FOCIR (The Federation of Internationally Recognised Catalan Organisations) is the only Catalan civil society platform that carries out public diplomacy. It was founded in 1995 as the result of an agreement between different Catalan associations wanting to promote their own presence and that of Catalonia internationally.
To be internationally present and have a direct political impact
FOCIR was created to drive and provide resources to promote the participation of Catalan organisations on an international level and to represent and advocate for civil society organisations in international political decision-making centres.
To become an example of public diplomacy
FOCIR’s international presence is closely related to the need to provide support for and to study the current contribution of Catalan associations towards external relations beyond Catalonia. To do so, part of its strategic vision is to boost its capacity to generate information, thereby becoming a research centre in international relations and public diplomacy.
To create networks and global citizenship
We work in conjunction with other bodies in the network of Catalan associations to promote global citizenship.
To promote the use of public diplomacy
We raise awareness of and reinforce the use of public diplomacy, particularly as promoted by civil society, when explaining and representing Catalonia globally.
To increase Catalan soft power
We work so that Catalonia can have a direct impact on the actions and interests of global players with the help of a joint nationwide public diplomacy strategy.
To become a FOCIR member:
Any non-profit legal entity, regardless of its purpose, can become a FOCIR member as long as it is a member of an international organisation.
However, organisations that wish to become internationally recognised may also become members in order to enlist FOCIR support in achieving this goal.
For more information on becoming a member, please contact the Technical Secretariat’s Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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