LETTER TO HIS MAJESTY MOHAMMED VI OF MOROCCO
We, the Members of the European Council, would like to share with You our most sincere condolences for the terrible loss of life following the dreadful earthquake that took place on 8 September 2023.
We are deeply saddened by the devastating consequences of this tragic event.
The European Union and its Member States stand in full solidarity with the people of Morocco in this difficult moment.
Our thoughts are with all Moroccans who have lost their cherished family members and friends. We wish full and speedy recovery to all those who have been injured.
As close friends and partners of Morocco, we are ready to assist in any way You may deem useful.
Our thoughts of compassion continue to be with You and Your people.
Please accept, Your Majesty, the assurance of our highest consideration.
DIPLOMATIC WORLD MAGAZINE NR. 71
Dear Excellencies, Dear Partners and Friends,
We are very happy to present the summer edition of Diplomatic World magazine.
Energy uncertainty, food shortages, accelerating inflation, the climate crisis and military conflicts. Many worries plague the world population. The contours of the global economy are changing.
Are we approaching a new Bretton Woods moment? Do the international economic institutions need to undergo sweeping reforms to promote a more sustainable world economic order, fit for the 21st century? No software has ever grown as fast as ChatGPT, OpenAI's intelligent chatbot, which has the potential to be one of the biggest disruptive technologies. As AI continues to develop, jobs will be threatened by automation.
Therefore, technology is a double-edged sword: it has disruptive elements but it can be at the same time a growth engine for business and provide new answers for better healthcare and a smoother energy transition.
Some of our contributors attempt to tackle these big questions.Apart from our traditional focus on Central Asia, in this edition we also give the voice to Latin America ahead of the all-important EU-CELAC Summit which will take place in Brussels in mid-July; as well as to the Western Balkans and their collective desire for a clear and credible European perspective, after far too many years in the waiting room.
We wish you an inspiring reading,
The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) and the National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) will cooperate to enhance financial and digital inclusion in Pakistan.
Islamabad, March 2023 - The collaboration aims to enhance financial inclusion in Pakistan through WBAF's Financial Inclusion Programme. The WBAF Financial Inclusion Programme aims to contribute to the development of skills and expertise of entrepreneurs, innovators, startup and SME founders, and foster the kind of creative thinking that leads to innovation and eventual success in the ever-changing market environment of the 21st century.
With this collaboration, all co-founders of startup ventures and SMEs at the NSTP will be able to benefit from the WBAF Financial Inclusion Center under the sponsorship of the World Business Angels Investment Forum – an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). Please visit the WBAF Financial Inclusion Center here: www.id.wbaforum.org ...
The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), with its mission to transform itself into a comprehensive research-led university, has maintained a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Research & Innovation (R&I) Offices, established in 2011 in line with HEC mandate, work with an aim to establish an ecosystem for innovation centric R&D, its commercialisation, and fostering industry-academia linkages on grounds of mutual benefits. R&I Offices/Centres including Research, Innovation & Commercialisation, Placement, University Advancement and Alumni Offices work under the approved policy – by the NUST Academic Council – since April 2012.
Wholistic World Innovation Trophy's 3rd Season Launched
with New Jury Board
Brussels, March 10, 2023 - The Wholistic World Innovation Trophy, WWIT, successfully launched its
third season with high quality line up of jury board members:
• Vasilisa Marinchuk, managing director of the Democracy4All Conference in Barcelona, is the
new jury president.
The other new members are:
• startup and innovation expert Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes representing the Americas,
• Thierry Watrin, Advisor to the Rwanda government, representing Africa,
• Robin Eckermann, a celebrated telecommunications expert, representing Australia.
Also on board, as in previous seasons, are the executive media analyst Maria Rua Aguete for Europe
and editor in chief Rini Mukkath for Asia. The academic WWIT partner VUB continues to be represented by Wendy van den Broeck.
Gülden Türktan, Founding President of the WWIT Jury Board, now will head the newly formed WWIT
WBAF Message of Support for the Tens of Thousands Affected by the Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria
The World Business Angels Investment Forum would like to express our sympathy and concern for the tens of thousands of people in Türkiye and Syria who are suffering the consequences of this week's disastrous earthquake. We stand by you, your family, and friends at this extraordinarily difficult time. Türkiye and Syria are reeling from the worst earthquakes to strike the region in almost a century. The initial 7.8-magnitude tremor in southeastern Türkiye and northern Syria was followed by another of 7.7 magnitude. According to Saskia Goes, professor of geophysics at Imperial College London, events of this magnitude only occur in this region once every hundred or several hundred years.
"This earthquake is one of the largest we've recorded with instruments since we started measuring them," Goes says.
Dozens of countries around the world have rushed to send aid after the quake, which has, as of 12 February, has left more than 25,000 dead in Türkiye and Syria. The number of fatalities is expected to rise significantly as search and rescue efforts continue among the ruins of cities, towns, and villages in both countries.
UN health body declares the earthquake 'grade 3 emergency'
World Health Organization (WHO) declared the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria a "grade three emergency" - with a "critical 48 hour window" to save people who are trapped.
World-famous actors, pop singers, and opera legends are extending their condolences and sending aid, and they are urging the international community to contribute to relief efforts for victims of the quake. On social media, dozens of celebrities have called on their millions of fans to do the same-these include Oscar-winning Hollywood star Russell Crowe, Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, British actor Orlando Bloom, and legendary British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), among many others.
An invitation to the WBAF community around the world
We know that members of the WBAF community will want to support the efforts to assist those affected. The World Business Angels investment Forum invites not only its WBAF members in 132 countries, but all responsible citizens of the world to contact the nearest Turkish Embassy and Syrian Embassy for information on the best ways to support the relief efforts.
Please be careful to avoid any unfamiliar agencies and websites. After major tragedies, scammers often create websites that look like donation pages.
WBAF support for people affected
We would also like to remind you that online counseling and mentoring will be available free of charge from WBAF to all who have suffered from this terrible calamity-either directly or indirectly-in Türkiye, Syria, and beyond.
If you have been directly or indirectly affected by these recent events and need assistance from WBAF, please email us at this address: email@example.com.
Diplomatic World Magazine Kazakhstan
Brussels, 18th January 2023 - The year
2022 has been arguably the most eventful and jarring in the history
of Kazakhstan since its independence. The tragic January
events catalysed extensive political, socio-economic and
constitutional reforms by President Tokayev in order to build a New, Just
and Fair Kazakhstan. By way of illustration, President Tokayev's
administration has implemented reforms to de-monopolize
and de-oligarchize the economy; get rid of nepotistic practices
that were holding back the potential of the country; raise
investments in human capital; assist youth and socially vulnerable
groups and support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
(SMEs) as the engines of economic growth and job
In a globally geopolitically turbulent year, and despite exposure to supply chain disruptions, Kazakhstan has demonstrated its resilience and stability. The government has kept its adherence to a free market and a favourable investment climate; in line with its vision to become one of the world's top 30 economies by 2050. In addition, it has continued its pursuit of a balanced and multi-vector foreign policy, which has allowed Kazakhstan's voice in the international arena to become more powerful and its role in regional and global affairs to be consistently strengthened.
As the world navigates the unprecedented global geopolitical and economic challenges, closer cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU) has become essential. Both sides will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of relations in 2023. Over the years, they have established close economic and trade relations, and now the EU is by far Kazakhstan's largest trade partner. The recent flurry of high-level visits from the EU to Kazakhstan (including those of President of the European Council Charles Michel and High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell) demonstrates the willingness by Brussels bto continue to engage with Astana and strengthen trade and investment relations. One specific area of cooperation is connectivity removal of bottlenecks and capacity shortages to ensure unimpeded trade flows along the Middle Corridor. Kazakhstan will also play a critical role in the EU's energy transition towards carbon neutrality, as it is home to metals such as nickel and copper, as well as a range of rare earth elements such as lithium.
