Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Following Fiji From Afar. (Updated)

Social media has made the headlines recently and foreign affairs departments from many nations have recognized the need for such an electronic footprint- as an application of statecraft in the 21st century .

A blog: Public Diplomacy, Networks & Influence had a recent posting regarding Australia's recognition of such global outreach. Lowy Institute's Fergus Hanson also advocated such an approach, in a published paper on the subject.

Peter Thomson, Fiji's UN Permanent Representative outlined the developments currently being pursued at the UN mission. (Video posted below)

Peter Thomson was also interviewed by U.N's South-South news agency, regarding International obligations. (Video posted below)

Fiji's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has until much recently waded curiously, but positively into the fields of E-Diplomacy by upgrading their homepage, adding a Youtube channel, Facebook page and off-course, using Twitter (@FijiMFA).

Although, Fiji MFA's Facebook page has no visible friends, Youtube channel has uploaded only 3 videos and their Twitter account has 3 followers to-date; one can seriously expect those numbers to change tremendously over a period of time and most importantly, the accompanying influence.

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