Qatar has been granted the full membership of Global Public Diplomacy Network (GPDNet), Katara – the Cultural Village has said.
The recognition was announced at an international conference in Istanbul, Turkey on October 19 to 22, participated by Katara.
Titled “The Role of Culture in bringing Polarised and Conflicting Societies together through Public Diplomacy,” the event feted Qatar, now the only Arab country having a full membership in GPDNet, for its significant role in the conference. Other Arab countries received Associate Membership.
Katara took part in the conference upon an invitation from the chairman of Yunus Emre Institution (Yunus Emre Enstitüsü) and chairman of GPDNet under the Turkish presidency, professor Dr Seref Ates.
Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti presented a conference paper stating Katara’s role in rendering culture into the language of societies as it is the best means of communication and aids in the rapprochement between countries.
GPDNet was founded by public and cultural institutions of nine countries (Philippines, Sweden, Korea, Taiwan, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Singapore and Turkey), including Yunus Emre Enstitü, in Seoul, the capital of South Korea in 2014. The number of countries reached 10 as Hungary joined the network recently.
GPDNet was established on October 23, 2014 aimed at enabling the knowledge exchange in theoretical and practical fields and carry out bilateral or multilateral projects between cultural and public diplomatic institutions all over the world.
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