In this Special Edition of Diplomatic World magazine you will find contributions from a range of stakeholders - government, media, business, think tanks, parliamentarians, etc. -, each offering their own vision on the New Kazakhstan and a strengthened Kazakhstan -EU partnership.
Enjoy the reading, Barbara Dietrich, CEO Diplomatic World
Indigital And What3Words Honored With The 2021 & 2022 WWIT Trophy
Barcelona/Brussels, November 11, 2022: Australian educational technology company, Indigital, and London- based location-technology company, what3words, are being respectively honoured with the 2021 and 2022 Wholistic World Innovation Trophy (WWIT).
The exclusive global award celebrating technological and social innovation used to sustainably improve our societies was presented to the laureates at the Democracy4All Conference in Barcelona on November 10th. After its virtual premiere last year, the WWIT was presented to the 2021 and 2022 laureates, Indigital and what3words, in-person at Democracy4All conference, bringing together public value stakeholders and the tech world.
Hosted at the amazing hall from the 13th century of Casa Llotja del Mar in Barcelona, both laureates received their own "Icarus", an art piece created by the internationally renowned Belgian-German artist, Ulrike Bolenz.
Diplomatic World Magazine Nr. 69
Dear Excellencies, Dear Partners, Dear Readers,
It is not a secret that we live in times of significant challenge, turmoil and uncertainty. Citizens are increasingly worried about the future in the context of high living costs and the ongoing energy and food security crisis.
As the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, put it during his speech at the annual EU Ambassadors' Conference on October 10: "The speed and scope of change is exceptional. We should not try to deny it. We should not try to resist it. It would be a futile effort. We have to accept it and to adapt [to] it, prioritising flexibility and resilience".
Indeed, the world is changing faster than every before: Socially, politically (with the return of great power politics), technologically (with Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Blockchain and the Internet of Things (Iot) all coming our way), economically (are we entering an era of de-globalisation?) and environmentally (the upcoming COP27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm el Sheikh is an opportunity to showcase global unity against climate change's existential threat). All these represent a significant challenge for governments and societies around the world.
This edition of Diplomatic World magazine brings together a wide range of perspectives on how our partner countries, from Latin America to Central Asia; from Africa to the Middle East, are dealing with change, adapting and innovating for resilience and prosperity. We also feature inspirational stories from entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and businesses that through their charity work are helping to make the world a better, more sustainable place for all to live in, one step at a time.
I wish you an inspiring read,
CEO, Diplomatic World
Help Lift A Child Out Of Extreme Energy Poverty
Jeremie Landweer (Solarbuddy), H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (he sixth president of the Republic of Mauritius) and Barbara Dietrich (Diplomatic World, each holding a JuniorBuddy solar light.
Belgium (Lier / Antwerp), Friday 24th June 2022 - Sanel NV. (Panasonic Officlal Benelux Distributor) organised an Energy Day at their Training & Experience Centre with the collaboration of a Belgian School "GBS 'T Kroontje Massenhoven", Solarbuddy, Diplomatic World Magazine and Diplomatic World Institute to educate kids of 8-10 years "What Is Energy?"
Meanwhile to create the awareness that other kids worldwide are facing with energy poverty and not having proper light to study and read books.
As quoted by the former UN Secretary-General Bank Ki Moon "789 Million people worldwide live-in extreme energy poverty and condemns billions of ill health, unfilled futures and repeated cycles of poverty"...
... and Solarbuddy can change the future of those kids through this brilliant solar + light device named Solarbuddy.
That the collaboration between SolarBuddy and Diplomatic World is quite close was recently made clear by their joint presence at the Crans Montana Forum.
Where attention was paid to African youth and the innovators who are providing solutions to the woes facing
the continent. With H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the
sixth president of the Republic of Mauritius, a collaboration was immediately initiated to realize the distribution
and logistic purposes of SolarBuddy in Africa.
Diplomatic World Magazine Nr. 68
Brussels, 20th June 2022 - The world is undergoing tectonic shifts in the economic and geopolitical landscape. The contours of globalisation are rapidly changing, and we have by now well understood that we cannot isolate economic globalisation from geopolitics.
At a time when the world is riddled with so many conflicts, the importance of diplomacy has never been more critical. Since the international peace treaty of Kadesh in 1200 BC, diplomacy has been an important tool for peace, and we can ill-afford to reduce the room and the tools diplomats need to succeed.
We furthermore need accelerated collective action if we are to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the target date. We need new innovative thinking on financial and technological tools, inclusive policy reforms, and additional support for developing countries. This was one of the main conclusions of the second High-level International Conference on the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028' held in Tajikistan, which the Diplomatic World team attended in June.
In this edition of Diplomatic World, we continue our traditional strong focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus: we look at the Constitutional Referendum in Kazakhstan, the first-ever Tashkent International Investment Forum, and the post-conflict situation in the South Caucasus with a series of interviews with high-level policymakers and practitioners from Azerbaijan.
Looking at the world today (to Europe's Eastern doorstep, and beyond), one can be forgiven for being a pessimist. Yet, pessimism must be avoided, as it has a paralysing effect. As the Minister of State Mark Eyskens aptly puts it, "there is an absolute need for meliorism, the belief in the hope that more humanity is desirable and possible. A more human humanity must remain necessary."
Wholistic World Innovation Trophy, WWIT,
To Find Its Home In Barcelona
Brussels, Barcelona - June 13, 2022: The annual Wholistic World Innovation Trophy, WWIT, will find its home in Barcelona during the Democracy4All (D4A) conference. Due to Covid-19 the first WWIT ever in 2021 had not yet been formally announced and will be presented together with the second WWIT laureate on November 10. From next season, the CBCat (Blockchain Center of Catalonia) will be represented on the WWIT jury board.
WBAF Expands to Silicon Valley, Opens Office in SV
Silicon Valley, 22th May 2022 - The World Business Angels Investment Forum has now opened an office and established itself in Silicon Valley, the most well-known and prosperous entrepreneurial ecosystem and high technology center for innovation globally.
Silicon Valley venture capital (VC) investment is equivalent to the total amount of VC funding for all of Europe, and accounts for about one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States.
Port of Antwerp-Bruges: Merger Of The Ports of Antwerp And Zeebrugge Creates Europe's Largest Export Port
Jacques Vandermeiren, Annick De Ridder, Dirk De Fauw
Antwerp, 28th April 2022 - Diplomatic World Institute were present at the official launch of The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge that will from now on continue their growth trajectory under one name: Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
At the extraordinary general meeting of 22 April 2022, the two cities signed the shareholders' agreement of the unified port company. Today, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is sharing the concrete manifestation of its ambition - to become a world port that reconciles economy, people and climate - with the rest of the world.
Source Pictures and video - Copyright Port of Antwerp-Bruges
The Fuerteventura Ministry of Tourism, Diplomatic World Institute, Proptech and Finnova Meet in Brussels to Establish Cooperation Alliances in the Field of Sustainable and Intelligent Tourism
Cabildo de Fuerteventura
Brussels, 26 April 2022. This week in Brussels, the Cabildo Fuerteventura Tourism Council, Diplomatic World, PropTech and Finnova met in Brussels to establish joint lines of cooperation and take advantage of all the opportunities in terms of transforming the tourism sector, in which Fuerteventura represents 80%.
Each of the organisations has shared the potential of the territory to become the living laboratory of projects in renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable and smart tourism through Nextalentgeneration other funds.
