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39th International Diplomat Training of the Federal Foreign Office Visits the WCGE

In the discussion, it became evident that a general consensus between the governmental representatives could be reached regarding ethical ideals, such as the understanding of solidarity and respect, irrespective of cultural differences.

The diplomats discussed these shared ideals in two working groups, moderated by the WCGE, and gave specific consideration to how these ideals could be anchored in everyday behaviors, in order to build trust and prevent conflicts. In this context, Patrick Heinz, the coordinator of the international diplomat training for the Federal Foreign Ministry, emphasized the highly dynamic conditions which diplomats are faced with. Communication and moderation skills are all the more important in a fast-changing environment. Diplomats in today’s world need to be able to build bridges and convey messages. They are a vital point of exchange between people, institutions and nations.

This seminar took place as part of the cooperation between the WCGE and the Federal Foreign Ministry which began in 2013 and was the seventh jointly-held session in this cooperation. 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 in 1992 by Hans-Dietrich Genscher, a former German Foreign Minister, as a means of training young diplomats from Central and Eastern Europe. Today, young German-speaking diplomats from all over the world take part in this particularly demanding eight week program, which is conducted in German. To date, more than 700 participants from almost 40 countries have taken part in the program. Many of whom now hold prestigious positions.

The program offers a broad range of seminars, informative visits and research trips. The focus of the activities is on international economic policy, securing peace, preventing conflicts and human rights. The program also includes practical training in negotiation, rhetoric and media training.