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First "Diplomat of the Year" award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Press Corps"
24th April 2012

@The Langham

London Press Attachés received the First "Diplomat of the Year" award for Outstanding Contribution to the Press Corps.

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The initiative to bestow annual awards for excellence in diplomacy, in recognition of exemplary contributions of diplomats accredited in the United Kingdom, belongs to the Diplomat magazine, a publication for the the members of the diplomatic corps, British political and business communities, and think-tanks.

The 2012 award for Outstanding Contribution to the Press Corps was received by DPAAL President-in-Office and Press Attachée of the Embassy of Romania, Dr. Cristina-Narcisa Niţă.

Nominations were debated by a judges’ panel of senior diplomats, after stringent evaluation of the professional activity in the past year. The recipients of the awards were recommended by the members of the diplomatic corps accredited in London.

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Guerilla Diplomacy

26th of March 2012

@Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

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Daryl Copeland, former Canadian diplomat, analyst and author of the bestseller "Guerilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations" was the guest speaker of a debate on the challenges of contemporary diplomacy organised by the Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association of London (DPAAL).

Daryl Copeland leaded interactive discussions on one of the most interesting concepts regarding international political communications in the contemporary world: Guerrilla Diplomacy.

Those present had the opportunity to learn from his over 30 years of diplomatic experience as he described himself as a “back-pack diplomat” since 1981 - driving this way a parallel to his latest book. Among his main concerns, the diplomatic world nowadays offers an immense, but largely unrealized potential for problem solving and conflict resolution globally.

 

In the age of globalisation, development has become the basis of security. Human security is unfortunately absent at some levels in this world and in this context diplomacy should be understood as an approach to International Relations being based on knowledge-based problem solving and an alternative to the use of armed force.

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After Elections Reception

2nd of February 2012

@Canadian High Commission

DPAAL members met the New Board

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The event so kindly hosted by the Canadian High Commission at Macdonald House, enjoyed a large participation from around 70 diplomats.

DPAAL President, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it First Secretary, Media, PR & Politics, Embassy of Romania introduced the members of the board: Vice-presidents Maria Monteiro, Press and Cultural Attache, Embassy of Portugal; Spyros Diamantis, Director of the Press Office, Embassy of Greece and Jennifer Quinn, Head of Communications, Canadian High Commission and, on behalf of the Committee, addressed those present:

"Thank you everyone for coming! We truly appreciate your participation and are doing our best to provide you with great events. DPAAL has a systematic approach to allow maximum opportunities for our members to become involved in the decision making process and also to be as inclusive as possible with a good representation of all regions. We welcome the new members and look forward to seeing you at the various events coming up during the next year!"

More information in the latest issue of the Embassy magazine:

www.embassymagazine.com/club_news/club_news/emb37_club1.html

www.embassymagazine.com/club_news/club_news/emb37_club3.ht

To find out more or to join DPAAL, please contact:

 
Press attachés elect new President

Cristina-Narcisa Nita, First Secretary covering Media, PR and Politics at the Embassy of Romania, has assumed office as President of the Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association of London (DPAAL) for 2011-2012 after an e-election was conducted among the association’s members.

Ms Nita will be supported by a new committee, which includes Vice presidents Spyros Diamantis (Press Counsellor, Director of the Press Office of the Embassy of Greece); Jennifer Quinn (Head of Communications, Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy Division, Canadian High Commission); and Maria Monteiro (Press and Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Portugal).

In taking office, Ms Nita said she looked forward to “a very busy year” for embassy media officers in 2012 with the upcoming Olympics.

She was also pleased to invite members to their first reception for 2012 on 2 February at the Canadian High Commission.

DPAAL is open to all media and public diplomacy officers at diplomatic missions in London. To find out more or to join DPAAL, please contact:

Written by Elizabeth Stewart, Editor of the Embassy magazine

http://www.embassymagazine.com/pdf/Emb_iss35_HR.pdf

 
The results of December 2011 voting

Following the nominations and voting by our community, we are pleased to announce the results of December 2011 DPAAL elections:

President:

  • Mrs Cristina-Narcisa Nita, First Secretary, Media, PR & Politics, Embassy of Romania

Vice-presidents:

  • Mrs Maria Monteiro, Press and Cultural Attache, Embassy of Portugal
  • Mr Spyros Diamantis, Director of the Press Office, Embassy of Greece
  • Ms Jennifer Quinn, Head of Communications, Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy Division, Canadian High Commission

The DPAAL Committee will take office immediately to their relative posts.

 

 

 
DPAAL Working Meeting

24th of October 2011

@Embassy of Romania

DPAAL members had this year’s first working meeting. On the Agenda were the next topics agreed upon in advance: Committees’ report on the previous activities, DPAAL Future - Elections of a new board, DPAAL’s website, DPAAL events sponsors, Best practices exchange – Online Media Monitoring services and Suggestions for next events.

The Future of DPAAL - ELECTIONS FOR A NEW BOARD

As part of DPAAL plan to allow maximum opportunities for our members to become involved in the decision making process and also to be as inclusive as possible with a good representation of all regions, it was agreed that elections are desirable, the work of the Committee being essential for the future of DPAAL. A yearly rotation of the Board should take place every December.