The Councillor for Tourism of Fuerteventura, Jessica León, accompanied by her team José Ramón Rodríguez and Juan José Cabrera, has shared with Bárbara Dietrich and Jean Aznar, President and Secretary General respectively of Diplomatic World the needs of the territory.
The Canary Islands are one of the most demanded tourist destinations in Europe and the challenges in sustainability are greater.
For this reason, Diplomatic World has proposed to provide the hotels of Fuerteventura with a patented energy transformer equipment, manufactured in Europe, which will allow an effective saving of 7% of electricity per year.
For the European Commission, PropTech Is A Priority In The Evolution Towards Climate Neutrality
Turnhout - 21th April 2022 - Prof. Rudy Aernoudt, Senior Economist Chief Economist European Commission and Senior Advisor at Diplomatic World Institute Advisory Board explained together with Dirk Paelinck Chairmen Proptech how the Commission supports investments in PropTech during the inauguration of the new Interoffice buidling in Turnhout (Belgium).
Prof. Rudy Aernoudt gave to the audience a unique insight into the functioning of the European Institutions which he describes in his latest book "Europe, a look behind the scenes".
(Picture from L to R - Juan Manuel Revuelta (Finnova Foundation) - Prof. Rudy Aernoudt (European Commission & DW Institute) - Dirk Paelinck (PropTech) - Jean Aznar (DW Institute) - Javier Fernandez (Finnova)
Celebrated Earth Day 2022 with H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of The Republic of Mauritius
Personal video message from H.E. Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius with respect ot the Celebrated Earth Fay 2022.
Training Future Women Presidents of Africa
Teresa Clarke J.D. '87/M.B.A. '88 and Professor Ruth Okediji L.L.M. '91 S.J.D. '96 bring together four female African heads of state to explore opportunities for the continent's future advancement
Clockwise from top left: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Joyce Banda, and Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
There have so far been 22 women heads of state in Africa. But until last month, no four of those women had ever been in a room together, even a virtual one.
Even in Africa, few citizens are aware that so many women have served as president or prime minister - some for brief terms, and many during times of war, famine, financial insecurity, and disease. The historic virtual summit that brought these four together for the first time, called the Women Heads of State Initiative, was organized by Teresa Clarke J.D. '87/M.B.A '88 - an investment banker, noted humanitarian, and CEO of the website Africa.com.
Art Connects Women 2022 Review
Dubai - 8th March 2022 - Art Connects Women, the annual initiative by ZeeArts, has been known to be an hallmark all-women art event which rides on the commemorative spirits of the International Women's Day held on 8 March. This year, with the arrival of 115 artists and a grand total of 115 artworks on display, such the grandiose art show is more than ready to take on the world.
Year on year, the number of women artists registering for Art Connects Women continues to grow, but alas, one rule remains: there can only be one female artist representing her own country with one work of her own making. That being said, this year's application numbers saw a whopping 350 entries, of which 115 artists were selected by the curatorial committee to represent the 115 countries. The exhibition occupying the grand foyer of the Al Habtoor Palace stood as the nucleus of the 4-days extravaganza dedicated to the artists who flew in as ambassadors of their home countries.
Interview with Mrs. Beatrix Bourdon
The Managing Director of BRAFA
Mrs. Beatrix Bourdon
BRAFA Art Fair will take place at the beginning of the summer, from Sunday 19th to Sunday 26th of June, 2022, at Brussels Expo.
The organisers of the fair have been developing, adapting, and reinventing themselves since 1956.
More than 60 years later, in an ever-changing world, Beatrix Bourdon and her
team are preparing for a new challenge with great enthusiasm.
Happy International Womens Day
WHEN WOMEN THRIVE, HUMANITY THRIVES
Mrs. Iris Van der Veken
An Open Letter
I am writing to you from the women's pavilion at Expo, which feels like a melting pot right now.
The focus is on the central role women have played throughout history.
The mood is electric, and the motto is: "When women thrive, humanity thrives."
With this as my vantage point, I feel especially grateful to have the privilege of reaching out to
you on International Women's Day with a message that is deeply close to my heart, and that I
have the sincerest hope will resonate with you too.
H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim,
6th President of the Republic of Mauritius
RUFORUM TRIENNIAL HIGHLIGHTS 2021
DR AMEENAH GURIB FAKIM RUFORUM - VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
The #RUFORUM (www.ruforum.org) envisions to transforming universities, catalyzing sustainable, inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa.
In many ways, it is the brain child of Prof. #AdipalaEkwamu and he needs to be celebrated.
I was so pleased to have been able to participate in their triennial meeting held in Cotonou, Benin and to meet those who are working towards reducing hunger, empower the women and youth and ensure food security amongst so many other vital issues.
Awareness, Education, Empowerment Key To Fighting Gender Based Violence: Royal Princesses Speak Out
South Africa - 10th February 2022 - South African Royal Princesses from various parts of the country gathered on 5 February 2022 at Baphiring Game Lodge in Mabaalstad for the Gender Based Violence (GBV) activation program organised by the North West Province, South African Royal Princesses Network (SARPN).
The coordinator of the program Princess Lerato Mabalane informed that key to fighting GBV is to create awareness, educate on GBV and empowerment as socio economic conditions can lead to women staying in abusive relationships. Women need to be empowered to be independent and take charge of their lives, she said.
The event was historic as it was the first of its kind in the province led by Royal Princesses attended by various stakeholders including Traditional Leadership, Government, Business, NPOs, local communities and International community representatives. German students were part of this event participating in all the planned activities including the hike against GBV.
COP26 President urges countries to deliver on commitments made in Glasgow
25th January 2022 - Alok Sharma urges countries to deliver on the commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact.
In his first major speech since COP26, Alok Sharma gave a speech at Chatham House outlining the Presidency aims for this coming year.
Sharma reflected on the commitments secured at COP26 and the historic Glasgow Climate Pact signed by almost 200 countries at the summit last year. Sharma has also set out his agenda to turn ambition into action, as we approach COP27 in Sharm-El Sheikh in November.
Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and National Commercial Bank (NCBJ) support SMEs through a partnership between WBAF and RevUP Caribbean
16th January 2022 - The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCBJ) have made a robust response to the effects of COVID-19 through their support of early stage equity and capital markets.
In September 2021, the DBJ and NCB announced the award of grants to RevUP Caribbean, a new virtual incubator.
RevUP is partnering with the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) to launch an international mentorship programme which supports startups, preparing them for post-pandemic times to accelerate their business and digital transformation.
World Business Angels Investment Forum, in cooperation with the EY, has recently delivered the first phase of a national project of the Qatar Development Bank on developing an angel investment ecosystem in the country.
WBAF Croatia Country Office received 318.441 EUR grant from the European Union (EU) to develop an developing a new financing instrument for social impact investing.
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Happy Holiday Season Greetings
Dear Diplomatic World Institute Members, Please find a personalised video message from our dear Santa Claus.
Happy Holiday Season Greetings, a Healthy and Happy New Year from Diplomatic World Institute Management.
The Real Estate Industry in Romania
Challenges & Opportunities in 2022
Brussels, 29th November 2021 - A special event took place at the Royal International Club Château Sainte-Anne specially organised by the company William Concept with the support of the Romanian Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and the kind support of the Degroof-Petercam Bank.
