Franco Frattini in Washington for the “ICD” Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation

Some pictures from the Washington Summit

The Cross-Continental Cooperation Summit of 2013-4 is a culmination of 8 events taking place across the globe. The events take place in major capital cities including Berlin, Washington D.C., Skopje, Addis Ababa, Brussels, Moscow, and Beijing, with the continents of Europe, North America, Africa and Asia playing host to the events. The Summit focuses on the potential success for improved intercultural relations in uniting the great powers of the contemporary world to better face today’s global concerns.

The Summit creates a forum for the world’s superpowers representatives to publicly discuss and promote upon a common goal, thus initiating potential solutions for contemporary and future world challenges while keeping individual interests at heart. The ultimate aim of the Summit is to create a more stable public global environment by promoting intercultural dialogue between nations, consequently bringing the international community closer to a more prosperous future.

Participation in the Summit »Participation in the Summit events are open to applicants coming from the governmental and diplomatic fields, academia & scholars, representatives from the civil society and private sector, journalists, artists, young professionals and students. Participation in the Beijing and Moscow events are by invitation only.

Washington Summit Overview The recent deterioration of US-Russian relations was made more evident by President Obama’s decision to cancel an official meeting with President Putin and by the tense negotiations on the Syrian Crises. These events highlight an urgent need for the International Community to take action to enhance cross-continental cooperation. This current situation between Russia and the US clearly defines the significant differences of opinion on policies between the world’s most influential leaders, thus making it evident that appropriate measures must be taken globally in order to ensure that further development of international inter-connectivity remains secured and sustainable. 

Summit AgendaThe “Washington, D.C. Summit on Cross-Continental Cooperation” explored the ways in which intercultural dialogue and cultural exchange can be utilized effectively in order to achieve a successful cross-continental coalition. (read the agenda)

The following issues were examined and explored in the Summit:The Promotion of Democracy and Human RightsThe UN Security Council and International LawThe Middle East ConflictsInternational Trade & Global Economic ProsperityIntercultural Relations as a Vehicle to Strengthen International Relations

The Summit has been operated under the Leadership of:
President Franco Frattini
President of the ICD Organization for Youth Education & Development;
Former Foreign Minister of Italy 
The Hon. Bertie AhernPresident of the ICD Program on the Transatlantic Relations; Former Prime Minister of IrelandSummit SpeakersSpeakers and delegates during the conferences included, among others, heads of state and leading politicians, chief diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers included a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here

Summit Locations
Based in Washington D.C, the Summit was hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Featured locations during the Summit will include:
US CongressThe Embassy of Bulgaria to the USA
The Embassy of Italy to the USA
National Public Radio (NPR)
Summit Participants »

Franco Frattini’s shots at the Summit
“When diplomacy gets stronger weapons get silenced” “Cultural Diplomacy means preserving identities and history” ” A fundamental of CD is building mutual trust and understanding” “We have to build bridges, not to create Europe as a fortress”- “The system of diplomacy between cultures is the only way to overcome tensions” “In this globalized world the US cannot find a better ally than Europe”

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