EDA Insight Identifies Role for Arab Aid Donors in Supporting Financing for Sustainable Development
13 July 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has launched an EDA Insight policy brief titled Financing Sustainable Development through Development Cooperation: Role for Arab Donors. The Insight explores ways in which development cooperation donors can support the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) through alignment of relevant policies and actions. A global framework for financing development over the next decade and a half is outlined in the AAAA, launched in 2015. Reaching the Agenda’s targets will require the alignment of efforts by numerous actors, and will necessitate both domestic and international actions. This includes development assistance donors. The Insight starts by presenting the AAAA and identifying its key aspects for development cooperation donors. It then turns to emerging economies, which are playing an increasingly important role in global development finance, and zooms in on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) donors, examining their experience so far. Finally, the Insight makes initial suggestions regarding how the GCC, as well as other ‘emerging’ (non-Development Assistance Committee) donors, could (a) support the implementation of the AAAA through their development cooperation policies and measures and (b) strengthen their role in shaping the new international framework for development cooperation and finance. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Organises Training Course for Participants of UAE Youth Ambassadors Program
10 July 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised an interactive training course for 20 participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program. The Academy developed the course in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Educational Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. In line with the objectives of the programme, the training course placed special emphasis on the UAE-China relations. The week-long course covered a range of subjects including protocol and etiquette, communication and cultural awareness, and report writing skills. Launched in 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program seeks to develop young Emiratis to take on prominent roles in key strategic sectors to promote cross-cultural understanding and strengthen relations between the UAE and its strategic partners. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: "Emirates Diplomatic Academy works relentlessly to impart the latest theoretical and practical expertise in the field of diplomacy and international relations to future UAE diplomats with the aim of equipping them with the tools to become worthy representatives of their country on the world stage. EDA is committed to empowering young Emiratis to become the driving force of the UAE’s international strategic initiatives. The course for the participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program is a prime example of how the Academy meets this mandate.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department at EDA, added: "The Academy offers programmes and training courses tailored to the requirements of the modern age and designed in accordance with international best practices. As the strategic partners of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program, we have developed our latest course to build the participants’ diplomatic capabilities, and enhance their understanding of the UAE’s foreign policy and international relations. We are confident that the course will go a long way towards helping the youth ambassadors make the right strategic decisions while representing their country abroad." Speaking on her takeaways from the course, Majida Al Maktoum, UAE Youth Ambassador Program member, said: "I thank the Academy for organising the course that provided deep insight into the nature of the UAE’s relationship with China and the common values the two countries share, enabling us to gain a greater understanding of our country's foreign policy objectives.” She added: “Participants also learned about the Belt and Road initiative that seeks a symbolic revival of ancient trade routes through boosting foreign infrastructure investments and developing trade relations between China and other countries. We were proud to discover the significant role the UAE plays in this endeavour and other important strategic initiatives.” Al Maktoum said: “The Program will continue working on enhancing knowledge of Chinese culture, through multiple site visits within the UAE and in China. The Program will also work on further developing Chinese language skills amongst all participants." For his part, Hassan Abdullah Al Ali, a fellow participant, said: "With its vast territory, rich geographic diversity and high population density, China is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of cultures, religions and spiritual concepts. The course helped us understand the educational, cultural and economic connections between the UAE and China. We also studied the basics of Chinese protocol and etiquette, and the most important customs and traditions that distinguish Chinese people from other nations and reflect their history and civilisation. Furthermore, we got to bond with the other participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program."
