Abu Dhabi forum to explore diplomacy in a post-pandemic world


The Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) will host the 47th edition of the ‘International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT)’ this week.

The forum, which will welcome diplomats and foreign affairs experts, will be held at the AGDA, discussing topics and challenges surrounding 21st century diplomacy.

The IFDT was established by a consortium of academic and diplomatic training institutions in 1972 as an annual meeting of deans and directors. Since its founding, its membership has grown to include the heads of academic institutes dedicated to the study of international relations and diplomacy, and to accredited institutes for the training of official diplomats from 56 countries.

Bernardino León

“AGDA is proud and honoured to host the IFDT in the UAE. We are immensely looking forward to welcoming renowned experts in diplomacy and foreign affairs, who will provide fruitful discussions at this unique forum,” said Bernardino León, AGDA director general.

What’s on the agenda?

Participants from the UAE and from around the world, will discuss the future of diplomacy in a post-pandemic world and how to maintain its relevance in the 21st century, as well as digital diplomacy and the need to swiftly adapt to the changing environment of technologies. The event will also shed light on the integration of technological skills into diplomatic training, as well as gender equity in diplomacy, and international governance.

The event will include a panel discussion on the historic Abraham Accords and how the agreements can ultimately lead to a geo-political shift. Experts will also highlight the recent events in Afghanistan. Climate change will also be a hot topic at the forum.