The Cal OES International Affairs Office (International Affairs) is the central hub for matters regarding international policy and guidelines, working relationships and special international projects. As the focal point of Cal OES’s engagement with the international emergency management community, International Affairs is primarily responsible for:
For any inquiries or questions, please contact:
Assistant Director, Helen LopezOffice: (916) 845-8534Email: Helen.Lopez@CalOES.ca.gov
Coordinator, Phillip LabraOffice: (916) 845-8420Email: Phillip.Labra@CalOES.ca.gov
The Border Governors’ Conference (BGC) is the largest bi-national venue to discuss and resolve some of the most important border issues affecting the United States and Mexico. It is comprised of 10 Border States from the United States and Mexico (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, and Tamaulipas) which represent the world’s most important and dynamic bi-national region – with a joint economy that ranks third in the world.
The BGC is represented by the Governors of the 10 Border States and their respective Secretaries, Directors, Commissioners and designated staff. Since its inception in 1980, the organization has enhanced joint border efforts addressing mutual issues of importance in the areas of Agriculture and Livestock, Border Security, Sustainable Development, Education, Health and Emergency Management, Logistics and Border Crossings, and Competitiveness.
The BGC has seven Worktables and each is Co-Chaired by one United States and one Mexican Secretary, Director or Commissioner. Cal OES is a member of both the Health and Emergency Management Worktable and the Border Security Worktable. The worktables focus on providing recommendations and action plans for the Governors’ Joint Declaration. The Joint Declaration is aimed at resolving issues of mutual concern that impact the United States and Mexico border. In addition to the annual conference, the worktables meet at least twice during the year to discuss and develop the recommendations and action plans.
This year, the Governor of Tamaulipas is hosting the XXXIII annual Border Governors’ Conference with California serving as the co-host. In 2016, California plans to host the event.
Cal OES has several international agreements which foster cooperation and a shared commitment to emergency management training and education. A list of Cal OES' international agreements can be found below, for additional information please contact the Assistant Director or International Affairs Coordinator.
International Affairs coordinates and facilitates all foreign delegation visits to the Cal OES headquarters and works with appropriate staff to determine if a visit request can be accommodated. Visits are comprised of program overviews and table top discussions, as well as tours of the California State Operations Center (SOC) and the California State Warning Center (CSWC).
Our International guests have also visited other Cal OES facilities such as the CA Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) in San Luis Obispo, and the Regional Operations Centers located throughout California. These visits help to build mutual understanding, collaboration and enhance a shared commitment to emergency management and disaster mitigation training, awareness and education.
Please refer to the International Visitor Guidelines and Procedures below for additional information.