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Institut de diplomatie publique  provides a direct channel of interaction among cultural activists, media, NGOs, academics, and others seeking to advance the field of international virtual exchange (internet-based, cross-national communication and collaboration) in the following field:

Sustainable Development Diplomacy

Diaspora Diplomacy

Science diplomacy

Parliamentary Diplomacy

Cultural diplomacy

Education Diplomacy
Economic diplomacy

Cyber diplomacy

Health diplomacy
Municipal diplomacy

Human Rights diplomacy

Environmental diplomacy

Energy diplomacy
Sports diplomacy

Water diplomacy

The Institute is rewriting the rules of traditional diplomacy because the current system of state-to-state diplomacy is no longer fit for purpose and excludes those most affected by decision-making.

Instead of state-to-state diplomacy as interactions between representatives of sovereign states, we have developed: 

people-to-international organisations diplomacy, and

people-to-people diplomacy.


Institut de diplomatie publique acts as a space to

test, model, and scale

successful practices

in public diplomacy providing its resources for thought and analysis to serve stakeholders who develop, implement, or teach all aspects of new public diplomacy. 


What sets us apart?

Our vision, mission, and values outline what distinguishes us from other institutions of public diplomacy. 

Given the focus on new partnership models between international organisations, business and civil society, the Institute is positioned as an affirmative alternative to state-directed or government-sponsored public diplomacy models.
Our emphasis on multistakeholder initiatives, special consideration of underrepresented groups, and adherence to transparency is meant to draw a stark contrast with other public diplomacy models that can involve more questionable standards, propaganda, manipulation of public opinion, and murky financing.

Our model complements intergovernmental processes without replacing them.
We created a unique model where public diplomacy does not compete with traditional multilateralism, traditional diplomatic and international law approaches – it complements and strengthens it.

Focus on autonomy, independence and self-regulation - It is critically important that the Institute works with independence and autonomy to bolster its integrity and effectiveness.
Independence and autonomy, in accordance with the principles of human rights and applicable laws and regulations, are fundamental components of the model. They play a central role and serve as one of the conditions to achieve a high level of effectiveness of the Institut’s activities.

Focus on values

Traditional diplomacy is used to advance state interests and to promote its foreign policy objectives. 
We use public diplomacy as a tool to promote shared values and norms -such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals - which transcend the interests of individual states.
In summary, a key component of our approach to public diplomacy is the promoting broader values and principles that are considered as important to the international community, rather than the promoting of interests of any one state.

Focus on transparency and accountability -At the Institute we are committed to demonstrating high levels of accountability and transparency. We integrated a transparent, equitable and effective mechanism to ensure accountability of our members and the reputation of the Institute. We identify members that are deficient in meeting the requirements of the Rules.

Focus on conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities-The Institute is not a conflict-oriented community, we don't focus on change through appeals to authority (i.e., pressuring established power structures for desired changes), and we don't create alternative systems outside of established power structures. We don't use public diplomacy to provoke confrontation or for interfering in other countries' internal affairs.
We practice mutual respect and win-win diplomacy for common progress and work for harmonious coexistence between countries with different political and social systems, religions, ideologies, cultures, and levels of development.
Our members join together to determine needs, set and achieve goals and mobilize necessary resources within the democratic system of value.

Focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion – The Institute - the only organization of its kind  - offers members the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion to achieve cultural, educational and economic objectives through public diplomacy. 

The Institute will seize every opportunity to be of service to those of us in the greatest need, such as under-represented, under-served communities and minority groups.
Proven Methods – We help members develop the three core elements - communication, negotiation and mediation - required for conflict resolution and promoting non-state diplomatic relations by sharing values, history, traditions, culture, arts, policies, and vision.

While Member States remain the decision-makers of international organisations, all stakeholders, including the public diplomacy community,  should assume their role as decision-shapers through science and culture,  e.g. by providing scientific and expert advice to inform and support decision-making in global policy. 

It is now possible for large numbers of people to participate in sustained and decentralized communication with each other, governments and international organisations.

