Dates: December 6-7, 2017 | Register here
Prices: starting from GBP 527,-
Location: London, The United Kingdom

London Diplomatic Summit 2017

In December 2017, London will host an unprecedented diplomatic summit that will bring a fresh perspective to regional challenges and to international affairs.

The summit will be guided by the principles of smart diplomacy, bringing together a diverse community of stakeholders, who will apply innovative approaches to finding practical solutions with a measurable impact.


It is time to take a critical look at the current regional orders, and ask difficult questions about their relevance, efficiency and effectiveness in dealing with the challenges of the 21st century.

Systemic challenges such as terrorism, conflict and instability, nuclear non-proliferation, and economic inequality, among others, undoubtedly require a collective strategy.

Yet, as the Brexit vote and the state of the European Union demonstrate, we need to re-assess regional orders and to explore the best ways to make them more flexible, to improve governance, and to meet the different aspirations of member states and their citizens, while ensuring a continued commitment to deeper regional co-operation.


The London Diplomatic Summit will take place over 1 and a half working days.Two of the five global regions (Europe, MENA, Africa, Americas and APAC) will be covered in half-day sessions, which will start with a plenary examining the key challenges facing the region in question.

This will be followed by round tables, exploring regional issues in greater detail. These will be organised around five themes: peace and security, prosperity, institutions, smart diplomacy, and technology.

The aim will be to brainstorm practical solutions that are rooted in regional co-operation.

The outcomes of the discussions will be recorded and presented to the Specially Convened Expert Panel, which will examine them, and produce formal recommendations on the basis of the Summit’s findings.

New Diplomacy

The London Diplomatic Summit is an annual forum for in-depth debate and discussion of the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

It exists to meet the need for a different kind of high-level global meeting: more inclusive, connected, and results-oriented.

The rapid social and technological changes of the 21st century require a new approach to international affairs. Just as soft power increasingly complements – and in some cases can be more effective than – hard power, traditional diplomacy is strengthened by smart diplomacy.

The work of the London Diplomatic Summit will be guided by the principles of smart diplomacy, which is defined by the Global Diplomatic Forum as resting on three pillars: consulting with a range of stakeholders; inclusion of women; and strategically deploying digital technology.

Innovative Approach

The Summit will be a place to engage in dynamic, interactive sessions, designed to facilitate fruitful discussion, new ideas, and tangible outcomes.

The sessions will take stock of the past, assess the present and project into the future.

To achieve consistent outcomes, the sessions will focus on five themes: peace and security, prosperity, institutions, smart diplomacy, and technology.

Hands-on workshops will allow participants to enhance skills in cutting-edge areas of diplomacy.

The Summit’s discussions will also be accessible through live streaming, Twitter and Facebook conversations, allowing contributions from anywhere in the world to be received and shared in real time.

Delegates will also be able to communicate with each other throughout the day via the Summit’s own mobile app.

Measurable Impact

At the London Diplomatic Summit, the world’s foremost experts, diplomats, academics, business leaders and politicians will come together to share knowledge and brainstorm practical solutions.

Findings from each session will be reviewed by a Specially Convened Expert Panel, which will include members of the Advisory Board of the Global Diplomatic Forum, representatives of regional organisations, and other relevant stakeholders.

The panel will conduct work prior to and during the Summit, in order to formulate recommendations that will be formally presented on a concluding day.

The impact of these recommendations will reach beyond the duration of the Summit, to inform ongoing research and activity by the Summit’s partners.

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