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Geneva, Switzerland  | 
18 Sep 2019
Diplomacy, E-diplomacy  |   Share


Digital issues are climbing the diplomatic agenda worldwide. Cyber-attacks, fake news, and e-commerce are some of issues that trespass national borders and land on diplomatic tables.

Registrations are open:

In addressing digital issues, diplomats have to deal with a new type of actor, while taking into account the changing geopolitics and geoecomics. For example, a diplomatic presence in the Silicon Valley and other tech hubs is becoming as relevant as traditional diplomatic representations. Diplomats need new skill-sets. Diplomatic services need new organisation.

The variety and number of issues that today’s diplomat has to comprehend and navigate is vast. As digital policy aspects spread to many areas of traditional diplomacy, technological innovation brings in new challenges, and in addition – moves fast.

At the same time, the emergence of new actors and issues that diplomats need to interact with, expands beyond the traditional diplomatic set-up they are accustomed to. Government officials now need to deal with a wide variety of non-state actors shaping the topics discussed, be it: powerful business companies, leading academic entities preparing top talents in research and development, or research centres that have the edge on the latest scientific developments in strategic areas. Several countries have appointed cyber diplomats that should help in this transition.

We will discuss digital diplomacy where it happens on a daily basis – in Geneva, the home of numerous international organisations. We aim to debate on skills and training for digital diplomats, as well as emerging organisational changes that will help cope with digital issues. Our debates will be practical as well as visionary. 

The conference, which will tackle some of the most imminent trends in diplomatic practice, is being organised by DiploFoundation in co-operation with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, and the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

Draft programme

The conference will take place on 18 September at 08:45 – 15:30 CEST in the WMO building, 7bis, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva. A detailed programme and speakers will be announced shortly. Topics will include:

  • Emerging models of digital and tech diplomacy
  • How countries interact with tech industry and hubs
  • Cyber diplomacy in international Geneva
  • How small and developing countries can keep abreast of digital policy developments
  • How countries can follow global cybersecurity policy
  • The impact of big data and artificial intelligence on diplomacy
  • Online training for digital diplomacy

For more information, please contact Tereza Horejsova.

Registrations are open:

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