Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) has hosted a training programme alongside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) for members of the Ethiopian diplomatic corps. The informative three-day programme focused on best practices and approaches to international cooperation.
The training programme is a significant development in the diplomatic training provided by AGDA,as it was delivered to members of a foreign diplomatic corps.Held virtually,the training was split across five main session pillars: International Cooperation, the UAE’s Journey in Youth Empowerment, Cultural Diplomacy, Intercultural Awareness, and International Efforts in Combating Violence and Extremism.
The programme was structured in a way to enable several key learning objectives with the expectation that students would develop an understanding of the importance of strategic partnerships, including bilateral, multilateral, and public-private partnerships. Other elements of the training programmediscussed the development of national policies, such as the UAE foreign assistance policy,and areas in which the UAE has been successful,including women's empowerment, infrastructure, technical assistance, and national projects.
In addition, the course provided a historical, political, and analytical framework for diplomats to liaise more effectively with UN representatives and staff. This session also offered participants a basic understanding ofthe UN Sustainable Development Goals whileshedding light on contemporary global issues, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace building, and justice.
His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of AGDA, highlighted the importance of continuous training and development within the diplomatic profession, saying: “The world of diplomacy is evolving at a rapid pace, and as such, our diplomats require ongoing training and development. At AGDA, we are pleased to provide an innovative and integrative learning approach that is highly sought after by both the UAE and non-UAE diplomatic corps.”
Speaking about the bilateral relationship between the UAE and Ethiopia,His Excellency Sultan Mohamed AlShamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs, said: “The UAE and Ethiopia have advancedtheir relations in recent years over a number of areas of mutually beneficially cooperation.This training programme with the Ethiopian diplomatic corps represents another milestone in the growing relations between ourtwo countries.”
AGDA is a leading provider of high-impact training to develop future diplomats and the government leaders of tomorrow. Ittrains young diplomats to assumepositions of leadership, enabling them to enhance their country’s reputation and build constructive relations internationally. The academy offers integrative courses and programmes to maximise learning and the transfer of knowledge to ensure effective outcomes.