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We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary with Diplo Week in Geneva! 

Find out how Diplo’s creative laboratories create courses, apps, and ideas by combining art, technology, and diplomacy! 

Marco summarises Diplo’s approach in this 1-minute video anecdote ….


Throughout Diplo Week, we’ll offer a series of open-door events where you can learn all about the latest AI applications and data analysis, how to use them in online meetings, and discover brand new online teaching methods! 

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Diplo Week Programme

Monday, 7th November

Digital Development and Inclusion Day

Our first day will focus on digital inclusion and development in Africa. 

9.00 – 13.00

Reserved for African Permanent Missions to the UN in Geneva

Digital economy and innovation in Africa

Training for Africa’s Permanent Missions to the UN in Geneva

Pre-release presentation of ‘Stronger African Digital Voices’ study

Diplo’s study on African digital diplomacy will be presented to ambassadors of African countries in Geneva ahead of official launches:

  • Summit on Digital Diplomacy and Governance in Malta on 18 November (English)
  • Francophone Summit at Djerba on 19-20 November (French)
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15.00 – 16.30 

Digital inclusion: From cables to skills and multilingualism

Digital inclusion starts with affordable digital access. However, effective digital inclusion requires much more, including digital skills, local content in local languages, policy frameworks, and economic empowerment. 

This session will holistically address 12 aspects of digital inclusion. It is particularly relevant for actors and officials working in development field. 

Venue: Attic, WMO building, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva

Tuesday, 8th November

Geneva Digital Atlas and Arts Day

11.00 – 13.00 

Launch of Geneva Digital Atlas 2.0

The Geneva Digital Atlas is the comprehensive map of the digital policy and internet governance ecosystem in International Geneva. It provides in-depth coverage of the activities of 50 actors, analysis of policy processes, and a catalogue of all core instruments and events.

The digital policy issues and processes in the atlas are analysed by the GIP Digital Watch Observatory.

Venue: Attic, WMO building, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva

17.00 – 18.00

Opening exhibition | Diplomacy: Through the eyes of the artist

The exhibition features 50 selected illustrations drawn from the work of Prof. Vladimir Veljasevic over the last two decades. He created these illustrations for Diplo’s courses, awareness-building activities, and research. They focus on the practice of diplomacy, AI, internet governance, climate change, and other issues addressed by diplomats worldwide. 

Venue: Mezzanine in E Building | Palais des Nations, Geneva

Wednesday, 9th November

AI and Data Day

The AI debate needs to move beyond fear and hype. Understanding how AI works is essential to be able to tackle AI governance in informed and effective ways. It is the first step toward establishing AI within the core human values as promoted by our humAInism initiative.

Against this backdrop, you can find out more about practical AI and data tools developed by Diplo for use in diplomacy. Diplo’s experts will explain the basics behind AI and data management, using concrete examples that relate to your work.

If your interest is in more technical and epistemological issues, you can learn about Diplo’s management of three types data: structured (databases), semistructured (knowledge graphs), and unstructured (machine-learning).

As always, walking the talk, our team has used AI to draft this text and develop the visuals, sound, t-shirts, and organising other aspects of the meetings and conferences. 

10.00 – 11.15

Can data help us make better decisions?

Data support is becoming an indispensable part of current policy discussions. During this session, you can look inside diplomacy and data management systems by using the practical applications of particular relevance for International Geneva.

11.15 – 11.45  –  Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00

Can AI draft peace treaties?

Negotiating and drafting peace treaties is one of the most challenging tasks in diplomacy. It involves a wide range of societal, security, economic, and personal interplays among negotiators. During this session, you will learn more about what AI can do and what its limits are in building peace agreements. You will also learn how to use non-structured text (free text) to generate new texts using machine learning and neural networks during this session.

13.15 – 14.00 brown-bag lunch: Ask anything and everything you want to know about AI and data in an engaging personal conversation!

14.30 – 15.45

Can AI report from diplomatic meetings and conferences?

Hundreds of meeting and negotiation reports are drafted every day. Diplomats, international officials, and media experts spend much time reporting to capitals, superiors, and the general public. 

This session will discuss how AI can help the reporting processes. Diplo will share experiences from many years of reporting from the UN General Assembly, UN Cybersecurity processes (UN GGE and OEWG), and the UN Internet Governance Forum. On a more technical side, you can learn how Diplo approaches reporting as a semi-structured data task with some structured data (meta info of events, participants, agenda, policy context) and some non-structured data (transcripts of discussions). 

15.45 – 16.15  –  Coffee break

16.15 – 17.30

Can AI organise a conference?

You can learn how AI can help with the preparations of conferences, meetings, and other events by following different in an event cycle:

  • selection of the theme for the event and speakers,
  • drafting of agenda, summary, and background note, 
  • preparations of visualisation (logo, backdrops, accessories)
  • preparations of a slogan, jingle and video
  • reporting and follow-up 

We will continue walking the talk by demonstrating how we used AI and other tools to organise this AI and Data Day!

Venue: Attic, WMO building, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva

Thursday, 10th November

Humanitarian Diplomacy Day

10.00 – 13.00 (hybrid event)

The Humanitarian Diplomacy Day is designed to encourage in-person and online discussion around these and other pertinent questions:

  • Can humanitarian diplomats contribute to workable solutions in an environment of mistrust in multilateralism?
  • How to address the challenges of safeguarding digital humanitarian data?
  • How to conduct humanitarian diplomacy in practice?

The event will also highlight the 10 years of cooperation between Diplo and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) delivering the Humanitarian Diplomacy online course, including the promotion of the collection of best research papers produced by the course participants during the past 10 years in a booklet titled Humanitarian Diplomacy Course: Reports on Action.

Hybrid event with speakers and audience on the spot, at the WMO building, and registered online participants.

10 Years Statistics of Humanitarian Diplomacy Course

Graduates from 122 countries
593 participants (334 from RCRC, 89 NGO, 50 IGO, etc)
Research themes of significance are OD/HD (127), Migration (108), Conflict (143) and more

Venue: Attic, WMO building, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva

Friday, 11th November

Cybersecurity Day

Cyberattacked: Who do you call?

Is there a single telephone number where we can call for effective help during or after cyberattacks like we have with physical security? Are there corporate and government help desks and call centres to deal with cyber emergencies?

Venue: Attic, WMO building, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva

For more information about Diplo Week in Geneva, please contact geneva@diplomacy.edu