President of Liberal International, Hakima el Haité, has addressed the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin today highlighting that, today, cultural diplomacy is the perfect tool for liberals to spread values of tolerance while countering tendencies towards populism.
Speaking alongside 100 guest-speakers of from the fields of politics and religion together, senior academics and celebrated artists, the LI president said: “Each of us is different, and our federation embraces and cultivates this diversity among all the members of the human family… We promote a liberal society based not only on human rights but also on human relationships.”
The 2018 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy focusses on raising awareness and support for activities that promote democracy, advance international law, and back global prosperity and human rights.
Advancing the practical political benefits of cultural diplomacy, Ms El Haité added: “I think that the cultural diplomacy academy is a perfect tool at this time of history, to spread the values of tolerance, acceptance of others, respect and love to counter populism, opportunists, violent extremists who are dividing us and threatening our freedom, security and peace.”
“For liberals, cultural diplomacy may be the missed dimension in our fight for a better world”, concluded the LI president.
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world’s leading event in the field of cultural diplomacy hosted and is organised annually at the end of each year by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in partnership with other leading institutions.