchange of ideas, information, values, systems, traditions, beliefs
Cultural Diplomacy for Successful Peace-building and Conflict ResolutionBy H.E. Amb. Dr. Milan Jazbec (Ambassador of Slovenia to Turkey)
Culture is a universal concept. I would not imagine any peace building and conflict
Cultural Diplomacy in Combatting Extremism and Promoting InteractionBy H.E. Amb. Jean-Daniel Ruch (Special Representative for the Middle East, Foreign Ministry of Switzerland)
It is the task of the politicians and the leaders of the countries to make sure that no one in their own population is being left behind intellectually and emotionally.
Cultural Diplomacy in Combatting XenophobiaBy H.E. Amb. Craig Murray (Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan)
The events of 9/11 have had a disastrous effect on reporting in the media, and in particular, they’ve led to a growing influence of a kind of ‘aggressive patriotism,’
Cultural Diplomacy in Effective SuccessionThe Ankara Conference on Peace-building & Reconciliation 2012
Cultural Diplomacy is a special part of the succession process of every country [to the EU]
Cultural Diplomacy in South AfricaBy H.E. Amb. Vika M. Khumalo (Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Turkey)
A Comment on Cultural Diplomacy by H.E. Amb. Vika M. Khumalo (Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Turkey)
Cultural Diplomacy in the Contemporary WorldBy the ICD Advisory Board Member the Hon. Alan Ferguson (Former President of the Australian Senate; Former Senator from South Australia)
Many commentators believe that the importance of cultural diplomacy
Cultural Diplomacy, Building Resilience, and Sustainable DevelopmentBy Siddharth Chatterjee (Chief Diplomat, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent)
For me, the bottom line is building resilience. That is about building sustainable development- building resilience
Cultural Diplomacy, Exposure, and Human RightsBy H.E. Amb. Luvuyo Ndimeni (Minister-Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations)
The question of mobility, employment, and solidarity is very much one of depending our mutual understanding.
Cultural Diplomacy, Religion, and MulticulturalismBy H.E. Amb. Ian Biggs (Australian Ambassador to Turkey)
The first requirement for successful diplomacy in any region is for people to understand each other. Religion has oft been misused in the Middle East
Cultural Diplomacy: Building Trust and Building BridgesBy Cecile Molinier (Director, UNDP Office in Geneva)
If I understood correctly, Cultural Diplomacy is about building trust and building bridges, and this is precisely what we are good at doing
Cultural Diplomats Of All Countries Unite!By Dr. Jacques F. Poos (Former Deputy Prime minister of Luxemburg – ICD Advisory Board Member)
Analysing the fundamental changes which occurred during the past eleven years of this new century
Education & Cultural DiplomacyBy Hassan Diab (Minister of Education & Higher Education of Lebanon)
Curriculum reform in education systems should cater for the needs of the 21st
Goodwill MessageBY PRINCE ADETOKUNBO KAYODE, SAN, HONOURABLE MINISTER, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND NATIONAL ORIENTATION
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation from Nigeria sends its greeting on this occasion of the international Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy
Importance of Cultural DiplomacyBy Selmo Cikotić (Former Minister of Defense of Bosnia & Herzgovina – ICD Advisory Board Member)
Cultural diplomacy plays an important role in the modern world.
Leveraging Culture and Diplomacy in the Age of InformationBy The Hon. Tara D. Sonenshine (Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US State Department)
When we bridge cultures, we don’t just enshrine what people treasure, we build richer, more diverse, and mutually trusting partnerships for the future. And that makes Cultural Diplomacy an essential tool for the 21st Century.
On Cultural Diplomacy: a brief statement on the cultural diplomacy in the contemporary worldBy Dr. Zvonimir Paul Separovic (Former minister of foreign affairs and minister of justice, Republic of Croatia – ICD Advisory Board Member)
Cultural diplomacy means, in the first place, efforts to promote global peace and stability through strengthening and supporting intercultural relations, to facilitate interaction between
Perspectives on Cultural DiplomacyBy The Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa, Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
The Berlin Inaugural Event of the Cross Continental Cooperation Summit
Statement about Cultural DiplomacyBy the President of the ICD Young Leaders Forums, the Hon. Yasar Yakis (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey)
There is not yet a universally recognized definition of the cultural diplomacy. The concept existed since the olden times but it did not become an independent discipline of its own until a few decades ago.
