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Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Public Diplomacy

Institut de diplomatie publique enhances the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries (SDG, 17).

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

INSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE / INSTITUTO DE DIPLOMACIA PUBLICA is a volunteer-driven membership organization but what is volunteerism in public diplomacy?

Volunteerism is a universal social behavior that builds on people’s desire to engage with change rather than to passively experience development process.

According to the UN General Assembly Resolution 2002 (A/RES/56/38) the term volunteering, volunteerism and voluntary activities refer to “a wide range of activities undertaken of free will, for the general public good and where monetary reward is not the principal motivating factor”.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognizes volunteer groups as stakeholders to achieve the 17 SDGs.

This has strongly emerged from an extensive consultation process led by the United Nations, which has involved over eight million people, and was summarized as follows by the UN Secretary-General in his Synthesis Report on the post-2015 Agenda, The Road to Dignity by 2030.

As we seek to build capacities and to help the new agenda to take root, volunteerism can be another powerful and cross-cutting means of implementation. Volunteerism can help to expand and mobilize constituencies, and to engage people in national planning and implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals. And volunteer groups can help to localize the new agenda by providing new spaces of interaction between governments and people for concrete and scalable actions.

The Institute acts as a space to test, model, and scale successful practices in public diplomacy and human rights monitoring.

At the same time, we synthesize global best practices in public diplomacy, contextualizing them for the local level.

The Institute is open to cooperation and is happy to offer its expertise to all stakeholders in the form of consulting training, or research.

Through our balanced public diplomacy programs, the Institute encourages citizens to participate in international relations and policy processes.

The Institute attempts to systematically develop a theoretical argument and subsequent

conceptualisation that brings to light the strategically relevant actor- and countryoriented features for this influence so as to understand , why some NSAs might potentially be more qualified than state actors - or other NSAs - to pursue a certain foreign policy; how, through what mechanisms and under what conditions are they able to insert themselves and exert influence in the decisionmaking processes of states towards each other? Which of these mechanisms and circumstances favour which actors in different countries and , how do Western and non-Western actors differ in their modus operandi and qualifying features? By systemically identifying such factors, conceptualising different NSA types, comparing them with each other and exploring the reasons for their respectively different ways of involvement, we seek to develop a theoretical argument and analytical framework that highlights

aspects to understand why, how and under what conditions they form associations

with states and/or each other, determine their preferences and ultimately make

decisions in foreign policy today.

Non-states actors in international relations become involved in policy-making when there is a presence of a coalition with other actors or a certain network.

In matters of civil society multi-stakeholder partnerships and networks are increasingly appreciated as tools to offer solutions to complex global challenges.

The interaction between public institutions and civil societies in inter-national affairs occurs both multilaterally (usually in the form of multi- stakeholder partnerships) and bilaterally (i.e.


Multilaterally, the hybrid interaction among actors of different kinds has played a constant role in international policy-making, not only in setting agendas but also in deciding, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policy.

Against the background of what we have witnessed around the globe and

particularly in the non-Western world, one can thus formulate the following three

hypotheses to find answers to the question of why, how and under what conditions

NSAs engage in foreign policy-making:

1: Non-state actors engage successfully in foreign policy-making if they

do have direct access to state authorities in the country they operate in.

2: Non-state actors will come to fill a vacuum in foreign policy-making

when bilateral cooperation is difficult among given countries.

3: Non-state actors engage successfully in foreign policy-making because

they are less accountable in the state they operate in.

Achieving sustainable development and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires that there be an effective process of management of international relations by negotiation and implementing sustainable development policies and practices.

Public diplomacy acts as both an enabler and driver of sustainable development by engaging communities more effectively in shaping their own outcomes and supporting open, transparent and stable societies.

INSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE as a non-state actor in diplomacy facilitates and promotes the contribution of stakeholders from different sectors at the global level, including at the UN, IMF and World Bank Group special events.

The Institute regularly receives special accreditations for conferences, summits, meetings, or other events related to sustainable development organized by the UN, IMF and World Bank Group.

Doctor/Ph.D. Members and Professional Members of the Institute are invited to indicate their interest to participate in the events.

The Sustainable Development Diplomacy Division of the Institute brings together a broad network of public diplomats contributing to the achievement of security and justice for all.

It ensures that public diplomats are recognized and heard in advancing the crime prevention and justice agenda and in designing, implementing and measuring results of relevant policies everywhere. Under the umbrella of the Division, cooperation among its members will be strengthened, reinforcing the expertise and vision of each of the members to add value and support the work of relevant international organizations.

The Division encourages its members in playing a key role towards the achievement of the SDGs, and in particular Goals 16 and 17.


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