DiploNews – Issue 318 – 16 February 2017
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The 2017 Geneva Engage Awards have honoured the most effective actors in social media engagement in 2016. Three winners were distinguished for their effective campaigns, interactive messages, and public engagement, in three categories, during this year’s Geneva Engage Awards held on 8 February:
- The World Health Organization, in the International Organisations category
- The World Economic Forum in the Non-Governmental Organisations and Non-Profits category
- The Permanent Mission of the USA to the United Nations in Geneva, in the Permanent Missions category
A series of indicators looked at the social media activities of organisations based in International Geneva in the three categories, in the period 1 January to 31 December 2016. Other top organisations were shortlisted for the award. The event included a panel discussion with representatives from out-of-the-box initiatives, including the Perception Change Project, Twiplomacy, and GovFaces. The Geneva Engage Awards are an initiative of DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform, and are supported by the Canton of Geneva and Twiplomacy. More events are planned for the 2017 Geneva Engage process. Read more about the 2017 Geneva Engage Awards and watch the recording:
learn more about the Geneva Engage initiative.
What were the main Internet governance updates in February, and how will they shape future developments? What can we expect in March? Join us for our next monthly briefing, on Tuesday, 28th February, for a round-up of the major global IG and digital policy developments. Stay tuned for February’s Geneva Digital Watch newsletter, also out on 28 February.
Missed January’s updates? Download our latest resources – the recording:
In two blog posts, Diplo Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus of International Politics (University of Leicester, UK), Geoff Berridge focuses on diplomacy in the context of the new administration in the United States. In Who would want to be a diplomact now? Berridge highlights how the work of diplomats is made more difficult by the US president’s use of social media. Yet, diplomats will be needed more than ever and Berridge points to relations with Russia as a case in point. In his second piece, Berridge reflects on US ambassadors as political appointees and their relation to the CIA station at the embassy. He draws on a 1976 memo and puts it in the context of debates about President Trump’s (suggested) political appointees for ambassadorial posts and their relation to issues of national security. Diplo’s Ana Andrijevic summarises our recent WebDebate on science diplomacy in her blog about approaches and sklls for diplomats and scientists to work together effectively.