Islamabad, 13 February 2024 (TDI): The Ambassador of the Philippines to Pakistan, Maria Agnes M. Cervantes hosted the 5th International Young Diplomats School (IYDS) participants on the first day of the program, at the Embassy of the Philippines in Islamabad.
A briefing session was held on the relationship between Pakistan and the Philippines. The diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the Philippines were established on September 8, 1949, through the opening of a Philippine Consulate in Pakistan.
The Ambassador highlighted how over time the mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries has evolved. Being a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines has been a steadfast supporter of Pakistan in the region.
The IYDS cohort received valuable insights into diplomatic protocols and etiquettes, gaining a deeper understanding of the nuances involved in international relations.
The Ambassadors of the Philippines, Maria Agnes M. Cervantes, and the participants discussed the historical context of the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the Philippines, delving into the factors that have contributed to the enduring friendship between the two nations.
Emphasis was placed on the role of cultural diplomacy in strengthening ties between countries by the Ambassador, with discussions on the promotion of cultural exchange programs and initiatives.
The interaction included thoughtful conversations on shared global challenges, with a focus on how countries can collaborate to address common issues such as climate change, health crises, and regional security.
Ambassador also underscored the potential for educational exchanges, scholarships, and research collaborations between academic institutions in Pakistan and the Philippines.
International Young Diplomats School
The Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) launched the International Young Diplomats School (IYDS) as a ground-breaking program to highlight the value of diplomacy in the rapidly evolving, globally connected world.
It is the 5th International Diplomats School, in which participants are given opportunities to interact with Ambassadors of different Embassies.
IPDS has organized the Fifth Edition of the IYDS from 13-16 February 2024 in Islamabad. The participants are young professionals with diverse backgrounds, students, and faculty members across Pakistan.
During the School, the participants will be meeting hosted by Ambassadors of different countries at their offices. You can see details about the program here, especially about our earlier cohorts. You can also see our profile here.
IYDS is based on the model of the Public Diplomacy approach for offering an opportunity for Diplomatic Missions to meet diverse groups of professionals and young people from across Pakistan having various ethnic, religious, linguistic, and regional backgrounds.
Hence, offering the Diplomatic Missions to increase their outreach and interaction with the young people from across Pakistan.
On the other hand, IYDS offers young people to meet Ambassadors and Diplomats to learn more about countries and build stronger relationships while returning to their communities.
The group of 16-20 participants ages 18-40 having diverse academic and professional backgrounds from different regions of Pakistan joined to be part of the program.
The program includes visits to different diplomatic missions in Islamabad and information sessions with Ambassadors, Diplomats, and other Embassy staff.
Ambassadors and Diplomats will share insights about their missions, countries, and opportunities for education, development, and trade with the participants.
Furthermore, Ambassadors highlighted the AmBisyon Natin 2040 vision which embodies the shared long-term aspirations and visions of Filipinos for both themselves and their nation over the forthcoming 25 years.
It further outlines the desired quality of life individuals seek to attain and envisions the trajectory of the country by the year 2040.