“Together for Europe’s Recovery” – is not only the motto of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union but also the overall motto of the first module of the 21st European Diplomatic Programme 2020/21, a training programme organised annually by the European External Action Service and the European member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Module I was held virtually on September 17 and 18 from Berlin, hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office. On these two days, 60 young diplomats and 35 training directors from EU countries and the EEAS came together virtually to follow the main aims of the programme: to create networks that promote European identity and raise awareness of the European dimension of diplomacy beyond the purely national context.
The main part of the programme were three interactive training sessions facilitated by eight Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) members who simultaneously provided three different thematic focal points in the broad field of multilateralism and civilian crisis management.
FRI Fellows, Amarachi A. Igboegwu and Stefan Cibian, together with their GDL colleague, Marina Rudyak, held a training session on Transformative leadership for successful crisis management and effective multilateralism. The workshop created an online experiential space where participants explored their perspectives on the multilateral system and its deficiencies. Also, the participants explored ways of using the COVID-19 crisis to reinvigorate current multilateralism or even envisage an alternative system through a different kind of leadership.
In this publication, you can find the content and dimensions of the training sessions and reflect the experiences of the young diplomats.