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This is Our Planet - ICD Anthem

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This is Our Planet
ICD Anthem

Music & Text by Darnell Stephen Summers
Vocals by Lori Glori

This is our planet,
our precious and blue home.
Guide and protect her Future,
with every new dawn.

We need love and understanding,
to make a new day.
Hold out a helping hand,
(and) we will surely find our way.

The future is unwritten,
and life's sometimes unfair.
Let's take a chance on giving,
(and) show the world we care.

The challenges that we face,
(will) put us all to the test.
How can we sit idle and wait,
while the others do their best.

This is our planet,
our precious and blue home.
Guide and protect her Future,
with every new dawn.

We need love and understanding,
to make a new day.
Hold out a helping hand,
(and) we will surely find our way. Time's not on our side,
but we're on the side of time.
The moment calling for us,
to finally to draw the line.

We must come together,
face the problems that are there.
The future belongs to no one,
(and)we will lose if we do not dare.

This is our planet,
our precious and blue home.
Guide and protect her Future,
with every new dawn.

We need love and understanding,
to make a new day.
Hold out a helping hand,
(and) we will surely find our way.

This is our planet and we're saving it today,
This is our planet and we're showing you the way,
To save our planet today...

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies - Publications
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
www.ccds-berlin.de
www.culturaldiplomacy.org
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This is Our Planet
ICD Anthem

Music & Text by Darnell Stephen Summers
Vocals by Lori Glori

This is our planet,
our precious and blue home.
Guide and protect her Future,
with every new dawn.

We need love and understanding,
to make a new day.
Hold out a helping hand,
(and) we will surely find our way.

The future is unwritten,
and life's sometimes unfair.
Let's take a chance on giving,
(and) show the world we care.

The challenges that we face,
(will) put us all to the test.
How can we sit idle and wait,
while the others do their best.

This is our planet,
our precious and blue home.
Guide and protect her Future,
with every new dawn.

We need love and understanding,
to make a new day.
Hold out a helping hand,
(and) we will surely find our way. Time's not on our side,
but we're on the side of time.
The moment calling for us,
to finally to draw the line.

We must come together,
face the problems that are there.
The future belongs to no one,
(and)we will lose if we do not dare.

This is our planet,
our precious and blue home.
Guide and protect her Future,
with every new dawn.

We need love and understanding,
to make a new day.
Hold out a helping hand,
(and) we will surely find our way.

This is our planet and we're saving it today,
This is our planet and we're showing you the way,
To save our planet today...

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies - Publications
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
www.ccds-berlin.de
www.culturaldiplomacy.org Show less

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy - December 2013 Play

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2013
"Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community"
(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)

A number of leading experts in the fields of politics, culture and art were brought together once again to discuss cultural diplomacy at the most recent Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (December 17th -- 21st, 2013), the world's leading event in the field of cultural diplomacy, co- hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the IMAN foundation. The large gathering of key global thinkers and international leaders highlighted the importance of cultural exchange and bolstered the ongoing dialogue regarding the ways cultural diplomacy can be implemented across the world in order to improve cross cultural cooperation. The attendance of various former ministers and heads of state from a plethora of countries demonstrated the role cultural diplomacy can play on both a national and international level.

The 2013 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy was part of an event series titled "Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community" and analyzed the impact cultural diplomacy has made in strengthening international relations as well as looking to the future to assess how the role of cultural diplomacy can be developed to shape a peaceful modern world.

The conference included panel discussions, workshops, debates, cultural events and performances, social and networking activities; giving participants and cultural diplomats from all over the world the opportunity to network and learn from one another. Many key speakers from across the globe held lectures on a variety of topics, giving new perspectives of the role cultural diplomacy can play in our ever changing world.

The Annual Conference brought together leaders of prominent global organization, such as Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Former Director General of the WTO and Amb. Katalin Bogyay, President of UNESCO's General Conference 2011-3 as well as former heads of states including: Hon. Mirko Cvetković, Former Prime Minister of Serbia and Hon. Winston Peters, Former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, President Francesco Rutelli, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, Hon. Michèle Alliot-Marie, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, President Vaira V īķe-Freiberga, President of the Club of Madrid, The Hon. Jadranka Kosor, Former Prime Minister of Croatia, The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi, Former Prime Minister of Finland, President Jorge Pizarro, President of the Senate of Chile, Hon. Winston Peters, Former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson, Former Prime Minister of Iceland and The Hon. Bertie Ahern, Former Prime Minister of Ireland.

