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.

'Donald Trump Forest' Climate Change Project Gains Momentum

Based in New Zealand, the project began in March this year and so far has gained pledges from around 450 people based all around the world. In the first month, 15,000 trees were pledged - that's now gone past 120,000. Some people have paid for trees to be planted in forest restoration projects in Madagascar, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Nepal. Others have simply bought and planted a tree themselves and sent a copy of the receipt to the project.

Tags: climate diplomacy, climate change, Donald Trump, planting trees, new zealand, awareness campaign

Why Foreign Aid Should Be Used to Diversify Local Exports Sector

Aid for Trade (AfT) is one of programmes guiding foreign aid for developing countries. AfT programme has helped in the establishment of supply-side and trade-related infrastructure in developing countries to enhance their trade performance.

Tags: foreign aid, aid for trade, developing countries, africa, infrastructure development, trade

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: An Ideal Type of Science Diplomacy

Because of ASTP, not the Watergate scandal, Nixon’s name is well remembered in Russia where everything related to space technology and reaching space is a matter of national pride. During the Cold War, the mutual demonization of both major powers towards one another was transformed into friendship and partnership, even for a short time.

Tags: science diplomacy, space diplomacy, apollo-soyuz, historical pd, soviet union, russia, united states

Meet Japan’s Dancing Maharaja

Hiroyoshi Takeda is not a typical Japanese man. Instead of a suit and tie, the 39-year-old Tokyoite wears T-shirts with technicolour caricatures of a mustachioed south Indian movie star. Rather than bowing, he dances. He doesn’t ride the metro, but travels the streets in a gaudily adorned autorickshaw imported from Tamil Nadu.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, cultural influence, japan, india, maharaja, bollywood

Arab Countries Move to Tackle the Qatari Monopoly of Sports’ Broadcast

Doha-based beIN Sports, a succes­sor to the Al Jazeera Sports network, has been a mainstay in the homes of many football-loving Arabs. [...] However, the political dispute be­tween Qatar and Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in June opened the door for other Arab networks to chal­lenge beIN’s stranglehold on sports broadcasts.

Tags: international broadcasting, arab world, qatar, sports broadcast, football, beIN

Melbourne International Film Festival Celebrates Movie About DVD Piracy

When Australian director Sam Voutas saw pirated copies of his first Chinese feature film Red Light Revolution on the streets of Beijing, he used the experience as a source of inspiration for his newest venture.

Tags: international advocacy, anti-piracy, australia, china, melbourne, film festival

Ghana Launches First Satellite As Part of Era of African Space Exploration

African nations have entered the space race, with Ghana as the most recent example of this bold technological achievement. [...] Other nations of the world have utilized space technology as a means of scientific advancement and socioeconomic progress. Ghana and other nations of the African Union and are no exception, as they become players in the global space race, and seek leadership status in the frontiers beyond Earth.

Tags: nation branding, soft power, ghana, africa, space race, technology, leadership

Building Disaster Resilient Communities in Indonesia

The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan has a history of disasters, including severe storms, floods, landslides and fires. [...] Since 2015, Australian volunteers have been working with BPBD East Kalimantan to strengthen their community-based disaster risk reduction program.

Tags: international aid, australia, indonesia, east kalimantan, disaster relief, disaster response

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