A curated selection of public diplomacy-relevant news from a global cross-section of English-language media outlets, including independent, corporate-owned, and state-sponsored sources. The stories featured don't necessarily represent CPD's views nor have they been verified by CPD.

‘Tourism Brings Hope, Prosperity and Understanding’

“Tourism is today the third largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels,” Taleb Rifai said on Tuesday in a video message to the opening ceremony of an event held in Tehran to mark World Tourism Day, September 27. "Last year alone, 1.235 million travelers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion,” Rifai added.

 

Tags: cultural tourism, international tourism, Cultural Diplomacy, tehran, iran, world tourism organization, cultural heritage

China Seeks Media Cooperation to Promote Belt and Road Initiative

According to Chinese vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring that people all over the world understand what Belt and Road initiative is all about. [...] The NPC official, just like the vice premier, however admitted that a lot needs to be done to get more people to understand what the concept stands for. In his opinion, the “project of the century” as is being referred to, seeks to only build a community of shared future and prosperity for all.

 

Tags: international broadcasting, new silk road, silk road, silk road diplomacy, broadcasting, china, kenya, ethiopia, public opinion, belt and road initiative

Second Batch of Marawi Children Go On Educational Tour

The Army’s First Infantry Division and the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi has brought the second batch of selected children from Marawi City to a five-day educational tour in Manila. The five-day activity, dubbed as “Tabak Education Tour 2,” is from Tuesday, September 26, until Saturday, September 30. The children will be brought to selected locations in Manila including a simple meet and greet activity with President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang Palace.

 

Tags: education diplomacy, marawi, philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, manila, peace building, soft power

Half Of German Improv Class Is Filled With Refugees

With the election in Germany bringing immigration to the fore, the NPR podcast Rough Translation visits an improv class where new arrivals learn the unwritten rules of German culture. 

Tags: podcast, nation branding, germany, syrian refugees, german public diplomacy, improv, refugees welcome

Israeli Aid Teams Reach Out to Help Mexican Towns in Aftermath of Earthquake

Mexico City was badly damaged in the deadly 7.1 magnitude September 19 earthquake, and although aid poured into the city, the hard-hit villages were left to cope alone until volunteers from Israeli humanitarian aid nonprofit IsraAID suddenly turned up. “IsraAID was the first group to offer help to our village,” said a resident of Hueyapan in the Mexican state of Morelos, one of the areas most affected by the recent earthquakes.

Tags: foreign aid, disaster relief, israel, mexico, earthquake, mexico recovery, israAID

Supporting Digital Trade a Key Element of Australia's Cyber Diplomacy

'Global in perspective, regional in focus' is the mantra underpinning Australia's forthcoming International Cyber Engagement Strategy -- but with trade come norms of behavior, and enforcement. [...] Australia's diplomatic engagement on cyber security matters will be detailed in the government's International Cyber Engagement Strategy, to be launched next Wednesday.

Tags: op-ed, digital diplomacy & new tech, cyber diplomacy, australia, global influence, cyber security, digital engagement

Macron Promises Concert to Raise Money for Education

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday promised to help raise more than $1 billion in new funding for education in the developing world, calling schools vital in countering extremism. [...] Macron said he was working with Senegal to boost the Global Partnership for Education which brings together donors, international organizations and the private sector to expand and improve schooling around the world.

 

Tags: france, education diplomacy, music diplomacy, music concert, emmanuel macron, senegal, countering violent extremism

Celebrate International Podcast Day September 30th

Hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear about yet another new podcast. In fact there are tens of thousands of them around the world and on every conceivable topic. While many have thought it was just a fad in that video would totally annihilate the traditional podcast (there are also video podcasts) nothing can be further from the truth. In fact September 30 is International Podcast Day, a day of celebrating the power of podcasts.

Tags: international broadcasting, digital diplomacy & new tech, international podcast day, education, communication technology

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