Picture from L to R : Mr. Stefan Sima (Ministre Conseiller) - Mr. Joeri Beuren (Hon.Consul) - Mrs. Luciana Paunescu (Exec. Blue Air) - Mr. Daniel Sandulache (CEO William Concept) - H.E. Mrs. Andreea Păstârnac (Ambassador of Romania in the Kingdom of Belgium) - Mr. Jean Aznar ( Secretary General Diplomatic World Institute) - Mrs. Natalia Cediel ( Communication & Institutional Relations Officer Finnova Foundation) - Mr. Sorin Ioan Blaga (CEO Liebrecht& Wood)
European Enterprise Promotions and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony
15th - 17th November, Portorož, Slovenia - On behalf of the European Commission and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union they look forward to welcoming you to the SME Assembly and European Enterprise Promotions and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony.
Juanma Revuelta from Diplomatic World on behalf of Finnova will receive the national award in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards with the European project Firefighting Open Innovation Lab -Cilifo in category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business. Finnova will be also competing in the same category at the European level. Finnova´s project promotes the creation of an international network of innovation centres on forest management, fire prevention and fighting as well as the recovery and restoration of burnt areas, working on the mitigation of climate change.
Mr. Yuldashev Muminjon Shokirjonovich
Joining Diplomatic World Institute as a Honorary Member
Philanthropist engaged in charity, financially supporting orphanages, nursing houses and the disabled people
Speech By H.E. Jan Jambon
At The Ambassadors' Fieldtrip To The Port of Zeebrugge
Delivered by Mr Axel Buyse - General Representative of the Government of Flanders at the Permanent Representation of Belgium at the European Union
Ambassadors' Team Picture at the Port of Zeebrugge
The Embassy of India, Brussels, Belgium
Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's Birth Anniversary in Antwerp, commemorating the father of the Indian Nation, in collaboration with the Office of Governor of Antwerp, Mrs Cathy Berx
From R to L - (Vice-Mayor Jinnih Beels, Vice-Mayor Peter Wouters, Vice-Mayor Nabilla Ait Daoud, H.E. Ambassador Santosh Jha, Mr. Jean Aznar Secretary General Diplomatic World Institute)
Antwerp, 2th of October 2021 - Celebrating the Mahatma Ghandi's birth anniversary in association with the Antwerp Province and friends of India.
The ceremony took place at the office of Governor of Antwerp where H.E Ambassador Santosh Jha, the Governor Cathy Berx, Vice-Mayor Jinnih Beels and Vice-Mayor Nabilla Ait Daoud shared their views on importance of Ghandijs teachings in today's world.
Mahatma Gandhi was the focal point of India's freedom struggle, and his ideals have fired the minds of great men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Albert Einstein said about Gandhi Ji that "generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth". By inspiring millions of Indians to join the freedom struggle, he revolutionized people's participation in governance.
The United Nations quite fittingly observes 2 October each year, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Mr. Vinay Gupta
Joining Diplomatic World Institute as Senior Advisor
Brussels, 4th of September 2021 - Vinay Gupta is Founder and CEO of Mattereum. He is a leading figure in the blockchain space,
having coordinated the release of the blockchain platform Ethereum in July 2015, and was a
strategic architect for ConsenSys Systems, a technology hub focusing on the Ethereum
blockchain and related applications.
He helped architect the National Blockchain Strategy for Dubai. He has been involved in
commercial software development since 1992, with long stints in energy policy and defence
think tanks, and his experience as a programmer and visionary has covered fields as diverse as
medical imaging, flight simulation, cryptographic applications and the web, as well as energy
policy, disaster relief, and grand strategy for poverty alleviation.
The Opening of the Hon. Consulate of the Maldives in Flanders, Belgium
Mr. Juan Manuel Revuelta Pérez
Joining Diplomatic World Institute as
Senior Advisor Next Generation EU Economic Diplomacy
Brussels, 11th September 2021 - Juan Manuel Revuelta Pérez will join as Senior Advisor Next Generation EU Economic Diplomacy. He will bring to Diplomatic World Institute a lot of experience and advise related to European and Worldwide projects in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and energy, experience in economic and regulatory analysis, new business models and communication, drafting and implementation of more than 30 LIFE projects approved by the European Commission. Also Networking in BENELUX and LATAM, Public and private partnership strategies as working in sustainable EU funding projects in Canary Island (waste, water , energy and climate change). His incorporation with his non-profit organisation FINNOVA will help Diplomatic World Institute to assist other countries in having proper advise on Financial funding for their various sustainability projects and changing the world for the better.
Club de Madrid and Boston Global Forum push for an international accord that protects fundamental rights in artificial intelligence and digital governance
Madrid, 10th of september 2021 - Both organisations organised a Policy Lab from 7-9 September aimed at building consensus around a rights-based agenda for the global governance of artificial intelligence and digital. With social norms potentially compromised by the velocity of digitalization, artificial intelligence (AI) and social media, policymakers from around the world and at all levels of government, are becoming increasingly convinced of the need to ensure that digital technologies serve the people and not the other way around.
Mr. Gerard Huiting - Honorary Consul of Maldives
Presentation of Credentials To First Honorary Consul of the Maldives in Belgium
Brussels, 27th of August 2021 - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel presented the letter of appointment to Gerard Huiting, first Honorary Consul of the Maldives in Antwerp, Belgium, today.
The Minister of State expressed his confidence in Mr. Huiting and congratulated him on his appointment.
Honorary Consul of the Maldives in Belgium, and Founder & President of Benelux-Maldives Society H.E Mr Gerard Huiting paid a courtesy call on Minister of Tourism H.E. Mr Abdulla Mausoom and discussed cooperation in tourism. He also presented to Ministry a "Maldives Tourism 50" Flag.
Ms. Raya Abu Gulal
Joining Diplomatic World Institute as Advisor for Middle East Region
Brussels, 23th August 2021 - Raya Abu Gulal, born in Baghdad, grew up between the Netherlands and the UK and is educated in both countries. Raya is currently running her own legal consultancy firm specialising in the Middle East. Prior to setting up her legal consultancy, Raya worked in two leading International Law Firms.
Raya is also active in various women development initiatives in the MENA region, frequent international speaker on women empowerment subjects in the MENA region. She is the founder of the Women Lawyers Group Middle East. Raya is also a board member of the International Business Women Group in Abu Dhabi.
In 2017, Raya was the Arab Woman Legal Award winner.
The Aral Sea Ecosystem
The fourth largest lake in the world...
Once the fourth largest lake in the world before the 1960s, the Aral Sea has shrunk to 10 percent of its original size.
This environmental catastrophe calls for worldwide efforts to restore the Aral Sea ecosystem.
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The Diplomatic World Magazine is a key diplomatic-journalistic medium and influential global opinion maker. It interlinks the world of diplomacy, be it in business, finance, economics, health, innovation or culture.
In January 2021, the Diplomatic World brand celebrates its 20 yearsʼ anniversary.
It is registered in the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affair (DESA) Civil Society Database.
Central & South Asia 2021
International Conference on Regional Connectivity, Challenges & Opportunities
A ceremony was held for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Brussels-Uzbekistan Friendship Group and the Committee on Inter-ethnic Relations and Friendly Cooperation with Foreign Countries under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan. We look forward to expanding our circle of partners in Uzbekistan!
Tashkent, 15th - 16th July 2021 - Diplomatic World Delegation takes part in the High Level International Conference 'Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities' as an initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, a double land-locked country.
The summit will see a gathering of leaders from South and Central Asia and aims to increase connectivity between the two regions. The summit will have four common themes of discussion - Economy, Security, Energy, Culture. It aims to refresh historical ties between Central and South Asia.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has invited the leaders of four Central Asian states, together with the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan. Leading representatives of Russia, Iran, China, the US, and the EU.
(Picture 1) - Message from H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan: it is time to realize that without strengthened cooperation, effective regional interconnectedness we will not be able to overcome the challenges that our countries are facing today.
