Last month, the Clingendael Institute received 15 senior diplomats and ambassadors from member states of the Organization of American States (OAS). The participants came directly from their posting in Washington to participate in a one-and-a-half-week Clingendael Academy training programme aimed at strengthening the individual skills and the institutional capacities of the OAS.
Through various in-house skill training, the diplomats gained advanced insights into topics such as intercultural communication, international negotiations, scenario planning, and effective influencing. These skill trainings are based on state-of-the-art academic knowledge and made use of practical exercises, simulations and extensive feedback from the trainers.
In addition to the above mentioned, the programme was filled with various expert sessions on key policy fields that are currently at the centre of the diplomat’s work at the OAS, in particular climate change governance, human rights, natural resources, tourism, and agriculture. A working visit to the International Criminal Court was organised during which the participants learned more about the Court's inner workings and the prosecution of grave crimes through common efforts of the international community.
Finally, the programme also offered the group opportunities to extend their professional networks, for instance through joint sessions with diplomats from Southern Africa and their Dutch colleagues. We proudly look back on a highly engaged group that is committed to multilateralism and solving regional and global challenges.