DiploNews – Issue 240 – 19 November 2013
Multilateral Diplomacy for Pacific Island States
The Capacity Development Programme for Pacific Island States (CD Pacific) aims to strengthen the participation of Pacific Island states in International-Geneva-related multilateral diplomacy. The programme combines the convenience of tutored online learning and research for geographically dispersed participants with the immediate benefits of face-to-face coaching and policy immersion in Geneva. The online learning phase will start in January 2014 and participation is fully funded by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diplomats and officials from Pacific Island states are invited to read more and apply online at the project website by 30 November 2013.
Online Diploma Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy
We are accepting applications for the next session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and DiploFoundation. The course willl start the week of 17 February 2014. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb, will extend the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. The application deadline is 6 January 2014. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage.
Introduction to Internet Governance
Internet Governance (IG) may be more important to you than you realise.
Have you been reading and worrying about the Snowden revelations? Does online surveillance concern you and your colleagues? These are important IG issues. Learning more about IG will help you understand these personal and professional issues, and what can and should be done about them. Net neutrality? Privacy in online storage? Guidelines for cross-border Internet issues? How can regulators enhance and protect without interfering with the innovative principles that are the core of the Internet? Diplo's Introduction to Internet Governance online course will give you a foundation for discussing and addressing these issues. The next course starts the week of 17 February. Visit the course webpage to read more and apply by 16 December 2013 for the University of Malta accredited course and by 13 January 2014 for Diplo Certificate course.
February 2014 Diplomacy Courses
We've opened applications for our first set of diplomacy online courses next year, starting the week of 17 February:
Apply by 16 December 2013 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 13 January 2014 for Diplo Certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website. These courses are always popular, so register now to reserve your place.
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The Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative was mentioned by the Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs at the biannual meeting of ASEM foreign ministers held in New Delhi last week. You can read the press release here. For other items on Diplo that have appeared in the media lately, check our website.
Diplo faculty in the news. Late last month, HE Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona presented his credentials as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malta to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva. Alex has been involved with DiploFoundation since its inception and is an active member of our faculty.
How does international law affect the duties and foreign affairs work of diplomats? How can the diplomat have a positive impact on the creation and implementation of international law? This interactive webinar will discuss how international law is important to the work of a diplomat on a daily basis, looking at questions such as: ‘When I act as a diplomat, what effect can those actions have on my home country? Is what I say or write somehow binding upon my country? What do I need to be careful about?’
To learn more about these and other questions, please join our interactive webinar on 10 December 2013 at 14.00 GMT (15.00 CET) with Mr Alan Franklin. The webinar is free but registration is required.
On the e-diplomacy channel, Pete Cranston explores the notoriously contested area of measuring the impact of e-diplomacy social media tools like Twitter or Facebook: You have reached 1,202,199 people – really? If you missed Jovan Kurbalija’s webinar on TV broadcasting and the impact of the CNN effect on diplomacy, you can catch up here: Webinar digest: TV broadcasting and the impact of the CNN effect on diplomacy.
Diplo is once again supporting the engagment of community members in the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) renewal process for 2014. Individuals interested in serving on the MAG are encouraged to post their self-nominations on Diplo’s community portal, www.diplointernetgovernance.org, by 21 November. The community will then give their preferences for the nominees, and the names of five individuals chosen on the basis of the community poll and other criteria, will be forwarded to the UN DESA as community-endorsed nominations. Polling will take place 22-29 November. Community members are encouraged to engage in this process. Details about the IGF’s call for MAG renewal, and Diplo’s community endorsement process is available here.
Diplo and HIVOS have just launched two advanced courses in Internet governance and policy in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). The courses form part of HIVOS’s training programme for participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The advanced courses are a continuation of the foundation course Introduction to Internet Governance which has just concluded successfully. More information about the training programme is available here.