April - JDI Youth Dialogue 2016: The Future of Diplomacy
The fourth annual JDI Youth Dialogue, took place in Geneva for the first time, invited students across Switzerland to gain insight on current trends in international diplomacy, learn practical skills to pursue a diplomatic career, and network with other students passionate about diplomacy. 2016 conference on Future of Diplomacy includes interactive panels with junior diplomats to provide a fresh perspective on some of the main global challenges and with senior diplomats to examine different aspects of globalised diplomacy and multilateralism. Students had the option of participating in one of three workshops: Mediation Skills, Digital Diplomacy and Discuss Leading with Influence. The workshops included both a theoretical and a practical component that will help immerse students in the intricacies of diplomacy. The JDI Switzerland Youth Dialogue 2016 was organised by the Junior Diplomat Initiative Switzerland in partnership with the Graduate Institute, in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Foraus, DiploFoundation and swisspeace.
December - Climate Change Diplomacy
The Junior Diplomat Initiative Switzerland had the privilege to organise a seminar with Mr. Phillippe Ramet, Environment Counsellor and "COP21" Correspondent at the Permanent Mission of France to the UN in Geneva. We discussed about France's role in the preparations of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the challenges that negotiators face and the expected outcomes. As the negotiations progress, Mr. Ramet emphasised that flexibility and creativity will be essential to achieve a universal and ambitious agreement on climate change.
October - Implementing the Arms Trade Treaty Through Diplomacy
JDI Seminar on Implementing the Arms Trade Treaty Through Diplomacy featured His Excellency Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco as well as Mr. Guillaume Michel, First Secretary of the Mexican Mission. Moving forward with the Arms Trade Treaty there are three key challenges: "implementing decisions made so far, reporting and universalization."