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 and partnerships 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 Asia and our 2020 virtual trade missions to Vietnam and Kenya advanced these goals through increased exports, millions of dollars of business growth, and new agreements to deepen our commercial and cultural ties. The Mayor’s Office receives international business delegations, creates city-to-city channels to facilitate business expansion, and engages 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 the run up to hosting the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, MOIA will launch “Global L.A.,” a new public-private partnership and international business attraction campaign to deliver benefits of foreign direct investment equitably across L.A In partnership with World Trade Center Los Angeles, MOIA attracts, promotes, and retains job-creating international investments in L.A. from more than 80 economies. Foreign-owned enterprises (FOE) in the City employ more than 46,000 people, and FOEs in L.A. County employ more than 196,000 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’ legacy will begin well before the torch is lit, with an unprecedented investment in youth sports made by the International Olympic Committee and LA2028. The City’s goal is to make the 2028 Games the most sustainable ever and is committed to using preparations for the Games to bring equitable and shared prosperity to all Angelenos.
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, exposes them to new opportunities, and prepares 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.
As part of the MaYA program, 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 AND SOLVING GLOBAL PROBLEMS. The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs works with domestic partners -- educational institutions, think tanks, and fellow U.S. cities -- to grow City diplomacy in the United States and help 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 Eric Garcetti chairs), the Urban 20, the Strong Cities Network, the Mayor's Migration Council, and SDG Leadership Cities.
ADVANCING GENDER EQUITY IN CITIES AROUND THE WORLD. The City Hub and Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE), co-founded by the cities of Los Angeles, Barcelona, Freetown, London, Mexico City, and Tokyo and chaired by Mayor Garcetti, is dedicated to harnessing the collective power of cities to transform government services and systems to achieve gender equity for the benefit of all.
WORKING TOWARD 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, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, 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 among the first to present Voluntary Local Reviews in 2019 and 2021 to the United Nations on our progress toward this shared development agenda and the Future We Want.
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.