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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: New York state seal © Public Domain
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Former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles of New York had diplomacy in his blood; both his grandfather and his uncle, also from New York, served as Secretaries of State. More»

New York has been the state of residence for the greatest number of Secretaries of State: 16. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

New York

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Of the 40,293 New York exporters in 2013, 94% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, New York exports totaled $88.4 billion. Those exports supported 389,957 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • New York City is home to the United Nations Headquarters, which includes the General Assembly, the Security Councilthe SecretariatUNICEFUN Women and other key agencies. The United States Mission to the United Nations is based here also. (IO)

    • New York hosts the UN General Assembly every September, which brings in millions of dollars in revenue, and is estimated by many high-end hoteliers to raise profits by at least 40% during the three weeks of UNGA (not counting restaurants, shopping and other revenue streams). (IO)

    • MasterCard, based in Purchase, NY, is a founding partner in the Veterans Innovation Fellowship, a partnership between the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, The Mission Continues, USAID, OPIC, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several other universities. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $2 million to Green Belt Movement International, whose U.S. office is in Brooklyn, to support the creation and scaling up of the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. The Hub will empower women entrepreneurs from around the world by training on best practices in clean energy entrepreneurship, creating a platform for exchange visits, and monitoring and evaluating clean energy technologies in use. (OES)

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated New York City’s Regional Center investment of $72 million to redevelop the George Washington Bridge Bus station. SelectUSA is a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • New York hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s humanitarian program Operation Provide Hope, in partnership with New York-based United Methodist Committee on Relief, delivered donated assistance in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, and other relief items to vulnerable populations in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (EUR) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $725,000 to the New York economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $268,000 to New York-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

    • Instarespuesta, a company founded by partners from New York and Chile, and SolKissed Swimwear, founded by partners from New York and Peru, were among sixteen finalists in the La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State was at the forefront of interagency U.S. Government advocacy leading to General Electric winning its largest power agreement in company history, approximately $2.7 billion with SPE, an affiliate of Sonelgaz – Algeria’s national electricity and gas company. Through this agreement, the majority of equipment will be exported from New York and South Carolina, with input from suppliers throughout the U.S. (ENR) More»

    • American Embassies worldwide purchased a total of $493,556 in multimedia materials from Ambassador Education Solutions, a book wholesaler located in Melville, New York, for use in American Spaces abroad. (IIP) More»

    • Brookhaven National Laboratory received $3,054,477 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in New York. (HR)

  • Education

    • 326 Scholars, Students and Teachers from New York were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Usha Pitts): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • The John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Hunter College in New York City, as well as Syracuse University in Syracuse, are participating schools in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • A high school student from New York participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice through the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab research program. John Jay College provided research projects to INL on New Media and Successful Marketing for Law Enforcement Agencies, Wildlife Trafficking, and Instituting Accountability Measures. (INL) More»

    • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health/International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs serve as the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative Coordinating Center, which coordinates a number of partnerships in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia. (S/GAC) More»

    • Embassy Madrid hosts members of the Queens Museum of Art and Museo ICO project emPOWER Parents: Fostering Cross Cultural Networks between Families with Autism. (EUR) More»

    • Yeshiva University students attended the Global Leadership Summit at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa to talk about tolerance and diversity. (AF) More»

    • Syracuse University hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • The College of Saint Rose hosted a Fulbright Foreign Student Program participant from Nairobi. A flagship U.S. exchange program, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings the best and brightest foreign graduate students to U.S. institutions to enhance the international orientation of U.S. campuses and bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to share with students, faculty and U.S. communities at large. (AF) More»

    • Academic partnerships with South African Universities: Bard College (International Human Rights Exchange Program); Cornell University; New York University (science, technology and health); Queens College of New York (biochemistry); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (general studies); Rockefeller University (Center for Hepatitis C Study PhD student training). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 1,726 exchange visitors from overseas visited New York and 955 New York residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted nearly 500 journalists from around the world to learn about issues such as the U.S. retail industrysocial entrepreneurismU.S. economy and its global roletechnology trendsrefugee resettlementtravel and tourismFleet WeekHispanic impact on the U.S. economyMuslims in America, and LGBT. Participants visited the Metropolitan Museum Islamic Galleries, the Empire State BuildingNYC Economic Development Corp., the Statue of Liberty and Ellis IslandSilicon Alley, the Space Shuttle, the World Trade Center, and the UN General Assembly. (PA)

    • Cornell University received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for joint agriculture and food security curriculum development with the University of Agricultural Sciences, Meerut, India. (SCA) More»

    • 690 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in New York through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. CUNY College of Staten Island, Hamilton College, Niagara County Community College, Pace University, Syracuse University, and the University of Rochester participated in this Virtual College Fair. More»

  • Partnerships

    • GreenWave in New York City was one of twelve hosts for the 2nd annual Fishackathon, which took place in June 2015. Fishackathon is a public-private partnership launched by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) to use technology to create innovative solutions for the sustainable management of fisheries and the protection of our oceans. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders from all around the world to come together for a weekend of work to create new applications, tools, and prototypes that will be deployed on multiple platforms to help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing. Learn more about Fishackathon here. (S/GP)

