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DIPLOMATIC POUCH
When the world comes together, anything is possible
by Peter Macarthur - May 6, 2021 - 12:00am
This year’s World Immunization Week recently coincided with the first anniversary of the COVAX ACT-Accelerator vaccine procurement/distribution facility.
What future do you wish to see?
by Alain Gaschen - May 4, 2021 - 12:00am
As I continue to find new ways to maintain productivity and a healthy mind and body in the current global situation, I can’t help but to look forward to a future post COVID-19.
Public health in the new normal: Shared learning for pandemic response
by Ambassador Daniel Pruce - April 29, 2021 - 12:00am
It is difficult to believe that we have been in this pandemic for over a year. But 2020 has marked a commendable, collective effort across all countries to support health systems in tackling the COVID-19 pandem...
Public health in the new normal: Shared learning for pandemic response
by Dr. Vicente Belizario Jr. - April 29, 2021 - 12:00am
It is difficult to believe that we have been in this pandemic for over a year. But 2020 has marked a commendable, collective effort across all countries to support health systems in tackling the COVID-19 pandem...
King’s Day 2021
by Saskia De Lang - April 27, 2021 - 12:00am
When the Dutch gather on April 27, our national day, it is to celebrate the birthday of our King, His Majesty Willem Alexander.
Rise and fall of the ambassador
by Giorgio Guglielmino - April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
Of whatever country they are and in whatever nation they exercise their function, all ambassadors always follow the same ascending and descending parable during their period in a capital.
Tips for a diplomatic speech
by Giorgio Guglielmino - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
How many speeches does an ambassador give in his/her career? Surely they are not counted in the tens but in the hundreds.
Month of hope and celebration of women around the world
by Alain Gaschen - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
With this introduction, you will know my age: When I was born, women did not yet have the right to vote in my country.
Dearer in the hearts of the people of the Philippines
by Kim Inchul - March 22, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Friday the Philippine Navy commissioned BRP Antonio Luna, the third warship built in Korea and commissioned here during the last five years following BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Conrado Yap.
French – more than just a language of romance
by Michèle Boccoz - March 18, 2021 - 12:00am
First of all, I would like to thank The Philippine STAR for inviting me as a regular contributor to the Diplomatic Pouch.
It is 500 years, today…
by Jorge Moragas Sanchez - March 16, 2021 - 12:00am
On March 16th 1521, a historical event that changed the world forever took place here, in Samar, in this very spot.
International Mother Language Day
by Asad Alam Siam - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Every year, we in Bangladesh, observe Feb. 21 as “Shahid Dibash” or the “Day of Martyrs” with deep respect. We remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this day in 1952 to establish...
The lonely life of the COVID diplomat
by Giorgio Guglielmino - February 16, 2021 - 12:00am
When the word “Ambassador” is named to those who are not inside the world of diplomacy, the first images that come to mind are sumptuous banquets, receptions in residences in the most exclusive neighborhoods...
A closer China-Phl partnership in the new era
by Huang Xilian - January 19, 2021 - 12:00am
On 14 April 2020, at the height of the Philippines’ battle against COVID-19, a “Goodwill Flight” chartered from China fully loaded with anti-pandemic supplies landed at the Ninoy Aquino International...
From resilience to recovery
by John Law - December 31, 2020 - 12:00am
During his 1946 inaugural address, President Manuel Roxas told a newly independent Philippines and the world, “We have yet a greater bulwark today.
Christmas in the year 2020
by Alain Gaschen - December 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Having arrived in the Philippines in August of 2019, I have had the wonderful opportunity of seeing the Filipino Christmas spirit less than a month after I first set foot in Manila.
5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement: A renewed call for urgent climate action
by Nicolas Galey - December 8, 2020 - 12:00am
Recently again, the Philippines was sadly and severely hit by extreme climatic events whose frequency and destructiveness continue to intensify year after year. Indeed, in a span of only a month, Typhoons Quinta,...
NSP Plus: People-centered community of peace and prosperity
by Han Dong-Man - November 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Time flies.
Italian-Asean friendship takes a major step forward
by Luigi Di Maio - November 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Last September, the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting officially granted Italy the status of ASEAN development partner.
A friendship tried and true
by Koji Haneda - November 19, 2020 - 12:00am
The time has come for me to take my final bow.
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