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

U.S.-China Governors Forum Serves as Platform for U.S.-China Cooperation

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, left, prepares to shake hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 15, 2013. [AP Photo]

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

As John Kerry concluded earlier this week his first visit to China as Secretary of State, a delegation of U.S. governors arrived in Beijing to advance U.S.-China economic cooperation at the local level. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad led the delegation to the third U.S.-China Governors Forum (the Forum), which included Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. 

I supported the U.S. governors’ delegation at the Forum, which was co-convened by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chinese Peoples’ Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) in Beijing and Tianjin, April 15-16. The three U.S. governors and five Chinese provincial leaders discussed economic and trade cooperation and environmental management… more »

California and China Bolster Economic Ties and Cooperation

California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, with his wife Anne Brown, left, unveils the emblem for the California-China Office of Trade and Investment with Hu Wenjun, deputy director of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, right, during the official opening ceremony on April 12, 2013 in Shanghai, China. [AP Photo]

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

Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. concluded a highly successful trade and investment mission to China in the port city of Shenzhen. Multimillion-dollar business deals between Chinese and Californian companies were announced during the visit.

At an April 10 reception at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing hosted by Ambassador Gary Locke, Governor Brown announced a $1.5 billion investment partnership between a California-based developer and a China-based investor and developer that will create thousands of California jobs. “This massive influx of Chinese investment will put thousands of Californians to work and dramatically improve Oakland’s waterfront,” said Governor Brown.

Governor Brown described this trade mission as a first step toward improved relations between… 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 »

U.S.-Russian Subnational Engagement: Connecting Markets and Communities


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Antarctic and a Joint Statement on Strengthening U.S.-Russian Inter-Regional Cooperation in Vladivostok, Russia, September 8, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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

On Monday, November 19, I will have the honor of speaking about U.S.-Russia subnational engagement at an event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Kennan Institute. As the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, I lead the Department of State’s efforts to collaborate with state and local leaders and their counterparts abroad. In July 2012, I made a 10-day trip to Russia, where I visited cities and oblasts throughout the country, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. I met with representatives of federal, regional, and local governments, as well as leaders of Russia’s business and academic communities, to discuss and further the development of a U.S.-Russia subnational engagement… more »

U.S.-Russia Subnational Engagement: Breaking New Territory

The Triumph Palace skyscraper is seen in a picture done from the top of the

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

I just returned from a 10-day trip to Russia, where I visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok — the host city to the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. As the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, I lead the Department of State’s efforts to collaborate with state and local leaders and their counterparts abroad. While in Russia, I met with representatives of the federal and local authorities, as well as leaders of Russia’s business and academic communities, to discuss and further the development of a U.S.-Russia subnational engagement effort.

During these meetings, we discussed a framework for expanding opportunities for engagement between the United States and Russia at the subnational level. This framework would provide the foundation for potential cooperation in trade and investment, education, and… more »

U.S., Brazil Strengthen Ties Through Subnational Engagement

Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis joins Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between Fulton County, Georgia and the State of Bahia, Brazil in Atlanta, Georgia, May 24, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis serves as the Secretary’s Special Representative forGlobal Intergovernmental Affairs.

Yesterday, I arrived in Brazil to participate in the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress 2012, and serve as a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22. Three U.S. city and county officials will serve as private sector advisors to the delegation.

Collaborations at the local level are strengthening our overall bilateral relationship with Brazil. For example, on May 24, 2012, Fulton County, Georgia and the State of Bahia, Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote local cooperation. In the spirit of the U.S.-Brazil MOU to Support State and Local Cooperation signed during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the United States in April 2012, I traveled to Atlanta to participate in the signing ceremony. I had the pleasure of… more »

Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development

Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis hosts a roundtable with U.S. and South African state and local officials at the Department of State on March 13, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis is the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

The Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, in partnership with the Bureau of African Affairs and Sister Cities International, recently hosted a “Smart Partnership Dialogue: Global Engagement Series” entitled, “Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development.” U.S. and South African state and local officials discussed the economic advantages and benefits to building strong city-to-city relationships and how best to utilize these relationships for mutual benefit.

The program, which was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, began with welcoming remarks by Ambassador Stephen Nolan, Director, South African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Adam Kaplan, Sister Cities International, moderated a panel discussion which featured Wanda… more »