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DiploNews – Issue 255 – 3 July 2014

Upcoming study opportunities

Online Diploma Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy

The next session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in cooperation with DiploFoundation, will start on 8 September 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. This course is currently offered in English, however participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and their final research project in French. The application deadline is 28 July 2014. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage.

New online course: Global Health Diplomacy

The Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute Geneva and Diplo are pleased to announce a new interactive online course on Global Health Diplomacy. As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy, and trade agreements, new skills are needed to negotiate global regimes, international agreements, and treaties, and to maintain relations with a wide range of stakeholders. This course focuses on health diplomacy as it relates to health issues that transcend national boundaries and are global in nature. It discusses the challenges facing health diplomacy and how they are being addressed by different groups and at different levels of governance. The first session starts on 15 September 2014. Read more about the course and apply online by 1 August.

Capacity Development

Capacity development has been emerging as a central approach within development for more than two decades. This approach has gradually shifted the focus of development practice from simple financial aid and technical cooperation towards a complex new paradigm that encourages and demands active involvement and ownership from the people and communities involved in aid programmes. To help you better understand and master this complex paradigm, this course introduces the key concepts, principles, and practical skills for implementing capacity development activities. The course was developed with the support of the SDC, the UNDP, LenCD, and Learn4Dev. Visit the course webpage to read more about this unique course, and apply online. The next session starts on 6 October; please apply by 1 September.

2015 Master in Contemporary Diplomacy

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Master in Contemporary Diplomacy, and the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance Specialisation. These unique postgraduate programmes, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta, include a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16–20 months of online learning. Please visit the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy webpage to read more and to apply. The programme starts on 2 February 2015. The deadline to apply for international applicants is 1 October 2014 and for Maltese applicants it is 15 November 2014.

Autumn online diplomacy courses

We have a rich and varied set of diplomacy courses coming up this autumn:

Apply by 4 August for University of Malta accredited courses and by 1 September for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

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CD Pacific Policy Immersion concluded in Geneva

Ten participants of the CD Pacific (Capacity Development Programme in Multilateral Diplomacy for Pacific Island States) attended an intensive 10-day policy immersion in Geneva. You can find more information and photos on this page. A publication with policy research abstracts of the participants is available to download.

Face-to-face workshop of Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative taking place in Geneva

The first face-to-face training of the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative hosts 21 diplomats from countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting for an intensive three-day workshop. The Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative was set up by DiploFoundation, the Asia-Europe Foundation, and the National Centre for Research on Europe – University of Canterbury to help to promote and facilitate skills training for diplomats. During the summer, a call for applications to a second online course will be published. For more information, please contact Tereza Horejsova

What's been happening in Diplo's blogosphere?

In the third and final blog post in a series looking at diplomatic law, privileges and immunities. Diplo lecturer Alan Franklin wonders: Does diplomatic law really protect?  Petru Dumitriu discusses The International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion on Kosovo: Does it have relevance for Crimea, Catalonia and Scotland?

Remember, you too can have your say by commenting on these or any of our blog posts. And, if you’d like to be a guest blogger, let us know.

Geneva Internet Platform updates

June has been a busy month for the Geneva Internet Platform. Some highlights include:

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Internet Governance highlights

Meetings involving IG issues continue, as the IGF 2014 nears and ICANN and DNS issues remain in the limelight. Don't miss Vladimir Radunovic's report: All hands on deck as ICANN navigates high seas
Preparations are going on for IGF 2014 . It's time to review the workshops and decide which topics interest you as you prepare for travel or to participate remotely. Diplo will host a workshop in the form of a modified Oxford-style debate on two issues of critical importance in Debates: Future IG Architecture Post your comments on the two questions to the Diplo Community Blog
1. Should ICANN be globalised or should it be internationalised? 
2. Do ‘respective roles’ of stakeholders in IG allow for their participation on an ‘equal footing’?
Two pre-IGF 2014 webinars have been organised for Africa, one in English and one in French. Judy Okite has posted more information. The webcasts will be available if you are unable to attend the live webinars.
Luca Belli has posted timely information about the New Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility within the IGF as an important IGF self-reflection.
If you missed the 30 June webinar: the Fight for Net Neutralty, the summary and webcast will be posted soon.

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