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Collective will, common sense and diplomacy


By Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s Publisher.

There is no valid reason for war. There is no immaculate war, no necessary war, and no virtuous war. And most importantly, there is no war that cannot be avoided by collective will, common sense and diplomacy. 

A peaceful solution to the conflicts between countries is always the most desirable option in order to achieve peace and prosperity among nations. At Diplomat Magazine, we all truly hope that governments will every day do their best in order to look for ingenious solutions that can lead to a lasting peace. The maelstrom of war drags the whole world down – but even in these difficult moments the whole world should keep having faith in diplomacy, and in its potential to bear fruit.

In the spirit of brotherhood that governs Diplomat Magazine, we offer a space where diplomats and academics can express themselves and where ideas can flow freely.

On the cover page of this issue, we welcome Erika Mouynes, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, with an article on climate change and conservation action through international collaboration and green diplomacy.

Minister Erika Mouynes, visits Coiba National Park at the COIBA AIP Scientific Station and its laboratory, the only one of its kind in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. January 2022.

A world for everyone to live with dignity is the theme discussed by the Foreign Minister of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Rogelio Mayta, on the occasion of the presentation of arguments for the “Status and use of the waters of the Silala” before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Foreign Minister of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Rogelio Mayta

The issue also celebrates the successful 70th anniversary of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Together with IOM’s Chief of Mission in the Netherlands Antonio Polosa, we explore the organization’s history, from the 1951 Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants to today’s configuration as a United Nations body.

Antonio Polosa, IOM Chief of Mission

Moreover, we host gender equality champions like Prof. Jeannette Bayisenge, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion of the Republic of Rwanda, Judge Aruna Narain from Mauritius, and Jurist Marcia Kran from Canada, who talk about issues such as the successful history of women in Rwanda, the lack of gender parity, as well as the UN’s efforts to address these imbalances.

Prof. Jeannette Bayisenge, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion of the Republic of Rwanda.

We also recommend you to read our exclusive articles regarding the war in Ukraine, with the contribution of journalist Imane Rachidi and English teacher Ali Redling. Moreover, we offer you some insights into the Young Water Diplomacy Program at the International Institute of Water Education in Delft.

Notre section en français prend de l’ampleur avec l’article du maître François Roux sur l’éventualité d’un procès au président russe devant la Cour Pénale Internationale, entre autres articles d’intérêt.

Finally, the diplomatic social life is getting back to speed. Over the past times, Diplomat Magazine has organized its Flavors Festival, in collaboration with Leonardo Royal Hotel in The Hague and in Amsterdam. Food events from Iran, Tunisia and Thailand have been extraordinary.

We have also organized dance classes and walking tours for diplomats. A Polish concert, a Vietnamese business platform event, the celebration of Nauryz, a Curaçao experience, a Belarusian conference and an Israeli Iftar are only few of the activities reported in this issue. As we start again to organize all these event, we thanks once more our tireless team and the supportive worldwide diplomatic community.

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