Resolution Supporting the State Department Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs

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WHEREAS, The Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, led by Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis, serves as a bridge between U.S. state and local elected leaders and their sub-national counterparts abroad;

WHEREAS, the establishment of the office by Secretary Clinton was unprecedented and future Secretaries will be responsible for deciding whether or not to continue the practice;

WHEREAS, the mission of the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs is to strengthen the partnership between U.S. state and local elected leaders and the Department of State;

WHEREAS, the Special Representative for the office fosters diplomacy by conducting outreach to domestic and foreign sub-national leaders, participating in domestic and international conferences to engage state and local officials, and coordinating peer-to-peer opportunities for sub-national dialogue; 

WHEREAS, the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs amplifies targeted capacity-building programs by utilizing the technical expertise of state and local officials in the United States; 

WHEREAS, The Council of State Governments has been officially named by the U.S. Department of State as its partner on sub-federal relations with Brazil; 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the current and future U.S. Secretaries of State to continue the practice of appointing a Special Representative to the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges continued and enhanced partnership between states and the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

Adopted this 3rd Day of December, 2012, at CSG’s 2012 National Conference in Austin, Texas.