1. The Arctic Council is comprised of eight member countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. MORE
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a presentation with seven other Arctic Council Ministers in the LKAB mine, Kiruna, Sweden on May 15, 2013. [State Department photo / Public Domain]
In a “State in 60 Seconds” video blog, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships Thomas Debass discusses the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum, which brings together diaspora leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum is “Where Ideas Meet Action.” The 2013 Forum will demonstrate exemplary initiatives undertaken by diaspora communities in the fields of development and diplomacy and will showcase methods of cultural bridge-building that encourage young diasporans to connect with their countries of heritage.
Held annually since 2004, the G-8 Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative’s Forum for the Future brings together G-8 and BMENA governments, the private sector, and civil society leaders to work toward political, social, and economic progress. The 2012 Forum was the first year that government, civil society, and private sector representatives actively participated in the Forum as equals — reflecting the goals of the U.S. and Tunisian co-chairs to generate reform-oriented discussions and promote greater citizen-government dialogue. MORE
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt upon arriving at a working dinner with Arctic Council Ministers in Kiruna, Sweden, on May 14, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]