Cultural Democracy and Diplomacy

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Panel talk and discussion
Wednesday, 8th June 2016 House of Parliament, Jubilee Room
12-1.30 pm Reception to follow
Entrance Free

We invite you to attend and actively participate in this event and the panel discussion.

The Panellists:
Welcome by Baroness Shreela Flather

HE Dr Ognjen Pribićević, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia
Ray Keene OBE (Co-Founder of the Brain Trust, the Chess Grand Master, Journalist)
Rosalie Rivett Chair of Women in Diplomatic Services (Loughborough University)
Dr Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University
David Wardrop UNA (Chairman of UN Association Westminster Branch and Chairman of The Friends of The Alexandria Library)
Leisha Beardmore, Chair of UNA Westminster Young Professionals, Chief UN Negotiator for Government of Seychelles
Neil Watson – Editor and Press Officer 
The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS)

Pro Art, in co-operation with Lithuanian Santara Sviesa UK Club, is organising again this year a panel discussion on the theme is Cultural Democracy and Diplomacy, at the Jubilee Room in Parliament. This year’s talk is reflecting on how these concepts are related and how new topics arise from each thought. This discussion will explore the issues related to migrants and refugees.

The world is expanding and easier and faster communication has made people aware of global affairs and events, shaping a new world’s standard, ethics and cultures. Diversity of ethnic population and their cultural, traditional beliefs and different educational opportunities are the cause of many misunderstandings, hatred and actions, which jeopardize progress and a sustainable world peace and prosperity. The democratic governing process became a norm for civilized society, accepted by majority of cultures and communities and defines an active system of participation by the entire eligible population in the decision making process, through freely elected representatives.

Cultural democracy is a concept, which concerns all people and structures, their proactive commitment to recognise all people’s basic human rights to participate, create and enjoy cultural diversity around the world. It also enhances access to multicultural sphere of activities. One of the roles of cultural democracy is to provide the opportunity to the majority of the residents population, who should be included in an open discussion about this idea, to express their views, realise their rights and implement their democratic power to influence changes in politics, economy, community generally, in order to promote respect and the wellbeing of all.

Culture – identifies people and societies and cultural diversity. Diplomacy is a deeply cultural affair. It is determined by the individual personalities of people’s representatives and their ability to convey messages, which would be clearly understood in different cultures. Democracy – the rule of people – the oldest and the ancient way of ruling, has been abandoned in certain historic periods, but it bounced back invigorated by cultural and social changes in global society, which is experiencing the power of people from the same ethnic group, cultural background and civilisation.

In case of incoming population, either from Europe or other parts of world, and in case of official migrants, Diplomacy plays an important role in people’s engagement and transition in their new country and it should help to facilitate better understanding of the cultural diversity in relation with this new country’s customary rules. There are many challenges which people face, from their settling and possibilities to work, educate or communicate, including many other social issues. Cultural differences usually bring misunderstanding and it needs two sides in a long-term commitment to promote better connection between local and migrant/refugee people and available services in order to implement positive changes.

The panellists are invited to give us their view on these topics. The other issue related to this theme will be the role of women in active life today and how changes in style, which they use to build democracy and work as diplomats, increased diverse social participation. The panellists will also reflect on how the authority of women developed over the last century. The invited audience are diplomats, academic and Pro Art members, the general public, young people and representatives from different communities.

The view of the panel provides a diverse, independent and proactive contribution to this subject and may bring forth some interesting views.