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DiploNews – Issue 48 – 10 October 2002

DiploNews – Issue 48 – October 10, 2002

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Call for Papers – International Conference on Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy

Communication with other cultures has always been central to diplomacy. The essence of the diplomat's work lies in the relations between countries and peoples. Important decisions in international relations and related fields effect citizens of more than one nation, therefore the question of whether communication between people of different nations is effective and whether all parties emerge with the same understanding is of crucial importance. Lack of knowledge of another culture may confuse or even offend the people we wish to communicate with, making the conclusion of international or bilateral agreements difficult or impossible.

Building on our work in the field of language and diplomacy, DiploProjects will host an international conference on intercultural communication and diplomacy, from February 20 – 22, 2003. With the help of participants from the diplomatic, academic and business communities we hope to uncover the interplay between diplomacy and intercultural communication; to learn what diplomacy can gain from and contribute to the field. We are currently accepting proposals for conference presentations. Papers presented at the conference will eventually be published in a collection of conference proceedings. For more details and for conference registration information, please visit the conference website or e-mail Hannah Slavik.

Last Week to Register – International Conference on Web-Management for International Organisations

The deadline for registration for the Interna-tional Conference on Web-Management for International Organisations is Friday, October 18, 2002. This conference, hosted by DiploProjects in Geneva from October 30 to November 1, 2002, will be of interest to all actors in multilateral diplomacy, but particu-larly to officials of international organisations in charge of web-strategy, public relations and information management, diplomats accredited to international organizations, and journalists and representatives of NGOs.  International organisations depend on efficient communications infrastructures in order to collect and disseminate information, and in this context websites are of strategic importance. The value of a website lies in both the quality of information it carries and the ease with which this information can be securely posted and retrieved. The manage-ment of information is of critical importance in maintaining a website and key members within an organisation must be integrated into the process. It is the communication between three different professional cultures: the content specialists, the designers and the IT specialists that is the crux of successful web-management.

For registration forms and more information please visit the WMIO website or contact the conference coordinator, Yasmeen Ariff.

Reminder – 2003 Online Course in IT and Diplomacy – Call for Applications

DiploProjects is accepting applications for the 2003 Online Postgraduate Diploma Course in Information Technology and Diplomacy until November 30, 2002. This year-long course will begin in February 2003 with a 10-day introductory workshop in Malta. The course this year will focus on preparing participants for international IT and telecommunications summits and conferences such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS – Geneva, December 2003). All course information, and application instructions and forms are available on the course website. If you have any questions please contact
Sylvana Bugeja.

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