13th Edition of the Young Diplomats Forum Brussels

2nd-6th september 2019


The world’s leading event for young and aspiring diplomats

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.


  • Diplomacy in the 21st Century ambassadors and leading experts

  • Parliamentarian Diplomacy with Members of The European Parliament the Federal Parliament of Belgium

  • Priorities of Belgium Foreign Policy with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Session on Belgium's Soft Power and Brussels as a world's Leading Diplomatic Hub

  • The Future of the EU: A day long sessions with EU officials and Parliamentarians on EU Foreign Policy, Defence Union and institutional reforms

  • Visit and a session NATO role and challenges

  • The role of think tanks in Foreign Policy

  • Institutional visits/sessions at the EU Commission, European Parliament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Belgium Parliament and NATO

  • Policy Development Workshop

  • Smart Diplomacy and Digital Diplomacy workshop on the case of the European Union with Chief Executive of the Global Diplomatic Forum

  • Cultural visits to House of European History, Museum of the City of Brussels


Download the programme for YDF Brussels 2019

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Delegates will be staying at the Renaissance Hotel, as well the Penta Hotel in the heart of Brussels.


13th Edition

The 13th  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), Malaysia ( September 2018) and London ( July 2019).

The proceedings and workshops of the forum engage young diplomats with Ambassadors, MPs, MEPs, 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.


Applications are now open. To apply for this year's Young Diplomats Forum in Brussels, you will need to  send us a current CV and  personal statement that states your leadership aspiration: What impact do you want to have through your career? ( 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

Application deadline is the 15th of August 2019


  • Honourable Minister Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign affairs and Defence Minister of Belgium (TBC)

  • Pascal Smet, Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for European and International Relations, Foreign Trade

  • H.E Julia Villatoro, Ambassador of El Salvador to Brussels

  • Antony Agotha , Expert and Communications Adviser for the First Vice-President of the European Commission, CommissionerFrans Timmermans

  • Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.

  • Vibeke Brask Thomsen, Director, She Can He Can

  • Dr. Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies and Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, Oxford University

  • Younes El-Ghazi, Chief Executive, Global Diplomatic Forum

  • HE Mr Felipe GARCÍA ECHEVERRI, Ambassador of Colombia to Brussels

  • HE Ms Harriet Sena SIAW-BOATENG, Ambassador of Ghana to Brussels

  • Ringailé Razauskiene, Conference Speaker, European Parliament

  • Rebecca Christie, Visiting Fellow, Bruegel


The Participation fee is £995.  The participation fee includes shared accommodation from  the 1st- 6th September. Food (breakfast and lunch), receptions,  institutional and cultural visits are all included within the fee. For delegates not requiring accommodation, the participation fee is £695.

For delegates needing additional requirements for accommodation, including single rooms, please contact us for more information.


Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium