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International Diplomacy

About The Programme

Interrogating how decisions, choices and policies of various states help shape the outcomes of significant international processes including negotiations, conferences and diplomatic clubs. It assesses the role of South Africa and Africa on a range of areas such as economic diplomacy, development diplomacy, public diplomacy, peace and security diplomacy, club diplomacy, and parliamentary diplomacy. Importantly, the programme also has a diplomatic memory and thought initiative geared towards capturing the knowledge and experience of current and former diplomats.

Key Thematic Areas:

  • South Africa and Africa’s place in the changing international diplomatic landscape
  • International negotiations and club diplomacy
  • Diplomatic memory and thought

Multimedia

IGD - FES Dialogue
T20 Summit Argentina
South Africa and Jamaica Past, Present and Future
MONA Debate
Does Democracy Create Free and Equitable Societies?
IGD Seminar with FES
MGG Seminar with the German Development Institute
IGD and ICRC Event
The African influence in Latin America and the Caribbean
IGD - HSRC Roundtable
IGD - SABTT Policy Dialogue
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IGD SABTT Symposium
BRICS in Africa
Blue Economy Symposium
17-19 November 2014
Humanizing the Textile and Apparel Seminar
G77 +China Symposium
Bali Outcome Seminar
US Diplomacy Dialogue
30 January 2013
Post-Election Zimbabwe Seminar
IGD Multilateral Development Cooperation Workshop
South African Foreign Policy Review Volume 1
Book Launch 15 Feb
South South Cooperation Roundtable
8 February 2013
Nuclear Diplomacy Roundtable Discussion
IGD Environmental Diplomacy Short Course
Graduate Discussion Forum
Post-Apartheid South Africa 2011
Code of Business Conduct Roundtable by IGD in Cape Town
SA's Second Tenure on the UNSC and the Emerging Powers Dimension
IGD Roundtable
Options for the creation of SADPA
US Diplomacy Dialogue 2014
US-SA Relations Seminar

Upcoming Events

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Migrations in North America and Latin America: An interdisciplinary analysis
12 November 2018, 15h00 - 17h00
The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies within the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA&The Embassy of Mexico i... Read more...
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South Africa and the World 2018: Retrospectively Anticipating 2019
22 November 2018
The Institute for Global Dialogue and Human Sciences Research Council Cordially invite you to a roundtable titled South Africa and the World 2018:... Read more...

UN Adopts Historic Sustainable Development GoalsOn Sept. 25, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted new sustainable development goals (SDGs) during its Summit on Sustainable Development. The SDGs were adopted by 193 countries and were the culmination of three years of negotiations. They take a holistic approach to sustainable development, setting economic, social and environmental targets that tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. The 17 SDGs are composed of 169 more specific, measurable targets, and will be in place through 2030. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) preceded the SDGs and expire at the end of this year.

It is only fitting that a day for setting ambitious and visionary goals should be marked with an address by Pope Francis during his visit to America. Francis has not held back his opinions on the state of environmental stewardship and his desire for drastic improvement. Building on his encyclical letter, Laudato Si', Francis spoke of a "right of the environment" and stated that "any harm done to the environment, therefore is harm done to humanity." He continued his call for an end to the "selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity" and the growing "culture of waste."

Francis also spoke of the need to ensure access to "essential material and spiritual goods: housing, dignified and properly remunerated employment, adequate food and drinking water; religious freedom and, more generally, spiritual freedom and education." Reoccurring themes of the SDGs are inequality and the social and economic exclusion that Francis often raises. Many of the SDGs strive to raise the baseline to ease the suffering of the most vulnerable and shrink the gap between the haves and the have-nots. For example, Goal 1 is to end extreme poverty by 2030. Francis strongly endorsed the goal of ending poverty, as well as ensuring quality education for all. Francis believes that the right to education is a necessary prerequisite to ending poverty and healing our environment.

Available at: http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202739343666/The-UN-Adopts-Historic-Sustainable-Development-Goals?mcode=1395262324557&curindex=49&slreturn=20150916060626

Recent Publications

South Africa and the World: 2018

South Africa and the World: 2018
Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

South Africa’s BRICS Presidency 2018: An Inclusive Path towards Global Development

South Africa’s BRICS Presidency 2018: An Inclusive Path towards Global Development
Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT)

South Africa’s BRICS Engagement

South Africa’s BRICS Engagement
Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT)

Proceedings Report: Development Financing from the Global South: The BRICS New Development Bank

Proceedings Report: Development Financing from the Global South: The BRICS New Development Bank
the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA and South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT)

Towards an African Policy on China

Towards an African Policy on China
Philani Mthembu with Bob Wekesa

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