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Rebecca Bushby wins YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017

YPFP Brussels is thrilled to announce that Rebecca Bushby has been crowned the winner of our inaugural award: the YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017.

Unveiled at our annual Gala last night, Rebecca, a project coordinator volunteering for NGO Young Water Solutions, saw off a number of talented nominees to be declared winner for her fundraising efforts for refugees in Lebanon near the Syrian border.

Commenting on her win, Rebecca said: “This is such an honour. My fellow nominees are so incredibly talented that it is hard to believe that I was chosen as the winner! I am unbelievably grateful for this opportunity as it will enable me to continue growing and learning within the sector.

“The award to me represents an amazing trend that, despite not being a very sexy topic, water and sanitation issues are increasingly being recognised as being of vital importance in humanitarian aid and foreign policy.  I look forward to bringing the knowledge from YPFP, its network and ISPD into my projects at Young Water Solutions and further into the water and sanitation sector.”

Unanimously agreeing that Rebecca’s application was a worthy winner, our external panel of judges which included Politico’s Ryan Heath were full of praise for the talented young professional, who took it on herself to fundraise 5,000 USD to purchase and deliver water tanks for the community, ensuring that 190 refugees could access clean water.

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Nominees announced for YPFP Brussels Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017

YPFP Brussels is excited to announce the nominees for our inaugural award; the Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017!

Following a successful competition which attracted an array of exceptional applications, a shortlist of six talented young people living in Belgium are in the running to win an array of prizes and be celebrated for their outstanding work in the past year.

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Politico’s Ryan Heath amongst judges of YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy award

Journalist Ryan Heath, Politico’s Senior EU Correspondent and author of the influential Brussels Playbook, will be one of the judges for our inaugural prize: the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Brussels Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017.

The Award will honour an individual aged under 35 and based in Brussels who has achieved outstanding work in the past year.

The winner will be announced at our annual Gala on 24 November, which will feature a keynote speech from former US Ambassador to the EU Anthony L. Gardner. To be held at the NH Collection Brussels Centre Hotel, Boulevard Adolphe Max 7, 1000 Brussels from 19.30, the Gala is open to YPFP members and non-members. Tickets can be purchased at www.ypfpbrusselsgala2017.brownpapertickets.com.

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Apply to win the YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award 2017

The Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Brussels branch is excited to launch our new award celebrating a Rising Star in Foreign Policy 2017!

Honouring an individual based in Belgium who has achieved outstanding work in the field of foreign policy in the past year, this is your chance to have your achievements celebrated in the heart of the EU and win some fantastic prizes.

The winner of the award will receive a EUR 6,000 scholarship for training at the prestigious ISPD Protocol & Diplomacy and a Visionary membership at ISPD+ Innovation in Diplomacy network, a cash prize and an annual YPFP membership. One runner-up will receive a one-day training with communications experts Clear Europe, as well as annual YPFP membership.

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Advisers' Programme Launch - Apply Now

The Advisers' Programme is YPFP’s flagship career development initiative intended to connect like-minded people at different stages in their career. Dedicated, accomplished individuals (Advisers) are paired up with motivated young professionals at an earlier stage in their career (Advisees).

The Advisers' Programme aims to help both partners focus on short and long term career development goals. Advisees and advisers are encouraged to set goals, meet regularly, draft career development plans and make the most of each other’s professional backgrounds.

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Briefing from Intensive Training in Soft Skills Diplomacy at International School of Protocol Diplomacy (ISPD) Brussels (29 May – 1 June 2017)


Brussels has been my new home since the past few years when I moved here for work at the Council of the European Union, and ever since I have also remained as an YPFP-member. Since I also live within the EU-headquarters and often passed by ISPD’s building on my way to meetings, then I had often seen their offices and it had caught my attention a number of times. I had even into their website a few times, realising that the field of Protocol Diplomacy was very exciting and interesting, but for me time had not yet not been ripe to attend their trainings.

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Advisers' Programme Launch - Apply Today!

Send in your applications now! YPFP Brussels is launching the seventh edition of the Advisers' Programme, a peer-to-peer career development initiative where a dedicated, accomplished professional (Adviser) is assigned to a motivated peer who is at the beginning of his/her career (Advisee).

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YPFP App now online!!

Created by Forbes and powered by Tinder, the YPFP app gives YPFP the power to connect our members across 80 countries. The app can also get you published - Forbes will ask YPFP members their thoughts on hot foreign policy issues via the app and then the best responses will be published on Forbes.com!

Welcome to life with the power of YPFP’s network in the palm of your hand.

A few features you should be particularly excited about:

• Interactive directory of all YPFP members
• Dynamic newsfeed of content
• Mobile networking (YPFP QuickConnect) powered by Tinder
• Direct message friends, contacts, colleagues
• Mobile event calendar - never miss a YPFP event
• Exclusive opportunities to publish on Forbes.com
• Twitter and FB integration - push your posts to your social media accounts
• Your professional profile - make an impression in this exclusive, global, closed-circuit foreign policy community

How do you get started?

• Visit iTunes or the Android marketplace and download the YPFP app
• Login with the email address you use to access your ypfp account
• Initially click "Request a New Password" to get set up
• Build out your profile and get connected with YPFPers from all over the globe!

If you have any difficulties accessing the app, please email us at app@ypfp.org.

We’ll see you there!
YPFP Brussels’ Team

Ambassador Series 2017: Croatia

The 2017 Ambassador Series kicked off with an event hosted at the Croatian Permanent Representation to the EU featuring Ambassador Mato Skrabalo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Agency.

During the event, a range of topics were discussed related to Croatia's priorities in the European Union, EU Enlargement, the Digital Single Market, and Energy Policy, and a Q&A session covered relations with Serbia, Brexit, the Eastern Partnership, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Following an engaging discussion with the Ambassador and his team, the 30 YPFP members present enjoyed a light reception accompanied by traditional Croatian wine.

Also, if you have an idea for an event or workshop, please contact brussels.programming@ypfp.org, they will be happy to listen to your ideas related to foreign policy! We look forward to seeing you at the next Ambassador Series event!

Photos from the event can be viewed on our facebook page


NATO’s decision-making process : Putting the consensus to the test of new cyber challenges

The North Atlantic Council is the central body of political decision-making within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Its 28 member States gather together, in an egalitarian circle, in order to take consensus-based decisions regarding the key-challenges faced by the Alliance.

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