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DiploNews – Issue 414 – 3 March 2021

Upcoming study opportunities

May 2021 online courses

Our next course session starts on 10 May 2021. Register now to reserve your place in our popular courses:

Apply by 8 March 2021 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 5 April 2021 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above or visit our courses webpage.

Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available.

Thanks to support from the government of Malta, partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries to attend upcoming Diplo online courses. These scholarships cover 30%–60% of course fees and can be applied to most online courses in 2021. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

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Upcoming events

◆ Report launch: ‘Sustainable Capacity Building: Internet Governance in Africa’ (9 Mar.)

How is Africa building capacities for internet governance and digital policy? What are its main initiatives? What are the strengths and weaknesses of Africa’s digital capacity building? What are the main opportunities and threats for building internet governance capacities in Africa?

Join us on Tuesday, 9th March, at 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET) for a presentation of Diplo’s report which suggests the action plan ahead. Register here!

Our recent events

◆ Conference: ‘2021: The emergence of digital foreign policy’

All countries, albeit with differences in emphasis depending on their circumstances and capabilities, recognise that digitisation plays a role in foreign policy. In the age of digitisation, diplomacy is shifting and adapting.

The online conference discussed the emergence of digital foreign policies, including best practices from countries which have already developed them. Find out more!

◆ Webinar: ‘Prehistory: The birth of diplomacy and early “technologies”‘

In the second episode of our new series Diplomacy and technology: A historical journey, Dr Jovan Kurbalija talked about the diplomacy in the prehistoric age in this dynamic and interactive session. Watch the recording.

◆ IG Briefing: Internet governance in February 2021

The monthly briefing offered a summary and analysis of the main digital policy highlights in February. For the first time, participants were also given the option to follow the briefing with live French interpretation. Watch the recording.

Don’t miss! The February issue of the Digital Watch newsletter is coming out soon! Fill in the subscription form to have the monthly/weekly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.

◆ Winners announced! 6th Geneva Engage Awards

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The New Humanitarian (TNH), and the Delegation of the EU to the UN in Geneva emerged at the top of their categories for the innovative and effective use of social media in 2020, according to the Geneva Engage algorithm. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was awarded the Online Participation Award. Watch the event recording and find out how the Awards algorithms work.

Blogs and publications

◆ Connecting the dots and (finally) understanding international security

What are the areas in which governments, industry, civil society, and academic institutions could collaborate in to enhance our collective security? In her latest blog post, Ms Maricela Muñoz looks at issues such as climate action, biodiversity loss, the arms race, and the digital divide. Read the blog post.

◆ 12 Tours to Navigate Digital Geneva

Geneva has always been the home of important thinkers, philosophers, and writers. Today, International Geneva is also the place where more than 50% of the global digital policy discussions happen. The 12 Geneva Tours will help you navigate Geneva’s rich digital policy and cultural scene through monthly thematic discussions (‘tours’). Read more.

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