united-nations:

Call for all bloggers who love to travel!
Why not participate in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Blogger Competition for this year’s World Tourism Day on 27 September under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”?
The author of the winning post will be invited to a round trip to Mexico, with the opportunity to visit local community projects.

The competition is open from 24 June to 15 August.
Find out more at: http://j.mp/1v25DKR

united-nations:

Call for all bloggers who love to travel!

Why not participate in World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Blogger Competition for this year’s World Tourism Day on 27 September under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”?

The author of the winning post will be invited to a round trip to Mexico, with the opportunity to visit local community projects.

The competition is open from 24 June to 15 August.

Find out more at: http://j.mp/1v25DKR

Guide Rafael Rios Chagolla discusses a Diego Rivera mural with #SecKerry in the Palacio Nacional in #MexicoCity, #Mexico. #KerryEnMexico

Guide Rafael Rios Chagolla discusses a Diego Rivera mural with #SecKerry in the Palacio Nacional in #MexicoCity, #Mexico. #KerryEnMexico

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Mexico City, Mexico, May 21–22, to discuss a range of issues, including expanding trade and economic growth, increasing higher education collaboration, and our continuing security cooperation. Go to www.state.gov to learn more.

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Mexico City, Mexico, May 21–22, to discuss a range of issues, including expanding trade and economic growth, increasing higher education collaboration, and our continuing security cooperation. Go to www.state.gov to learn more.

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 whitehouse.gov.

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 http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/09/197914.htm.

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 www.state.gov/s/gwi/index.htm.