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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...

Ban warns against cutting development aid to finance refugee crisisThe United Nation (UN) Chief has warned against proposed cuts in development assistance from some of the world’s wealthiest countries primarily over the refugee crisis facing large parts of Europe.

The Secretary General’s statement comes just days ahead of the G20 Summit in Turkey this weekend.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon called for enhanced international development assistance as the world builds towards realising the post-2015 development agenda.

As countries in Europe grapple with an unrelenting migration and refugee crisis, concerns from the UN that monies for long-standing development initiatives will dry up.

The Secretary General’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric says, "The Secretary-General underscores the importance of fully funding both efforts to care for refugees and asylum seekers in host countries as well as longer-term development efforts. Resources for one area should not come at the expense of another. Redirecting critical funding away from development aid at this pivotal time could perpetuate challenges that the global community has committed to address."
Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive

Several European countries are said to be considering cuts in their development aid as resources are redirected towards the hundreds of thousands who have fled mainly countries in North Africa and parts of the Middle East.

"Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive and will cause a vicious circle detrimental to health, education and opportunities for a better life at home for millions of vulnerable people in every corner of the world," Dujarric says.

Denmark, Finland and Sweden are among countries that have proposed steep cuts to development assistance prompting an outcry from NGOs.

Sweden for example is considering redirecting 60% of its development budget towards the refugee crisis, an issue that has the UN concerned.

Available at: http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/e99e49004a8c8a02a554a5a65ed2c195/Ban-warns-against-cutting-development-aid-to-finance-refugee-crisis-20151112 

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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