After New York, Brussels, Geneva and Bern, Florence was the last stop for the eight young diplomats in the ‘PGA Fellowship for Harnessing Opportunities for Promoting Empowerment of Youth’ (PGA Fellowship for HOPE). The fellowship was launched by the President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly (PGA) to promote youth engagement in multilateralism, and support the next generation of diplomats, in particular from underrepresented countries at the United Nations.
The EUI School of Transnational Governance (STG) welcomed the HOPE Fellows in its headquarters Palazzo Buontalenti. For two days, they participated in workshops and skills development activities in the school’s core areas, such as democracy, human rights, the rule of law, global governance, and the EU’s perspective on multilateralism. The fellows also visited other EUI departments in the Badia Fiesolana, and the Historical Archives of the European Union at Villa Salviati.
“The experience at the STG was enlightening and widened my knowledge on transnational networks and governance, sustainable business and data as soft power,” said Jigme Wangmo, a fellow from Bhutan. “It was a privilege to learn from and interact with the highly qualified professors with diverse experiences. I am hopeful that the lessons learnt here will enable me to be a better diplomat and a global citizen.”
This rich agenda provided many opportunities for the HOPE fellows to interact with STG faculty members, and meet EUI Secretary General Marco del Panta. They also exchanged views with STG Policy Leader Fellows during one of their projects talks on data and privacy. Discussions also continued during a social gathering afterwards between the two groups of fellows.
“Our time at the STG enriched me as a young diplomat,” underlined Margaret Tatenda Chikawa from Zimbabwe. “Our facilitators over the two days were a mix of policymakers and academics. This allowed us to gain a well-balanced and practical view of the EU and how it projects itself in a multilateral system. I enjoyed myself and hope that this was the first of many collaborations to come.”
The initiative was organised in cooperation with the United Nations and the EU Delegation to the United Nations. It is part of the STG's broader commitment to develop tailor-made training for leaders to enhance their skills and address global policy challenges. Learn more about the STG tailored training offer.