This Earth Day, we reflect on our impactful strides in environmental stewardship with three remarkable climate initiatives from last year. Read on to learn about the journey visitors from El Salvador took to San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, South Korean visitors met with the CA Air Resources Board to discuss bridging nations for a greener future and a group from Chile met with the Yurok Tribe in Eureka, CA to learn about indigenous leadership and management of protected areas.

In collaboration with Meridian International Center and the Office of International Visitors at the U.S. Department of State, Global Ties Sacramento implemented the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project for Türkiye entitled, Educational Resilience Following Natural Disasters. In February 2023, Türkiye was rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, leaving a profound impact on its communities, which is why six professionals from Türkiye embarked on a transformative journey to delve into the realm of Educational Resilience Following Natural Disasters during their professional exchange program in the U.S. This IVLP from Türkiye, comprising professionals from diverse backgrounds including education, public health, and project management, sought to understand how communities in the United States navigate the complexities of post-disaster educational recovery.

It’s international Women’s History Month and we’ve seen a lot of beautiful stories reflecting on the global impact of female voices and actions. In 2019, through an IVLP exchange, Global Ties Sacramento was honored to connect a group of female writers and artists from Uganda and the United States. The meeting inspired an impressive collaboration over the next several years and resulted in a book.

Valentina Suarez, an International Relations major with a minor in Political Science currently attending Sacramento State, is the newest Diplomacy and Communications Intern to join the Global Ties Sacramento team in 2024.

Andrea Guillen, a Political Science – Public Service major attending University of California, Davis, is one of the newest Diplomacy & International Exchange Interns to join the Global Ties Sacramento team in 2024.

Global Ties Sacramento recently had the opportunity to interview local Home Hospitality host, Brian Green. Incredibly aware of the benefits in reciprocal storytelling and the exchange of cultural perspectives, Brian values his role as host to visiting leaders during their time in California’s capitol.

Watch Brian’s interview about his recent experience hosting an Open World delegation from Vietnam and why he continues to host delegates from around the world.

In December 2023, Global Ties Sacramento hosted five delegates from Vietnam through the Congressional Office of International Leadership’s Open World Program. This delegation aimed to engage in meaningful dialogue with Congressional staff in California whose committee memberships align with current and potential areas of cooperation between the United States and Vietnam.

Aedhan Lanta, a Political Science major currently attending Sacramento State, is the newest Diplomacy & International Exchange Intern to join the Global Ties Sacramento team in 2024.

Global Ties Sacramento is currently accepting applications for Spring 2024 internships. Embrace this opportunity to cultivate cross-cultural communication and diplomacy skills, while refining written and oral communication, research, and analytical abilities.

Diplomacy Matters: California Leading the Way

As the world’s 5th largest economy, California has long been a trailblazer in global policy and international business. During a recent webinar, “Diplomacy Matters: California Leading the Way,” World Trade Center Northern California and Global Ties San Francisco brought together esteemed California leaders to discuss diplomacy’s role in the state’s prominent position. Moderated by Dr. Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties U.S., attendees listened to four of California’s leading experts in diplomacy and international relations: California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis; Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Liliana Ferrer, and California Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of International Affairs, Susanne Stirling.

The discussion examined different ways California has fostered diplomatic relations with lasting effects nationally and globally. Each of the three panelists highlighted their respective institutions’ ongoing work towards California’s three primary international goals: immigration, trade, and climate change.

Since outlined in 2018 by Governor Gavin Newsom and Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, these goals have served as the guiding principles of the state’s business and sociopolitical spheres that have shaped relations with California’s global partners.

Discussion Highlights:

  • A diverse population and strong sense of community are some of the main drivers of California’s economic success.
  • Mexican-Californian relations are heavily rooted in geopolitical strategy and trade partnerships.
  • California plays a crucial role in addressing the root causes of immigration and assisting with developing neighboring regions.
  • Collaborating on over 60 bi-lateral trade agreements, California is a prominent global leader in sustainable economic practices to combat climate change.
  • Domestic diplomacy within California’s business sphere will always have global effects.
  • Systemic and legislative change under the Biden-Harris administration is closely linked to Californian leadership and its strong relationship with Mexico.

California’s leaders understand the importance of building and cultivating relationships, both domestically and internationally, in achieving policy goals and building a vibrant economy. As a global leader, California will continue to invest in people and innovation and work collaboratively to find creative solutions to global challenges, such as climate change. It was an honor to have the opportunity to engage with our esteemed panelists, and we thank them for sharing their expertise and insight.

The webinar recording is available via the WTCNC YouTube channel. Past events and webinars hosted by the World Trade Center of Northern California and Global Ties San Francisco are also available.