We need to shape a clear vision of the prospects for shared sustainable development and prosperity. Together, we must transform Central and South Asia, and our entire Eurasian continent, into a stable, economically developed and prosperous space.
(Picture 2) - Dialogue with Josep BorrellHigh Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission for a Stronger Europe in the World.
(Picture 3) - Encounter with an iconic man Imran Ahmed Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, which he led to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He was chancellor of the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2014
(Picture 4 ) - Fruitful bilateral dialogue between the People's Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates on the sidelines of the high-level connectivity conference in Tashkent. A strong partnership for a better
(Picture 5) - Robust dialogue between Russia and Bangladesh. Both sides started to develop friendly and mutually beneficial relations in the 1970s, from the very first days of Bangladesh as an independent state. Today's bilateral dialogue between Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Abul Kalam Abdul Momen served to reaffirm this positive trend.
Roundtable On Sustainability From The Maldives To The World
Brussels, 15th June 2021 - As we figure out how our future world will look like, it is important that we do not lose a sense of perspective, in reference to the all-important 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which, if achieved, will provide a prosperous life for everybody, and ensure the health of our planet. No country can achieve them alone, a combined effort and international solidarity and teamwork is key.
We need fresh and innovative ideas as we adapt to new circumstances, and this hybrid roundtable contributed to this, sharing inputs, ideas and expertise to build a better world, a world we want to leave behind to our children and grandchildren.
The timing of this event is critical - countries across the world are busy devising plans for inclusive, sustainable recovery, and later this year we will have the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. The SDGs, therefore, are more relevant than ever.
Therefore, the central question becomes how to ensure that all stakeholders - government, the private sector, business, civil society, entrepreneurs, youth, academia - join forces. Together, we need to identify challenges, harmonize efforts, set priorities, align actions, form coherent policy responses, and mobilise financial resources for sustainable development.
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The Diplomatic World Magazine is a key diplomatic-journalistic medium and influential global opinion maker. It interlinks the world of diplomacy, be it in business, finance, economics, health, innovation or culture.
In January 2021, the Diplomatic World brand celebrates its 20 yearsʼ anniversary.
It is registered in the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affair (DESA) Civil Society Database.
Handover of the peace column by the artist Ulrike Bolenz to the International Club ICAA in the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany by Diplomatic World Institute
- The ceremonial handover of the Peace Column by the artist Ulrike Bolenz took place in the presence of Barbara Dietrich CEO Diplomatic World, Nicole von Vietinghoff-Scheel Curator - Cultural Diplomacy Ambassador and the Chairman of the International Club at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Edgar A. Gansen. -
Berlin, 27th May 2021, The presence of the peace column in the International Club ICAA in the Foreign Ministry in Berlin is of particular importance because all German diplomats are sent out into the world from here. The work of art connects cultures, religions, peoples and countries within the world community and promotes peace and prosperity through compassion, care and honesty with respect for the identity of others. The Peace Column is on permanent loan to the International Club in the Federal Foreign Office.
THE ARTISTIC WORKS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT OF "LAUGHTER" BY ULRIKE BOLENZ
Freedom, understanding, sympathy, soulfulness, optimism, self-confidence, sovereignty - all positive terms which are understood in connection to human laughter. Laughter can be understood as a form of communication between people, which, in its conflict-reducing effect, encourages human interactions, creates a community spirit and consensus. But this positive effect of forming a strong sense of community also contains a hidden essential anarchic feature
of laugh: the critical questioning of and disrespect for authorities. Thus, authorities often feel provoked by this openly emotional expression - as has been demonstrated recently....
H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Joining Diplomatic World Institute as a Honorary Member
6th and First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius, Entrepreneur, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Biodiversity Scientist, Author,
Brussels, 26th May 2021 - We are very honored to announce that H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th and First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius, Entrepreneur, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Biodiversity Scientist, Author, joining Diplomatic World Institute as an honorary member. By sharing the same values, empathy, care and honesty is the right basis to help people and especially young people so that there is an acceptable future for them.
She's been honored as one of Foreign Policy's 2015 Global Thinkers and is moving to create opportunity and growth for her island home. Gurib-Fakim has been, prior to joining the State House, the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as professor of organic chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius.
Gurib-Fakim has long been a leading biodiversity scientist studying and validating the flora of Mauritius, one of the world's key biodiversity hotspots. As an entrepreneur at CIDP R & I and professor of organic chemistry, she analyzed the plants from the region for their health, nutritional and cosmetic applications.
Former heads of state and Nobel laureates call on President Biden to waive intellectual property rules for COVID vaccines
Madrid, 15th April 2021 - Club de Madrid - More than 170 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates, called on President Biden to support a waiver of intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines and pursue a people's vaccine to end the pandemic in an open letter sent today. Signatories include former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former President of France François Holland, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and former President of Malawi Joyce Banda, all Members of Club de Madrid, together with over 60 other former heads of state and government that span every continent. Nobel Laureates Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Professor Muhammad Yunus are also part of the call to Biden.
The letter was sent to the White House as U.S. health authorities advised a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. A waiver of intellectual property rules would allow for a scale up in manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world, overcoming artificial supply constraints.
Diplomatic World Magazine nr.64 - online
Diplomatic World brand celebrates its 20th anniversary
Brussels, 15th March 2021 - Since its inception, it has been a magazine devoted to political and diplomatic matters and with time it has become well established in Brussels, the capital of the European Union.
Over the years, Diplomatic World has expanded its thematic coverage to include culture, arts, business & health. We have undertaken cultural projects (e.g. Women for Peace) and have dedicated ourselves to addressing the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, such as climate change and women's rights. Throughout the years, more and more subscribers started appreciating the quality of our content, leading to us counting all the embassies in Brussels, presidential offices and heads of states globally, as well as government constituents and royal families to our dedicated Diplomatic World magazine readership.
Today, at the beginning of 2021, we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic. We have had to adapt and evolve drastically. It has been a time of reflection. As a magazine, we have taken this time to reflect and evolve and are delighted to introduce new, exciting and stimulating content and people this year.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Sasha Lund has joined us as editor-in-chief. She will be introducing a new headline in the magazine called Spotlight. In each issue, we will highlight a person, cause or project that is contributing greatly to society. This is our way of saying thank you to people who deserve to be recognised.
Friendship, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, honesty and courage are the values and the key to healing the world. Let us all - together - work towards a better future for mankind and our planet.
The new Diplomatic World Magazine nr.64 is now available online.
Prof. Rudy Aernoudt, Diplomatic World Senior Advisor
Brussels, 8th March 2021 - Prof. Rudy Aernoudt is a Belgian professor, writer, politician, economist and
philosopher, Between 2013 and 2015 he was Head of Cabinet of the President of
the European Economic and Social Committee, Henri Malosse. He is professor
'corporate finance' at the Universities of Ghent and Nancy. He was among the
first to openly oppose separatist tensions in Belgium and fought against
corruption in both the north and the south of the country. He is also the only
person to serve as Head of Cabinet at the European, Belgian, Walloon and
Flemish levels. He has received several awards, including one for political
courage, one for the architect of the best European regional entrepreneurship
plan and the prestigious award for democracy Aron-Condorcet.
Holding a master's degree in economics from KU Leuven, European economics from the College of Europe and philosophy from KU Leuven, Rudy Aernoudt began his career as an official in the European Commission. He was mainly responsible for programs for access to finance. He has written several books and articles on corruption, its nature, its consequences and how to tackle and prevent it. In 2012 he published a novel (De Duivelszak).
