Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in red, white, and blue in honor of the #FourthofJuly to testify the unity between the U.S. and #Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in red, white, and blue in honor of the #FourthofJuly to testify the unity between the U.S. and #Brazil.

The World Cup: A Uniting Force To Inspire Young People and Bring Communities Together

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U.S. Mission to Brazil, the World Cup is about more than just watching soccer matches.  Our Mission-wide sports initiative, Sports for All, has been a great opportunity to use Sports Diplomacy as a tool for community development, gender inclusion, and social equality.  No matter what cultural differences people have, sport is a uniting force that allows all people to play and cheer together.  Teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the pride of watching your team play well (win or lose!) is universal.

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Study Abroad: The Path From the Sleepy Suburbs to the Global Stage
 

A promising high school student from Paraguay almost abandons her goal of learning English, only to receive a life-changing opportunity to earn two degrees at a university in Kansas.

A math whiz from Chile moves to California to earn a Ph.D. in aeronautics and eventually becomes a professor at one of the leading universities in Washington, D.C.

And a young woman from the New Jersey suburbs finds her passion for history and politics come alive in the cafes and museums of Argentina and eventually dedicates her career to diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere.

What do all of these stories have in common? They demonstrate the transformative impact of student exchanges between the United States and our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere, which have benefited tens of thousands of individuals and all of our countries over the years.

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Path to Paralympics Teaches Brazilian Athletes About Disability Rights

The 2012 
Paralympic Games in London was the largest Paralympic sports event to date, as 4,280 athletes from 166 countries competed in 20 sports categories. The participants may have been from different cultures, but they all came together for the same reason: to compete as athletes. MORE.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Foreign Minister of Brazil Antonio de Aguiar Patriota at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on May 20, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/05/209664.htm

U.S and Brazilian Security Officials Share Best Practices To Support Brazilian Mega-Sporting Events
 

The Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security co-hosted a Symposium on Security for Major Sporting Events in New Orleans, April 30-May 1, to advance U.S.-Brazil state and local cooperation.  On the sidelines of the 2013 World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF), co-hosted by Mayor Landrieu and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the two-day Security Symposium convened security officials from the Brazilian states which will host the 2014 World Cup Games.  Officials from eight U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies responsible for the organization and support of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans shared best practices on the coordination of the largest annual sporting event in the United States. MORE

Brazilians Glean Lessons From Super Bowl Planning

Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes, third right, Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman, center, and representatives from civil society wave the newly arrived Olympic flag in front of the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 19, 2012. In 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympic Games. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis serves as the Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

As many Americans are preparing for this weekend’s Super Bowl — arguably the biggest annual sporting event in the United States — Brazilians are looking ahead to 2014, and 2016, when they’ll host the World Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In December 2012, I led a dynamic delegation of sports and entertainment business leaders to Sao Paulo and Brasilia. At the request of Brazil’s Ministry of Sports, my office assembled this delegation to expand U.S.-Brazil cooperation in preparation for Brazil’s hosting a series of major international sporting events, including the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our efforts to expand U.S.-Brazil cooperation in this area were met with great enthusiasm from all we met with in Brazil. 

The delegation of 15 experts from the U.S government and the private sector — including national football… more »

Celebrating Partnerships Around the World

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sanchez introduces President Barack Obamas video message at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 11, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kris M. Balderston serves as the Special Representative for Global Partnerships within the Office of the Secretary of State.

We can achieve more together than we can alone.

That simple statement underscored the premise of the first Global Partnerships Week, which we marked December 9-15, 2012. I saw the power of partnerships firsthand in Dubai, where I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and our Partners for a New Beginning initiative, while our embassies and missions around the world, from Japan to Brazil, spotlighted the value of partnering with the private sector.

Through educational and media events, competitions, and challenges, we’ve seen the State Department recognize the importance of collaborating with the private sector. In Honduras, for example, the Embassy launched a partnership with a local telecommunications company to provide Internet, cable, and phone access at youth outreach centers. In Haiti, Ambassador Pamela White hosted a reception for businesses… more »

International Anti-Corruption Conference Mobilizes Activists, Policy-Makers, and Practitioners


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during the opening ceremony of the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia, Brazil, November 7, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Alyce Ahn serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Promoting transparency and accountability. Striving for sustainable development. Preventing corruption in sports. Ensuring political transitions lead to good governance. These were among the goals discussed this month in Brasilia, Brazil, as over 1900 participants from 140 countries gathered for the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). 

The largest multi-stakeholder meeting in the world focused on combating corruption, the IACC is a biennial forum where government officials and representatives from nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, development agencies, and the private sector gather to exchange knowledge, evaluate progress, and collectively devise innovative ways to more effectively promote integrity and fight corruption. This year’s IACC also placed a special emphasis on preventing and combating corruption by mobilizing and… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., October 24, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., October 24, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]