The Importance of Cultural DiplomacyBy the Vice Chairman of the ICD Advisory Board Erna Hennicot Schoepges (Former Minister of Culture of Luxembourg)
Whether the emerging European Dream can offer an alternative vision more able to accommodate the tumultuous changes occurring in
The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy in Resolving ConflictBy Ceren Mutuş Toprakseven (Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern & African Studies, International Strategic Research Organization; Turkey)
Culture is one of the main tools to resolve conflicts, because if you let states solve problems
The Importance of Education in Cultural DiplomacyBy Martha J. Kanter (Under Secretary of Education, US State Department)
The kind of trust we are going to build with countries around the world is going to be critical, and education has got to be the tool for Cultural Diplomacy.
The Many Facets of Diplomacy: Cultural, Corporate, Public, and CitizenBy Jerry Edling (Editor in Chief, “PD” Magazine, University of Southern California; USA)
Companies are becoming more adept at acting globally- they have to be.
The Potential Use of Sport as Cultural DiplomacyBy H.E. Amb. Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile (Ambassador of South Africa to Germany)
Cultural Diplomacy has done a lot, but not enough. If you look back to the Rugby World Cup in 1995, one of the areas of struggle was
The Spread of Information and Education through Cultural DiplomacyBy Aldona Z. Wos (Former US Ambassador to Estonia)
Cultural Diplomacy has been in practice for many centuries, and the role of Cultural Diplomacy has really never been more important than it is currently.
The Use of Culture as an Educational ToolThe International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012
Public Diplomacy and Cultural Diplomacy can help people understand the context of America
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Deirdre Shurland, Senior Consultant, UN Environnent Program
“In my line of work, tourism, there are a number of heritage type resources, relics of the past, natural areas that are so significant from an ecological stand point, which may have served as particular…
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Edward W. Scott, Co-Founder, Enterprise Software Company BEA Systems
“Being culturally sensitive is an important element in doing business in somebody else’s country.
What is Cultural Diplomacy to You?By Hans B. Sicat, President & CEO, Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.
“One of the programs that we in Philippines are developing right now is what we are calling “The Inter-exchange”
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Lochin Nusratulloevich Fayzulloev, Vice-Chairman, Committee of Youth Affairs, Sports, and Tourism of Tajikistan
“In the 21st Century, tolerance and mutual understanding are still a big challenge.
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Minister Sanja Vlahovic, Minister of Science of Montenegro
Cultural Diplomacy is important not only on the path towards the European Union
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By The Hon. Dr. Erhard Busek, Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Former Minister for Science and Research of Austria
The question of mobility, employment, and solidarity is very much one of depending our mutual understanding.
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Jürgen Janssen, Head of German UN Global Compact Network
Corporate Cultural Diplomacy is an important tool because whenever you go to another country and whenever you are in another context, you have
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By H.E. Amb. Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany
Cultural Diplomacy is a way of presenting a country to the world, using the cultural riches of that country. In the case of Ireland
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Chris Castro, Co-founder / Executive Director, IDEAS for Us
Cultural Diplomacy is exactly what we are doing while hanging
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By The Rt. Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou, Former Minister of Education for Greece
There used to be many efforts in Cultural Diplomacy between Greece and Turkey.
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Dr. Werner Zittel, Chairman of the Board, Ludwig-Bölkow-Stiftung
It is very important to have institutions to bring together different cultures, to exchange knowledge and to improve mutual understanding
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Joy Hyvarinen, Executive Director, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development
I would certainly say that the negotiations within the United Nations on environmental issues provide examples of Cultural Diplomacy
What is Cultural Diplomacy to you?By Prof. Carlo Alberto Pinelli, Asian Desk, Mountain Wilderness International
It is a matter of fact that Cultural Diplomacy is vitally important to promoting environmental responsibility