Baroness Jenny Randerson with Mark Dontfried and Sheikh Ramzy #ICD #UPF  "The 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the UN: Developing Initiatives to Promote Cultural Understanding, Global Human Rights & World Peace within the Commonwealth"
Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and Universal Peace Federation conference

UN 70 Anniversary








Welcome Addresses 
Mark Donfried (Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
Robin Marsh (Secretary General, Universal Peace Federation)
Dr. Sheikh Ramzy (Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre)





Keynote Speech
Sir James Mancham (Founding President, Seychelles; Member ICD Advisory Board)


"Religious Offence and Freedom of Speech"

Universal Peace Federation Panel:

Professor Shafique Chauhdry MBE, Former Mayor of High Wycombe

Dr. Sheikh Ramzy, UK - UPF Director  

Keith Best: UK - UPF Director, World Federalist Movement

Robin Marsh Secretary General, UK - UPF


“Knowing 'What Works' and How it Works - Why Research and Evaluation is Crucial for the Future of Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Address)
Deborah Bull (Director, Culture at King's College, London)


“The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Global Good Governance” 
(Keynote Address)
MP Stephen Gethins (Member of the British Parliament) 


“The Isle is Full of Noises”
(Keynote Address)
Tony Haynes (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Grand Union Orchestra)


“History, Identity and Sense of Belonging”
(Keynote Address)
Gosia McKane (Director, Merseyside Polonia)


“Arts & Business, Business and Arts”
(Keynote Address)
Sarah Meltzer (Artists’ Promoter)


Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


VENUE: House of Lords, Committee Room 4A 

 9:30                 Keynote Address


                        Lord Jack McConnell          

                        (Member of the House of Lords; Former First Minister of Scotland)


10:30               “The Use of Soft Power to Enhance Global Relations

(Keynote Address)

The Rt. Hon. Lord Swraj Paul

(Member of the House of Lords)


11:00               “The Spirit of a Global Community.”

(Keynote Address)

Lord Frank Judd

(Member of the British Parliament)


11:30               Keynote Address

MP Jim Fitzpatrick

(Member of the British Parliament)   


12:00               “Culture the Lowest Common Denominator and Highest Value of Humanity: Reflections on Walks through Fourteen Countries”

Rt Hon Lord Michael Bates

(Member of the House of Lords; Former Minister of State, Home Office, United Kingdom)


12:30               “800 Years after the Magna Carta-Developing a Common Human Rights Culture across the Commonwealth”

Sir Simon Hughes

(Former Member of the British Parliament; Former Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties of the United Kingdom; Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats


13:00               “Gallipoli: Road to Peace out of ‘Gentlemen’s War’

H. E. Amb. Abdurrahman Bilgiç

(Ambassador of Turkey to the United Kingdom)


13:30               Break


VENUE:         The British Parliament, Grimond Room, Portcullis House


14:00               “Cultural Diplomacy in the Face of an EU Referendum”

MP Bill Wiggin (Member of the British Parliament)


14:20               “Soft Power, a Personal perspective

Baroness Judith Jolly (Member of the House of Lords)


15:00               “The Role of Diaspora Communities in the Commonwealth”

Keith Vaz MP



15:30               “The Price of Bridge Building in a Multi-Cultural World”

Rt. Hon. Lord Robin Eames

(Former Anglican Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh)


VENUE:         High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique, Fitzroy St, London W1T 6EL,          


17:00               Keynote Address

                                            H. E. Amb. Carlos dos Santos

(High Commissioner of  the Republic of Mozambique)


17:30               “Culture and Diplomacy”

Sian Hansen  

(Executive Director, Legatum Institute)



 Friday, July 24th, 2015




VENUE: Universal Peace Federation, Lancaster Room (Ballroom), 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA




9:30                 Keynote Address


Natalie Louise Bennett


(Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales)




10:00               “Space, Place, Identity - Notes from a Novelist on Anti-Human Architecture”


(Keynote Address)


Jayne Joso


British Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Artist   




11:00               Keynote Address


H.E. Amb. Diego Gómez Pickering


Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom




12:30               “World Music: Cultural Ringers and the Rest of Us”


Keynote Address


Prof. Dr. Keith Howard


(Professor of Music, SOAS, University of London)




13:00               “Sustainable Growth and Inclusion: Commonwealth of Nations”


(Keynote Address)


Dr. Ruth Kattumuri


(Co-Director of India Observatory and Asia Research Centre)




13:30               Participant Paper




14:00               Concluding Remarks




                        Sir James Mancham


                        (Founding President, Seychelles; Member ICD Advisory Board)


Dr. Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel


(Director, Experience Africa Program, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)


Robin Marsh


(Secretary General, Universal Peace Foundation)


                                             Dr. Sheikh Ramzy    


(Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre)





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