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Mission & History

Our work has deep roots in Boston, dating back to the 1949 founding of the World Affairs Council of Boston, a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, a nonpartisan forum for public engagement in critical international issues. In 1961 the Boston Center for International Visitors was founded as a member of the National Council for International Visitors (now called Global Ties U.S.) , a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting emerging leaders from around the globe with their local counterparts in business, government, academia, culture, and science.  In 2002 WorldBoston and the World Affairs Council of Boston merged.

A member of Global Ties U.S. and the World Affairs Councils of America, WorldBoston today is one organization, with a single mission:  To foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations.

We continue to build on our distinguished tradition as we expand our citizen diplomacy and global education programs to include additional initiatives such as Open World visitor delegations, Fulbright Scholar cultural enrichment activities, and locally-based youth and community programming.