International Affairs

The Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) connects the world to L.A. – and L.A. to the world. We build relationships with local and global partners to bring more jobs, opportunity, culture, ideas, and visitors to Los Angeles and to elevate our city’s international leadership on equity, sustainability, innovation, and more. MOIA also oversees preparations to welcome the world for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


LOS ANGELES IS OPEN FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS. Mayor Garcetti is working to deepen Los Angeles’ global connections with our partners around the world through robust, inclusive, and sustainable trade and investment. Extending our businesses’ international reach creates more jobs and broader prosperity for L.A. workers, innovators, creators, manufacturers, and families. Mayor Garcetti’s July 2018 trade mission to Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hong Kong advanced these goals through increased exports, millions of dollars of business growth, and new agreements to deepen our commercial and cultural ties.  Mayor Garcetti and MOIA receive international business delegations, create city-to-city channels to facilitate business expansion, and engage with foreign trade officers throughout California to build L.A.’s reputation as a global hub for cleantech, advanced manufacturing, mobility, digital media and e-sports, space and aerospace, and biotech. In partnership with World Trade Center Los Angeles, MOIA attracts, promotes, and retains job-creating international investments from more than 80 economies. Foreign-owned enterprises (FOE) in the City employ more than 47,000 people and FOE’s in L.A. County employ more than 202,400 people. Additionally, the Mayor’s Export Initiative helps companies, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, build their export capacity and capture overseas opportunities with support from our local, state, and federal partners.

WELCOMING THE WORLD IN 2028.  With world-class facilities already in place to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, the legacy of the Games will not be new buildings or venues.  Rather, Los Angeles’s legacy will begin more than eight years before the Games, with unprecedented investments in youth sports made by the International Olympic Committee and LA2028, a goal to make 2028 the most sustainable Games ever, and a commitment to use our preparations for the Games to bring equitable and shared prosperity to all Angelenos.  

WORKING TOWARD THE GLOBAL GOALS. Mayor Garcetti has committed Los Angeles to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or the “Global Goals,” a shared agenda adopted by the member states of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet, and expand prosperity and equity. The Mayor’s Office, with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and others, is implementing the SDGs at the city level, transparently tracking Los Angeles’ progress, engaging with the community and our partners across public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors, and incorporating the Goals into the City’s long-term planning.  We are the first city in the world to report SDG data at the indicator level using an open source data reporting platform, and became just the sixth city to present a Voluntary Local Review at the United Nations on our progress toward the SDGs. 

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 global 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 travel program for College Promise students. This initiative offers community college students from underrepresented backgrounds the transformational experience of traveling abroad to expand their worldview, expose them to new opportunities, and prepare them to succeed in a globalized world.  Since 2018, the MaYA Initiative has provided nearly 130 young Angelenos with the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Egypt, Japan, France, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Australia. MaYA participants are nearly all people of color,  majority first-generation Americans and first-generation college students, and one-third have never been on a plane before. Upon their return, the Office helps connect them to local opportunities to further support their academic and professional growth. 

The Office also partnered with the L.A. Unified School District and the diplomatic corps to launch"My Global L.A.," a program that connects diplomats posted in Los Angeles with local high school students. The annual “My Global L.A. Day” marks the start of a year-long relationship between the school and Consulates to collaborate on initiatives and provide L.A.'s young people with real-world exposure to diplomacy and international relations. 

BUILDING TIES BETWEEN DIPLOMATS AND THE COMMUNITY. Los Angeles is the proud home to the third largest Consular Corps in the world, with diplomatic representation from over 100 countries. Partnering with the Los Angeles Consular Corps (LACC), the Mayor’s Office regularly organizes community service events  and hosts briefings on key topics relevant to international communities, like the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Census, immigration, and emergency preparedness. 

CITY DIPLOMACY. The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs works with domestic partners -- educational institutions, think tanks, and fellow U.S. cities -- to lead in the growing field of city diplomacy in the United States and help to shape Congressional legislation that advances U.S. diplomacy at the city level.  Examples of this work include events like the Mayor’s State of the Global City address hosted by the Pacific Council on International Policy and the  L.A. Summit on U.S. City Diplomacy at USC, as well as international resolutions for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs also works with international partners to advance the leadership of cities on issues with a global impact, such as the COVID-19 crisis, climate change and sustainability, and migration. These international partnerships make it possible for cities and governments to share best practices, exchange information, and secure critical supplies.  Los Angeles is active in several global city networks, including: the C40 Climate Network (which Mayor Garcetti chairs), the Urban 20, the Strong Cities Network, the Mayor's Migration Council, and SDG Leadership Cities.

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 joined Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to announce the creation of MEXLA, a commission made up of leaders from Los Angeles and Mexico focused on enriching the extraordinary cultural, economic, and social ties between Mexico and Los Angeles through impactful cross-border collaborations among leaders in key sectors.


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