Annual Report 2010

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The year 2010 will be remembered by people all over the world for many different reasons: Volcanic plume from Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland brought air traffic around the world to a standstill, and we experienced first-hand how vulnerable we are to technology. The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in one of the largest oil spills in history. The EU-IMF bail-outs of both Greece and Ireland triggered a decline in the value of the euro. Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, sold at an action in New York for €106.5 million. Spain won the 2010 world cup in South Africa. WikiLeaks blew the lid on US diplomats while at the same time showcasing the professionalism of their correspondence. The world watched for 69 days as 33 miners were rescued in Chile. The International Space Station set a new record for the longest continuous human occupation of space – 3641 days. Finance ministers of the G20 shifted 6% of the voting shares to developing nations and emerging markets in a reform of the IMF. Seoul became the first non-G8 nation to host a G20 summit. Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest. At Diplo, we continued working to solve global problems through inclusive and effective diplomacy. The year 2010 saw the finalisation of Strategy 2015 and our partnership agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (2010-2012). We saw another steady increase in the number of trained participants, and further expanded our reach to include 121 countries. We introduced new courses on consular affairs, multilateral diplomacy, and e-diplomacy. Nineteen of our students graduated with a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. Delivery of the EU-ACP capacity development programme on Internet governance and policy saw workshops in Botswana, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Kenya, and Trinidad and Tobago. Our e-diplomacy initiative was launched with five awareness-building events in Brussels, Geneva, New York, Vienna, and Washington DC, workshops in Azerbaijan, Montenegro, and Serbia, an international conference in Malta. Our e-participation programme continued to move from strength to strength with 33 remote hubs participating in fifth Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania. And in Malta, we co-hosted the 38th Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations – the International Forum on Diplomatic Training, bringing together more than 80 participants from 52 countries. To all of those who have contributed to our success in 2010, we thank you. 2011 will bring us new confidence, energy, and enthusiasm. We will continue the momentum of our e-diplomacy programme, further develop e-participation and explore new avenues, particularly in the fields of climate change policy, migration diplomacy, and parliamentary diplomacy.