ABU DHABI, 27th July, 2016 (WAM) — In its continuous efforts to provide hands-on international experience to young diplomats, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, organised an extensive training programme in July, in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C., the UAE Consulate, and the UAE Mission to the United Nations in New York City.

The one-week-long training programme aimed to broaden the students’ diplomatic knowledge by educating them about the healthy partnerships between the UAE and the US in the fields of foreign affairs, business, and medical science, to name a few. The first half of the training programme was held in Washington, D.C., where the EDA delegation was given a glimpse into the various areas where the UAE has contributed towards global development. The delegation then moved on to New York City.

While in Washington, D.C., the delegates met with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s Ambassador to the US, to learn more about his experiences and what it takes to be a successful diplomat, including the importance of public and digital diplomacy. They also received briefings on ways to utilise their diplomatic training and expertise to help expand the UAE’s strategic, commercial, and cultural interests.

The delegation also visited the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Centre, where they learnt about the cutting-edge medical equipment and procedures being developed at the Institute that can make paediatric surgeries less invasive and more precise. They also had the opportunity to partake in the Foreign Policy Peace Game, organised by Foreign Policy magazine with support from the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C., a bi-annual simulation exercise to tackle today’s most pressing issues. The visit to Washington culminated in an interactive training in issues and crisis management from experts at the centre for Strategic and International Studies.

The second half of the training programme was held in New York City, where the EDA delegates were introduced to the UAE Consulate and UAE-UN Mission by Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN in New York and EDA Board of Trustees Member. Elaborating on the EDA training programme and the contributions by the young delegates, Lana Nusseibeh said, “The youth are an integral part of building a sustainable and developed society.

The EDA is an incubator for aspiring diplomats to contribute towards UAE foreign policy in a meaningful way – particularly through the multilateral arena. The thorough training given to these young diplomats by seasoned veterans in foreign affairs is very evident in the way they presented themselves, handled each situation, and in their interactions with officials from the UN.”

At the UAE Consulate, the team met Majid Al Suwaidi, Consul-General in New York, who stressed the importance of multilateral agreements – especially those that relate to climate change – and praised the UAE Mission in New York for its work. Commenting on the topic, Al Suwaidi said, “All of the successful agreements make up the pieces that will change the way the world does business, the way we think about development and the way we will grow our economies. It is critical for the UAE to be a part of this process.”