The Third in a series of launching events of the E-diplomacy Initiative was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by the Permanent Missions of Malta and Switzerland to the United Nations in partnership with DiploFoundation, and with the support of the UNDCPI, the OICT, UNPAN and AT&T, the event was attended by over 70 Diplomats and other Officials.
On April 27th, the DiploFoundaton E-diplomacy Initiative was launched at the UN in New York. Welcome addresses were delivered by e-diplomacy core partners: Malta (Ambassador Saviour Borg), Switzerland (Ms. Heidi Grau) and AT&T (Mr. Jeff Brueggeman). The keynote address was delivered Mr. Kiyo Akasaka, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.
Ms. Haiyan Qian, director of the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management of DESA focused her presentation on the link between UN e-governance initiatives and e-diplomacy. Dr. Jovan Kurbalija provided a framework for discussion with his presentation on “e-diplomats at work”. Dr Choi Soon-Hong, UN Chief Information Technology Officer presented a survey of UN activities and projects on the relevance of e-diplomacy. This was followed by the presentation of the Intranet system of the Swiss diplomacy delivered by Mr. Johann Aeschlimann from the Swiss Permanent Mission to the UN.