How COVID-19 Has Forced the Overdue Adoption of Virtual Diplomacy

July 24, 2020 · posted by Independent Diplomat in General

When Estonia held the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in May, it hosted the largest high-level gathering of UN Member States since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Eighty countries took part, fifty at a ministerial level, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. And it all took place virtually. This is happening throughout all levels of diplomacy—when physical meetings are impossible, technology must step in to bridge the gap.

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Karoliina Ainge is Independent Diplomat’s Cybersecurity and Technology Lead