Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights & Global Peace (IPAHP)

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

A World without Walls Project 2009-14

A World without Walls Project 2009-14

The “World without Walls” Project 2009-14 was a five year long project taking place from 2009-2014 conducted by the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights & Global Peace (IPAHP) in partnership with global governance organizations, national governments, and leading academic institutions. The project focused on the further promotion of dialogue and understanding of the field of peacebuilding and reconciliation and its relations with the areas of international politics & economics, human rights, arts and culture.

In particular the project focused on the potential of cultural diplomacy to provide a detailed analysis of how Cultural Diplomacy can support global peace and reconciliation. Through discussion, lectures, debate, and analysis and beyond, the project highlighted the urgent need to campaign for a world without walls.

The project included large-scale annual meetings held in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as over 250 events, young leader’s weeklong seminars, and extensive research in the field. In addition, graduate programs were established to enable academic degrees in the field and a selection of educational programs were created such as certificate professional programs and e-learning programs in the field of global peace and reconciliation. Finally, the project created, through its networks & participants of all of the events, a significant number of innovative follow-up initiatives and programs in order to further the dialogue and to create a sustainable impact at both the local and global levels.

The following annual events were held throughout the years 2009-14:

“A World without Walls” »

Opportunities for Peace Building in a Time of Global Insecurity

(Berlin; November 7th - 10th, 2014 - Held Parallel to the Berlin Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall")

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A World without Walls 2013 »

“ICD Delegation to Israel and Palestine: Strengthen Bridges and Cooperation between Israel and Palestine”

(Jerusalem, Ramallah; November 19th - 20th, 2013)

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"Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why It Matters?" »

The Event is organized by The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and with the special support of NATO

(Bulgaria, Sofia; October 9th - 10th, 2013)

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A World Without Walls 2013 »

“Promoting the Culture of Peace and Global Ethics for Conflict Mediation through Cultural Diplomacy”

(Ankara & Istanbul; May 8th - 9th, 2013)

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A World without Walls 2012 »

YaLa - Young Leaders Berlin Peace Summit: The First Middle Eastern Youth Peace Initiative

(Berlin; August 24th - 26th, 2012)

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The 2012 Ankara Conference on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution »

Using Cultural Diplomacy as a Tool to Build Sustainable Peace

(Ankara; April 17th - 19th, 2012)

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A World Without Walls 2011 »

"Promoting Peace and Stability in the Mediterranean: An International Peacebuilding Congress"

(Barcelona; September 22nd - 25th, 2011)

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A World Without Walls 2010 »

"An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World"

(Berlin; November 6th - 10th, 2010)

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"A World Without Walls" 2009 »

An International Congress on "Soft Power", Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence

(Berlin; November 6th - 9th, 2009)

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The following academic programs were established:

Furtwangen University (HFU), Germany »

The University of Siena, Italy »

The University of Bucharest, Romania »

The Babes-Bolyai University, Romania »