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.

Japan, Take Pride in ‘Your Name.’

Japan should be patting itself on the back after this soft-power success. In particular, “Your Name.” [...] “Your Name.” wasn’t aimed at a global audience — in fact, those involved with it didn’t even realize how big it would be domestically — but still had a universal theme.

Tags: japan, Cultural Diplomacy, japanese animation, animation, soft power, cultural exchange, film diplomacy, united states

Access and Aid Key to Humanitarian Effort in Northeast Nigeria

Nigeria’s northeast is facing a tightening hunger gap, say aid organisations, pointing to two years of missed crop harvests in what was once a breadbasket for the country, and the high likelihood of missing a third. [...] The UN says it needs $1.5 billion (€1.4 billion) in humanitarian aid this year for the Lake Chad region – which spreads across parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad – and $457 million had been pledged for 2017 by late February.

Tags: nigeria, humanitarian efforts, united nations, global aid & development, boko haram, world hunger, un, henry gray

President for Projecting Soft Image of Pakistan Internationally

President Mamnoon Hussain has asked the High Commissioner-designate to South Africa to protect Pakistan’s national interests and promote bilateral political, economic and trade relations; while projecting the soft image of Pakistan. [...] The president called for looking after the interests of Pakistani diasporas in South Africa and other concurrently accredited countries. 

Tags: pakistan, soft image, Nation Image, mamnoon hussain, south africa, bilateral relations, government pd, diaspora diplomacy

Iconic Abu Dhabi Mosque to Host Exhibition on Hajj

Telling the story and history of Makkah, and the rituals of Hajj, as one of the five fundamental pillars and practices in Islam, the exhibition will bring to life the profound significance of the sacred practices, while also underlining the evident attributes of tolerance, equality and the vast diversity to be found in Islam. The exhibition will be held on the grounds of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most prominent and leading landmarks of culture and intellectual exchange in the UAE.

Tags: abu dhabi, Hajj, mosque, uae, exhibition, international exchange, history & art, cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy

UN Forum Highlights Importance of Stronger Partnerships for Financing SD

Underlining the importance of sustainable finance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials today called for stronger partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that resource requirements are met. In her opening remarks at the high-level event, SDG Financing Lab – How to finance the SDGs, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed recalled the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which was adopted in 2015 at the UN Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

Tags: un, united nations, sustainable development, global aid & development, sustainable development goals, stakeholder, private sector

Why Africa is the ‘Final Frontier’ for Global Brands

The dynamics of the global economy are shifting apace. With uncertainty in developed markets such as the UK, the US and Europe, many brands are looking beyond their traditional customer bases in search of new opportunities and sources of growth. Africa, the world’s poorest continent but also the most untapped by consumer brands, looks set to benefit.

Tags: south africa, africa, nation branding, global brands, global economy, economic diplomacy, nigeria, uk, business diplomacy, europe

Russian Journalists Explore Innovation and the Media on U.S. Press Tour

On a balmy mid-March evening, 11 Russian journalists clustered around a table in one of Austin’s time-honored barbeque joints, a platter piled high with brisket and a trough of mashed potatoes between them. The group had gathered for a traditional southern meal on the final evening of a ten-day press tour sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the State Department’s Foreign Press Center.

Tags: russia, united states, media, journalist, netizen, digital media, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, citizen journalism, press freedom, journalism

Neighborhood Diplomacy

Greenland’s national assembly is to vote during its spring session next month on a measure that would see Nuuk open a representative office in Reykjavík. Nuuk already has such offices, which function in a similar capacity to embassies, in Copenhagen, Brussels and Washington. Iceland opened its own consulate in Nuuk in 2013, making it the first country to do so since the Second World War.

Tags: government pd, international exchange, greenland, iceland, denmark, foreign policy, diplomatic relations

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