Nominations should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it until the 12th of November 2011.

The event was organised with the kind support of the IDS - International Diplomatic Supplies.

 
DPAAL's meeting with Boris Johnson's Communication Director

16th of March 2011

@London City Hall

Whether it’s racing Boris Johnson down the sprint track at the Beijing Olympics or watching aghast as the Mayor stumbles into a river in front of the national media, life as the press adviser to London’s mayor is “never dull,” said Guto Harri at a recent gathering of diplomatic press attachés.

Harri, who frequently trails behind the Mayor on a Boris Bike, assured diplomats that beneath the Mayor’s blonde mop (which made him unofficial Ambassador for Brylcreem), there is a serious politician.

“Boris is a megaphone and a magnet for London,” Harri told DPAAL members. As a ‘megaphone’ the Mayor has been an advocate for the London economy, defending the financial services industry at a time when bankers are unpopular and promoting a new airport in the Thames estuary, in the teeth of opposition from environmental groups.

Bold reforms to the Met Police means London’s crime level is the lowest since 1978 and his axing the western extension of the Congestion Charging zone won the approval of many, including diplomats – although they should not expect an exemption, he added.

As a ‘magnet’, the Mayor aims to attract talent to the city, added Harri, and the Mayor has not been afraid to attack the Coalition Government’s immigration policies which he claims will be damaging for business and London’s universities.

“By stopping foreign students who pay a premium to study here our universities will suffer. They are important to the economic and intellectual life of the city,” Harri said.

London’s diversity will also make for a spectacular Olympic Games, he added. “It is thought half of the contestants in the Games will play to a home crowd.”

Delivering a successful Olympic Games has provided the impetus the Mayor’s ambitious plans – such as heralding “a new Victorian age of building” to provide affordable housing, or increasing the capital’s creaking transport infrastructure by 33 per cent, or bringing “the village into the city” by creating 2000 ‘growing zones’ – all geared to make the capital the “best big city on earth,” said Harri.

Written by Elizabeth Stewart, Editor of the Embassy magazine

www.embassymagazine.com

 

 
DPAAL Meets the Marshal

12th of January 2011

@St James's Palace

London’s press attachés were given an insight into the Queen’s relationship with the diplomatic corps by her adviser, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps.

Speaking at a meeting hosted by the Diplomatic Press Attachés' Association of London (DPAAL) at St James’s Palace, Mr Charles Gray stressed the importance the British monarch attachés to maintaining close, friendly relations with all heads of mission, irrespective of their country’s dealings with Whitehall.

In describing the role of the Queen, the Marshal helped press attachés unpick the tangle of British constitutional conventions, notably that the Queen as head of state is a non-political figure.

Mr Gray also answered a wide range of questions from DPAAL members, which touched, among others, on the interaction between the Marshal’s Office and the Protocol Directorate; the workings of the Royal Household; the Queen’s relationship with realm countries where she is head of state; and the Palace’s policy on photography at diplomatic and ceremonial events.

The Marshal concluded by saying his main job was to keep an open channel with diplomatic missions and to act as a “sounding board” for any queries they may have – except one: “Unfortunately I have no influence over the invitation list to the upcoming Royal Wedding!” he joked.

Written by Elizabeth Stewart, Editor of the Embassy magazine

www.embassymagazine.com

 

 
The art of Public Diplomacy
3rd of June 2010

@European Commission Representation

Professor Philip Seib, Director of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California was the special guest of the Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association London (DPAAL).

Professor Seib addressed the members on "The Art of Public Diplomacy".

The event was organised by DPAAL and the Canadian High Commission with the kind support of the European Commission Representation.

More information about Professor Seib and the activity of the Center on public Diplomacy, please find on:

http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/index.php/about/announcements_detail/cpd_director_speaks_to_diplomatic_press_attaches_in_london/

 
The official launch of the Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association of London

4th of March 2010

@Royal Commonwealth Society

The Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association of London (DPAAL) was officially launched on the 4th of March 2010, at the Royal Commonwealth Society, by the President of Foreign Press Association (FPA), Mr Hosny Emam.

Together with over 150 guests, members of FPA and DPAAL, foreign journalists and press attaches, the event enjoyed the presence of some Ambassadors, such as the Ambassador of Romania, Dr Ion Jinga.

Mrs Cristina-Narcisa Nita, Press Attaché of the Embassy of Romania in London, and Secretary of DPAAL, introduced the members of the Committee of DPAAL: Mr Niall Wilkins, Chair, First Secretary Political, South African High Commission, Mrs Pavla Skachova, vice chair, Press & Politics, Embassy of the Czech Republic and Mr Oleg Sepelev, vice chair, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation and presented the new DPAAL webpage: www.dpaal.org.uk

The webpage comprises useful information about the recently established organization, providing visitors with an insight about the diplomatic activities of various Embassies in London and the possibility of registrating new members with the DPAAL.

The event was marked by a double celebration; the inauguration of Foreign Press Association’s (FPA) new offices and the official launch of DPAAL, and it was organized by the FPA with the kind support of the Tourist Board of South Africa, Beefeater London and Arniston Bay.

DPAAL presents its special thanks to Mr Adrian Cherciu, director of ROMANi ONLiNE for creating and hosting its webpage.

 


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