THE YOUNG DIPLOMATIC CORPS
"The "Young Diplomatic Corps" is the Association's flagship programme, which was established in November 2003. It includes a number of activities aimed, on the one hand, at preparing young people to work in an international environment and, on the other hand, at establishing, maintaining and developing contacts between the Association and representatives of the Polish civil and foreign services, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Poland and experts in the field of international relations.
The Program is implemented mainly through the service of international conferences and organization of meetings with experts and diplomats, conferences, seminars, debates, etc. events promoting foreign countries in Poland, as well as training in diplomacy.
"Coffee Inspirations" are open meetings of FMD members with representatives of Polish civil and foreign service, members of diplomatic corps accredited in Poland and experts in the field of international relations, which have been held since October 2008. The formula of the project is based on meetings in an intimate atmosphere with a cup of coffee. Since January 2013 Rosenthal Poland has been a partner of the project.
The objectives of the project are to establish, maintain and develop friendly contacts between the Association, to familiarize the public with the profiles of experts and diplomats and to support the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland by creating a communication platform for the exchange of views and opinions and to integrate the activities of representatives of government administration, non-governmental organizations, academic communities, and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Poland. "Coffee Inspirations" is also a form of participation of the Association in the Polish public debate on foreign affairs.
YOUNG ELECTION OBSERVERS
The Forum of Young Diplomats, as part of its statutory objectives, conducts election observations, upholding democratic values in Poland and abroad. As part of our Election Observation Missions we have been to mature democracies - such as Norway - and to countries that are still waiting for true democracy.
The core of the "Young Election Observers" Program is education in the field of control and evaluation of election processes, opportunities and limitations related to election monitoring, as well as dissemination of knowledge about the work of local and international observers.
The programme points to the interest in public affairs and offers an excellent opportunity to increase public participation. So far, FMD members have been observing elections in Estonia, Kenya, Slovakia and Belarus, among others. We were also the only Polish organization involved in election observation in Poland as international observers.
The Forum of Young Diplomats supports United Nations simulations organized in Poland, which are an ideal opportunity for students to gain their first experiences in the field of diplomacy in a broad sense. Participants of the Model United Nations (MUN) conference play the role of a representative of one of the 193 countries associated in the organisation. Debates shall be held in accordance with the diplomatic protocol and the rules of procedure of the institution of the United Nations system concerned. Delegates try to convince other participants of their country's position, both through official speeches and backstage negotiations. In this way, resolutions are created which must be voted on at the end of the day.
The Forum of Young Diplomats is the official patron of the United Nations Model, and members of our Association have been involved in MUN projects at home and abroad for many years.