Secretary Kerry, Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird, and Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade share a laugh after addressing reporters during the North American Ministerial this morning at the U.S. Department of State.

Secretary Kerry, Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird, and Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade share a laugh after addressing reporters during the North American Ministerial this morning at the U.S. Department of State.

On Thursday, President Obama leaves on a three day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, where he will meet with key leaders to discuss a range of issues. In Mexico the President will meet with his counterpart, President Peña Nieto, on ways we can deepen our economic and commercial partnership.

In Costa Rica, President Chinchilla will host a meeting with President Obama and heads of state of the other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, where the leaders can discuss our collective efforts to promote economic growth and development in Central America and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security.

We asked Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, to preview the upcoming trip and some of the issues the President would be discussing in his meetings. Check it out above or watch the video on YouTube.

Learn more about President Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica at

U.S.-Mexico Dialogue Expands Economic Cooperation

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez poses for a photo with Assistant Secretaries across four different U.S. cabinet agencies and Mexican officials in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jose W. Fernandez serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

The United States and Mexico share many similar interests and concerns. We are also at a very special state in our economic relationship. President Obama has called it a moment of opportunity. Others have said this is Mexico’s moment.

Having personally worked with Mexico in the private sector for almost three decades and now at the U.S. Department of State, I am thrilled by the Obama Administration’s focus on deepening and elevating our already close cooperation on economic issues. Mexico, a major regional power that actively engages on global economic issues, offers huge possibilities for increased economic cooperation. It is in both our interests to increase economic integration among the NAFTA partners in order to make our economies more competitive.

Just looking at the numbers, it is easy to see why we focus on the economic relationship. The United… 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 »

It Starts With One: Alumni, Youth Empowerment, and a Vision for a Better Future

Regional Alumni Enrichment Workshop on Youth Empowerment and Citizen Security in Costa Rica [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jeff Weinshenker serves as a Public Diplomacy Officer in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

It all starts with one. One idea. One individual. One community. And one vision for a better future.

It starts with Juan Pablo in Bolivia teaching at-risk youth how to express themselves through sports and culture, developing their own identity so others won’t define it for them.

It starts with Martha in Costa Rica or Yelitza in Panama, who found ways to reach the “unreachable” — gang members, drug users, and school dropouts in whom others had given up hope.

Sometimes it begins with an idea — teaching robotics to 10-year-olds in a drug-ravaged community in Costa Rica. Piece by piece, with the support of dedicated adults, these boys and girls learn to construct something bigger — engines, cars, complex systems — and along the way, they rebuild themselves and their neighborhoods.

These moments of inspiration exist across… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Patricia Espinosa at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2012. A text transcript can be found at

United States-Mexico Sign Agreement to Collaborate in Promoting Gender Equality

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
September 18, 2012

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa signed the U.S.-Mexico Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Promotion of Gender Equality, the Empowerment of Women and Women’s Human Rights prior to the Merida Initiative High-Level Consultative Group meeting.

This MOU demonstrates the U.S. and Mexican commitment to full integration of gender equality into our bilateral relationship. It recognizes the essential role women play as agents of change in society as well as their contributions to the economic development, democratic institutions, citizen security, and prosperity of both nations.

The United States and Mexico agreed to cooperate on gender equality efforts and initiatives in a number of key areas, including but not limited to:

1. Promoting economic empowerment and opportunity for women and girls;

2. Promoting social development that supports gender equality;

3. Strengthening citizen security, with a particular focus on women and girls;

4. Promoting increased access to justice.

The MOU reflects Secretary Clinton and the Department of State’s commitment to integrating the advancement of women and girls fully into the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. For more information, please visit the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

Jóvenes en Acción: Today’s Action Is Tomorrow’s Change

Participants of the Jóvenes en Acción program proudly present their service project at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Miles Bullock serves as an intern in the Press Office of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

When it comes to finding inventive solutions to world challenges, one program brings forth a group of vibrant students that embody the optimism and drive needed to enact tomorrow’s change by taking action today: Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action). Jóvenes en Acción is an intensive program that provides outstanding Mexican high school students with an innovative five-week exchange in the United States that develops leadership skills, fosters civic engagement, and supports students in creating service projects to implement in their communities. This year’s 77 Jóvenes en Acciónparticipants, representing 13 Mexican states from Baja California to Yucatán, prove that one of the most reliable forms of investment is the irreplaceable capital of youth. As the third group of students participating in the program, these ambitious high… more »

Little League: A Big Hit for Young Sports Visitors

Youths from Ecuador, Mexico, and Panama participate in a baseball clinic as part of the SportsUnited program, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kelli Davis is a program officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) SportsUnited Office.

This year’s United Nations International Youth Day coincides with the start of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs SportsUnited Division’s multi-national baseball and softball visitor program. A group of 20 enthusiastic teenagers— 11 girls and 9 boys — and four coaches from Ecuador, Mexico, and Panama recently arrived for a fast-paced series of activities centered on the theme sports of baseball and softball. What better way to celebrate International Youth Day than embark on a whirlwind sports experience designed for energetic and young athletes?

Throughout the two-week program, the young athletes will engage with their American counterparts,… more »

Deputy Secretary’s Travel to Mexico and Colombia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 27, 2012

Deputy Secretary Bill Burns will travel to Mexico City July 30, 2012. He will meet with Mexican Government officials to discuss the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship and opportunities for international cooperation. He will deliver remarks and cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” Center at the Benjamin Franklin Library, where he will also meet with alumni of educational exchange programs.

From Mexico City, Deputy Secretary Burns will travel to Bogota, Colombia, to lead the U.S. delegation in the third round of the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue (HLPD) on July 31. Delegations from the two countries will have discussions in six working groups covering themes of Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance; Energy; Social and Economic Opportunities; Environmental Protection and Climate Change; Science and Technology; and Culture and Education. Also participating in the HLPD will be Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Affairs Carlos Pascual, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez, and representatives from other U.S. Government agencies. Secretary Clinton led the U.S. delegation in the last round of working group discussions in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2011.