New Orleans has a unique culture and lifestyle, as one of the oldest cities in the United States, established in 1718 and acting as a French & Spanish colony at various times.
Watch this video from our friends at New Orleans & Company (formerly the Convention & Visitors Bureau) to see a sample of our beautiful city.
WHO ARE NOCDC'S INTERNATIONAL VISITORS?
The majority of international visitors hosted by the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC) travel to Louisiana under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. IVLP participants, nominated by U. S. embassies, are chosen for their past achievements and future potential. They shape the political, economic and social future of their home countries.
Among the thousands who have participated in the IVLP since its inception are numerous distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors. Hundreds of these visitors have risen to important positions in their countries. More than 335 current or former Chiefs
of State or Heads of government have passed through the program, and alumni include Jigme Y. Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan; Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; Joachim Gauck, President of Germany; and Joyce Banda, the former and first female President of Malawi. Other notable IVLP alumni include: Nicolas Sarkozy; Margaret Thatcher; Frederik W. de Klerk; Oscar Arias Sanchez; Tony Blair; Anwar Sadat; Morihiro Hosokawa; and Boutros-Boutros Ghali.
WHAT IS NOCDC'S PURPOSE?
The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC) links international guests with local citizens through professional meetings and cultural activities. We give the citizens of the New Orleans and Louisiana the opportunity to learn first-hand about cultures, conditions and trends throughout the world. At the same time, the international visitor develops an understanding of life and values in the United States.
HOW DOES NOCDC ACHIEVE ITS MISSION?
The NOCDC staff schedules business appointments, roundtable discussions, and working tours with local professionals whose interests intersect with those of the visitors. In addition to arranging professional appointments, NOCDC members can either meet informally with the international visitors or host the visitors in their homes for dinner. These meetings stimulate international exchange and offer an opportunity to develop long term business relationships and personal friendships.
HOW LONG HAS NOCDC BEEN AROUND?
Formerly known as the Council for International Visitors of Greater New Orleans, the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council’s origins date back to 1944 when the U.S. Department of State opened a reception center in New Orleans to welcome international visitors.
HOW DO YOU BECOME AN NOCDC MEMBER?
If you enjoy interacting with fascinating individuals from all parts of the world and would like more information about membership, we encourage you to join on the NOCDC membership page or email us for more details.