The Hague, Netherlands

Sustainable Diplomacy

when 5 July 2020 - 15 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 200

Last year the Young Diplomat organized a summer school on Democracy and Diplomacy, which became a great success. Now, as you know, the world is facing a great challenge in COVID-19. Since we have good hopes government restrictions will partly be lifted by July, we are still preparing. However, you will not be charged until we have given the final go-ahead on June 1st. We hope to see you in July!

This 10-day course will give insights into the relationship between diplomacy and perhaps the most crucial topic of our time: sustainability. In the first week you will be submerged in the theoretical side of diplomacy, negotiation and their relationships with the environment and sustainability while also gaining practical insights from experienced diplomats and NGOs on this topic. Lecturers and workshops by, for instance, the former Dutch minister of defense prof. dr. ir. Joris Voorhoeve, international governmental advisor dr. Simon Anholt, international negotiations experts dr. Paul Meerts and Director of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI) and full professor of transnational environmental governance and policy prof. dr. Pattberg will provide a theoretical and practical basis. Participants will also attend the  special conference on Negotiation Trainers by POINT, and await a surprise at the prestigious five star hotel Des Indes.

Taking place in the international capital of diplomacy, The Hague, the Summer School will contain visits to institutions such as the International Court of Justice and the Peace Palace. The second week the you will take part in a newly developed diplomatic simulation regarding the subject. You will represent a country or an international organisation and be expected to prepare a position, negotiate an agreement, and deal with the issues as they arise during the simulation. Just like last year, this simulation will take place at the House of Europe in The Hague!

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Course leader

Hans van den Berg
Leila Cornips
Zita De Wild
Tom Lubbers

Target group

To be admitted for this program you do not need previous experience, knowledge, or related studies in the field. This program is open to anyone interested in the subject and wishing to obtain experience with democracy and diplomacy and negotiation. To be selected please provide:
- Motivational statement of a minimum of 250 and maximum 500 words why you want to take part in this summer course and should be considered.
- Curriculum Vitae, including current or previous studies, current or previous work experience, current or previous extra curricula.
- Being able to read, write, and speak English at a sufficient level.

Course aim

As a participant you will:
- gain insights in the relationship between sustainability and diplomacy, the constraints and benefits of this relationship, both theoretical as practical.
- gain valuable negotiation and diplomacy skills through a proven combination of applying
- theoretical knowledge in high end simulations.
- develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation and reporting.
- build an international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines.
- receive personalised coaching and training due to the small group design.

Fee info

EUR 200: Tuition fee includes:

- Lectures and discussions.
- Fee of the POINT Conference
- All reading and teaching materials.
- Certificate of participation.
- Visits to NGO's.
- The Lunch & Meet.
- Dinner at Hotel Des Indes
- Entrance fees to the cultural visits to the Peace Palace, International Criminal Court, Tour by Local from The Hague, and visit to the Mauritshuis.