    • The Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society and the New York City-based organization Concordia, presented the second annual P3 Impact Award at the Concordia Summit in New York City in October 2015. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways. The award seeks to highlight best practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. More information on the P3 Impact Award and its finalists can be found here. (S/GP)

    • The U.S. Department of State partnered with the communications company /tone, based in New York City, to create the mFish partnership, which uses the power of commercially viable mobile technology to help make fishing more sustainable and improve the lives of fishermen and their communities. More information on mFish is available here. (S/GP)

    • An event was held in New York City during the annual Global Diaspora Week celebration, organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. GDW is a week-long celebration of diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. The week of events is organized through the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) partnership and fueled by diaspora organizations all over the world that are shining a spotlight on diaspora communities, their achievements, and the issues that are important to them. GDW 2015 boasted over 90 events worldwide; learn more here. (S/GP)

    • An event was held in New York City during the annual Global Partnerships Week celebration in March, organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. GPW recognizes the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting diplomacy and development worldwide and inspires public and private organizations everywhere through self-organized local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as shared value collaborators. GPW 2015 boasted over 20 events worldwide; learn more here. (S/GP)

    • The Maxwell School at Syracuse University was commissioned to produce the first ever evaluation report of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a partnership launched by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Read the report here. (S/GP)

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 3,904. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the New York National Guard State Partnership Program with South Africa founded in 2003. (PM) More»

    • $18,295,000 to the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs in Lesotho at Columbia University. (AF) More»

    • Centre ValBio research station, led by a Stony Brook University professor and located in Ranomafana National Park, works to protect Madagascar’s unique and biologically diverse ecosystems through conservation science and projects. (AF) More»

    • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided $3 million to bring young civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to Syracuse University for the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship, through which participants gain a practical understanding of the interactions between government and civil society, while also gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and professional contacts to benefit their professional pursuits in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the New York Police Department on three deployments to send NYPD officers to Haiti to support the Haitian National Police, providing technical guidance in community policing. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Port of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to provide a study tour for Thai judges to learn how the United States investigates and prosecutes wildlife trafficking cases at both the state and federal levels. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the New York Police Department to provide a study tour for police officials from Panama. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) sponsored a trip by Costa Rican officials to the New York County District Attorney’s Office and to visit New York bank regulators to learn best practices. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has adapted U.S. crime analysis programs from New York to institute data-driven crime analysis and response programs throughout Central America and has documented decreases in crime of up to 27 per cent where the program is operating. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) sponsored the Justice Committee of the Mexican Senate’s travel to New York to conduct a study visit of Drug Courts and other alternative justice programs as part of their drafting sentencing and juvenile justice legislation. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to sponsor five Mexican Federal Police to conduct a study tour on countering trafficking in persons and conducting investigations in New York. (INL) More»

    • New York’s International Rescue Committee received $750,000 to partner with the Institute for Social Wellbeing and Research and a local NGO to strengthen the overall legal and operational framework for child trafficking prevention, prosecution of traffickers, and protection for victims of trafficking in Haiti with a particular emphasis on children living in domestic servitude and children living in residential care centers. (J/TIP) More»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the New York Institute of Technology and Peking University enables effective detection, protection and monitoring of groundwater resources. More on EcoPartnerships. (EAP/OES)

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Stony Brook University and Tongji University in Shanghai is testing a suite of cutting-edge landfill-gas-to-liquids technologies to produce alternative fuels. More on EcoPartnerships (EAP/OES)

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnership between the Queens Museum of Art and Museo Ico (Madrid, Spain) – emPOWER Parents: Fostering Cross Cultural Networks between Families with Autism. (ECA) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnership between the American Museum of Natural History (NYC) and the Museum of Samoa – Rebuilding Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa. (ECA) More»

    • The New York-based Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provided a $1.157 million grant to World Monuments Fund for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in EthiopiaLibya and Thailand. (ECA - AFCP)

    • The New York-based Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provided a $46,000 grant to the High Atlas Foundation for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in Morocco. (ECA - AFCP)

    • New York based Bang on a Can, Inc. received $600,000 grant to manage the Dosti Music Project for innovative Pakistani, Indian and U.S. musical collaboration for two years. (SCA) More»

    • $175,000 was awarded to New York's Global Workers Justice Alliance to build on its existing network of migrant rights defenders to strengthen the capacity of NGOs in Mexico to identify and protect victims of human trafficking and provide greater access to services. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 1,169,590. (CA) More»

    • The Buffalo Passport Agency comprises 17 government employees and 12 contract employees.

    • The New York City Passport Agency comprises 78 government employees and 16 contract employees. In total, the two passport agencies employ 95 government and 28 contract staff. (CA)

    • 727 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for New York families in Fiscal Year 2014: 293. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • The Statue of Liberty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO)

    • Diplomatic Security New York Field Office: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Buffalo Investigative Field OfficeMore»

    • U.S. Department of State published a pamphlet, “Bronx, New York: Macedonian Roma, Hidden in Plain Sight” to encourage trade and tourism by sharing the history and culture of local Macedonian Romas with 1,964 Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish language speakers. (IIP) More»

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