Higher Education & International Academic Cooperation
Higher Education was a key topic of the Annual Conference with a specific focus upon international academic partnerships. A number of rectors from leading European Universities spoke at the conference and discussed the role universities can play in the implementation of cultural diplomacy. Rectors for prestigious universities such as Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach, Rector of the University of Luxembourg and Prof. Dr. Ivan Ilchev, Rector of Sofia University, Bulgaria hosted lectures exploring the study of cultural diplomacy across the world.

Music as Cultural Diplomacy & ICD Awards
The Annual Conference of Cultural Diplomacy not only focused upon the academic and political sphere of diplomacy but also explored the role of music and art as a means to achieve cultural diplomacy.
A highlight of the conference was the award ceremony, in which the ICD awarded musical artists a certificate of excellence for their significant contribution to cultural diplomacy through music. Marcia Barrettt, Bill Summers and Queen Yahna were all recognized for their services to the promotion of global peace.

The Washington D.C. Cross Continental Cooperation Summit Play

The Berlin Inaugural Event of the Cross Continental Cooperation Summit Play

The Berlin Inaugural Event of The Cross Continental Cooperation Summit 2013
"Future Prospects in International and Intercultural Relations: Building Bridges Between Europe, USA, Russia and China"
(Berlin; September 25th - 27th, 2013)

The start of "The Cross Continental Cooperation Summit 2013" was marked with the Berlin Inaugural Event
hosted from the 25th to the 27th of September. The Conference, the first of eight to be held globally as part
of the Summit, gathered politicians, experts, and academics to contribute to the discussion "Future Prospects in International and Intercultural Relations: Building Bridges between Europe, USA, Russia and China".

The Conference provided a platform to explore the possibilities for the development of stronger relationships
between Europe, Russia, China, and the USA. The main aim of this platform being to examine the potential
advances in global stability, sustainable development, economy, and human rights that Cross Continental
Cooperation can offer.

Given the multitude of ongoing disagreements between East and West across the entire geopolitical spectrum, most recently the continuing civil war in Syria, the strengthening of sustainable dialogue and collaboration is a difficult yet valuable goal. The facilitation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the major global players in the Eastern and Western hemispheres promises to deliver more comprehensive solutions to contemporary economic, political and social issues.

Accordingly the ICD has assembled leading figures in Berlin for the Conference with the objective of contributing to a progressive global agenda, highlighting opportunities for cooperation between Europe, Russia, China, and the USA. In exploring these opportunities the Conference had an added focus on the role of cross continental cooperation in Human Rights and Youth prospects.

CCDS Students Speak Play

Below you will find MA Program Students of CCDS giving lectures and conducting interviews with world leaders from the field of cultural diplomacy and related fields. The interviews were made within the framework of ICD international conferences to which all students are encouraged to actively participate. Participation in the ICD conferences provides important opportunities for students to gain professional experience and make valuable contacts that can help them in their future careers.

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Italy - June 2013 Play

The Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Italy presented, explored, and analyzed Italy's historic and current foreign relations, and placed emphasis on the ways in which the country has directly and indirectly used Cultural Diplomacy as a tool to improve its international standing and its relations with other countries. Examples from the public sector, private sector and civil society were reviewed, with particular emphasis on the ability of successful Cultural Diplomacy practices to ameliorate relations between Northern and Southern Europe in order to overcome the current crisis and to alleviate the long-standing Italian North-South Divide.

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU - July 2013 Play

Since its foundation the EU has undergone multiple transformations in the socio-cultural, political, and economic spheres. Today, the European Union consists of 27 member states, all of which work closely together to develop policies to facilitate common interests such as the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital across borders.

Although the EU has made great strides in the past six decades- both politically and economically- the region still faces challenges in terms of delivering prosperity, bridging the gap between institutions and citizens, and creating a common and collective "European Identity." Over four years of economic, social and political crisis have presented the EU, its leaders, and its people with a number of crucial challenges, which must be thoroughly and instantly tackled in order for Europe to be successful and to maintain its leading position in the global arena.

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU offers participants a platform to discuss the present and future challenges of the European Union, and elaborates on the role of Cultural Diplomacy in improving European relations, enhancing cross-cultural collaboration, building democratic governance, and sustaining peace and stability in the region
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