International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Sustainable Development (ICD SusDev)

Venue: UNCTAD & Geneva School of Diplomacy

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Event Date/Time: Jun 13, 2012 End Date/Time: Jun 15, 2012
Registration Date: Jun 11, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 10, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Jun 10, 2012
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The world financial crisis of 2008 has influenced the economic agenda of leading governments and organizations and caused a series of important events ranging from the collapse of corporations to the failure of EU member states and the downgrading of various countries’ credit rating. These events forced significant austerity measures, which have affected the economic situation around the globe. Austerity measures have also had a social impact; there have been mass protests around Europe and the US calling for significant change and a more equal economic reality.

Sustainable development of nations and regions is of particular importance during this period of economic turbulence in order to mitigate the effect of these economic crises on communities around the globe. The great challenge facing sustainable development in the context of austerity measures is that it is harder to divert funds to promote sustainable development, especially if there are unsustainable development options which are less expensive; sustainability is not necessarily a priority in these circumstances.

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva will be held parallel to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and will focus on the importance of sustainable development to the future of developed and developing countries. The conference will offer perspectives on how cultural diplomacy policies can assist in strengthening existing and future sustainable development policies and, in particular, how cultural diplomacy practices are necessary to express and mediate the rationale behind investment in sustainable development during this challenging period.


Additional Information

Speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board. Participation in the symposium is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.