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...
Marlene Murphy, Diplomatic World Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Region
Marlene is a recipient of many excellence awards and recognitions for her commendable people and strategic leadership moreover, her contributions to the multi-cultural communities. Awards included "Most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year 2020, Year of Tolerance Award, Philippine Pride Award for Leadership in Arts and Culture, Inspiring Women Entrepreneur". She also held executive positions as director and adviser to Business Councils of the UAE, UAE-Africa Networking Group, an international partner to World Business Angels Forum and Diplomatic World Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Region.
Brussels, November 30th, 2020 - Marlene Murphy - Founder and CEO/ Servant Leader/Social Entrepreneur - Marlene is a certified banking and finance professional and a qualified project management practitioner. She brings a wealth of experience and success in running corporate finance and banking operations as well as project management for multi-national stock listed FMCG companies, International Financial Corporations, and Federal Monetary Authority. Her former employers have included American Express International, Rothmans of Pall Mall, British American Tobacco, Allied Banking Corporation, and Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates with direct responsibility for the Middle East, Africa and Caucasus Regions. She has proven track record at delivering superior level of business strategic initiatives. Marlene is currently the Founder & CEO of The Artepreneurs Media Group and the Managing Partner of CliqoShop E-Commerce Company whose entrepreneurship mission is to create a sustainable business that delivers high value and environmental impact in our society that combines economic activities with community benefits.
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.
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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
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