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DiploNews – Issue 87 – 31 July 2006

DiploNews – Issue 87 – July 31, 2006

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Diplo and ECA Training on Internet Governance for African Policy-Makers

DiploFoundation was one of the supporting organisations behind the UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) training course on Internet Governance for African policy-makers. Held from 2-6 July 2006, this course was launched under the framework of the UN Development Account and was also supported by the Canadian e-Policy Resource Centre (CePRC) and ICANN.

Thirty-five African Anglophone permanent secretaries, directors and advisors participated in the course. Also present were representatives from Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The training, held in the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, aimed to develop the skills and knowledge required for policy-makers to participate meaningfully in the global debate on Internet Governance and ICT for development, in particular the use and exploitation of the Internet to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

For further information and photos please visit the press release.

Call for Applications: Short Online Courses for September 2006

We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming short online course starting in September 2006:

Courses are designed to allow working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 6-8 hours per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation.

The application deadline for courses beginning in July is August 21, 2006. For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.

Diplo Receives UN Consultative Status

In June 2006, DiploFoundation was granted Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This status allows NGOs like Diplo to have access to designated meetings and conferences and to give oral presentations and written statements within UN processes which are open to NGOs with special status. Special Consultative Status, according to Paragraph 23 of the ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31, is awarded to “organisations that have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the Council and its subsidiary bodies, and that are known within the fields for which they have or seek consultative status.”

Call for Applications: 2007 MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

The Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy is designed for diplomats, civil servants, employees of international organisations and others involved in international relations. The programme focuses on a broad spectrum of issues, including the work of diplomats in today’s world, new topics on diplomatic agendas and the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools for diplomatic activities.

The programme is delivered through blended learning, taking advantage of the benefits offered by both traditional, face-to-face teaching, and online instruction. It is accredited through the Department of International Relations within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.

The application deadline for the programme commencing in 2007 is October 10, 2006. For further information, and to apply, please visit the MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy website.

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