This unit will critically examine the definitions and practices of humanitarian diplomacy – an emerging concept within the humanitarian sector. Egeland (2013) argues there is ‘in our age of information, advocacy, and non-governmental activism no place with widespread suffering where there is no humanitarian diplomacy and action’. For Egeland, the latter cannot exist without the former. Despite this, many humanitarian practitioners may associate diplomatic practice in its traditional political sense, viewing it as the preoccupation of states as opposed to aid agencies. For this reason the unit also examines the where diplomacy and negotiations practices converge.