The highly-respected “Diplomatic Gazette”, Brussels, No. 77, August 2013 provided an elaborate description (pp. 26-28) of the memorable Doctor Honoris Causa award ceremony that took place on February 15, 2013, at “Château Sainte-Anne”, Brussels, the headquarters of Diplomatic Club of Belgium. On this very special occasion, the honorable Léon F. WEGNEZ, Administrator Secretary General of the Diplomatic Club of Belgium, and Secretary General, International Association of the Distributive Trade, A.I.D.A. Brussels, was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the prestigious National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania.
The honorable Léon F. WEGNEZ understood the nature and role of diplomacy (as an intellectual activity based on the on-going processing and analysis of information) in meeting the demands posed by globalization and adapting to the new requirements and challenges, highlighting the importance of the relationship between imparting knowledge (which can be applied to decision-making) and developing skills so as to transpose the list of obstacles to diplomatic communication. He constantly pledged for networking and team-working in building a collaborative environment leading to the creation of adequate knowledge, by understanding the political context which frames diplomacy (including economic diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, public diplomacy, digital diplomacy and so on) into a competitive context, by sharing values, by respecting and valuing differences, by engaging and educating.
Before the award ceremony organized and conducted by the SNSPA in cooperation with the Diplomatic Club of Belgium, Brussels, His Excellency, Mr. Ambassador Daniel LEROY, the President of the Diplomatic Club of Belgium, delivered a significant welcome address to: His Excellency Mr. Ştefan-Alexandru TINCA, Romanian Ambassador in Belgium; the well-known personalities of the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania: Professor Remus PRICOPIE, Representative of the Academic Community of SNSPA, and Minister of National Education; Professor Alina BĂRGĂOANU, Acting Rector of SNSPA; Professor Iordan Gheorghe BĂRBULESCU, President of SNSPA Senate; Professor Vasile SECĂREŞ, Former Rector and Founder of SNSPA; Professor Paul DOBRESCU, Former Rector of SNSPA; Sorin DRAGNEA, Chief Secretary of SNSPA; the special invitees on this occasion: Petru FILIP, Professor at “Dimitrie Cantemir” University, Bucharest, and President of the Commission of Foreign Policy of the Romanian Senate; Professor Florian POPA, President of the International Congress SANABUNA, Honorary Member of the Romanian Distribution Committee , and Vice-President of the Commission of Public Health of the Romanian Senate; Theodor Valentin PURCĂREA, Professor at Romanian-American University, President of the Romanian Distribution Committee and Member of the Board of A.I.D.A. Brussels; Paraschiva Dobre, Director European Affairs, Romanian Ministry of Education; Victor Lorin PURCĂREA, Director of “Carol Davila” Academic Publishing House, President of the Commission for Internal and International Policy of the Senate of the “University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila” Bucharest, Advisor to the Vice-President of the Commission of Public Health, Senate, Romanian Parliament, and President of the National Organizing Committee of SANABUNA International Congress; the distinguished Members and Representatives of the Diplomatic Club of Belgium; students attending the Doctor Honoris Causa award ceremony.
The honorable Léon F. WEGNEZ is a well-known personality with a vision and commitment, knowing what to do with the time and having the power to give his life a meaning, with a real vocation for spreading knowledge.
Diplomatic Gazette (Cover), Brussels, No. 77, August 2013
Diplomatic Gazette (p. 26, VIP, Diplomatic Club), Brussels, No. 77, August 2013
Diplomatic Gazette (p. 27, VIP, Diplomatic Club), Brussels, No. 77, August 2013
Diplomatic Gazette (p. 28, VIP, Diplomatic Club), Brussels, No. 77, August 2013