"State in 60 Seconds" Video — Global Diaspora Forum

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.

Celebrating America’s Diaspora Communities
On Saturday, I celebrated my 100-day anniversary with the Department of State. To say that I am inspired and humbled to be part of America’s team charged with advancing our ideals and strengthening our security, is an understatement.  Every day I’m in awe of our Foreign Service officers and civil servants around the globe.  I’m also particularly invested in recognizing one of the less visible, but highly effective, groups of Americans aiding our diplomatic efforts: our diaspora communities.

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Did you know that there are over 215 million people living in the world now in a country other than the one they were born in? This is larger than the population of Brazil, and almost triples what the number of global migrants was in 1990. People move for different reasons — economic opportunity, security, and family — to different places. But despite these differences, many maintain close connections in their countries of origins.

Diaspora means “to scatter” in Greek, but today we use the term to describe a community of people who live outside their shared country of origin or ancestry but maintain active connections with it. A diaspora includes both emigrants and their descendants. MORE

Global Partnerships Enhance Diplomacy and Development

Infographic on 2012 diaspora engagement by the Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships Initiative, January 2013 [State Department image]

About the Author: Connie Tzioumis and Robert Haynie serve as Senior Advisors in the Office of the Secretary’s Global Partnerships Initiative.

Continuing our series on global partnerships, today’s entry highlights major achievements for diaspora engagement in 2012. We also spotlight a brand-new flagship — the culmination of three years of work — that is now being piloted in Brazil. Check out our infographic highlighting these partnerships, read more about our efforts, and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

International Diaspora Engagement Alliance

In July, we co-hosted with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the second annual Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum,… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Second Annual Global Diaspora Forum at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on July 25, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript].