Diplomacy 4.0 – Beyond the Digital Frontier

Mankind is entering a new digital era. We are the witnesses of new frontiers, which go beyond the traditional understanding of the human activity. Diplomacy 4.0 explores the nexus between the diplomatic and the digital, paving the way for the next generation of international affairs professionals.


SDG3: Good health and well-being for people
SDG4: Quality education
SDG6: Clean water and sanitation
SDG14: Life below water
Digital diplomacy
cyber diplomacy
cyberspace policy
digital diplomacy

The programme will provide its participants with theoretical knowledge and practical skills on how to implement best practices in this field. Its overarching purpose is to prepare participants for the continuously deepening interdependence between diplomacy and technology and equip them with the necessary skills to exercise those innovations in practice.

Finally, it aspires to build up a knowledge hub, bringing experts and policy-practitioners together to form a community discussing latest developments in the field and producing practical solutions. This will be done through the UNITAR alumni platform, in which a separate chapter for all participants worldwide will be established.

This e-Learning course provides a broad overview on Diplomacy 4.0, preparing the participants for the challenges and opportunities in this field. It is 6 weeks of length and the materials on UNITAR’s e-Learning platform can be studied in a self-paced manner.

The course’s required reading material will be supported by multimedia items, assessment quizzes, and a wealth of other information. It will also feature discussion boards, which are facilitated by moderators with broad experience in the field. The course will contain the following modules:

  • Module 1.0. - The Neoteric Diplomat
  • Module 2.0. - Digital Diplomacy
  • Module 3.0. - Cybersecurity
  • Module 4.0. - Artificial Intelligence
  • Module 5.0. - Internet Governance
  • Module 6.0. - Science Diplomacy

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Target Audience

This e-Learning course is mostly geared towards diplomats and foreign ministry officials. The target audience can also include other government officials and participants from the broader diplomatic community, including the private sector, civil society, and academia.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Recognise the principal theoretical tenets of relevant concepts related to Diplomacy 4.0;
  • Identify such tenets in contemporary cases;
  • Transfer theoretical knowledge to practical skills for the practice of modern diplomacy;
  • Develop an independent strategic vision for the modernisation of diplomatic practice;
  • Realistically transfer such vision into actionable objectives.