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Visiting groups May 2019

This May, we welcome visitors from 12 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

 
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Combating Trafficking in Persons

Multi-Regional

  • Review U.S. government strategies to combat international trafficking in persons, including crimes against women and children, by examining the formulation, administration and enforcement of U.S. policy on the national, state and local levels;

  • Examine the roles that government, law enforcement, the courts and local organizations play in detecting, preventing and prosecuting crimes;

  • Explore initiatives to recognize, protect and assist victims of abuse and trafficking, including victim recovery and reintegration programs; and

  • Investigate international law enforcement cooperation in trafficking in persons cases.

 
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Cybersecurity

Multi-Regional

  • Examine the U.S. government’s efforts to manage cybersecurity risk and assess threats to critical infrastructure;

  • Discuss U.S. policy and efforts to secure an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace, including U.S. interagency functions;

  • Explore cyber education, research, and development efforts;

  • Assess the efficacy of Internet security legislation and explore protections for privacy rights and civil liberties;

  • Evaluate the role of the private sector in promoting cybersecurity, including public‑private information sharing and data protection;

  • Explore economic and national security impacts of malevolent cyber activity; and

  • Discuss strategies to collaborate and counter cyber threats.

 
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U.S. Energy Policy - Security, Independence, and Innovation

Europe

  • Review local, national, and international energy initiatives, security measures, and policies related to resource regulation and development;

  • Discuss current energy considerations and deliberations with stakeholders and influential leaders in commercial industry, think tanks, lobby organizations, and citizen interest groups;

  • Highlight strategies for energy resource management, diversification, affordability, consumption reduction, technological advancement, research, and development; and

  • Examine the role of academia and research institutions in energy innovation and security.

 
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Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists - U.S. Foreign Policy

Middle East and North Africa

  • Highlight the significance of a free and independent press to the democratic process;

  • Expose participants to the various players in U.S. foreign policy formulation and to the range of policy views in the public and private sectors;

  • Review the influence and impact of the media, think tanks, trade associations, and grassroots organizations on foreign policy initiatives;

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy; and

  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the U.S.

 

Transparency and Accountability in Government

South and Central America

  • Enhance understanding of the underlying principles of ethical systems for accountability in government and business in the United States;

  • Address international efforts to strengthen the integrity of governments and businesses;

  • Examine the effect of transparency on trade, investment, and economic development;

  • Explore the role of citizens, traditional and new media, academia, and civil society in fostering transparency and accountability in government; and

  • Highlight the mechanisms that enable citizens to foster good governance, ethical standards, and accountability at the local, state, and federal levels.

 
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Press Communication & Management for Law Enforcement

Ukraine

  • Become familiar with U.S. law enforcement best practices in promoting the brand of a policing organization;

  • See models of policy and administrative decisions, formulation of public messaging, standard operating procedures for law enforcement employees and their relationship with the public and press;

  • Discuss operations during crisis situations, interacting with media, and balancing transparency with security; and

  • Explore the law enforcement organization's role in empowering citizen action and the benefits of interagency cooperation.

 

Hague Abduction Convention in Practice

India

  • Examine U.S. child custody laws and The Hague Abduction Convention;

  • Assess legal and social welfare advocacy for victims of domestic violence;

  • Understand the impact of child abduction on parents and family;

  • Explore U.S. family law cases; and

  • Learn about protective services, social workers, advocacy organizations, and shelters.

 
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Small Business Development for Women Business Leaders

India

  • Examine the economic, political, and social factors that influence and encourage the development of small businesses, especially those owned by women;

  • Explore the role of women‑owned businesses in fostering innovation and social and economic development; and

  • Demonstrate the impact of U.S. small businesses on the local, regional, national, and global economies.

 
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Internationalization of Higher Education

Israel

  • Examine the US federal and state policies on student and faculty exchange and mobility.

  • Introduce participants to the process of building an international relations office in a HEI.

  • Examine practices in providing support to international students.

  • Examine how US HEI promote themselves abroad and attract international students.

  • Examine platforms that create and strengthen academic relations with US HEI.

  • Enhance the needs of American students and relevant exchange programs.

