Dear Excellencies, Dear Partners, Dear Readers,
This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The relations between China and the EU have gone through ups and downs but both sides have achieved plenty of practical deliverables in fields as diverse as economy, culture, science and climate. China and the EU have largely benefited from each other's development – which is why calls from some EU voices to decouple from China are a bad idea. Each side has become the second-largest trading partner of the other, benefiting people on both sides and contributing greatly to economic prosperity.
As in any mature relationship, there are some elements of mistrust and diverging perceptions, which should not impact the effectiveness of bilateral dialogue. After three years of pandemic-related restrictions, it is great to see the resumption of high-level visits and contacts, both ways. From the EU side, President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and HRVP Josep Borrell have all visited Beijing in recent months.
China-EU cooperation is essential to tackle today's greatest challenges, including the climate crisis; ensuring food security; pursuing green and digital transitions and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both sides have a shared interest in the maintenance of international peace, stability and security, especially in the geopolitically complex times we live in. An unstable world, therefore, calls for stronger China-EU cooperation.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a new paradigm of international cooperation, which has changed the landscape of infrastructure financing. In this regard, China and the EU should intensify efforts to seek greater synergies between the BRI and the EU's Global Gateway.
In this Special Edition of Diplomatic World magazine, we compile the views of leading voices from diplomacy, business, academia, culture, tourism and other fields; highlighting success stories and concrete deliverables of EU-China cooperation. One thing is clear: a lot has been achieved; and looking into the future, if pragmatic cooperation prevails, a lot is still to be achieved.
We wish you an inspiring reading,
'Tis the holiday season, a time of joy and cheer, Christmas bells ringing, the festive atmosphere near. Snowflakes gently falling, painting landscapes white, Families gathered 'round, hearts warm in the winter night.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, May 2024 bring laughter, love, and good cheer. Gifts wrapped with care, beneath the twinkling tree, A season of magic and possibilities, for all to see.
Cheers to the memories made, and the ones to create, In this holiday season, let happiness elevate.
DIPLOMATIC WORLD MAGAZINE NR. 72
Dear Excellencies, Partners, Friends and Readers,
After a busy summer and autumn, we are pleased to share with you all the latest edition of Diplomatic World Magazine Nr.72.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in making this edition a reality,
As always, we wish you a fruitful reading,
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,
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Video - Global citizen forum 2021
H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius
UAE, 12-13th December 2021 - The Global Citizen Forum is a social action platform built on a community of leaders committed to improving the state of global citizenship for the generations to come. They are bound by the shared belief that citizenship stands for freedom, representation, equality, but also for responsibility, sustainability and impact.
H.E. Prof Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius enjoyed the debate about "The multilateralism matters for the health and security of our peoples and planet" moderated by Richard Quest along with PM Matteo Renzi and María Fernada Espinosa.
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Video - Take A Step Forward And Be Part Of The Change
Club De Madrid
Take A Step Forward And Be Part Of The Change
Madrid, December 2021 - Club de Madrid, the largest forum of former presidents and former prime ministers from around the world, has as its main mandate the strengthening of democratic values and practice. In spite of its inevitable imperfections, democracy has served humankind well, making systems and institutions stronger, able to meet citizens' demands. But there is growing evidence that in many places of the world, democracy is wilting away.
Club de Madrid´s Annual Policy Dialogue was set on changing the notion that democratic systems can no longer deliver, ahead of the Democracy Summit led by the United States. It is essential to have a more inclusive and global approach, which does not depend exclusively on US leadership and geopolitical interests. For our societies to address their many challenges, democracy needs innovation, and adapt our leadership styles, information ecosystems and institutional settings to the realities of the 21st Century.
Video - We Dance For The Planet
Vandana Hart - We Dance For The Planet
Brussels, 1st December 2021 - We Speak Dance, the popular Netflix series, app and soon to launch NFT portfolio, and its creator and host, Vandana Hart, has launched WE DANCE FOR THE PLANET, a global movement to build awareness and ignite the general public to act for the planet, through a never ending catwalk of dancers.
The movement was unveiled at COP26 on November 4 during an event hosted at Hub Culture by Future of Cities, titled "Sustainable Solutions Realized Through Regenerative Placemaking."
After an emotional speech and immersive, world-class dance experience, moving the audience to connect to each elements of nature as a global call to action, and after powerful dance performances, Hart, who is also a UN ambassador and co-founder of the UN Women's Safe Cities Flagship initiative, invited attendees each delegate to continue to dance across the world stage, as their commitment to inspire and unite their own communities to join the movement with us.
"If we really want to change the narrative, if we want to get the whole world engaged, We Speak Dance is launching a movement to engage celebration and for these dancers and musicians to be our agents of change." - Vandana Hart
"We Speak Dance is on Netflix in 100 countries but more importantly our dance ambassadors are in 100 countries and they are dancing for freedom, liberation, women's empowerment, reshaping our cities and our culture. Let's let the artist rise. Let's let them carry us to our true nature, to our true future, to our true possibilities." - Vandana Hart
We Speak Dance is launching a platform, a technology, a dance coin, where the more you dance the more impact you make. We are also launching dance NFTs; each one will be dedicated to a cause." - Vandana Hart