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Human rights diplomacy

While traditional diplomacy is associated with the pursuit of national interests by states in their foreign policy, human rights diplomacy is defined as the negotiating, bargaining, and advocating process associated with the promotion and protection of international human rights and humanitarian principles.
It involves a strategy of engagement with a range of actors, not limited to ‘official‘ diplomats such as representatives of states and inter-governmental organizations.
Among them are also non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other representatives of civil society, national human rights institutions, human rights experts, parliamentarians, religious groups, and even businesses.

This Division acts as a space to test, model, and scale successful practices of human rights monitoring, reporting and documentation, and institution-building for cross-regional implementation.

At the same time, we synthesise global best practices on the local implementation of human rights, contextualises them for the local level.

We work with disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to help them achieve their political goals through public diplomacy. 

Join an ever-increasing global membership that helps strengthen public diplomacy for the benefit of society, building the capacity to bring together and integrate scientific excellence and expertise from all fields of science worldwide.

Fighting Corruption through Public Diplomacy

The Institute counters corruption through diplomacy, developing recommendations and supporting their implementation, building and strengthening international networks, and supporting non-state actors to promote transparency and advocate for accountability for corrupt individuals.  

Public diplomacy networks need to be used in a global approach to fight against transnational corruption and impunity.

We use collective expertise to fight against corruption through public diplomacy.

In January 2023, the Institute launched a mentorship program for civil society with the aim of empowering students and fresh graduates with tools for obtaining information that might be used in fighting corruption.

UNODC has developed a series of Anti-Corruption Modules, which lecturers can use as a basis for teaching and professional trainings.
Open source and available for free, Institut de diplomatie publique invites our members to use the following modules

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What is an ‘endorsed’ course?
An endorsed course is a skills-based course which has been checked over and approved by the Institute. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification.

Feminist Diplomacy, is a concept in international relations that calls on states to mainstream gender equality and women’s rights through all components of their foreign policy, including peace and security, economic and trade diplomacy, human rights, international development, and climate and environmental policy. Feminist Diplomacy is rooted in evidence that women and girls around the world suffer from discrimination and violation of their rights, and it is based on the conviction that achieving equality is not a “women’s issue,” but rather benefits all people and nations. The full and equal participation of women in societies and the attainment of their rights are not only international obligations for UN member states and integral to completing the UN Sustainable Development Goals; they are also critical tools to achieving peace and security in the world. The well-being of women and the well-being of nations goes hand in hand.

As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, most current government policies on foreign assistance, trade, diplomacy, and defense still do not adequately integrate a gender perspective into policy decisions. There is no single definition of Feminist Foreign Policy, nor is there an international convention or treaty that sets a series of obligations for states that are party to it. Yet among those countries that have adopted a Feminist Foreign Policy, there are three critical components they share: (1) making sure all women and girls enjoy their full and equal rights, (2) ensuring representation of women in all parts of society and the economy, and (3) supporting this policy with adequate human and financial resources.

Building on this diplomatic approach, Lyric Thompson and Rachel Clement offer the following academic definition: “Feminist Foreign Policy is the policy of a state that defines its interactions with other states and movements in a way that prioritizes gender equality and enshrines the human rights of women and other traditionally marginalized groups, allocates significant resources to the realization of this vision, and seeks, through its implementation, to disrupt patriarchal and masculine power structures through all of its levers of influence (aid, trade, defense, and diplomacy), informed by the voices of feminist activists and movements.”[1]

[1] Lyric Thompson and Rachel Clement, Defining Feminist Foreign Policy (International Center for Research on Women, 2019)

Professional Certification Programs

Learn about the  Standards and their use in sustainability reporting by joining our Professional Certification Program, available in English. 

With two flexible learning routes to choose from - online self-paced (Route 1) or blended (Route 2) - the program provides a unique opportunity to gain expertise and recognition in sustainability reporting with the Standards.

 Who is the Certification for?
If sustainability is your main profession, be it in a corporate or consulting environment, and if you are supporting sustainability reporting within your organization as part of your role in operations, finance, communications or other functions, consider becoming a Certified Sustainability Professional.

DISCLAIMER: No candidate or applicant should pay any sum of money to any bank account or any form of inducement to any individual purporting/ claiming to be acting on behalf of the Institute.

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