The 8th edition of the Summer School began today, July 23rd. Esteemed speakers participated at the opening ceremony for this week-long conference. Among the present speakers were renowned personalities such as Dan Petre – General Director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, László Borbély – State Counsellor, Mircea Naidin – Diplomatic Counsellor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN, Specialised Institutions and Francophonie Branch, Ioana Dospinescu – Project Manager and Cătălina Grecu – Co-Project Manager.
This opening event was kindly hosted by the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, with the General Director himself, Mr Petre Dan attending the opening ceremony. He was extremely pleased to discover that youth has become interested in diplomacy and encouraged the participants to pursue this domain.
Ms. Ioana Dospinescu, the president of UN Youth Association of Romania was the moderator for this discussion. Before introducing the speakers, she held a short speech summarizing the association’s existence and activity.
Following the partnership signed between the Sustainable Development Department and the UN Youth Association of Romania, Mr Lászlo Borbely, State Counsellor to the Prime Minister graced us with his presence. He touched on the topic of the Sustainable Development Goals and how young people can get involved to make a change that will impact their future in a positive way.
Mr Mircea Naidin was present, as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs partner to the association. He continued to place emphasis on the long term collaboration of the Association regarding both the BISMUN conference and the Summer School.
Last but not least, Ms Catalina Grecu, the Co-Project Manager of the Summer School of Diplomacy, the 8th edition. The general theme, “Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Old Issues, New Perspectives” will be sustained by specialized lecturers, offering seminars and workshops on diverse topics such as conflict, mediation, negotiation and diplomacy.
All in all, this was only the beginning of an amazing and fruitful week for our participants. Hopefully, by the end of this project, people will leave feeling richer in terms of knowledge and networking, as they’re both goals that the Summer School On Diplomacy wishes to fulfill.
Written by Florescu Ioana, Press Officer