Citizen Diplomacy Summits Launch Across the United States

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2017

Beginning this week, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Global Ties U.S., will sponsor Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits, bringing together leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit world to further citizen diplomacy and forge new connections in local communities. The summits will take place across the United States, engaging Americans from diverse backgrounds on the innovations and impacts that stem from international relationships. More than 90 local U.S. organizations partner with the State Department on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and thousands of Americans volunteer their time to support State Department international exchange programs.

The first summit in Kansas City, Missouri on June 15 will explore how social progress and women’s empowerment at the local level have ripple effects throughout the world. Subsequent Summits in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; and Austin, Texas will focus on entrepreneurship, civic and economic innovation, and economic development for Americans. State Department-sponsored exchange program alumni from around the world, including individuals on the IVLP “Gold Star” program, will attend the summits to reunite with their American counterparts and share the impact of their exchange programs abroad.

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