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The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is an intensive week long programme of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits delivered by world leading experts.

Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to influence global leaders.

The 11th  Edition of Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is a meeting of 100 young and aspiring diplomats from over 75 countries  covering every region in the world to tackle hot topics of international affairs.

Previous editions took place in Ankara (September 2013), Mexico (June 2014),             London ( September 2014), Greece ( June 2015),  Croatia ( September 2016,                  Latvia ( September 2017) and London (July 2018).

The proceedings and workshops of the forum engage young diplomats with Ambassadors,  Government officials, Media and Diplomacy experts on different issues of global affairs. In addition, the Young Diplomats Forum is a cultural and entertaining experience that create international friendship amongst participants and engage with institutions in the host country and connect with the place.

highlights of the week

  • Diplomacy in the 21st Century ambassadors and leading experts at the Global Diplomats Forum
  • Priorities of Malaysia's Foreign Policy at Parliamentarian diplomacy with members of parliament 
  • Policy development workshop 
  • Negotiations workshop 
  • Smart Diplomacy workshop 
  • All delegates will be attending the Asia Diplomatic Summit
  • Contribute to the debate on the top of the global diplomatic agenda
  • Meet and interact with diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts
  • Workshops on Smart Diplomacy 
  • Increase your knowledge, contacts and skills sets to boost your career
  • Create a lasting legacy of Young Diplomats Forum 2018

how to apply?

Applications are now open. To apply for this year's Young Diplomats Forum in Malaysia you will need to send us a current CV and  personal statement ( no more than 500 words) to:ydf@gdforum.org

For more information about the application process, please feel free to contact us via email on ydf@gdforum.org or call us on +44(0) 208 853 3293


participation fees 

The Participation fee is £695.  The participation fee includes shared accommodation from  the 2nd -7th September 2018. Food (breakfast and lunch), receptions,  institutional and cultural visits are all included within the fee. For delegates not requiring accommodation, the participation fee is £495


Delegates will be staying at the Pulse Grande Hotel, PUTRAJAYA. MALAYSIA

Delegates will be staying in shared accommodation. If you require a single room, this will be an additional cost, depending on the rates offered by the hotel. Shared accommodation includes a twin room with 2 separate bed

contact Us 

For any further information, please contact us:

Email: ydf@gdforum.org

Call Us: +44 (0) 208 853 3293




Photo Gallery 

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Past Editions of the Young Diplomats Forum