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Georgetown University Collaborate on Arabic Translation of Diplomatic Case Study
02 July 2017, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy educational and research institution, has for the first time collaborated with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) to translate one of their most recent case studies, Crisis in Dominion, into Arabic. Crisis in Dominion describes a fictional international, political-military crisis in which the participants are exposed to different elements of crisis management and acquire the crucial skills of information assessment, analysis, negotiation and decision-making. The ISD has a world-renowned library of nearly 250 case studies in diplomacy that serve as a unique and useful educational tool for aspiring diplomats. Crisis in Dominion is the first of ISD’s case studies to be translated into Arabic. His Excellency Bernardino Leon, President of EDA, said: “Case studies serve as a helpful tool in practical learning. We at EDA are delighted to have partnered on this milestone project for the benefit of Arabic-speaking students and practitioners. We are confident that aspiring diplomats worldwide, as well as our own students at EDA will find immense value in this case study for the improvement of their diplomatic skills. “We look forward to forging a long and fruitful relationship with Georgetown University in our aim to help diplomatic professionals to develop their capabilities and make sure they best represent their country abroad.” Leon added that EDA’s collaboration with Georgetown University validates its ongoing efforts to support the UAE’s foreign relations and raise the international profile of the Academy in enhancing the learning experience of students.The translation of the nearly 50-page case study can be accessed on the ISD website (https://casestudies.isd.georgetown.edu/products/student-version-333).
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EDA Insight examines oil market trends and foreign policy implications
08 June 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight policy brief titled Global Trends in Oil and Energy: Implications for the GCC and Foreign Policy Responses. The Insight examines how global energy markets are evolving, what this could mean for Gulf oil exporters and how these countries could respond through the means of foreign policy. It presents ten key oil market-related trends, assesses their implications for the UAE and other key GCC exporters, and presents several possible foreign policy responses. The Insight concludes that the GCC countries’ foreign policy and diplomacy can play a role with regard to: responses to changing demand patterns, and managing the changing producer–consumer relations; managing changing producer-producer relations; and maximising the chances of economic success in a context of uncertainty over future oil demand and prices. The brief is the outcome of a joint workshop organised between the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and EDA, in May 2017, under the title Global and Regional Energy Trends: Implications for the UAE and Foreign Policy Responses. It draws from discussions at the workshop and in particular ideas and data presented by Dr Bassam Fattouh of OIES. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:  Download in Arabic:
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EDA Reflection describes how to conduct successful negotiations.
30 May 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, highlights some key lessons from her experience of negotiations and identifies the importance of understanding who needs to be involved in the negotiation, how to manage the process, and what outcomes you want. Read more
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Concludes Cultural Attaché Executive Training Programme in Cooperation with the Ministry of Education
29 May 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, has graduated a new cohort of cultural attachés. The two-week Programme enabled students to improve in a range of skills and competencies – including negotiation, intercultural awareness and strategic thinking – and to explore various topics related to diplomatic protocol and etiquette, as well as the UAE’s foreign policy. Courses utilised an active learning environment that involved intensive teamwork and class interaction, and incorporated lectures, class discussion, presentations, videos, and problem-based learning. EDA President Bernardino Leon congratulated the participants who have learned impactful skills with immediate real-world applications: “We are very proud of our graduates from the Cultural Attaché Programme. EDA’s Executive Training Department is focused on offering training to develop diplomatic capabilities of professionals. To meet this goal, we have created programmes that offer training in skills that diplomats use regularly in the field, and the Cultural Attaché Programme is a great example of how the Academy supports the UAE’s diverse foreign policy objectives.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Training and Student Affairs added, “Our aim with EDA’s executive training courses is to support diplomatic professionals and to make sure they have the necessary training to best represent their country abroad. The wide-range of topics in the Cultural Attaché Programme ensures that they are comprehensively prepared to serve as diplomats around the world.” EDA offers a wide range of executive training programmes for established foreign policy professionals that cover topics from economic diplomacy and political analysis, to international law and consensus-building. The executive training programmes represent an integral component of EDA’s specialised areas of focus that also include academic programmes for future diplomats, and research and analysis.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts High-level Panel Discussion to Launch Culture Week
