International Affairs

Mayor Garcetti is committed to expanding Los Angeles’ global leadership. He knows that when we deepen our ties abroad, we attract more tourists to our City, support our businesses, expose our students to new skills and experiences, enrich our culture, and create jobs here at home. That is why he created the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs to broaden the city’s engagement on everything from tourism and trade to actions to combat climate change and preparations for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOS ANGELES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Mayor Garcetti is working to deepen Los Angeles’ global connections through expanded trade, investment, and exports — because extending our businesses’ international reach and relationships translates into more jobs and greater prosperity for our families and workers. Mayor Garcetti’s trade mission to Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hong Kong advanced these goals. The Mayor’s Office and World Trade Center Los Angeles are also launching a pilot program to attract, promote, and retain international investment in the City. At the same time, the Mayor’s Export Program helps companies, including small business, learn about overseas opportunities through partners including the Port of Los Angeles, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, U.S. Commercial Service, and many more.

WELCOMING THE WORLD IN 2028. When we host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028, we will welcome the world to Los Angeles. Our third Olympic Games and first Paralympic Games will provide an opportunity to showcase our city, contribute our values and innovations to the Olympic and Paralympic movement, and engage the next generation of global citizens. Through Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, Los Angeles is writing a new Olympic legacy rooted in a fiscally responsible and sustainable Games that will make use of our existing infrastructure, help provide universal access for youth sports, inspire neighborhood-led celebrations of arts and culture, and create the opportunity for all Angelenos to participate in this Olympic and Paralympic experience.  

WORKING TOWARD GLOBAL GOALS. Mayor Garcetti has committed Los Angeles to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or the “Global Goals,” a set of global commitments adopted by members of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet, and broaden prosperity. The Mayor’s Office, with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is taking steps to implement the SDGs at the local level, track Los Angeles’ progress toward meeting these targets, and incorporate the goals into the City’s long-term planning.

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ANGELENOS. The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs established the Mayor’s Young Ambassadors (MaYA) Initiative to connect young Angelenos with the international community, inform them about international career paths and opportunities, and encourage them to become citizens of the world. As part of MaYA, Mayor Garcetti launched a free international summer travel program for College Promise students. This initiative offers students from low-income households the transformational experience of traveling abroad, allowing them to engage with their international peers, experience a new culture, and conduct community service in another country. The first group of students travelled to Mexico and Egypt during the summer of 2018. Building on this program, and with the support of the L.A. Unified School District and the diplomatic corps, we will kick off an annual “Diplomacy Day” which will connect diplomats stationed in Los Angeles to young people studying on local campuses. This effort will mark the start of  a year-long “Adopt a School” pilot program where Consulates will develop a relationship with a school and collaborate on joint initiatives.

BUILDING TIES BETWEEN DIPLOMATS AND THE COMMUNITY. Los Angeles is home to the the third largest Consular Corps in the world, hosting diplomats from more than 100 different countries. Partnering with the Los Angeles Consular Corps (LACC), the Mayor’s Office regularly comes together to volunteer in our communities. Most recently, the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and 50 diplomats representing 19 countries helped prepare 2,500 meals for the homeless at the the L.A. Kitchen and at a subsequent event joined with hundreds of volunteers to help clean up the Los Angeles River.

AMERICA’S GLOBAL CITIES. The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs partners with the Pacific Council on International Policy for the Mayor’s annual State of the Global City address, as well as the annual Global L.A. Summit, which features panel discussions on international issues related to Los Angeles. The Mayor’s Office also partnered with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy to host the first Los Angeles Summit on City Diplomacy, where two dozen U.S. city leaders explored growing opportunities and emerging challenges in city diplomacy. Los Angeles submitted a resolution, adopted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, urging the Administration to engage positively with international partners.

STRENGTHENING BONDS WITH SISTER CITIES. Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc. (SCOLA) is a diplomatic platform for Los Angeles that promotes cooperation and direct engagement with its global partners on issues of mutual interest, particularly around business and commerce, tourism, education, and culture.

MEXLA. In March 2019, Mayor Garcetti, alongside Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, agreed to establish MEXLA, a new commission made up of residents from Los Angeles and Mexico who will work to strengthen the bonds between both communities by exchanging the best ideas in trade, tourism, athletics, the arts, climate and energy, and more, to make life better for families on both sides of the border.

SHARING LESSONS WITH INTERNATIONAL CITIES. The Mayor’s Office forges national and international partnerships, from climate action through the C-40 network of global cities to joining together with other mayors to adopt the targets of the Paris Climate Accords through Climate Mayors. Los Angeles is also part of a number of global coalitions including the 100 Resilient Cities network (100RC); public safety leadership through the Strong Cities Network; working towards a Global Compact on Migration while protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees; and implementing Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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