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[WebDebate] Education Diplomacy: A new diplomacy for the SDG era?

04 April 2017 -


Event description

Our April WebDebate, on April 4 at 11:00 UTC (13:00 CEST), will focus on Education Diplomacy and its importance within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 4 calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education by 2030. This is a very formidable but also highly ambitious goal, and we need to wonder whether we have the tools and concepts necessary to achieve it.

[Update] The webinar digest and the recording is now avaliable

Education Diplomacy is a nascent term that aims to describe practices and actors not easily captured by the traditional notions of diplomacy. It is closely linked to what is sometimes called ‘new diplomacy’ – the emergence of new actors and topics in international relations. It acknowledges the importance of global efforts for education, but also recognises local initiatives and contexts.

Our speakers, Ms Yvette Gatilao Murphy, Ms Phoebe Farag Mikhail, and Dr Katharina Höne, will draw on their respective backgrounds in international education, development, human rights, and diplomacy in order to discuss Education Diplomacy and its importance in the SDG era.


The WebDebate will (1) address the question of ‘new diplomacy’ and the emergence of new actors and new topics in international relations; (2) highlight the different aspects and practices of Education Diplomacy, such as the Global Partnership for Education; (3) draw lessons for achieving the SDGs; and (4) distill the kinds of knowledges and skills needed for Education Diplomacy.

Join us on Tuesday, 4th April, at 11:00 UTC (13:00 CEST). Registrations are now closed.


Biographical note:

Ms Yvette Gatilao Murphy is Director of Global Advocacy at the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and also serves as Director of the Center for Education Diplomacy. Her experience includes bilingual education, advocacy, professional development, program development, and working in the private sector.

Ms Phoebe Farag Mikhail is a consultant in international education, development, and human rights. She currently consults with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) to help develop the concept of Education Diplomacy, and has also worked with the Global Partnership for Education, Plan International, and Amnesty International.

Dr Katharina Höne is a researcher with DiploFoundation. She works on Education Diplomacy in co-operation with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the Institute for Education Diplomacy, and DiploFoundation. The work has resulted in a number of policy papers and a highly-interactive online course.

About our WebDebates

The WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are streamed in real-time on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT). Learn more about our series of WebDebates.

If you form part of a dynamic circle of practitioners in your community, we encourage you to establish a diplomatic hub to follow the WebDebates and to facilitate discussions. For more information, contact Ms Mina Mudric DiploFoundation.