Digital diplomacy on Medium
June 2017 roundup of recent posts on foreign policy and diplomacy.
Lots has happened on Medium lately.
While newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron has not updated his Medium profile since he was sworn in, his new cabinet has a strong presence on the platform, including minister of the interior Gérard Collomb, minister for territorial cohesion Richard Ferrand, culture minister Bruno Le Maire, and secretary of state in charge of digital affairs Mounir Mahjoubi.
And among world leaders and politicians to have established a presence on Medium also the foreign minister of Albania Ditmir Bushati (Albanian MFA 🇦🇱 debuted back in December last year) and David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP).
Also this past month, the Council of Europe debuted on the site with a few posts on hate speech, domestic violence, and child porn.
Also this past few months, I published a new series of posts on social media for diplomats.
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1. PARIS AGREEMENT
The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.
Climate Mayors, an initiative promoted by US mayors to combat climate change, prepare for global warming, and promote the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, posts on Medium their response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
As 82 Mayors representing 39 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will continue to lead.
Jake Schmidt, director of NRDC’s International Program, stresses how American “companies, states, cities, and citizens want the U.S. to continue efforts both at home and abroad to address climate change,” while the World Resources Institute says that Trump’s decision puts “the United States at odds with its most steadfast allies and trade partners” creating “diplomatic isolation” for the US. And Josh Lappen explains on Stanford Politics’ Medium page that, while humiliating, the withdrawal “isn’t the catastrophic climate disaster it may feel like.”
2. G7 SUMMIT
Highlights from the G7 Summit in Italy
At the center of the talks the most pressing current geopolitical issues from human mobility, health, food security and…
The 2017 G7 summit concludes with a joint communiqué
The G7 leaders on terrorism, security, globalization, health, climate, and innovation.
G7 statement on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism
At the G7 Summit in Italy, the G7 leaders condemned “in the strongest possible terms terrorism in all its forms and…
Who’s attending the upcoming G7 Summit in Italy?
On May 26 and 27, Taormina, — one of the Mediterranean’s most suggestive towns — will host the Heads of State and of…
“While being one of the most important technological achievements in the last decades, the Internet has also proven to be a powerful tool for terrorist purposes,” read the G7 joint statement on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism that came out of the first day of the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily.
3. EU AND US
As we commemorate this year the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the 70th Anniversary of George Marshall’s speech that would launch the Marshall Plan, we are reminded again that the transatlantic relationship has been the bedrock of the security and prosperity enjoyed by several generations of Europeans and Americans over many decades.
Tim Rivera of the European Delegation to the United States (here as EUintheUS) stresses how “the European Union itself — its institutions, policies, and the whole process of European integration — isn’t as well-known or understood as we would like it to be.”
4. THE INTERNATIONAL LIBERAL ORDER
Those who have grown tired of America’s imperfect leadership of the world it created — including voters in the United States who tell pollsters their country should mind its own business — should be careful what they wish for.
5. FACEBOOK FOR CRISIS RESPONSE
Preethi Chethan, product designer on the Social Good team at Facebook, posts on her experience in building crisis response tools — like Safety Check — for communities around the world, often time to be used “in difficult crisis environments when people are under extreme duress.”
Communities are resilient. There was an overwhelming sense of goodwill and kindness in people after the crisis and they really came together to support each other in times of need.
6. HATE SPEECH AND REFUGEES
Chris Reardon, head of content production at the UN Refugee Agency, asks whether human stories can cut through the corrosive rhetoric — and help build a global community of welcomers.
It’s tempting, in this age of misinformation, to try to set the record straight on every misstatement, distortion and lie. When the subject is refugees, there are plenty of untruths floating around.
7. SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
Dante Licona and Sari Setiogi on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) social media team, took to Medium via the United Nations profile to explain how WHO is having a direct impact on people’s health using digital platforms and engaging with audiences worldwide.
Social media is the fastest tool WHO has for widely communicating important information to a global audience in real time. Through social media, WHO finds out in real time what people are saying about our work, how communities perceive our impact, how news organizations report on our work.
8. IT’S COMMENCEMENT TIME
We need you. Our country needs you. The world needs you.
Sue Desmond-Hellmann of the Gates Foundation also posted her commencement speech at Sinclair Community College, while Emma Haak of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global posted on the five biggest lessons from Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement at Virginia Tech.
9. GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER TO END FAMINE
It is astonishing that in the 21st century that we speak of no fewer than four countries where famine is either a horrific reality, or where it looms over the lives of a staggering 20 million people. Of a world where conflict and displacement — compounded by drought — has created a crisis of monumental proportions, where in many places, fighting is blocking the hungry from receiving help.
David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), who debuted on Medium at the end on April, reflects on Global Day of Prayer to End Famine and his thoughts on the work of WFP around the world.
And yet this is our broken world; this our collective failure — and so this is our great challenge.
10. WOMEN IN SAUDI ARABIA
The Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in India Blog writes about a series of initiatives rolled out by the Saudi government to establish an enabling environment for women to expand their participation in public life.
A country much proud of its culture, tradition and faith, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia values the profound role of women in society.
OTHER POSTS OF INTEREST:
- From Medium staff: katie zhu introduces videos on Medium’s Series; Chris Fry via the Medium Staff profile talks about Medium’s new features and new reading experience; and Sam Duboff on the launch of Medium’s Noteworthy.
- Ambassador Susan E. Rice, former national security advisor in the Obama Administration, on renewing America’s global leadership.
- Anne-Marie Slaughter of New America, a former director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State, on the effect of technology on work’s future.
- Giles Clarke on assignment by United Nations OCHA posts his photos from Somalia.
- Esther Cappelli of the International Geneva Perception Change project of UN Geneva on inspiring women.
- Sajeeb Wazed, advisor to the government of Bangladesh on Information and Communication Technology and son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, expresses his views on the Padma Bridge project.
- Gijs Corstens, founder of HackYourFuture, on teaching dozens of refugees to code (posted via freeCodeCamp).
- Temple PSS on President Trump’s strike against Syria.
- European Digital Rights (EDRi) on the future of the Internet.
- The European Commission on the European perspective on globalization.