Junior Diplomats Training Program
Junior Diplomats Joint Training Programs have been implemented annually in accordance with the Cooperation Protocol among the Ministries of Foreign Affairs signed at the 3rd Summit of the Turkic Council.
The Junior Diplomats "Joint Training Program" has been developed and implemented by the Turkic Council Secretariat, in accordance with the Cooperation Protocol signed during the 3rd Summit of the Turkic Council between our member states' Foreign Ministries, held in Gebele. The first program was organized in Turkey in 2014, the second in 2015 in Azerbaijan, third in Kazakhstan in 2016, fourth in Kyrgyzstan in 2017, fifth was held in Turkey in 2018 and in 2019 the sixth was organized in Azerbaijan.
The main purpose of this program is to get acquainted young diplomats with the foreign policies and the commonalities of history, culture and language of the Member States, as well as to establish friendly ties with one another. Throughout the programs, junior diplomats attend two-week training in one of the Member States, which consists of lectures by academicians, top government officials and high-ranking diplomats and cultural tours to historical places and official visits.
This Training program is also included as a case study under the title of “South-South Cooperation and Diplomacy: Junior Diplomats Training Programme (JDTP) to United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation Publication “South-South in Action on Peace and Development”, which was presented at BAPA+40 Side Event: South-South Cooperation on Peace and Development at the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation in Buenos-Aires, Argentina on 19 March 2019. It is noted in the Publication that the effective engagement of diplomats is also essential for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Turkic Council has devised a tailored training initiative in order to support the evolution of cooperation among young diplomats.
Since the inception of the Program in 2014, 138 junior diplomats have benefitted from the training program, 65 of them were women, therefore contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals. In addition, the junior diplomats from Hungary, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also took part in these training programs.
The latest Joint Training Program was successfully implemented with the close collaboration of ADA University on 12-26 May 2019 in Azerbaijan. 25 junior diplomats from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Observer State Hungary, as well as brotherly States Uzbekistan and for the first time, two junior diplomats from Turkmenistan also took part in the Program.
Next 7th Program will be held in Kazakhstan.