ARTICLE - FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS ARE A BETTER INVESTMENT
by Prof. Rudy Aernoudt
Especially at the occasion of the women's' day of 8 Marsh, a lot is said - and written - about the wage gap. Indeed, often, women earn less than men for the same work. While this is true for the labour force, we should also consider the situation for female entrepreneurs who have to assure their own revenue. Indeed, one should not forget that on top of this salary gap, there is a funding gap. Where the salary gap concerns female employees, the funding gap concerns female entrepreneurs.
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To date, all Parvati Foundation efforts have been 100% volunteer-run. Heartfelt, selfless service will always drive our grassroots efforts. Parvati Foundation's volunteers do this work because we love to. But Arctic ice is melting at 14,000 tons a second. Our world can no longer afford to move at the pace of traditional grassroots activism. We have a plan to exponentially speed up the needed public education to awaken an unstoppable call to action to protect the Arctic Ocean - and, thereby, all life on Earth. Be a part of this journey with us. We can't do it alone. But we can do it together.
Dr. Karim Bendhaou, Diplomatic World Ambassador Science and Health
Brussels, 2th February 2021 - Dr. Karim Bendhaou (MD, MBA) has served as President of North and West Africa operations (40 countries of Africa) for Merck for over 18 years till September 2018 and since then he heads the Africa Bureau and coordinates all of Merck's corporate, strategic and executive decisions in Africa. He has been appointed, in August 2019, as Africa Engagement Committee Chair of the IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations). He holds a Doctorate in Medicine from Algiers and Paris, and a Master's degree in Business Administration. A real pioneer, he has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 22 years, building up strong panAfrican organizations, gaining extensive experience in biotech medicines and biosimilars, and leading a successful enterprise; all the while keeping the patient in mind and increasing the commitment of the organization to the UNDG and to high ethical values. In 2007, he was one of the initiators of the joint program with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the elimination of Schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease in Africa. Passionate about Africa, he is highly committed to driving the continent forward helping, through public-private partnerships, to lead the improvement of healthcare with a focus on Digital Technology and adoption of innovative ideas. Through the various corporate social responsibility projects, he has worked together with governments and non-governmental organizations to assure access to treatment. He has recently been involved in equitable access to vaccines through the dissemination of technology allowing the manufacture and local filling of the vaccine. He is also sponsor of several Startups fighting against falsified medicines and others working for the establishment of a system ensuring the supply sustainability for Africa regardless of the events that may affect the planet. He is member of different Pharma associations and organizations: PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America), LEEM (Les Entreprises du Médicament), GEIP (Groupement des Exportateurs de l'Industrie Pharmaceutique), LEMM (Les Entrerprises du Médicament au Maroc), SEPHIRE (Syndicat des Entreprises Pharmaceutiques Innovantes et de Recherche) and Africa Engagement Committee Chair of the IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations). In November 2020, he has been appointed as a commissioner for the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) 2021.
Mark Raemaekers, Senior Advisor
Brussels, 26th January 2021 - Before founding several companies, Mark Raemaekers sought expertise throughout extensive business training in Scotland. He thus prepared himself for deal- and acquisition making, capital raising and entrepreneurial leadership. He gained experience as an entrepreneur working in the film industry (distribution and retail). As such he founded Movie Max international, the largest home entertainment retailer within the Benelux and winner of the prestigious Dutch Retail of the Year Award in 1999. He then branched out to international marketing & sales, focussing on the Far- and Middle East primarily. In more recent years, his attention shifted towards lifestyle and indoor design (retail).
Inspired by his children, both of which have professional and academic ties with the arts, Mark has found a love and admiration for live music performance and the arts. He now strives to put his talents to use in these newly-found horizons. Visits to the Aldeburgh festival of music in Suffolk, UK have proven to be eye-opening moments in particular. The festival, once created by composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears in the 20th century, provides a firm training ground for aspiring young artists up to the present day. Mark furthermore noticed the favourable social-economic effects this festival brings to its environment.
Mark is currently working, in collaboration with Diplomatic World Institute, on establishing a similar melting pot, in the desolate South European countryside, where cross-pollination of cultural and scientific talent is the ultimate goal. In this manner, he aims to make a major contribution to the organisation and design of a new and environmentally-aware future society whilst seeking to revitalise the most affected, depopulated areas of Southern Europe, socially and economically, by suburbanisation of its native inhabitants. This vision has culminated in "Fenixvillage". This international NPO, functioning under the Belgian Royal Decree, was initiated by Mark. He will, as Fenixvillage initiator, join the New European Bauhaus initiative of EU President Ursula von der Leyen.
Johanna Suo, Diplomatic World Ambassador Culture, External Relations & Development
Brussels, 20th January 2021 - Johanna Suo (Kouzmine-Karavaïeff) specialises in cultural strategy, culture and external relations & cooperation, transfer of skills & perspectives from creative sectors to business sectors, creative economy development and innovation. She is a cultural entrepreneur, researcher and cultural strategist based in Brussels. With twenty years of experience from Culture and Creative Industries she has managed different types of legal entities. Johanna is a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States - a flagship leadership development program that introduces a new generation of European leaders to the United States, and vice versa. It is a life-long learning programme for facilitating knowledge & network development for transatlantic engagement. Her areas of focus as part of this include art as crime prevention, youth and culture as economic drivers, cultural diplomacy and art and culture in international relations. She has been a speaker at various conferences in the US, in Japan & Europe and presented sessions at the 2017 & 2018 European Business Summit on culture as strategy and on and the importance of creativity at the heart of business success. Current work (B2B missions, pilot projects and research) includes transfer of skills and perspectives from cultural sectors to the business world and the wider economy. Johanna recently wrote a thesis called "Cultural diplomacy - an exercise for a tightrope artist" exploring how culture is employed in international relations.
Mohamed VI awarded Medal of Merit
Washington D.C., USA, 15th January 2021 - outgoing US President Donald Trump awarded His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Marocco the "'Legion of Merit" in the degree of Chief Commander for his...
G20 leaders united to address major global pandemic and economic challenges
G20 leaders also discussed how to build back better and pave the way for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future. President von der Leyen said: "I am glad that G20 leaders agreed to make Covid-19 vaccines available and affordable for all. But more funding is needed. This is why I called G20 Leaders to commit to fund 4.5 billion US dollars for the ACT-Accelerator by the end of the year. G20 leaders also agreed to maintain economic measures until the recovery is firmly on the way. As a lesson from the crisis we need to step up global preparedness. We will discuss this again in May 2021 at the joint G20 Global Health Summit in Italy. To build back a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient world we also need to step up actions to fight climate change. The EU leads the way to climate neutrality by 2050 and many G20 partners now have taken the same commitments."
They also discussed a number of other crucial global issues such as the economic recovery, the reform of the WTO, the taxation of the digital economy and how to support low-income countries.Following the two days Summit, Leaders adopted the G20 Riyadh Declaration to address common global challenges. On COVID-19, the EU championed a multilateral solution to the coronavirus pandemic. EU leaders called on the G20 to uphold and deepen its commitment to fight the COVID-19 crisis, notably by ensuring the affordable and equitable access for all people of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. The Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative and its COVAX facility are the main tools to do so.
Brussels, November 21-22th, 2020 - President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the 15th G20 Leaders' summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on 21-22 November 2020. G20 leaders met in virtual format to address the way forward how to tackle together the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, finance the development and deployment of a vaccine as well as continue the support to citizens and businesses struggling to cope with the aftermath of the pandemic. President Michel said: "An international Treaty on Pandemics could help prevent future pandemics and help us respond more quickly and in a more coordinated manner. It should be negotiated with all nations, UN organizations and agencies, in particular the WHO. The WHO must remain the cornerstone of global coordination against health emergencies. A Treaty on Pandemics could complement its efforts."
