The principles of the Diplomatic Council

International Understanding as an Economic Mandate

The Diplomatic Council (DC) was established as a Global Think Tank with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. Members of the Diplomatic Council believe that economic diplomacy provides a solid foundation for international understanding and a more peaceful interaction amongst nations.

A thriving economy bringing prosperity to mankind is one of the best guarantors of peace. Based on this recognition, the Diplomatic Council has transformed its goal of promoting international understanding into an economic mandate. The global DC business network is linked to the diplomatic communication level of the different DC member states.

The experts and leaders engaged in the Diplomatic Council play a key role in consulting the ambassadors on how the economic principles can be employed in the global diplomatic network. Vice versa, the ambassadors use their diplomatic competency to ensure that economic activities promote understanding amongst nations and safeguard peace. In this spirit, the Diplomatic Council welcomes personalities from diplomacy, economy and society who enjoy high degrees of acceptance, high levels of expertise and who pursue the same visions and values.

The history and development of the Diplomatic Council

An ambassador or consul general is assigned to a country for a duration of approximately three to four years. Valuable relations established during this period are usually lost after the diplomat is sent to his next destination. In order to prevent this, the Diplomatic Council was founded with the purpose to maintain and expand this unique contact network even after the diplomat has moved to another country. DC diplomats always bring together their best contacts. Hence, a worldwide contact network is created which expands with every move of a DC diplomat.

Each new member admitted to the Diplomatic Council is either recommended by a diplomat or another DC member and is reviewed and authorized by the Ambassadors Circle. The Ambassadors Circle is made up of DC Presidents and other Ambassadors. In addition to the DC Presidents, diplomats from numerous other countries are part of the Diplomatic Council.

Global Think Tank and Business Network

The Diplomatic Council is built on three pillars as defined hereinafter:

  • The Diplomatic Council is a global think tank and enjoys the special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and adheres to the charter of the United Nations. In compliance with the UN principles, the Diplomatic Council is committed to serve the common welfare, to support charitable projects and to participate in scientific studies and projects. Content work such as writing white papers, creating reports, directories and certificates, generating and disseminating valuable information, are carried out in the DC forums, directorates, initiatives and programs.
  • The Diplomatic Council is a global business network providing a platform for diplomats, business leaders and societal personalities to meet and enrich each other.
  • The Diplomatic Council is a charity foundation supporting and promoting social and humanitarian projects.

Quality enjoys high priority

Quality has top priority in every respect. To reward quality, selected DC forums have created quality certificates such as the “DC Preferred Partner Hospitals/Clinics” seal, which is granted to hospitals following an extensive quality check by the assessors of Temos International, a global hospital certifier. More than 55 medical facilities located all over the world have been awarded the DC Preferred Hospital/Clinic certificate. Further certificates are issued by the DC Global IT Forum and the Initiative DC Safer Internet for Children.

DC corporate members are granted the DC Trusted Company logo which identifies them as a reliable and responsible company.

Initiatives for a better world

The Diplomatic Council is driven by the strong desire to support social and humanitarian initiatives with no economic interests in order to help the less privileged ones.

In a joint effort with White IT, an alliance established by the State of Lower Saxony, the Diplomatic Council has started its Initiative Safer Internet for Children in order to combat child pornography. The alliance is supported by governmental authorities, the police, large IT groups, child protection agencies and many more.

Under the patronage of the Diplomatic Council, the DC Software Alliance has introduced its first prototype of the “Child Abuse Prevention System“ (CAPS) which helps preventing the dissemination of child pornography. The software is capable of analyzing different data such as picture and video data or documents of more than 120 formats. It can also extract background information in order to identify connections and indications from the crime scene, the offender and the victim. Consequently, the software can support the prosecution of this severe type of crime.

Other DC social and charity projects include efforts to end violence against women and the empowerment of women, the reduction of maternal and child maternity, the conversion of 2-stroke wheelers to e-wheelers to reduce pollution, the decrease of waste in the oceans and so on.

The soul of the Diplomatic Council: its dedicated members

The Diplomatic Council is driven by active members from diplomacy, economy and society who are honoured and committed to help encouraging intercultural relations, enhancing international understanding and promoting a more peaceful relations amongst nations. In a world that demands a smooth interplay of economic competency and diplomatic skills, a think tank uniting diplomacy and business is crucial.

The Diplomatic Council is inspired by Buddha’s idea according to which a candle loses nothing by lighting another. In the same way Buddha did, the Diplomatic Council does not lose its joy and fulfilment but rather increases with every activity taken.

Buddhi Athauda, Diplomatic Council Founding President on behalf of the Presidents Office, Ambassadors Circle, Secretariate General, Executive Committee and Steering Committee