The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is the leading forum to ensure that the Pittsburgh region has a dynamic international presence. It plays a vital role in shaping Pittsburgh’s global identity and actively engages the successor generation concerning the relevance of global issues. The Council is a model for promoting international engagement across generations and sectors. It is an essential resource to instill independent, critical thinking about the world and America’s role in it.
Established in 1931, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s mission is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues. The Council is a member of the World Affairs Council of America (WACA), a network of more than 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan member Councils around the country.
In an effort to increase international understanding and engagement throughout the community, the Council:
- serves as the region’s key catalyst for sustained international engagement throughout the community, deepening the nuanced understanding of evolving global issues, and fostering informed opinion about world affairs and U.S. foreign policy.
- is committed to informing the Pittsburgh community about key global trends and events around the world as they unfold – and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region.
- has a special focus on working with students and teachers at middle schools and high schools throughout the region to give them a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the key global issues of our time.
- fosters informed, independent, and critical thinking about important global issues as they affect the nation, the region, and the city.
- prepares the current and successor generations of opinion-leaders and decision-makers to thrive and succeed in the global marketplace.
- promotes a deeper understanding of the diverse international communities in the region as well as the countries and cultures from which they originate in an effort to support overarching regional economic, workforce, and community development objectives.
Through its range of programs and activities, the Council strives to play a key role in the overall development of the region. As a result of the Council’s engagement, the city becomes more attractive to highly qualified young professionals, to international corporations seeking new homes, and to those same corporations seeking to promote capable young leaders into global positions. All of this makes Pittsburgh more competitive in the international marketplace, which only supports its long-term economic revitalization.