January 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce the introduction of two new tools for diplomacy. The Rules of Procedure Repository Platform and Alan Hunt’s book ‘Public diplomacy. What it is and how to do it’ will help diplomats improve their mastery in and around UN topics to better meet global challenges in the 21st century.United Nations Rules of Procedure Repository Platform
The United Nations, through its principal organs and more than 50 subsidiary bodies, programmes and specialized agencies, convenes more than 10,000 meetings every year. Delegates preparing for multilateral conferences can only be equipped to actively partake in the different stages of these meetings when entering in possession of the Rules of Procedure of the meetings they attend.
Gathering the right documents in time is not always an easy task. As a matter of fact, no concise and comprehensive platform existed to ease the access to such information. It is to bridge this gap and in line with its mandate of “enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving the major objectives of the Organization” that UNITAR is making a Rules of Procedure Repository Platform available to all representatives and UN staff committed to participate effectively in United Nations lead meetings.
Government endeavours to influence foreign publics have long pre-dated the concept of public diplomacy, coined in the 1960s. The communication and technology revolution that is shaping the 21st Century has given a powerful impetus to this particular way of conducting international relations. Governments have lost their quasi monopoly on the control of information to the benefit of public opinion and non-state actors. Who, then, does public diplomacy belong to? How is the task divided? What are the responsibilities of government officials? What is the role of non-state actors? How can one measure the power of the media?
Alan Hunt’s Public diplomacy. What it is and how to do it, represents a major tool for diplomats around the world to perform effectively in their working environment, as well as being a must-have for anyone willing to explore this area in depth.
Public diplomacy. What it is and how to do it is a tool for all actors interested in deepening their understanding or improving their mastery of public diplomacy.
Alan Hunt, Public diplomacy. What it is and how to do it, Geneva, UNITAR, 2015. ISBN: 978-2-8399-1722-3.