DiploRoo first made its appearance at ITU Council 2014 in May and was an instant celebrity. Other Member States spent thousands on their election campaigns during Council. All Australia had to do was blow up a plastic kangaroo and delegates were lining up in the aisles to have their photos taken with the marsupial superstar.
DiploRoo was called on again to help Australia’s cause at Plenipotentiary. If anyone could help Australia be re-elected to Council, DiploRoo could.
A day in the life of a Diplomatic Kangaroo
It starts with a bus ride.
…Followed by a rather too intimate body scan at the security check point at BEXCO.
You brainstorm Australia’s last-minute Council election campaign strategy with the humans.
You then listen intently to Channel 1 (English) during Plenary.
Word gets around that a celebrity is in the room. (Standing on the desk at the front of the room makes you hard to miss.)
Everyone wants a photo with you.
You get papped.
Even your fans don’t always treat you with the respect you deserve.
You get a bit of loving, which makes things better.
You participate in the official Australian post-Council-win photo shoot.
Yet more fans want to meet you.
After a long day, you then spent hours debating text in a late-night ad hoc group, which leaves you feeling rather deflated.
Will DiploRoo make another appearance?
Keep an eye on late night ad hoc group meetings. He may pop in to brighten up his fans’ coffee breaks.
And a big thanks to the Aussie delegation, who provided me with photos 2, 3 and 5.