24 May 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, launched its Culture Week, with the aim of enhancing cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance. The five-day event commenced on Sunday with a high-level panel discussion highlighting the importance of cultural understanding in diplomacy and the integral role diplomats play in promoting this understanding across sectors. The distinguished panellists also stressed the pivotal role of cultural diplomacy as soft power in today’s geo-political landscape. Moderated by His Excellency Dr Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and Cultural Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the high-level international panel included His Excellency Paulo Portas, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, His Excellency Talal Shubailat, Ambassador and Executive Director of the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office, Her Excellency Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, Sir Anthony Seldon, British contemporary historian, commentator and political author, and Dubai Abulhoul, Rhodes Scholar and columnist with The Gulf Today and Al Bayan. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: "The UAE has established itself as an international leader, with policies that promote the principles of peace, tolerance and mutual respect. The UAE is an active participant in resolving many global issues, and supports humanitarian and development projects in many countries around the world. As part of EDA’s drive to enhance understanding across cultures and nationalities, Culture Week is a great platform to promote inter-cultural exchange and awareness. “We are honoured to host His Excellency Dr Zaki Nusseibeh as a distinguished keynote speaker and moderator of our panel discussion to launch Culture Week. He is an outstanding role model for our young diplomats, with a long career as a trusted senior advisor and translator for the late Sheikh Zayed. Equally inspirational are our international panel of speakers – all established diplomats in their own right." In his keynote address, His Excellency Dr Nusseibeh discussed how cultural diplomacy is an essential tool for reducing areas of conflict among diverse civilisations, and for reinforcing mutual understanding and building global perspectives that support peace. He also highlighted the UAE’s efforts in promoting cultural diplomacy and international exchange through the launch of projects such as the Saadiyat Cultural District. His Excellency elaborated that the UAE’s rich culture lies in its history, heritage, literature, arts and archaeology. For his part, His Excellency Paulo Portas stressed that cultural diplomacy is a very critical issue to enable nations to work across different dimensions of soft power. Her Excellency Manal Ataya added that Sharjah has built a diverse culture over the years and that her work in the emirate encourages an open dialogue that celebrates cultural differences. Sir Anthony Seldon also highlighted rapid changes in the diplomatic world, and the necessity of countries to increasingly leverage soft power. He praised the efforts of the UAE and in particular its successes, such as the formation of the Soft Power Council, and the new government ministries of Youth, Happiness, and Tolerance. Dubai Abulhoul commented that younger generations are responsible for the future of their country. She furthered that it is important for them to leverage the culture and heritage of the UAE, and to ensure that their nation continues to be a global cultural destination, as well as a beacon for the exchange of cultural experiences. Dubai concluded by advising on the importance of reading different types of content and being open to topics that challenge viewpoints. The UAE needs to encourage creators of content, not only consumers. Students from Emirates Diplomatic Academy enjoyed an interactive session with the panel and posed some thought-provoking questions to conclude the evening. Culture Week continued through the week with key highlights including a special screening of Anwar Roma (The Lights of Rome) in collaboration with Image Nation, a documentary telling the incredible story of the UAE national football team’s success in qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Furthermore, EDA is hosting a talent showcase offering students an opportunity to present the culturally relevant skills they need to emerge as well-rounded diplomats in the future. On Wednesday, a cultural excursion will showcase the UAE’s rich heritage allowing students the chance to appreciate the art and culture of people from around the world. Participants can explore the history of the country at Qasr Al Hosn, the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi and former home to the emirate's ruling Al Nahyan family. In addition, they will visit local and foreign art collections at Manarat Al Saadiyat at the Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi. Underlining the deeply rooted links between language and culture and the influence of language on society, the final day of Culture Week will focus on foreign languages taught at EDA, and explore how the use of multiple languages shapes one’s perception of the world. Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a holistic and streamlined educational experience that supports and enhances the diplomatic capabilities of the UAE with advanced teaching methods, through lectures and interactive discussions by leading diplomats and decision makers. EDA’s comprehensive study programmes train students in all aspects of diplomatic practice, empowering them to become worthy representatives of their country abroad.
