The International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs is a platform for global leaders and advocates who combine their unique talents, expertise and network in order to work towards social change and international peace and justice.

The International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs define, shape and advance international interests and values in a complex global environment. The ICDGA manage diplomatic and international relations, promote international trade and investment and provide SDG support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security and Diplomatic assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law and human rights policies.

Mandate and role: What we do.

International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, under the leadership of the ICDGA High Commissioner the Deputy High Commissioner and the Deputy High Commissioner responsible for Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs are commissioned to advancing international relations, including:

  • Developing and implementing foreign policy;
  • Fostering the development of international law, international trade and commerce;
  • Providing international assistance (encompassing humanitarian, development, and peace and security);
  • Ensuring international strong and sustained engagement throughout institutions;
  • Providing consular and international relations services; and,
  • Overseeing the Global Diplomatic Council network of missions abroad.

The International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs manages and maintains diplomatic and consular relations with foreign governments and international organizations, engaging and influencing international players to advance global political, legal and economic interests, including poverty reduction, education, the promotion of a rules-based international order, international peace and security, human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism, inclusion and respect for diversity, and environmental sustainability.

To eradicate global poverty and to contribute to a more peaceful, prosperous and inclusive world, the ICDGA manages the efforts of international assistance and development.

ICDGA also manages the Global Diplomatic Council international platform—a global network of missions in countries that supports the international work of the Council and partner departments and organizations, Institutions and agencies.

To improve and maintain market access for international businesses, the ICDGA leads the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, the administration of export and import controls, as well as the management of international trade and Diplomatic disputes. It also provides advice and services to help businesses succeed abroad and attract foreign direct investment to nations, and supports international innovation, science and technology

It also supports global peace and stability and addresses international security threats, transnational organized crime and human rights violations and recognition of unrepresented nations and people.

The commission helps ensure strong and sustained engagement in various institutions. It works with member states and governments to better define its core mandate, improve its functioning and transparency, and increase its impact.

ICDGA develops and implements policy and programming based on analysis of available evidence, including through consultation and engagement with international stakeholders. The commission is responsible for fostering the development of international law.

Operating Context

As the International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs is responsible for international engagement, it operates around the world, often in difficult or volatile environments. This brings a variety of potential risks and challenges not present domestically, including the rise of protectionism and authoritarianism; competition or conflict among major and regional powers; crime and failures in governance; the growing influence of non-state actors as well as the effects of economic inequality, social instability and increasing disruptions from climate change.

The Commission has a long history of introducing innovative approaches to delivering results while securing its network and protecting its people and partners. In addition, the commission is collaborating closely with a variety of partners at country, regional and multilateral levels, including civil society partners, to develop collective responses and solutions to cross-border and global challenges.

Treaties, laws and regulations

Read acts and regulations, treaties with Indigenous peoples, and international treaties and agreements.

  • UN Charter of Rights and Freedoms

International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs topics:

  • Diplomacy and International Relations and Institutions
  • Economics
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Health
  • Education
  • Politics and Government
  • Social Issues
  • Defense and Security


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