Climate E-Diplomacy

Dear colleagues,
The e-diplomacy initiative has taken off very well. Its main objective is to explore how e-tools can make global policy both more inclusive and more effective; something we all know can be difficult, as evidenced in Copenhagen! At the edip.diplomacy.edu online space you can find discussions on a wide variety of questions such as: Should diplomats blog? Can we negotiate effectively online? Does the Internet empower non-state actors in global diplomacy? Does the Internet challenge traditional diplomatic language and protocol?

Climate change, together with Internet governance, is a policy area of particular focus in the field of e-diplomacy. The initiative would benefit greatly from your comments and experience on climate change e-diplomacy. You can join online debates or attend one of the launch events in Brussels (14.4), Washington (26.4), New York (27.4), Geneva (4.5) and Vienna (25.5). You may also join us for the main conference event in Malta (3/4 June 2010).

The Initiative leaflet and poster for the first event in Brussels are enclosed.

Regards,

Jovan Kurbalija

INVITATION

Brussels Launch of E-DIPLOMACY Initiative – 14 April 2010 (13.00)

You are invited to the launch of our e-diplomacy initiative to be held on 14 April 2010 (13.00 – 14.30) at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union (25, Rue Archimede, 1000 Brussels).

The Internet is part of any diplomat’s daily routine: e-mail is used for communication; collaborative spaces are used for discussion; Wikipedia is used for finding information; and blogs are used for public diplomacy. Do we optimise our use of e-tools? Can e-tools help us to work smarter, not harder? What can we learn from each other? How can we manage the possible risks related to online communication?

These and other questions will be discussed as we hear from practitioners including Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Founding Director of DiploFoundation) and Stefano Baldi (Italian diplomat and a pioneer in the field of e-diplomacy). The Brussels launch is part of preliminary discussions leading up to the International Conference on E-diplomacy which will be held in Malta (3/4 June 2010). More information and details of these preliminary discussions on e-diplomacy can be found at the online space http://edip.diplomacy.edu.  The leaflet and poster are enclosed. Refreshments and sandwiches will be provided during the event.

Please let us know by email (
edipinfo@diplomacy.edu) if you plan to attend the Brussels launch of the e-diplomacy initiative on 14 April 2010.

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