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Attends Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Celebrate Europe Day with 14 European Embassy Representatives
10 May 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development attended the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Union, in honour of Europe Day, held exclusively for students and faculty at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research. 14 high-level representatives of embassies of EU member countries in the UAE were welcomed at a gala ceremony at the Academy in honour of Europe Day, a special celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Union. The event offered a unique opportunity for EDA students to engage in closed, in-depth discussions with leading diplomats on academic and diplomatic topics during roundtable sessions. This event also provided students a platform to share experiences from their recent delegation visits to the Netherlands and Belgium, and to put their skills into practice. On the occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development said that the UAE is a land of peace and religious tolerance, where everyone lives in harmony and peaceful coexistence with each other despite different religions and beliefs, stressing that the state established a policy of tolerance, moderation and respect for others values. The UAE has always encouraged a strong relationship with our European counterparts. And this occasion highlights the achievements of the European Union, one of the UAE most valued partners. His Excellency Patrizio Fondi, Ambassador of the EU, led the delegation. Among participating ambassadors were Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium, His Excellency Dionyssios Zois, Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Frank Mollen, Ambassador of the Netherlands, His Excellency Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden. More distinguished guests included Dr. Joseph Pirotta, Charge d'Affaires at the Maltese Embassy, Mr. Ondřej Soukup, Czech Consul and Deputy Head of Mission, Ms. Anna Gawlik, Polish Consul, Ms. Marjaana Ettala, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland, Mr. François Penguilly, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France, Mr. Justin Ryan, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland, Mr. Loïc Bertoli, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Luxembourg, and Mr. Gabor Gubicza, Deputy Head of Mission of Hungary. The event highlighted the importance of advancing relations between the EU and the UAE that have lately grown from strength to strength, especially since the simplification of visa rules that have provided more open travel for UAE national throughout the 34 European countries party to the Schengen agreement, and continued improving bilateral trade. In addition, EDA students participated in a lively roundtable discussion with the prominent guests on the Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy as well as the impact of Brexit and the current political situation in France on the Union. Attendees at the ceremony got a glimpse into the history of the EU since the formation of its predecessor, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), in the aftermath of the Second World War. His Excellency Patrizio Fondi added: “It is a great honour to celebrate this occasion in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, where young Emiratis are inspired to be the leaders of tomorrow. The role of young diplomats is crucial to promoting peace, solidarity, tolerance and unity. This occasion marks the origins of the European Union and the challenges it faces in the world today. For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “Our Academy was greatly honoured to welcome His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for this special anniversary. EDA seeks to enhance understanding across cultures and countries to help forge stronger, closer relations with a diverse range of nations, including our friends within the EU. The exchanges of ideas, such as the EDA students' trip to Brussels and The Hague pave the way for future cooperation and common projects.” Speaking on the importance of marking the anniversary of the EU, he added: “The UAE shares many common values with the Union. Tonight’s ceremony demonstrates the Academy’s unwavering commitment to supporting the strong ties between the UAE and the member countries of the EU. Furthermore, the roundtable discussion adds great value to the learning experience of our participating students.” Europe Day is an annual celebration that is held by the European Union during the month of May, and it is held to raise awareness of the Union, the development of European integration, defense of human rightEns, parliamentary democracy and rule of law. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, and was one of the most important founding treaties of the modern European Union. The UAE and the EU have long held a diplomatic relationship centred on shared political and regional goals. Working together, this bilateral relationship focuses on ensuring global stability, implementing strategies to address issues that include, trade, energy, environment, climate change, security, among others.  
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Workshop Examines Global Energy Trends and Related Foreign Policy Responses
09 May 2017, Tuesday
On 2 May, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy organised a workshop under the title of 'Global and Regional Energy Trends: Implications for the UAE and Foreign Policy Responses'. The lead speaker at the event was Dr Bassam Fattouh, Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of the United Kingdom. The half-day workshop was attended by twenty energy sector stakeholders from various UAE governmental and semi-governmental institutions, as well as think tanks and academia. The event was structured around two stage-setting presentations delivered by Dr Fattouh, each followed by a brainstorming session. During the first part of the workshop, participants identified major structural trends affecting global oil markets. In the second part, the discussion focused on assessing related implications for GCC oil producing countries, with a particular emphasis on the UAE, as well as related foreign policy response options.
