Public Diplomacy Board

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PredecessorPublic Diplomacy Strategy Board
FormationApril 2006
Parent organizationUK/FCDO, UK/FCO
Set up in 2006, with an explicit alignment between public diplomacy work and government goals.

The Public Diplomacy Board of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office was set up in April 2006 along with the Public Diplomacy Partners Group following Lord Carter of Coles' Review of Public Diplomacy, which was delivered to the UK Foreign Secretary on 13 December 2005,[1] which had an explicit alignment between public diplomacy work and government goals.[2]


It replaced the Public Diplomacy Strategy Board which was set up following the Wilton Review. It is supported by the Public Diplomacy Group within the Foreign Office, which replaces the Public Diplomacy Policy Department.


Lord Carter recommended that public diplomacy "should no longer be defined simply in terms of creating positive perceptions but intended it should be defined as: work aiming to inform and engage individuals and organisations overseas, in order to improve understanding of and influence for the United Kingdom in a manner consistent with governmental medium and long term goals. He stipulated that this definition must be understood "within the context of the continuing guarantee of complete editorial independence for the BBC World Service and day-to-day operational independence for the British Council."[2]


The Board comprises

The BBC World Service has observer status in recognition of its editorial independence. Public Diplomacy Group in the Foreign Office is the Board's secretariat.

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