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Opening Seminar of the Training for International Diplomats at the WCGE

On September 18, young diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean visited the WCGE.

As part of the "10th Programme for International Diplomats in Berlin from Latin America and the Caribbean", organized by the Federal Foreign Office, they participated in a seminar on "Ethical Challenges in the Professional Life of Diplomats". A special focus was set on the significance of trust in the daily life of diplomats and the possibilities and limitations of its promotion in the tension field of interstate conflicts, formal standards and constraints as well as personal beliefs and moral ideals. Based on WCGE's scientifically sound approach the participants discussed personal examples and experiences from their everyday life. The visit to Lutherstadt Wittenberg was the programme kick-off for the diplomats, who are based in Berlin. In the course of several weeks they will attend seminars and excursions to European institutions and international organizations.

Since the beginning of the cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office in 2012, the WCGE has been involved in ten seminars of the Training for International Diplomats. Most recently, diplomats from 16 different nations had participated in a course in the context of the "9th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa" in June. The exchange with the representatives from all over the world provides valuable impulses for the WCGE and its work on the principles of global ethics and their implementation.

The Training for International Diplomats is a professional programme for young diplomats from all over the world, run by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany since 1992. Participants are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the main features of German foreign policy by attending thematic- or region-specific seminars. The programme aims at building a valuable network of partners and creating the basis for a cooperative foreign policy.