May 24-25 2013
As founder of the ”Initiative Levant for Global Peace, Emil Constantinescu organised in 2013 the international conference on ”The Levant, the Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy. Re-discovering the Mediterranean”. The conference was held at the Palace of the Parliament and the National Library, with the participation of the Romanian Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, the Romanian Government, the Romanian Cultural Institute, University of Bucharest and “Black Sea – the Caspian Sea International Fund”. The participants attended and held plenary presentations and talks, visited panels on the traditions, past and present and the perspectives of the cultural diplomacy in the Balkans, Middle East and North Africa as well as on the re-evaluation of the Mediterranean in the 21st Century. The principle aim of the participants was to set up new, interactive projects in Humanistic sciences, between writers, artists, architects that should enable the formation of an area of knowledge and understanding through cooperation and mutual respect.
Important leaders in the scientific, cultural and political leaders answered Emil Constantinescu’s invitation, e.g. the presidents of World Academy of Art and Science, Ivo Šlaus and Garry Jacobs, prof. dr. Michael Metzeltin (Institute for Romance Studies , Vienna University), prof. dr. Ruben Safrastyan (associate member of the National Science Academy of Armenia, director of the Institute for Oriental Studies in Erevan), Martin Hauser (the director of UNESCO Department in Bucharest University), prof. Mohamed Abdelhady (Cairo University), prof. Naim Afgan (member of the Academy of Science and Art in Sarajevo), acad. Momir Djurovic (president of the Academy of Science and Art in Podgorica, Montenegro) prof. dr. Kishore Chakraborty (Director of Research Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, Berlin), prof. dr. Bianca Valota Cavallotti (profesor emeritus Università degli Studi di Milano), prof. dr. Fotini Pomoni Papaioannou (National Kapodistrian University, Athens ); former presidents of Bulgaria, dr. Jelio Jelio and Petr Stoianov, of Albania, prof. dr. Rexhep Meidani, of Moldova, Petru Lucinschi, the president of Macedonian Parliament, prof. dr. Ljubisha Georgievski, Katalin Bogyay, the president of the UNESCO Parliamentary Assembly, rectors, deans, professors in the main universities of Romania.