On climate change, the Summit agreed on a unified paragraph in the G20 Riyadh Declaration, after three consecutive G20 Summits where such consensus could not be reached. EU leaders urged all G20 members to work towards the full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. The EU also promoted a recovery based on green, inclusive, sustainable, resilient and digital growth in line with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.
On debt relief for the most fragile countries, Leaders reconfirmed their support through the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative that will provide debt relief and free resources to fight the pandemic. They committed to implementing the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) including its extension through June 2021. EU leaders stressed that additional steps might be needed, and the Summit endorsed a common multilateral framework for further debt treatments.
On trade and taxation of the digital economy, Leaders recalled their support to the WTO reform process in the lead up to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference and recognized the contribution that the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the WTO has made. They also agreed to strive to find a consensus-based solution for a globally fair, sustainable, and modern international tax system by mid-2021, built on the ongoing work of the OECD.
Maldives Diplomatic World Special Edition
Ambassador of The Maldives in Brussels, H.E. Hassan Sobir
Brussels, November 11th, 2020 - On Occasion of the 52nd Republic Day of The Maldives and the launch of the Diplomatic World Special Edition devoted to The Maldives, Diplomatic World members Barbara Dietrich, Gerard Huiting and Alberto Turkstra join the Ambassador of The Maldives in Brussels, H.E. Hassan Sobir and Michael Lewis-Anderson, in sending a pre-recorded congratulatory message full of hope, empathy and support to the people of the Maldives in this difficult year. Together we can!
Diplomatic & Cultural Embassy Activities
Brussels, November 10th, 2020 - The Kazakh Embassy stays active despite the pandemic. Their priorities are enhancing the partnership with EU and further promotion of the economic diplomacy. Diplomatic World being part of the ongoing diplomatic and cultural activities of the Kazakh Embassy, and to support our Kazakh friends, even in times of pandemic.
New Diplomatic World Members
Brussels, October 12th, 2020 - Diplomatic World is enormously honoured with the announcement of the next new members that will bring expertise and wisdom on board.
(from left to right)
Mr. Gerard Huiting - (Diplomatic Affairs)
Ms. Arshi Ayub Mohamed Zaveri - (UAE Ambassador)
Ms. Concetta Spitaleri - (Diplomatic Economic Affairs)
Ms. Sasha Lund - (Editor-in-Chief)
Diplomatic World Magazine nr.63 - online
Brussels, October 12th, 2020 -During today's global pandemic, it is important to break new grounds. In these challenging but crucial times, many businesses and entire economic sectors are struggling for survival. Each one of us has to step up and offer support in line with our expertise and experience.
Diplomatic World is an ideal cooperation partner for new businesses, exploring and supporting ground-breaking future business models that focus on communication, culture, entertainment, health and infrastructure.
In the future, entertainment worldwide will be shaped by "bread and circuses" formats. This is our unique chance to become a global player by giving the "bread and games" format humanitarian value, focusing on innovation and education. By letting go of old thought processes and models, we will create a new post-COVID world, filled with pioneering experiences and possibilities. Enabling trailblazing roundtables with the world's brightest minds will facilitate the creation of new thought processes and actions.
We aim to support start-ups, scientists and explorers through a framework of cultural formats, exchange and exhibitions. It is through economic and humanitarian diplomacy actions that we will create opportunities and hope.
If you would like to know more about Diplomatic World latest developments, you are able to follow them all on-line under chapter Newsletter
Euro-African International Virtual Forum
"The world after Covid19 : the challenges of governance".
Sevilla, September 24th, 2020 - The present forum aims to enhance the value of a meeting place for political and business leaders in Europe and Africa. All this for the purpose of respond to the challenges that the emergence of the Covid19 has generated in the international arena. In such a way, the launching of a forum of contribution and knowledge reflection, tools and policies of active development of the territories is presented as the main objective of this international meeting that will pivot on the following pillars: Identification of synergies between countries, companies and decision makers, generation of joint investment and projects of territorial traction.
Create a permanent connection forum between Europe and Africa to establish a link between government, business and society to enhance mutual benefit initiatives in all of the above areas of work.
-Serve as a meeting point for good practices and permanent link actions for the promotion of territories
-Generate connecting alliances between the territories for the promotion of shared cooperation and strategy actions challenges of the 21st century. Especially after the appearance of the Covid19.
Diplomatic World Special Magazine Edition "Uzbekistan"
Know more about Uzbekistan
Brussels, September 3th, 2020 - The 29th Independence Day of Republic Uzbekistan! The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Brussels and Diplomatic World co-hosted a networking reception on occasion of the 29th Independence Day of Uzbekistan and the launch of the Special Edition of Diplomatic World Magazine devoted to Uzbekistan together with H.E. Mr. Dilyor KHAKIMOV, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Luxemburg, Head of Missions of Uzbekistan to the European Union and NATO.
During the last years Uzbekistan has experienced much change. The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has dedicated himself to the reform and modernisation of virtually every sector in Uzbekistan, from the economy, to the judiciary; from foreign policy to youth policy.
Many industrial sectors - such as textiles, automotive, mining - are developing rapidly, in parallel to improved conditions that are creating an enabling environment for local and foreign investors.
President Mirziyoyev has paid special attention to younger generations by creating the right conditions for young entrepreneurs and scholars to succeed in present-day Uzbekistan, whichever path they choose to pursue in life.
This is particularly relevant for a country like Uzbekistan where well over half of its population is under the age of 30.
Wholistic World Innovation Trophy
The annual independent, highly exclusive global award on technical, social or in short holistic innovation.
Brussels, August 31, 2020 - In times of recovering from the Corona crisis the Wholistic World Innovation Trophy (WIT) is THE annual independent, highly exclusive global award on technical, social or in short holistic innovation. How can it be utilized to sustainably improve our societies via the tele-communication, internet, media, and entertainment (TIME) industries!
Therefore, we identify one exclusive innovation not only in the TIME sector which an independent board determines to be the most influential one of that year. Diplomatic World Institute is only the facilitator, providing the framework to reach an independent decision, free from any industry or social groups' interest.
More info please Click on download "Concept Letter"
Prof. Van der Geld - for Diplomatic World
'Benelux as a motor of imaginative power and renewal' and on the Foundation BeNeLux as defender of the European Project.
Brussels, August 28, 2020 - The Foundation BeNeLux University was founded in 1988. The Foundation intends to help improving the quality of society in the Benelux, in the perspective of the European integration. The Foundation is independent, self-supporting and idealistic of nature and forms with her institutions a context of cooperation in the Benelux, reflected also in its organization.
Founding President is Prof. Dr. Anton van der Geld; Presidents of the Circle are Minister Prof. Mark Eyskens and former Minister Dr. Willem van Eekelen; Vice-President of the Circle is Henk Morsink, Vice-General to the King of the Netherlands.
Special Counsels are Ambassador of Belgium H.E. Chris Hoornaert, Ambassador of Luxembourg H.E. Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Prince Charles-Louis de Merode and Honorary Minister Jaime Saleh. Coordinator of the College of Laureates is former Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende. Lord Protectors are Count Herman Achille van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, Member of the Dutch Royal family. Lady Protector is H.R.H. Princess Lea of Belgium.
