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.

Young Voices Set Sights on Foreign Affairs

The launch of a new report capturing youth perspectives on foreign affairs in Canberra says Australia needs a clear vision of global engagement. [...] Politicians and youth leaders assembled in Canberra on Tuesday to launch a report by advocacy network Oaktree outlining a vision for foreign policy. [...] Following consultation with various groups, the report found the global issues young people prioritized were climate change, migration and asylum seeker rights, overseas development assistance and equality.

Tags: international engagement, foreign affairs, young voices, collective future, climate change, overseas development, canberra, australia

Enrolling Religious Groups in the Work of Diplomacy

An increasing number of organizations have in recent years begun to advocate collaboration with religious leaders in order to resolve conflicts. Former French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and the Sant’Egidio community signed an unusual agreement on April 18. The convention explicitly recognized their “long-term collaboration” in various fields including interreligious dialogue, conflict prevention and the hosting of refugees.

Tags: international advocacy, interreligious dialogue, conflict prevention, refugee awareness, religious groups, faith diplomacy, religious diplomacy, france

The Concept of TVET: Strategy and Policy

TVET is an international term that was born in 1999 through UNESCO Second International Congress held in Seoul on Technical and Vocational Education. The term TVET reads as Technical and Vocational Education and Training as vital means of facilitating poverty reduction and maximization of social and economic benefits to improve rural livelihoods and lives, particularly for poor and disadvantaged youth and women. In Nepal, the concept of TVET is not new.

Tags: Facilitation, TVET, technical school, technical and vocational education, human resources, international development, nepal

Why Silicon Valley Carries More Weight on the Global Stage Than Some Countries

The top firms in California's Silicon Valley carry more weight on the global stage than many countries, which makes building diplomatic relations with them increasingly important, the world's first national technology ambassador said. Chosen to fill what his country's foreign ministry has dubbed the first "techplomacy" posting on the U.S. West Coast, Denmark's Casper Klynge will be tasked with building direct ties between his country and the likes of Facebook, Apple and Alphabet's Google.

Tags: Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, techplomacy, globalization, technology, silicon valley, denmark

Cyclists Promote Climate Diplomacy Week

More than 500 cyclists from both Lao and international organizations gathered on Saturday morning for a cycling event to mark Climate Diplomacy Week in the capital. Held with an aim to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change and advocate for the strongest possible initiatives and actions to mitigate these impacts, the cycling event was organized by European Union (EU) Delegation to Laos with joint support coming from the EU Member States and Lao Cycling Association.

Tags: climate diplomacy, international advocacy, cycling, climate change, Paris Agreement, european union, laos

Google Pledge to Tackle YouTube Terror Videos

Google has unveiled four measures it will use to tackle the spread of terror-related material online. Among the measures it is deploying will be smarter software that can spot extremist material and greater use of human experts to vet content. [...] In addition, it said, it would work with Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter to establish an industry body that would produce technology other smaller companies could use to police problematic content.

Tags: Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, technology, smarter software, yvette cooper, extremism, google, counter-extremism

What Does 'Shelterless' Mean? Ask the Humanitarian Encyclopedia

Soon after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, international aid began pouring in — but observers noted a degree of confusion and a lack of coordination among the many groups trying to help. [...] The remedy for this — and for a host of other problems commonly experienced in humanitarian settings, she thought — could be an online reference work presenting the results of field research, scholarly analysis and informed debate for the NGO community: A humanitarian encyclopedia.

Tags: ngos, shelterless, humanitarian assistance, encyclopedia, international collaboration

Aid Ship Leaves Turkey to Offer Gazans a Relief on Ramadan Holiday

A cargo vessel carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid en route for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip left a Turkish port yesterday. [...] In recent years, Turkey stepped up its international humanitarian outreach, making it onto a list of most generous countries in 2015 and 2016 as it spent $6.5 billion on humanitarian aid, a high figure compared to the country's gross national income. During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Turkish aid agencies reached millions of people across the world with food aid.

Tags: international aid, humanitarian assistance, ramadan, gaza, turkey

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