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DiploNews – Issue 129 – 18 November 2008

DiploNews – Issue 129 – November 18, 2008

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Last call for applications: Climate Change Diplomacy for Small States Diplomats

Diplo is pleased to announce a new online course on Climate Change Diplomacy. Climate change is becoming a vital issue in a diverse range of global and regional negotiation processes. In the past, climate change issues could be effectively covered by a few negotiators trained specifically for the Kyoto process, but today officials involved in discussion of an increasing range of fields (energy, human rights, telecommunications, and health) need knowledge about climate change issues as well. This course will equip participants to represent and promote more effectively the interests of their own countries in the global climate change policy process. In addition, the course will broaden the general understanding of climate change and the global policy response to climate change.

The first session of Climate Change Diplomacy will run from 1 December 2008-12 February 2009. Diplomats and civil servants from small developing states involved in climate change policy processes and negotiations are encouraged to apply. For this first session, the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will provide full scholarships for diplomats and civil servants representing small developing states.

Please see DiploFoundation Climate Change Diplomacy website for further information and to apply. The application deadline is 21 November 2008.

2009 Online Course Catalogue

We have completed scheduling courses for 2009 and we invite you to browse our updated 2009 course catalogue. Coming up in February 2009, we have:

  • Diplomatic Theory and Practice – a broad introduction to diplomacy, valuable for newcomers and for practitioners wishing to reflect more deeply on the nature of their work.
  • Public Diplomacy – a “hot” new topic in diplomatic practice.
  • Cyber Diplomacy – Diplo’s original approach to diplomacy, updated to include the latest technologies and their application to international relations-related work.

These online courses are available as University of Malta accredited courses (application deadline 22 December 2008) and as Diplo Certificate Courses (application deadline 19 January 2009). For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website.  

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