Today's increasing connectivity between members within the Institute has encouraged us to revisit the old centralized model and propose a new framework that can expand its potential. 
When we view public diplomacy activities from a distributed group decision perspective, it becomes evident that we should give the various levels of the Institute and its members more flexibility to make decisions.
Currently, the Institute is an organisation with a decentralized structure where daily operations, authority, decision-making and responsibility are delegated by the Institute's management to various levels- to those who know best — since they’re closer to stakeholders and have relevant information available to them.
In other words,  in the new model, each member possesses autonomy and self-determination to make decisions, decisions within the limits of competence coming from all levels towards the same goals.
The Institute oversees strategic vision and major decisions, while l members work and guide their respective public diplomacy projects as fitting with the organisational objectives and vision within the limits prescribed by the law and agreed.,  established or recommended by the Institute, including relevant guidelines:
Code of Ethics and Conduct

In terms of the relationship between the actors, our partnership can be described as a pluricentric system based on a nonhierarchical relationship between stakeholders. We encourage inclusive, non-hierarchical communication and intentionally cultivate an environment in which every stakeholder is treated as an integral part of our mission-focused partnership.
This model involves a large number of interdependent actors-
diverse experts from relevant sectors- who interact with each other in order to produce an outcome.
In terms of decision-making, the partnership is based on rationality. 
Compliance is ensured through trust and ethical obligations which, over time, become sustained by self-constituted rules and norms.

This is a model of public diplomacy that is transnational in scope and unconventional in tone and breadth of topic.

Our work promotes open, accountable, and participatory decision-making and good governance by promoting and supporting the involvement of public diplomat practitioners as key stakeholders at all levels.

Stakeholders are groups who can affect or are affected directly or indirectly by the outcome of public policy decision-making or dispute-resolution processes. 
At the Institute we commonly use this term to refer to groups affected by the outcome of international agreements.

Multistakeholder diplomacy refers to international interactions in which various actors, including nonstate,  co-work to address common issues.
The Institute helps members engage more effectively in stakeholder processes by providing facilitation support, analysis, and materials.

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

The Institute has offered the model of public diplomacy to spur stakeholder engagement in policy development through non-governmental methods of conflict resolution.

As a multi-stakeholder partnership (SDG 17), members of the Institut de diplomatie publique have been closely involved in a broad range of multilateral processes related to public diplomacy and sustainable development, and in the ways to maintain good governance of those processes with inclusive opportunities for stakeholder participation. Our experience, coupled with knowledge, insights, and extensive networks enable us to offer helpful advice, including capacity building and connectivity to a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, as they seek to find their own best pathways to effective engagement with international action on sustainable development.

The Institute aims to bring relevant data, perspectives and contributions from public diplomacy community to international organisations such as the United Nations and encourages members to bring their contributions regarding key issues under discussion in the UN.

Benefit from access to international opportunities to advance your scientific priorities and interests, including participation in important international scientific conversations and activities organized in the framework of the United Nations and the World Economic Forum among others. 

Events related to public diplomacy and sustainable development, organized by the UN

Events related to public diplomacy and sustainable development, organized by the IMF and WBG

How to get involved?

All positions at the Institute are volunteer positions. 
This means that, if you accept the role, you perform all duties on a voluntary basis and you will not receive remuneration or payment for your work - neither the Institute or the member intend any employment or contractual relationship to be created i.e. you are not an employee, independent contractor or consultant at the Institute.
If this changes at any time, and there is a possibility that you might undertake paid work for the Institute or be involved in vocational training, the Organization will discuss this with you and document the arrangement in a formal employment contract, contract for services or other arrangements.

Members can receive digital credentials ( Record of Achievement or Confirmation of Participation) to recognise their volunteering commitments which can be shared on LinkedIn with your wider network and prospective employers.

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Language policy

While English is only the native language of 7.1 % of the world's population and less than 19 % can speak the language, nearly 80 % of all scientific publications in international relations are in English. 

Public diplomacy should provide equal representation to all actors, regardless of where they live or the language they speak. Unfortunately, our current system falls short on this promise. As the flaws in our institutions have become impossible to ignore, more scientists are taking note — and taking action.

Reforms like engaging non-English speakers and other innovations aimed at strengthening engagement of non-state actors in international relations are spreading across the world, and organizations like Institut de diplomatie publique are working with local communities to meet this moment of opportunity.

The Institute is a non-profit that works directly with non-English speaking groups advancing public diplomacy to build effective organizing, education, and advocacy strategies and to ensure just implementation. 

Language justice is a core part of our work.

We believe that people who are not English speakers are full of wisdom and brilliance and have a lot to contribute to society, and policy. We recognize that people who are not English speakers have knowledge to share.

The Institute creates avenues for people who speak languages other than English to participate fully in society, without barriers.

At the Institute, we support our members and other organizations in developing materials that make sense to different language communities in a cultural context to create spaces where people can show up and actually participate fully in international relations in their language, without barriers.

The engagement of non-English-speaking members increases the value, impact, and transparency of our projects and increases the accountability and inclusivity of the Institute.

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