Conference: Culture and Diplomacy
16.04.2012 / 16:01
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On Thursday, April 19, 2012 a conference “Culture and Diplomacy” took place at the Czernin Palace, seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Apart from representatives of the Czech Republic, several speakers from abroad participated in the Conference, including representatives of Great Britain – Ali Fisher, Germany – Berthold Franke, Austria - Peter Rantasa and Denmark, holding the EU Presidency – Flemming Johannesen, as well as Ana Paula Laborinho, president of EUNIC Global Network and Gottfried Wagner on behalf of a civic initiative “More Europe.”
The relationship between culture and diplomacy was discussed and also the potential of culture to influence development of relations between Europe and the rest of the world. The support of a greater understanding for the European way of life, drawing attention to its foundational values of democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is what first came to mind. Taking one step further, the conference also elaborated upon how to apply this potential of culture in the most effective way. Attention was given to the European Union framework as a tool for increasing the capacity of individual European countries to gain attention of audiences of countries like China or India and to effectively communicate with them.
The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and EUNIC cluster in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech Centers and Institute of International Relations Prague.