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  1. Sep 2020
    1. Tikhanovskaya’s short video message had barely begun when the Belarusian representative, Yuri Ambrazevich, demanded it be switched off. He repeatedly interrupted the screening, raising procedural objections and insisting her words had “no relevance on the substance ... on the events that are taking place today”.

      significant issue for future hybrid meetings in that it's always easier to interrupt and raise objections when you're there in person? ||Jovan||||NatasaPerucica||||StephanieBP||

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    1. “hybrid diplomacy”

      Spanish / Argentine (?) paper picking up the term hybrid diplomacy ||Jovan||||NatasaPerucica||||StephanieBP||

    2. digital meetings become “equalizers of power”,

      not necessarily

    3. new modus operandi of the World Health Organization (WHO)

      how are they operating?

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    1. the saving in airfares and carbon emissions is vas

      environment and cost-saving

    2. re-evaluate their use of time, and to be more efficient

      greater effeicieny

    3. Through video calls you can maintain existing relationships, you cannot cultivate new ones.

      existing vs new relationships

    4. Many diplomats say they have felt like fish out of water over the past few months, rattling around empty embassies, reminding colleagues to unmute on video calls.

      quote

    5. “Actually what we have seen is that Zoom and other digital tools are making dialogue and negotiations more accessible, and can help to bring a wider range of people together – people who would never otherwise have been at the same table.”

      accessibility transparency -> but only for certain meetings

    6. “With Zoom, there is no real interaction, but compromise needs interaction and diplomacy feeds off compromise. It is all far too formal and hierarchical. We press the mute button at the end and we are no further. Everyone has set out their previous position in 12 monologues. Maybe it’s fine for businessmen, but not for us.”

      overstatement?

    7. confirming the importance of postings to diplomatic hubs ...

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    1. “There have been lots of ups and downs, but we’ve been on a significant down,

      useful quote

    2. “The U.N. is weaker than it should be,”

      useful quote

    3. been met with commitments totaling just a quarter of the goal. That response “barely justifies the description of ‘tepid,’” said Mark Lowcock, the top U.N. relief official.

      COVID emergency fund

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