2023 saw the Diplomacy Training Program return to delivering face-to-face training in the region once again.
DTP’s ten F2F programs in 2023 included 247 participants from 24 countries. We developed new program content on environmental human rights defenders and human rights and the climate crisis. We continued to increase our online activities, with a specific focus on Children’s Rights. DTP’s eNewsletter now goes out fortnightly to 6,000 plus individuals – including DTP alumni.
A focus of our work in 2023 was to increase engagement with DTP alumni. We organised our first alumni workshops in the Pacific and Asia, bringing together alumni from the first program in 1990 to the most recent in 2023. The workshops reflected on the impact and outcomes of DTP’s work over 30 years and the support it has provided to those on the human rights frontline. The workshops also provided guidance on future priorities. This was supplemented by an online survey of DTP alumni.
Throughout the year our programs also reflected and drew inspiration from the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR’s commitments to human dignity, equality and freedom are expressed in the work of courageous human rights defenders and their allies in civil society, and in governments.