 
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Democracy and Governance in the United States

Papua New Guinea

  • Introduce U.S. system of federalism, and explore the interplay between national, state and local governments

 
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Combating Trafficking in Persons

Germany

  • Review U.S. government strategies and multidisciplinary efforts to combat trafficking in persons, on the national, state, and local levels;

  • Address existing and pending U.S. legislation, visa regulations, and enforcement mechanisms to prevent human trafficking and prosecute traffickers;

  • Explore initiatives to recognize, protect, and assist victims of abuse and trafficking, including victim recovery and reintegration programs; and

  • Explore ways to raise awareness about trafficking through the media

 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Togo

  • Examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the environments that make social ventures sustainable, self-sufficient, and scalable.

  • Explore how government entities encourage and support social entrepreneurship through incentives and other means.

  • Discover successful models for social innovation, including social venture capital, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism.

  • Engage with U.S. counterparts to share best practices and innovative approaches to social changes in diverse focus areas such as poverty alleviation, education, public health, and environmental conservation.


Visiting groups April 2019

This April, we welcome visitors from 11 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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U.S. State and Local Government

Multi-Regional Project

  • Introduce the structures and functions of the U.S. federal system of government, with emphasis on the division of authority and responsibility between federal, state, and local governments;

  • Demonstrate successful models of cooperation among state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, community organizations, and the business sector; and

  • Examine various models of state and local governments that demonstrate how they function in the U.S. and interact with the federal government.

 
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Towards a More Safe and Secure World: International Peace and Security

Europe

  • Expose participants to the U.S. security and defense policy making process and perspectives on global issues;

  • Examine specific security issues, such as regional conflicts, weapons proliferation, energy security, homeland security, international terrorism, and the use of preventive diplomacy to address these challenges;

  • Discuss the role of the UN and other international organizations in dealing with global crises; and

  • Explore the benefits of bilateral and multilateral cooperation on security policy worldwide.

 
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Rule of Law and the U.S. Judicial System

South and Central America

  • Examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and their basis in the Constitution and the rule of law;

  • Deepen understanding of the federal and state judicial systems for both criminal and civil matters under the U.S. model of federalism;

  • Demonstrate the workings of an independent judiciary and promote the advancement of fair, transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world;

  • Observe trials, other court procedures, and court administration at the federal, state, and local levels;

  • Study the interaction of the legal system between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts; and

  • Explore measures to protect victims.

 
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Regional Responses to Inter-American Migration Issues

South and Central America

  • Examine federal, state, and local government policies and initiatives and intergovernmental action to resettle and integrate refugees that arrive both through the

  • U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and through unofficial channels;

  • Explore private sector efforts and public-private programs to combat discrimination, integrate immigrant and minority communities, and resettle refugees and provide services;

  • Review interagency efforts and standards for processing and resettling refugees in the United States; and

  • Explore opportunities and initiatives for international cooperation on refugee issues.

 
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Renewable Energy in the United States

Belgium

  • Review U.S. national energy and climate policy challenges and international cooperative efforts to develop secure and transparent global energy markets and climate frameworks.

  • Discuss U.S. strategies to develop and secure diverse energy supplies, reduce consumption of fossil fuels, increase investment in research and technology, and strengthen international cooperation in key energy sectors.

  • Showcase state and local energy initiatives that use alternative energy technologies to promote U.S. energy independence and responses to the impacts of climate events.

 
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Marine Mammal Conservation

China

  • To examine the advanced research and conservation efforts and practices of the U.S. on marine mammal and habitat protection;

  • To explore international cooperation and information exchange efforts regarding marine mammal conservation; and

  • To showcase the roles that scientists, governments, and the public impact environmental and aquatic biodiversity protection.

 
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Strengthening Justice and Peace Accord Implementation

Colombia

  • Examine best practices in rule of law, such as the investigation and prosecution of threats or attacks against social leaders, as well as collaboration among different levels of government;

  • Explore collaboration between local prosecutors and law enforcement officials to help the prioritization of cases involving violence and threats of violence against social leaders; and

  • Discuss strategies to identify, compare, and investigate human rights violations.

 
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Higher Education in the United States Study Tour

Regional Group

  • Examine U.S. higher education, including its structure, administration, and management;

  • Explore innovations in teaching and curriculum design, as well as practices to support faculty development and collaboration;

  • Demonstrate the varying functions of universities, community colleges, distance learning and certificate programs, and vocational/technical schools; and

  • Explore best practices for the internationalization of higher education, including institutional and faculty linkages and partnerships.

