Friday, December 4, 2020
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GIZ donates personal protective equipment to 18 towns and municipalities

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Belgrade, 23 November 2020 – The German Development Cooperation (GIZ) has delivered safety masks, gloves, face shields, disinfectants, and contactless thermometers to local self-government units and social care facilities in 18 towns and municipalities. The personal protective equipment against Covid-19 comes at a time when infections are on the rise again, as a form of support for social care workers. This donation was awarded under the Social Services for Vulnerable Groups German-Serbian Development Cooperation Project and consists of 50,000 safety masks, 50,000 pairs of gloves, 1,900 face shields, 1,800 litres of disinfectants and 230 contactless thermometers. “It is extremely important for employees in social protection and in local self-governments to have adequate personal protective equipment to be able to support vulnerable social groups. Considering that vulnerable social groups are at a higher risk of exposure to Covid-19, our project will continue to cooperate with towns an..

49th UAE National Day 2020 is a day of happiness throughout...

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The UAE people celebrate their 49th UAE National Day 2020 on the 2nd of December every year. In July 1971, six of the Trucial States (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Ajman, and Fujairah) agreed on a Federal Constitution for achieving independence as the United Arab Emirates. The UAE national day is basically a celebration of the union of the six estates while Ras Al Khaimah joins these six estates on 10th Feb1972. Continue reading 49th UAE National Day 2020 is a day of happiness throughout the United Arab Emirates at Diplomacy&Commerce.

Soft Power Policies of East Asian Titans

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Soft Power is a widely discussed and equally disputed concept as various scholars have their personal interpretation upon the power of attraction. Joseph Nye has associated soft power with i) culture, ii) political values, and iii) foreign policies of a country. China, Japan, and (Republic of) Korea rank the highest in the list of Intangible Heritages indicating their rich cultural identity. The cultural identity like Confucian values gets interwoven with political ideas of respect and help build working morality that influences their foreign policies. Japanese Anime such as Doraemon and Pokémon are extremely famous and Korean K-Pop such as Gangnam Style became the most liked video on YouTube. TikTok has brought China into the race of audio-visual diplomacy. National identity and political views are promoted through audio-visual instruments such as movies, paintings, songs while some of them are despised as political propaganda. The countries which have higher Gross Domestic Prod..

Sinergija 20 – The future is in education

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The twentieth in a row, Sinergija, the largest regional IT conference, ended after two conference days with an excellent response from the audience. Over 2600 online visitors have been registered, which indicates a great interest of the audience for the digital format and quality content. This year’s conference, titled as Sinergija 20. Digital. Since Always., had the central BusinessandIT segment, numerous technical sessions and a special segment dedicated to education. Continue reading Sinergija 20 – The future is in education at Diplomacy&Commerce.

The 4th European Conference dedicated to minority and local media: Without...

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‘Minority media have a vital role in providing credible information that saves lives in the context of the pandemic.’ The organisers of this year’s conference are: Heror Media Pont, Mađar so, Storyteller, Hrvatska riječ, the Centre for the Development of Minority and Local Media, the Media Association in cooperation with FUEN and ECMI with the support of MIDAS. The Conference was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Administration, Regulations and National Communities, the Administration for Culture of the City of Novi Sad and the Novi Sad ECoC 2021 Foundation. Continue reading The 4th European Conference dedicated to minority and local media: Without inspiration, there would be no point to the media at Diplomacy&Commerce.

Digital Diplomacy: The Road to Future or an Interim Measure?

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With introduction of internet, the world has irreversibly changed, leaving not one stone unturned. The development of digital technologies meant that manner in which we communicate and behave was reshaped, and continues to do so with the introduction of every development in this field. With the appearance of COVID-19, the world has shifted from offline to online space. That meant that everything from concerts, museums, birthday parties to meetings, summits, hearings and plenary sessions was held online. This begs the question, how has digital technology influenced the field of diplomacy, and how will it continue to do so in the time to come. Over several sessions, participants of the XIII Summer School for Young Diplomats had an opportunity to learn and discuss the meaning and future of digital diplomacy. Digital Diplomacy: Internet as a Factor in Changing Diplomacy In an inspiring session moderated by Siniša Vuković, senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced In..

Golden Charter of French King Louis XIV

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The original charter with a gold seal and the signature of the French King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was officially presented at the association for culture, arts and international cooperation Adligat in Belgrade. The ceremony in Adligat was attended by the French Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Jean-Louis Falconi, as well as members and friends of the Association, including the renowned opera singer Jadranka Jovanović, the former Commissioner for Gender Equality, Brankica Janković, one of the greatest experts in Serbian librarianship, Adam Sofronijević, and Vuk Mirčetić, a Serbian MP, who was one of the people that were instrumental in bringing this valuable charter to Belgrade. Continue reading Golden Charter of French King Louis XIV at Diplomacy&Commerce.

Nostalgia’s Role in Digital Diplomacy

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Nostalgia is a basic human emotion. Strangely, it is a combination of two contradictory emotions- a sweet longing for the past and a pain emanating from the fact that the past can never be fully experienced again. Throughout history, nostalgia has served as a social and political tool, a means of gathering support by promising to return to a mythical past, be it through revolution or ideological reforms. The Romantics of the 19th century embraced nostalgia through the glorification of the past. This longing for simpler, and even medieval times was a reaction to a new and complex world brought about by the Industrial Revolution and scientific and intellectual advancements of the Enlightenment. Those who could not fathom the modern world resigned themselves to reliving a ‘golden’ past, one of moral certainty and blessed ignorance. In Germany, Romanticism developed into a form of nationalism idolizing the German ‘national spirit’, a message resonated by a future German dictator. Now is a..

The difference between Armenian and Azerbaijani lobbying activities in Europe

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Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were looking for other ways than diplomacy to make their voices heard in Europe during the latest conflict between the two. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is again a top priority for the South Caucasus and the international community. The war, which began on September 28th, was not viewed as a surprise by Armenia. For the country, Azerbaijani rhetoric, discourse, and physical action made it clear that a new war was always likely. Since there are hundreds of publications discussing the disputed region’s history and who is to blame for the conflict, this article instead focuses upon both sides’ non-military tools in Europe. Except for diplomacy, there are several ways in which Armenia and Azerbaijan have attempted to make their voices heard and gain support in international society. Besides diplomacy, public diplomacy and lobbying within various international organisations and national governmental bodies are vital for governments. Despite this, such activ..