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Federal Foreign Ministry a Guest at the WCGE with Diplomats from China and Africa

As part of the International Diplomat Training program offered by the Federal Foreign Ministry, the WCGE held two seminars for young diplomats from China and Africa in June.

Based on the over-arching topic of “Ethical Challenges in the Diplomatic Service”, the importance of trust in international cooperation was given close consideration. In addition, the potential for ethical tension between professional responsibilities and personal values in the life of a diplomat was discussed.

On the 4th of June, ten diplomats from the People’s Republic of China were informed about the approach and the activities of the WCGE as part of the "Executive Seminar for Diplomats from China". The delegation was accompanied by the Director of the program, Dr. Albrecht von der Heyden, whose last post was the General Consulate in Shanghai.

On the 8th of June, the WCGE supported the Diplomat Training Program for African diplomats for the second time in a row. The participants of the “9th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Africa” came from 16 nations and were again accompanied by Karl Flittner, the Director of the program and former Ambassador in Bamako (Mali).

Since the beginning of the cooperation with the Federal Foreign Ministry in 2012, the WCGE has offered a total of ten seminars in the International Diplomat Training program. Most recently, the participants of the 39th International Diplomat Training, who came from 18 different nations, took part in a course in Lutherstadt Wittenberg on the 2nd of March. The Center also benefited from up to the minute insights from government representatives, which will be conducive to the WCGE’s work on principles of global ethics and the realization thereof.

The International Diplomat Training Program was launched by the Federal Foreign Office in 1992 to offer young diplomats from all around the globe a professional development program. Participants learn to understand the foundations of German foreign policy via seminars lasting several weeks and focusing on specific topics or issues specific to certain regions. At the same time, competencies for international cooperation are communicated. The program encourages the perception of foreign policy as a chance to positively influence the course of events in international politics and to lay the foundation for the cooperation which is needed to overcome global challenges.