Latest News from the Diplomatic world of the DC

Ambassador Buddhi Athauda presents his Credentials to UNESCO

The Founder and Chairman of the Presidents Board of the Diplomatic Council, H.E. Ambassador Buddhi K. Athauda, has presented his credentials to the UNESCO. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.

Freedom in a Digital World

“Freedom in a Digital World” was the theme of this year’s DC Lux summit, the annual symposium of the Diplomatic Council Luxembourg Mission. At the invitation of President Francis Hoogewerf and Vice President Noelle van Lonkhuyzen, DC leaders, DC members and DC friends joined the summit to discuss about the freedom of people in a world of increasing digitalization. Following the Executive Club, a festive reception took place at the beautiful Parc BelAir.

DC Commissioner for UN Affairs Jamal Qaiser at the United Nations General Assembly 2016 in New York

Stop the Proliferation of Atom Bombs

The terribly devastating consequences brought up by the nuclear bombings upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki reminds us of its deadly ruinous and irreconcilable impacts. Secondly, the currently prevailing North Korean issue also holds nuclear armament as a base root. As a matter of fact recent trends have brought the nuclear non-proliferation regime to a moment of grave crisis. Bolstering international restraints on the world’s deadliest weapon requires such realistic and concrete steps which strengthens and rebounds the existing treaties, partnerships and institutions. The need of the hour is to draft a global alliance for developing a system of layered nuclear fuel assurance for combating nuclear terrorism, improving economic stats rather than military strengthening, resulting in improvement in the life of a common man by reduced poverty rate.

Four new Ambassadors join the Diplomatic Council

On the occasion of the Diplomatic Council Luxembourg Summit which took place on September 27, four new ambassadors joined as honorary members. The Diplomatic Council is delighted to welcome H.E. Peadar Carpenter, the Irish ambassador, H.E. Shigeji Suzuki, the Japanese ambassador, H.E. Dr. Heinrich Kreft, the German ambassador as well as the former ambassador of Belgium and current secretary general of the L’Union Benelux, H.E. Thomas Antoine.

New DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger

International entrepreneur Sascha Zilger has been appointed Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador. The festive inauguration took place on the occasion of the Diplomatic Council annual reception at the prestigious senate hall of the Vienna townhall.

This Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador is the highest-ranking position a member can hold at eye level with the accredited diplomat. The position includes a lifelong membership and is offered only to dignitaries who combine economic success with social commitment in an outstanding way and who share the visions and values of the Diplomatic Council. DC Business Ambassadors are men or women who assume responsibility for society and act according. Sascha Zilger’s company, TwentyFourSeven, as the first enterprise, is a founding member of the Alliance against Abuse which was official launched during the Vienna reception.

Predictive analytics – Software against terror

On the occasion of the Vienna reception, the Diplomatic Council Institute for Digital Transformation (DCOS Institute) has presented a concept for “intelligent video surveillance” to be installed at public places, airports, railway stations, sport arenas, etc. in order to prevent terror. Jörg Hensen, DC Director IT Security and DC Trusted Advisor introduced this software which combines video surveillance with predictive analytics.

Alliance for Non-violent Sports

The Diplomatic Council, White IT child protection association and DC Mission Vienna have initiated an Alliance Against Abuse in professional sport. The Alliance for non-violent sports proposes that professional sport serves as an example for mass sport in combating abuse on all levels taking place in sport. It includes both the sporting and domestic environment of the professional athletes.

A Handbook for Civil Society

“Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: a Handbook for Civil society” was launched in May 2006 with the aim to provide civil society with a comprehensive guide to OHCHR’s work, and to assist civil society in identifying areas of possible cooperation and partnership with OHCHR. To continue building on the success that it had so far, time has come now to review it and to produce an updated, more practical and user friendly handbook.