Clingendael Academy Director, Ron Ton visited the Diplomatic Academies of Ecuador and Peru for consultations on the future development of diplomatic training and to deliver seminars in international negotiations.
The mission to Quito was a follow up to the visit last May of vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, Mr. Andrés Terran, to The Netherlands. Ron Ton discussed the relaunch of the Ecuadorian Diplomatic Academy together with the new staff headed by Ambassador Alejandro Suarez. The ceremonial re-opening of the Academy took place on 29 November 2019.
Earlier that week Mr. Ton delivered a seminar on international negotiation to a group of 25 midcareer and senior diplomats. One of the key elements was the practising on multilateral negotiations in the framework of the UN Security Council. Ecuador is seeking a non-permanent membership by 2022.
In Lima, the ties between Clingendael Academy and the Diplomatic Academy of Peru were strengthened by discussing future cooperation and exchange of ideas in training junior diplomats and developing digital based learning. Ron Ton also delivered skills training to a group of 32 starting diplomats. The emphasis was on negotiations and communications in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.