 
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Women

Israel

  • Explore government and non-governmental programs and initiatives to support the success of women entrepreneurs domestically and internationally;

  • Examine best practices in successful entrepreneurship in areas such as marketing and branding, financing, the use of internet and social media, international markets, and production techniques;

  • Meet with U.S. entrepreneurs to highlight the contributions of women to community economic development and the economic empowerment and well-being of women;

  • Discuss challenges facing women entrepreneurs and ways to overcome these challenges.

 
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Focusing Judicial and Law Enforcement Resources on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Moldova

  • Learn about the work of specialized units within police departments and prosecutors’ offices that focus on sexual assault and discuss policing and prosecution strategies;

  • Examine law enforcement standards for combating gender violence, including required training of law enforcement, interaction with victims and perpetrators, and evidence collection;

  • Study specialized training techniques for prosecutors, law enforcement and other partners in the coordinated response to domestic and sexual violence and stalking;

  • Explore how local governments, police, judiciary, NGOs and members of the community collaborate to develop strategies to prevent violence against women;

  • Meet with various social service agencies and NGOs involved in the prevention of sexual violence and the treatment of survivors;

  • Meet with research groups and legislative committees to discuss sexual harassment policies and procedures and sexual assault legislation advancements; and

  • Learn how incidents of violence against women can be confronted through public partnerships and public outreach.

 
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Countering Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering

Qatar

  • Examine best practices in financial intelligence analysis, including proper dissemination to law enforcement agencies and interagency cooperation.

  • Review terrorism finance, law enforcement investigations, prosecutions, and prosecutions in the United States.

  • Explore emerging methodologies in countering terrorism finance, including use of social media in fundraising

  • Examine best practices to facilitate information sharing on terrorist financing risks and vulnerabilities between the private and public sectors.

  • Discuss the role of the private sector in effectively screening and monitoring financial activity to prevent exploitation from terrorist actors.


Visiting groups march 2019

March will be a big month for Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston. This month we welcome visitors from 12 different delegations! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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American Language and Multicultural Diversity

Multi-Regional Project

  • Enhance the participants’ understanding of American culture and history as context for English language education;

  • Showcase the regional and ethnic variations and the distributions within the U.S. of English language dialects;

  • Discuss shared challenges for English language teachers;

  • Observe language teachers and students in K‑12 classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology; and

  • Discuss issues with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels.

 
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Protecting Soft Targets Against Terrorist Attacks

Multi-Regional Project

  • Explore U.S. efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist actions;

  • Examine international cooperation in combating terrorism;

  • Evaluate terrorism prevention programs;

  • Examine inter-agency efforts to identify and protect soft targets through law enforcement, intelligence and military collaboration models;

  • Examine civil rights laws.

 

 
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Small Business Development

Multi-Regional Project

  • Highlight the economic, political, and social factors that influence and encourage the development of small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation in the United States;  

  • Demonstrate the impact of U.S. small businesses on the local, regional, national, and global economies;  

  • Illustrate the role of governmental, nongovernmental, public-private partnerships, universities, corporations and grassroots organizations in fostering and supporting business creation and growth; and  

  • Examine trends in small business concepts, financing, management, operations and marketing.

 

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Broadcast Media

Multi-Regional Project

  • Review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States;

  • Examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism in the United States;

  • Illustrate how new technologies shape the way news is gathered, reported, distributed and consumed;

  • Explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy;

  • Examine the efforts of fact checking groups;

  • Examine how broadcast media influences and reflects American society;

  • Demonstrate the influence of social media and digital technologies on how citizens use and share information; and

  • Explore the current and potential contributions of broadcasting to the formation of an informed citizenry within a diverse, democratic, and decentralized society

 

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Regional Project: Near East and North Africa

  • Examine best practices in emergency preparedness, management, planning, and coordination among federal, state, and local government and the private sector;

  • Investigate how various stakeholders anticipate and develop contingency plans for natural disasters, pandemics, technological hazards, and/or terrorism threats;

  • Analyze the recruitment, training, leadership development, and funding for paid professionals and volunteer‑based Emergency Management Service (EMS) personnel; and

  • Explore public‑private partnerships and programs that help communities heal from the trauma of disasters by offering leadership, restoring hope, and strengthening recovery plans.

