Citizen Diplomacy Int’l Meeting #17: Health Diplomacy
About Citizen Diplomacy International
Due to globalization, the internet, rising education levels, and long-term democratization, citizen diplomacy is growing, and becoming a more important part of diplomacy and international affairs. Thus, in 2020, the Public Diplomacy Council of America (PDCA), a US-based NGO devoted to advancing the field of public diplomacy, formed the Citizen Diplomacy Research Group (CDRG) to advance the research and practice of citizen diplomacy. In 2023, the CDRG became Citizen Diplomacy International (CDI), a network and program of Learning Life, a Washington DC-based nonprofit devoted to developing innovative learning communities in order to widen and deepen participation in democracy and diplomacy.
CDI meets every three months online via Zoom for 1.5 hours to share research and news on citizen diplomacy developments worldwide with an eye to building a vibrant global CD sector for a more participatory, equitable and sustainable world.. Meetings typically begin with two presentations on CD research or practice, followed by discussion of the presentations, then news and announcements of past or upcoming international CD-related initiatives, publications, funding, conferences, etc.
Anyone — including scholars, students, citizen diplomacy practitioners, current and retired official diplomats, and others interested — can join CDI to learn, network, and/or present substantial research or practice in citizen diplomacy. For more information or to join the CDI email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with CDI members via our Facebook group and Linkedin group, to which you can post citizen diplomacy-related articles, books, events, funding, etc.
Meeting Participants & Agenda
The meeting drew 22 participants in nine countries: United Kingdom, Spain, Sudan, Rwanda, India, Bolivia, Jamaica, the USA and Canada.
1) Opening Remarks & Introductions (10 minutes)
Review of meeting agenda. During this time everyone is encouraged to post to the chat a one-paragraph bio about themselves, including your name, city, country, job title and organization.
2) Two Presentations (30 minutes total):
Vijay Kumar Chattu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, presenting on “Strengthening Global Health Security through Global Health Diplomacy.”
Sali Hafez, Doctoral Candidate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, presenting on “Health Diplomacy in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts: Lessons from Iraq, Syria and Yemen.”
3) Questions & Discussion about the Presentations (40 minutes)
4) Announcements (10 minutes).
- A look at the March issue of the Citizen Diplomacy Bulletin.
- Meeting participants have the opportunity to publicize citizen diplomacy events, publications, projects, programs, and related needs. Participants can also post details and links to the Zoom chat box to share with the wider CDI email list.