Nicole Baroness von Vietinghoff-Scheel Joins as Curator-Cultural Diplomacy Ambassador
Brussels/Berlin, August 24, 2020 - Diplomatic World announces that Nicole Baroness von Vietinghoff-Scheel has joined as Curator-Cultural Diplomacy Ambassador with the aim of advising and guiding all aspects of art(s) as young and senior artists for Diplomatic World. Since her debut on the German art market in 2011, curator Nicole Baroness von Vietinghoff-Scheel has organized more than 30 art exhibitions. She received her diploma as curator at the renowned Berlin University of the Arts. Nicole Baroness von Vietinghoff-Scheel specializes in the initiation of art projects for federal authorities, foundations and companies. Her extensive network ranges from local partners such as Galeries Lafayette and international companies to the Berlin-based embassies of Japan, South Africa, Spain, Latvia as well as the German embassies in Moscow and Stockholm, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Milan and the Foreign Office in Berlin. Whether it is a charity event for the Charité Berlin or the collaboration on an art project for the 56th Venice Biennale, Nicole Baroness von Vietinghoff-Scheel stands for excellent know-how in the art world with great public impact and unique character. Nicole Baroness von Vietinghoff-Scheel is a supporting member of the "Friends of the Berlin University of the Arts", Karl Hofer Society, and is a member of the International Club of the Foreign Office (ICAA) in Berlin. She lived in Moscow from 2001-2006, in Stockholm from 2017-2019 and since September 2019 she resides between Moscow and Berlin.
Gordon Brown, Dalia Grybauskaite, Ivo Josipovic, Jean Claude Juncker and Tabaré Vázquez become Members of Club de Madrid
New Members bring experience in crisis management, public health, and democratic transitions
Madrid - 11th August 2020 - World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM), the largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, added 5 new Members to an extensive list of leaders working to promote democratic values, good governance and the well being of people. The five new Members are the following:
• Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2007-2010)
• Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania (2009-2019)
• Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia (2010-2015)
• Jean Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1995-2013) and President of the European Commission (2014-2019)
• Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay (2005-2010; 2015-2020)
Statement by South African President H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa on Progress in the National Effort to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pretoria - 23th July 2020 - South African President H. E. Cyril Ramaphosa calls on all South Africans to remain strong, to remain disciplined and, above all, to stay
safe. South Africa will overcome this pandemic.
We will protect lives and livelihoods.
And we will restore our people and our country to health.
The History of Diplomacy and the Ancient Greek, Italian, Roman and French Diplomatic Traditions
It is crucial to study the evolution of diplomacy because its history provides a fundamental understanding of the nature of diplomacy. The genesis of diplomacy goes back to God and his emissaries, the angels (angeloi) or messengers.
This 'mytho-diplomacy' contends that the first diplomats were angels of God sent from Heaven to Earth. The argument depicts God as the Chief of State and angels as diplomats or envoys. This 'cosmological argument' implies that man is a diplomat by nature (Der Derian 2001, p. 222).
Finnova Foundation & Diplomatic World Institute join efforts on the Creation of an Awareness Platform for the Next EU Economic Diplomacy Generation
Diplomatic World & Finnova Foundation
(Brussels, 10th July 2020) - Both parties decided to join their
efforts by signing a Partnership agreement with the aim to create a better
awareness of all Finnova's Foundation initiatives within the Worldwide
Diplomatic Community and beyond.
FINNOVA FOUNDATION Its name is intended to evoke the drive of innovative initiatives (Innova) for start-up companies through the appropriate European financial instruments.
President of International Association of Islamic Business
President Marat Kabayev
Marat Kabayev, President of International Association of Islamic
Business on countermeasures against the spreading out of
coronavirus infection COVID-19.
As a result of the strained situation all over the world, connected with the
spreading out of the pandemic, it is very important now to demonstrate the
responsibility for yourself and for your loved ones.
Krinomai By Artist Koen Vanmechelen
Artist Koen Vanmechelen
The word crisis derives from krinomai, an ancient Greek word with
meanings such as separating and sorting, but also distinguishing and
deciding. A crisis creates a moment of truth and a possible wormhole to the
future, to another future. Today, however, we are only acquainted with the
negative connotation of this word. And that is unfortunate since a crisis can
be so much more than a disaster.
Diplomatic World Institute sign Partnership Agreement with the Diplomatic Society in Pretoria (South Africa)
The Diplomatic Society
(Brussels/Pretoria, July 1st, 2020) - Diplomatic World Institute in Brussels has signed a Partnership with Pretoria (South-Africa) based The Diplomatic Society. In a next step specific projects of cooperation will be identified and the Partnership covers but is not limited to the webinar/ workshop project on "Human (Humanitarian?) Diplomacy".
Diplomatic World Institute signed a Partnership Agreement with FEMOZA
The World Free and Special Economic Zones Federation
L to R: Jean Aznar (Diplomatic World), Juan Torrents (Femoza), Zoë Harries (Femoza), Barbara Dietrich (Diplomatic World)
Brussels/Geneva, 24th June 2020 - FEMOZA, the World Free and Special Economic Zones Federation, Created in 1999 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, enjoys the official observer status of the United Nations (UN), Organizations UNIDO and UNCTACD.
Diplomatic World Institute in Partnership with Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis
"Human and Neuro Diplomacy"
Prof. dr. Vincenzo Ligorio & Dieter Borckmeyer
Brussels/Moscow, 24th June 2020, Diplomatic World Institute has entered a partnership with Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, a renown private university, and its international department to develop a post-graduate course on the topic of "Human and Neuro Diplomacy". This course for the time being will be fully online with the option to add live elements to it at a later stage. Already in May both partners had joint forces for a first webinar on that subject which was well perceived.
Global Ambassador to the UN, EU and Diplomatic World Cultural Diplomacy Ambassador
"Dance is the Ideal Ambassador for Global Understanding"
Global Ambassador Mrs. Vandana Hart
Brussels, June 2020 - Vandana Hart is a Global Ambassador to the UN, EU, star of a Netflix top 10 series and now is on a mission to use dance to unite and inspire the world. She has traveled and lived in each region and worked for women's and girl's rights at the UN designing and implementing impact evaluated programs in over 30 countries.
She is building a movement from the Netflix
series and a mobile app to learn every dance move from each culture and
Vandana Hart has been appointed Diplomatic World, Cultural Diplomacy
New Statement on the Covid-19
Video - Mr. Herman Van Rompuy President Emeritus European Council
Brussels, 18th June 2020 - Strategic Roundtable about the Future of Europe in a (post-) Covid-19 Era. Full speech by Mr. Herman Van Rompuy. President Emeritus European Council and President of the Advisory Board of TomorrowLab
Message of the King of Spain Felipe VI to the Nation
Madrid, 18th March 2020 - King Felipe VI message to the nation on the great pandemic of covid-19. The monarch addresses the citizens after meeting with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Technical Management Committee of the Covid-19.
Video - The Royal Highnesses the Princess of Asturias and Infanta
Madrid, March 2020 - "You are all important", the message of solidarity from the daughters of the King of Spain by COVID-19. Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia of Spain, fulfilling the confinement from the Zarzuela Palace, Leonor and Sofia also sent a message of thanks and solidarity to the health workers in their struggle against Covid-19, which they read in unison. "Hello. We have been at home for more than a month, like millions of children, without being able to go to school because of this pandemic. We're trying to get on with life as best we can. You don't have to be older to realize the enormous difficulty we are experiencing in Spain, in other countries. Many children have lost their grandparents, elderly people, relatives and are having a very hard time. And, for that reason, we also want to thank all the people who are helping and caring for others, in so many ways. You are all important. Thank you. I hope all this happens soon."
Madrid, March 2020 - Global leadership for the COVID-19 pandemic is the only way to leave no one behind By Members Jan Peter Balkenende, Ban Ki-moon, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Helen Clark, Benjamin Mkapa, Ricardo Lagos, Kevin Rudd, Aminata Touré, and Danilo Türk