The Ulpiana Forum represents an international network-based response to the reality that our era is increasingly being defined as one of prolific change, mobility, and volatility. The challenges and opportunities of such change are being felt across economies, societies, and politics.

Diaspora communities are one of the few constituencies that thrive in this fluid world. This has not gone unnoticed by policymakers and other stakeholders. In a recent assessment of institutional diaspora engagement, the EU Global Diaspora Facility estimates that in a mapping of 110 countries, there are 439 diaspora institutions active across those countries.

The Ulpiana Forum, convened through the leadership and vision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, acts on the diplomatic and developmental potentials that networking states and their partners on diaspora engagement can bring for shared global peace and prosperity. The forum is a multi-stakeholder convening to share processes of diaspora impact and to strategically advance partnerships on diaspora engagement.

These partnerships can serve as a bedrock to strengthen the role of states in enacting meaningful and intentional engagements of diaspora communities that result in transformative and positive contributions in collectively addressing the challenges and opportunities of our era of prolific change, mobility, and volatility.

The Ulpiana Forum strives to:

-Provide a collaborative forum for long-term diplomatic exchange on diaspora engagement.

-Identify and share the policy frameworks, technical tools, and soft skills required to build impact in diaspora engagement from the perspective of multiple stakeholders.

-Materialize partnerships between states and across multiple stakeholders to deliver a more sustainable architecture of diaspora engagement for international development.

-Advance a more positive outlook on issues relating to migration and mobility across public and political landscapes.

-Create a process to track emergent trends across diaspora engagement to help better inform policy making and diaspora engagement.

-Create a process to track how diaspora engagement can help address existing or emergent issues of global significance including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, climate change, humanitarian crises, and security.