 

Economic Revitalization through Public Private Partnerships

Regional Project: Europe

  • Demonstrate the contribution of public-private partnerships in local economic development in a variety of sectors, including business, infrastructure development, energy, the environment, education, and tourism;

  • Explore how government bodies identify opportunities for public-private partnerships, structure public-private partnerships contracts, monitor project management and development, and review and evaluate a project’s success;

  • Review the role of business and the nonprofit sector in fostering innovative and efficient public-private relationships; and

  • Examine how U.S. companies utilize their relationships with the public sector to promote community development and corporate citizenship in U.S. society.

 

 

Physical Education in American Schools

Saudi Arabia

  • Meet with professionals engaged in girls’ physical education, including curriculum development, student testing, teacher training, and program design;

  • Discuss and observe teacher training for activities ranging from recess supervision to  sports safety, events planning and management, and details about various sports;

  • Visit programs at schools of education that prepare future physical education teachers and offer training for current physical education teachers;

  • Examine collaborative efforts and public private partnerships including government, community organizations/NGOs, and the business sector that support physical education programs for girls;

  • Discuss federal laws in place to encourage participation of girls and women in sports and to ensure access for underrepresented populations; and

  • Observe community sports programs aimed at empowering girls and women.

 

 
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Mental and Physical Disabilities

Uganda

  • Learn how Americans develop and implement appropriate speech and language therapy programs for special needs individuals;

  • Examine methods and ideologies that aim to improve social inclusion for people with special needs;

  • Acquire knowledge on U.S. education policies implemented for people with disabilities and mental health patients; and

  • Identify strategies that can be used to counter the stigma associated with physical and mental disabilities.

 
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Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

Malaysia

  • Examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and their basis in the Constitution and the rule of law;

  • Familiarize participants with the federal and state judicial systems for both criminal and civil matters under the U.S. model of federalism;

  • Demonstrate the workings of an independent judiciary and the advancement of fair, transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world;

  • Observe trials, other court procedures, and court administration at the federal, state, and local levels;

  • Review the interaction of the legal system between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts; and

  • Explore measures to protect victims.

 

 
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Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance Across Religious Divides

Indonesia

  • To understand how Muslim and other faith-based organizations organize to play a positive role in American civil society;

  • To discuss best practices for building communities’ resilience to conflict across religious, ethnic, racial, or political divides;

  • To gain an appreciation of the role that separation of Church and State plays in protecting each U.S. citizen’s rights, with a special emphasis on the dynamism and diversity of Muslim-American communities and civil society organizations that thrive across the United States;

  • To observe how U.S. civil society organizations (CSOs) unite citizens across religious and other divides in local, state, and national policy advocacy;

  • To develop an understanding of how the United States deals with hate crime and hate speech;

  • To identify concrete ways to support U.S.-Indonesian cooperation on promoting global tolerance and respect for diversity; and

  • To network and share best practices with leaders of relevant government entities and civil society organizations.

 
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U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making and International Affairs Journalism

Russia

  • Explore best practices in international affairs journalism from U.S.-based media professionals focused on foreign policy issues;

  • Examine the U.S. foreign policy decision-making process, the domestic political pressures that shape it, and the players that implement it;

  • Build a network of professional contacts in the U.S. and Russian foreign policy think tank and academic community.

 
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International Women of Courage Awardee 2019

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of State will present the 2019 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world. The award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Boston will be hosting one of these Awardees for three days of professional exchange and global connection.


VISITING GROUPS February 2019

Each year we welcome hundreds of current and emerging leaders from all over the world to the Greater Boston. Many of these programs are funded by the U.S. State Department.

In February, WorldBoston’s Citizen Diplomacy work was significantly affected due to the U.S. Federal Government shutdown in the early weeks of 2019. All of our groups were either postponed or cancelled, but we are very glad to be able to resume programming in March!


Visiting groups January 2019

This January, we welcome visitors from only one delegation as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see where the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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Emerging Political and Economic Leaders in North America

Canada

  • Connect and foster relationships with state and local representatives to discuss new and continuing efforts in collaboration and understanding in business, entrepreneurship, and trade;

  • Examine the underlying societal, economic, and political factors that drive U.S. counterparts’ initiatives and views;

  • Explore the governmental budgetary processes and the best practices for engaging with decision-makers and actors; and

  • Examine countering violent extremism and border security measures taken at the state and local levels that may complement federal initiatives.