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Fireside Chat with Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade

March 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade

Topic: Public Communications in the Mediation Context

Interviewer: Milos Strugar

Simona-Mirela Miculescu has been the Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade since July 2015. Prior to this, she was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations between 2008 and 2015. During her 24-year diplomatic career, she has served as Spokesperson for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Senior Media Advisor to the Minister (1993 and 1999), as Director of the Press Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994 and 2008), as Press Secretary of the Romanian Embassy in Washington D.C. (1994-1998), and as Senior Public Information Officer at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (1999-2000). In 2006 and 2007, as part of Bearing Point, she acted as Senior Advisor for Public Outreach to the Government of Iraq, within a USAID-funded project. Between 2000 and 2004, she was Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Romania (with the rank of minister), becoming the first woman in the Romanian diplomatic history to be granted the rank of Ambassador.

Ms. Miculescu addressed topics relating to public information, mediation and peacekeeping, such as: media and information management, prior and during mediation; understanding media systems; attaining credibility and managing reputation through public communications; the role of public communications in crisis contexts; mediators’ chances to strike the right balance between the need for confidentiality and transparency.

She stressed crucial role of public awareness and opinion in addressing international conflicts, which have often created the difference between war and peace. She also addressed the following important questions: How do we deal with skewed perceptions in a post-truth era dominated by fake news which could harm the search for mediated solutions of international conflicts? Will the flood of fake news in fact provoke critical thinking and a search for truth? Is it at all possible in the digital age to strike the right balance between the need for confidentiality and transparency in mediation?

The members of the audience were, among others, the participants of the mediation course organized by Conflux Center.

 

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Date:
March 6, 2019
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Conflux Center
Terazije 34
Belgrade, 11000 Serbia
Phone:
+381 (0) 11 26 88 055
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