News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
The annual meeting of the plenary session of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) took place on 24 November in the Palau de la Generalitat. The session was presided over by the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and Raül Romeva, Minister of Foreign affairs, Institutional Relations, and Transparency, was also in attendance. Among the decisions taken during the meeting, it was decided to create an Advisory Council to advise and guide Diplocat’s activities. The members of the council will form a part of this body for a period of four years – which can be renewed - and in a selfless altruistic manner.
The thirty-nine members of the Advisory Council are people with a recognized international prestige in a wide range of fields including economy, politics, foreign affairs, the arts, and other areas. Some of the most well-known ones include: Ambler Moss (USA), ex-ambassador; Jordi Savall, musician; Josep Carreras, musician; Josep Ramoneda, philosopher; Carme Ruscalleda, chef; and Xavi Hernàndez, footballer. Among them, there is Tomàs Marquès-Bonet, head of the Comparative Genomics Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF).
Following the plenary session, President Puigdemont met the members of the advisory council and asked them to “make the most of their capacity for international reach and experience to help us open our doors to the world, make ourselves known, and for our work to be valued.” Raül Romeva, Minister of Foreign affairs, Institutional Relations, and Transparency, reminded that “the greatest natural resource of Catalonia is its people” and that “this Advisory Council will allow us to gain international influence and present our country’s assets on the international stage”.