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.

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

Abandoned at Burning Man, Bicycles Now Head for Houston and Caribbean

Thousands of Burning Man revellers abandoned their bicycles when they left the desert festival. Will hurricane victims give them a second life and a new purpose? [...] Burning Man partners with local charities to take, refurbish and sometimes donate the bikes to needy families, but this year, the sheer number of bikes overwhelmed even these partners. An estimated 5,000 bicycles were left behind.

Tags: humanitarian aid, disaster relief, burning man, hurricane maria, texas, caribbean, bicycles

China Completes International Cultural Expo To Rejuvenate Silk Road Spirit

Luo Shugang, China’s minister of culture has stressed that the key to sound relations between states lies in their respective people’s closeness to each other based on mutual understanding. Minister Shugang was emphasizing the essence of culture as a means of promoting the One Belt One Road Initiative, which holistically underscores “openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning and shared economic prosperity” amongst developing nations.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, new silk road, exhibition, Luo Shugang, one belt one road, people to people engagement, china, Dunhuang

Films Promote, Preserve Culture, Heritage: Damasane

Principal director in the Rural Development, Preservation of Culture and Heritage ministry, Paul Damasane has said films are important mediums that help in the promotion and preservation of culture and heritage and his ministry seeks to the encourage the growth of the creative industry, so it can make a unique contribution to the cultural expression. Damasane made the remarks in Harare last week at the opening ceremony of the ongoing China Film Exhibition in Africa hosted by the Chinese embassy and the China Film Group Corporation.

Tags: film diplomacy in china, film diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, china film group, Chinese Embassy, art diplomacy

Brunei-Hong Kong Relations Celebrated with Jazz Orchestra

Men in Jazz, a multi award-winning jazz band from Hong Kong, was in the country recently to give a performance at the Youth Centre in the capital and as part of the final leg of their Asean tour. [...] For many of the Hong Kongers, it was their first time visiting Brunei. Some said that they would gladly return to visit the country again with their family members and friends.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, music diplomacy, jazz diplomacy, hong kong, brunei, borneo, cultural tourism, Brunei-Hong Kong Cultural Showcase

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