This year’s gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos has naturally been pre-occupied with the state of the global economy, not to mention the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. But whenever diplomats and government leaders get together, informal discussions take place about what might be called the housekeeping agenda of the international community. One of the most interesting this year concerns the selection of a replacement for Ban Ki-moon when he steps down as UN Secretary-General next year. Plenty of names are already being touted.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on April 17, 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes, and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008.
Ambassador Akan Ismaili started his career as an entrepreneur. Immediately after the NATO bombing ended in 1999, Ambassador Ismaili co-founded Internet Project Kosovo (IPKO), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of information and communications technology as a tool to foster rebuilding and development in Kosovo. IPKO has been credited with bringing the internet to Kosovo. In 2001, IPKO split into two entities: IPKOnet and IPKO Institute, and Ambassador Ismaili served as the CEO of IPKOnet, a company that expanded access to broadband, mobile, telephone, and television in Kosovo. Over his 10-year tenure, IPKO became a modern enterprise and is now one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in Europe and a fundamental pillar of the new economy in Kosovo.
This article is an excerpt from Speechwriting for Leaders: Speeches That Leave People Wanting More by Charles Crawford.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the six republics comprising the (Tito communist) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Its re-emergence in the 1990s as an independent state for the first time in many centuries prompted a ghastly conflict. For several devastating years, Bosnia came to symbolize the worst possible consequences of the end of European communism: horrible inter-communal fighting and attendant atrocities. The war ended with the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995, and the task of building a new country from the ruins began.
Belgium’s Ambassador Johan Verbeke is a distinguished diplomat with vast experience in different roles in some of the toughest places of duty. He has a pragmatic world view which seeks win-win situations in trade and diplomacy.
The Seventh Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks took place in Washington, DC from September 29 to October 3, 2014. This landmark trade deal has huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. In an exclusive interview with Diplomatic Courier, Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, discussed a wide range of topics including EU-U.S. trade relations and the crisis in Ukraine.
This August, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and in conjunction with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the leading organization responsible for maintaining the internet’s stability, hosted the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also known as the NETmundial Initiative. This conference brought together hundreds of government representatives, private sector members, civil society leaders, and academic and technology experts, as well as thousands of viewers via social media, to discuss the framework for carrying out global internet governance, in accordance with the NETmundial Principles established earlier this April.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on October 25th at the annual Valdai Discussion Club made clear that Russia does not view the post-Cold War order as legitimate, but rather as just a system of rules imposed by the West—ones that the U.S. itself does not even follow. There was little new in the speech, but it confirmed that Moscow is in no mood to negotiate, and that there will be no compromise on Ukraine.
This past February, Russian armed forces invaded and later annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. This bold move shocked the world, but in reality this invasion was just a case of history repeating itself. A nearly identical scenario took place in Cyprus 40 years ago, and that event—like the division of Ukraine—has yet to find a resolution.
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