Friday, January 24, 2014

GlobalPittsburgh National Parent Organization Changes Name to Global Ties U.S., Reflecting World Connections

The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), of which GlobalPittsburgh is an original member, has changed its name to Global Ties U.S., reflecting the growing importance of international exchange in the United States and around the world.

"The new name represents many exciting and positive changes we are undertaking that build on a strong 50-year foundation of working to make international exchange programs more effective." said Global Ties U.S. Board Chair Kyle Moyer. "The new name Global Ties U.S. better speaks to the ultimate outcome we seek to achieve in building a more peaceful and prosperous world by strengthening ties between individuals and nations through international exchange programs."

Founded in 1961, Global Ties U.S. and its member organizations have served as private sector partners to the U.S. Department of State's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). World leaders, ranging from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Mexico's last president Felipe Calderón, developed close ties to the United States through their experience as IVLP participants. With an impressive alumni roster of more than 350 current and former heads of state worldwide, the IVLP and members of the Global Ties network have played a role in shaping U.S. international relations for decades.

GlobalPittsburgh changed its public identity from the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors in 2009.

"We live in a time in history where individuals play an unprecedented role in shaping both domestic and international affairs," said Global Ties U.S. President Jennifer Clinton. "Our new name and identity will help us and our 100+ member organizations highlight the important role international exchange programs play as cost-effective public diplomacy tools that support U.S. national security, foreign policy priorities, and economic growth.

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