Poznan hosts a meeting on public and cultural diplomacy
“It is a constant challenge for us to be able to translate the most important aspects concerning contemporary Poland, its achievements, potential, history, cultural and religious heritage, into the language of modern day public, which would be understood by people from various civilizational and cultural backgrounds,” said Deputy Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk at an opening of consultations on public and cultural diplomacy for the directors of Polish Institutes and representatives of Polish embassies in Europe.
The consultations were held on 5-6 March 2019 in the Museum of Applied Arts at the Poznan Royal Castle. The conference of Polish diplomats is an intrinsic element of regular consultations aimed at discussing the matters and challenges related to public diplomacy and working out an action script that could be applied by Polish missions abroad with the use of social media. High on the consultations’ agenda was the discussion on the challenges and possibilities related to the growing role of digital diplomacy. Using high-tech outreach tools in diplomacy facilitates an effective and multifaceted promotion of Poland worldwide.
The meetings, which were also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, also focused on the plans to mark important anniversaries which fall in 2019. They include the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the 30th anniversary of democratic transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, 20 years of Poland’s NATO membership, and 15 years since Poland’s accession to the European Union. Other topics included dialogue and cooperation with the Jewish diaspora across the world.
“The projects and campaigns run by Polish missions in collaboration with national and foreign partners help to build a strong position of Poland which is perceived as a professional partner, capable of communicating and showing respect for different points of view,” said Deputy Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk.
The conference, which was also attended by the Deputy Mayor of Poznan Jędrzej Solarski, promoted the need to engage in harmonious and professional cooperation based on dialogue. “In this process it is important to show understanding and respect for other cultures and traditions,” said the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy.
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