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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...

Cities and the Sustainable Development GoalsThis past September, as global influencers throughout the international community gathered at the United Nations for the 2015 General Assembly, something bigger than networking and negotiating took place during this season’s “Super Bowl of Diplomacy.”

As representatives from 193 countries gathered, they put forward and officially adapted a new blueprint for the future, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The world’s new to-do list of seventeen goals includes ending poverty and hunger, clean water and sanitation, as well as fighting climate change. Cities were also given their own goals, and will play massive roles over the next 15 years of their implementation.

Goal number eleven states, “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” and is an important reminder that our cities should become safer, protect heritage, and be ready to prevent or bounce back from any potential destruction they face. However, cities are more than just a goal, cities are a golden thread that weaves all of the other goals together. Today, 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities, and in 2050 that number will rise to 70 percent. As a city’s population grows, so do the innovations that come out of them. Large populations within cities mean more potential for collaboration, which in turn leads to the development of more sustainable solutions that address the Goals. The Goals will be financed via capital markets all over the world that are contained in global cities. Finally, cities, the world leaders that reside in them, the massive institutions that function in them, and the money that flows in and out of them will be held accountable for these goals and their successes.

Mayors themselves are often a driving force behind city-wide innovation and how mayors collaborate with their peers abroad is integral to expanding and improving their cities. The importance of city to city exchange on a global scale is a key ingredient in how cities grow their economies, develop new technologies, and share best practices in disaster resistance, sustainability, resilience, innovation in business, trade, and development of solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Available at: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/cities-and-the-sustainable-development-goals/ 

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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