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EDA Reflection sets out 10 diplomats’ Effective Habits
09 May 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, discusses the ten habits of effective diplomats. Issues vary from country to country, but these ten universal lessons from Baroness Ashton, will help you to be an effective diplomat, ranging from seeking knowledge and pursuing collaboration to showing good judgement and being humble. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the EDA or the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Signs a Memorandum of Understanding at a Ceremony to Mark 25 Years of UAE-Kazakhstan Diplomatic Relations
03 May 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, formally announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at a ceremony celebrating 25 Years of UAE-Kazakhstan friendship and Diplomatic Relations. Attendees of the ceremony were joined by high-level senior officials and ambassadors, such as His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, Her Excellency Fatima Zhakypova, the Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Matrooshi, Director of the Department of West Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Everyone This MoU will promote cooperation between the two institutions through joint educational, training and research activities; and exchange of information and expertise about common interests, as well as faculty, researchers, and students. In addition to the MoU signing, participants had an engaging and thought provoking roundtable where they discussed the cooperation between the UAE and Kazakhstan, and how the relationship created shared, mutual value from an economic, political and cultural perspective. Participants also underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship, and provided insights into the successes and opportunities that the collaboration offers to both countries. His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, offered comments on behalf of His Excellency Kairat Abdrahmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at the event, “The relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates are an example of stable and successful political-economic cooperation, based on the principles of mutual respect, trust and openness. I would also like to note the historical role of the Founding Father of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in strengthening the fraternal relations with whom the President of Kazakhstan established a strong basis for bilateral cooperation.” His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan highlighted, “It is an honour to be here among my brothers and sisters at EDA. It is an important event -- signing this MoU with EDA and the Institute of Diplomacy. When I met with EDA President His Excellency Léon to discuss this celebration, he expressed significant interest in Kazakhstan. We will cooperate with our colleagues, and together with my friend, His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, we will put forward all our efforts to support relations between our two countries.”Speaking on the importance of the MoU, His Excellency Bernardino Léon said, “We are confident that this partnership will enhance EDA’s impact, as we look to foster even greater collaboration for our students and create an environment that promotes knowledge sharing and cross-cultural understanding.” Finally, in closing the event, His Excellency Léon stated the role of the two institutions, “It is in our hands to build cultural links between the UAE and Kazakhstan. It will be our responsibility, and it will require our passion. We need to agree on an action plan that will bring concrete steps, and ensure that we are ready to put it into practice. The UAE and Kazakhstan have natural riches, but the countries’ wise leaderships have highlighted the need to continue investing in human capital, and in the need for greater diplomacy and capabilities.” The new collaboration and partnership are strong demonstrations of EDA’s ongoing efforts to support the foreign relations of the UAE, and to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of its students.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in Collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Welcome Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Delegation
26 April 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, received a delegation from the Republic of Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of its wider mission to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and expertise between countries in the intricate field of 21st century diplomacy. The meeting was arranged in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s (MOFAIC) Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), and intended to provide the visiting delegation with practical insights into EDA’s progressive development as an organisation, and an understanding of its rich operational experience. The Ugandan delegation comprised senior officials His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juliet Kabonesa Ssekitoleko, Head of the North Africa and Middle East Region Department, and Daniel Ssekabembe, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Accounting Officer at the Uganda Mission in Abu Dhabi. Welcoming the diplomatic guests, His Excellency Bernardino León, President, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, provided an overview of the Academy’s model and mission. The delegation also met with EDA students – the UAE’s future diplomats – in a special session which presented the students with an opportunity for direct, real-world learning experience. In addition, the delegates had productive discussions with faculty from the Academy’s Executive Training and Student Affairs, Research, Education departments on the educational programs and advanced curriculum offered by the Academy to enhance future diplomats’ skills necessary to face the 21st Century Diplomacy challenges. Referring to the diplomatic visit, His Excellency Bernardino León said: “It was an honour for us to welcome distinguished members from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As an organisation, we are pleased to share our multifaceted experiences in the world of diplomacy. We are also keen to exchange best practices and foster channels of communication with other diplomatic bodies.” His Excellency added: “Our students have benefited from the opportunity to interact with diplomats of this fascinating African country, and to learn from their experiences. For this opportunity, we are grateful to MOFAIC, and its Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), whose continued support is pivotal to our sustained engagement with professionals and organisations in the international diplomatic community.” His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: "The visit to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy came within the framework of strengthening the bilateral relations between the UAE and Uganda in the field of international diplomacy. This visit made it possible for us to learn about the UAE's diplomacy, and how it has progressed over time. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this visit, especially His Excellency Leon, MOFAIC, and UAETAP." EDA frequently welcomes high-profile experts, scholars, and professionals from around the world as part of its goal to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of students. The visit by senior officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs was an example of the wide range of regions and the diversity of speakers that the Academy connects with.
