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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

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...

Developing countries voices being stifledUnited Nations: As the world prepares for the UN climate change conference in Paris next month, India accused developed nations of stifling the voices of the developing countries.

"The voices and interests of a vast majority of developing countries are being stifled if not ignored," India's delegate S.P. Muddahanumegowda told a UN committee dealing with economic and financial matters on Monday. "This does not augur well. The path to climate ambition must be paved with equity."
"Livelihoods in the developing South cannot be compromised for sake of preserving lifestyles in the North," he said.

The climate change crisis was the result of "choices that were made by many, mostly developed, countries in their race for unsustainable development - choices that have led to climate change and wrecked the environment," he said. "The burden of sustainability therefore cannot be placed on the poor."
"We were not part of the problem, but we have every intention to be part of the solution," he declared.

Muddahanumegowda, a Congress member of the Lok Sabha representing Hassan in Karnataka, is among five members of parliament from both ruling and opposition parties who are currently in the Indian delegation to the UN.

The UN Framework Conference of Climate Change is set to meet next month in Paris with the goal of adopting a legally binding agreement on limiting carbon emissions. India, like other developing countries, has been under intense pressure from developed countries and non-governmental orgainisations to cut its greenhouse gas emissions even though an Indian produces only about a tenth of an American's carbon emissions.

When dealing with the goal of sustainable development, the emphasis appears to have been placed on the environment rather than giving importance to development, Muddahanumegowda said. "There is something clearly wrong in the manner in which this agenda item has been framed," he said giving as an example the document prepared for the committee debate.

Available at: http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/developing-countries-voices-being-stifled-in-climate-change-debate-india_1812576.html 

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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