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.

Ethiopia's Progress in Human Development

The other key sphere of concern in Ethiopia's HDR is sustainable development which contains a selection of 15 key indicators that cover environmental, economic and social aspects. Environmental sustainability indicators are basically related to renewable energy consumption, carbon-dioxide emissions, change in forest area and fresh water withdrawals by which Ethiopia has shown a remarkable leap.

Tags: ethiopia, human development, sustainable development, government pd, governance, east africa

Nigeria Urges Asian Nations to Strengthen Existing Bilateral Ties

The Nigerian Government has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take relations with Nigeria to greater heights. [...] The Minister says Nigeria’s cultural diplomacy is worthy of emulation by the countries.

Tags: nigeria, asia, bilateral ties, cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, korean cultural center, south korea, film festival, asean countries

Why Germany Educates International Students for Free

The “soft power” argument plays a role too: overseas graduates are also seen as generating goodwill for Germany globally. “The idea of Germany being part of an international community is valued very highly,” said Ms Wahlers. “Of course, we invest a certain amount of money [in their education], but what we get back is worth so much more. The international students, when they graduate, will be partners for Germany in the world, this kind of international network building is of immense importance to us.”

Tags: germany, international students, education, soft power, academic exchange, international exchange

Screen Australia Announces New Australian-Chinese Co-Production Feature

Australia’s Ambassador to China HE Ms Jan Adams AO PSM said, “The Australian Embassy proudly supports Screen Australia, Ausfilm and the Australian screen industry. Our work together delivers public diplomacy and economic diplomacy benefits by highlighting Australian creative excellence, deepening cultural understanding and delivering business opportunities in a fast growing market. 2017 is the Australia China Year of Tourism and marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations. It is a great time to be making co-productions.”

Tags: australia, china, film diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, cultural exchange, economic diplomacy

Africa: Re-Branding Africa Unlocks Its Tourism Potential

The United Nations World Tourism Organization Commission for Africa (UNWTOCAF) 59th conference participants stressed the need for re-branding Africa to develop the continent's tourism sector. [...] The major challenge facing Africa is the negative images held about the continent. A constitutional amendment or a gun shot at any par tarnishes the entire continent, according to him.

Tags: africa, nation branding, rebranding, tourism, ethiopia, public awareness

inPeru to Strengthen Trade Ties with Canada

As part of foreign investment promotion efforts, Investing in Peru (inPeru) public-private association's 12th International Road Show will include Toronto (Canada), among its destinations. [...] inPeru's initiative will also serve to further reinforce the Andean country's trade relations with Canada. 

Tags: inPeru, peru, latin america, canada, foreign investment, trade diplomacy, non-profits, bilateral relations

Ukrainian Civil Society & Media in the Euro Maidan

Stopfake.org, a group of researchers from the Mohyla School of Journalism in Kyiv, have identified two strong narratives in their study of Russian propaganda about the Euro Maidan: first, that it was a coup d’état directed by the U.S.; and second, that power was seized in Kyiv by a fascist regime. [...] With a lack of clear narratives and facts from the Ukrainian government, the Western media fell for the Kremlin’s skillful falsehoods.

Tags: ukraine, americas, europe, Euro Maidan, kyiv, russia, united states, media, civil society, disinformation

Bill Gates Urges UK to Protect Foreign Aid

The Microsoft founder urged the UK to keep spending at least 0.7% of national income on foreign aid, saying it was proof of its goodwill and humanity. [...] More than £12bn was spent in aid in 2015. Some newspapers and Conservative MPs argue the figure is too large and too wasteful, and some of it would be better spent on schools and hospitals in the UK.

Tags: bill gates, uk, united kingdom, foreign aid, philanthropist, global aid & development, microsoft

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