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EDA Hosts Joachim Bergström for a Lecture on “Foreign Policy of Sweden and Scandinavian Countries in the Middle East”
24 April 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, welcomed Ambassador Joachim Bergström to share insights from his esteemed diplomatic career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, and from serving as the Ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Special Envoy to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. As part of the EDA course, “Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy”, Ambassador Bergström discussed the topic of the Foreign Policy of Sweden and Scandinavian countries in the Middle East, while also providing an understanding of the OIC, and the Special Envoy, as well as best practices in Sweden’s work to combat racism and religious conflicts. The engaging lecture created a unique opportunity to learn about important diplomatic efforts, and international work to foster a culture of tolerance, peace and co-existence. Furthermore, the afternoon’s session showcased the Academy as a platform for engagement with the wider community. Students from the Politics and International Relations programs at Middlesex University Dubai visited EDA, and joined the lecture to contribute towards the dialogue, drawing from their own diverse backgrounds and varying interests. Everyone in attendance was able to learn more about EDA and develop a better understanding of the skills necessary to become diplomats. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, highlighted the impact of the lecture: “EDA is excited to build upon our prominent position in the UAE -- opening dialogues on important issues related to international affairs and diplomacy, and forging lasting partnerships with leaders and institutions. Ambassador Bergström’s lecture provided a great example of the expertise and insights that we seek to elevate. We were pleased to offer this opportunity, while at the same time, developing closer ties with Middlesex University and welcoming their talented students to our Academy”. In the session, Ambassador Bergström said: "At the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the fight against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, we work to develop our relationships with international organizations, to eradicate the most immediate threat globally, which is Islamophobia and racism. I appreciated this opportunity to join with EDA to raise awareness on these important issues and to collaborate in combating these challenges." Ambassador Bergström holds a PhD in history from the University of Tokyo with a dissertation on transnational public memory of war crimes during World War II. He is also a clinical psychologist and former journalist working for media organisations in Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Since joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he has been posted to Tokyo, Riyadh and Washington, DC. EDA regularly invites high-profile leaders and practitioners to enhance the educational experience of the UAE’s future diplomats, and Ambassador Bergström’s lecture was a great example of how real world lessons can better prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in the future.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Unveils Consultation Report to United Nations Secretary-General in New York
20 April 2017, Thursday
Download here: Members of the public can join the Thunderclap campaign at http://thndr.me/FnIQCG and share their insights with EDA at unitednetworks.ae. Emirates Diplomatic Academy Unveils Consultation Report to United Nations Secretary-General in New York Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, unveiled a consultation report titled ‘United Networks: Can Technology Help the UN Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century?’ The document enlists a set of 20 recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on managing the shift to a hyperconnected world without compromising the values upon which the institution was founded. Tom Fletcher, Special Advisor to the President of EDA, authored the report with the support of EDA. During the launch event in New York, people from around the world were invited to advise on how to overcome the challenges the UN faces in the 21st century. Utilising Thunderclap, a "crowdspeaking" platform, the Academy initiated a social media campaign that enables everyone – from global citizens, refugees and beneficiaries of the UN to policymakers who value the organisation’s work – to contribute their ideas. Highlighting the importance of the report and the issues it raises, Tom Fletcher said: “The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, and the UN must adapt and innovate to ensure that it can deliver on its mandate to global populations. There are huge opportunities, but also serious challenges. We are confident that this report and its 20 recommendations can serve as a blueprint to prepare the UN for the demands of the 21st century.” His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, added: “The report represents the culmination of months of hard work by authors from EDA and other partners. Embracing its role as a contributor to global solutions in diplomacy and international affairs, the Academy is pleased to support this significant effort and facilitate a worldwide dialogue on important socio-cultural issues.”
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