Directorate The Americas Canada, USA, Mexico

Head of Directorate: Gloria Starr Kins

In the Directorate The Americas Canada, USA, Mexico, North America is the focus. More than 440 million people live in North America; it is the third largest continent after Asia and Africa. Canada, the USA and Mexico are members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a trade association of 21 countries worldwide. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an extensive trade association between Canada, the USA as well as Mexico and forms a free trade area.

The Diplomatic Council in North America consists of Hans J. Niebergall, President, CEO and General Counsel of Diplomatic Council (USA) Inc. and Head of DC Mission Washington D.C., DC Chairwoman The Americas Canada, USA, Mexico Gloria Starr Kins, the Founding President DC Ambassador-at-large Buddhi Athauda headquartered in Washington D.C., the DC President Prof. Dr. Karunaratne Hangawatte, Professor at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Permanent Representative Dr. Brian Mehling, Head of DC Mission New York. DC members from Africa, Asia or Europe who are looking for cultural, scientific, political or economic contacts in North America can make this request through the General Secretariat.

Chairwoman: Gloria Starr Kins

Gloria Starr King, Diplomatic Council Chair The Americas

Gloria Starr Kins, Diplomatic Council Chair The Americas

The DC Chairwoman The Americas Gloria Starr Kins is one of the “best connected” women both at the United Nations as well as on the North American continent.

The “Grande Dame des Nations unies” is publisher of the influential magazine Society & Diplomatic Review, the oldest diplomatic magazine accredited to the United Nations, which cooperates closely with the Harvard Business Review. There is probably no accredited ambassador at the UN since 1957 that she does not know well personally and maintains important political and business contacts in the respective countries.

She is one of the founders of the legendary economic circle “Breakfast for Leaders” in Washington D.C., that deals with issues of the global economy with an emphasis on “Emerging Markets.” Important career stages: Editor Diplomatic World Bulletin, Society Editor of the London Tattler magazine for the Americas, Managing Editor New York Curtis Publishing (Status Magazine, among others), associate producer of the NBC television series “Open Mind.” She is founder of the Council of London and the New Jersey World Trade Council and President of Malcolm Starr International Group. Led by her, Kins Group has offices in New York, Egypt and Brazil.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP

Currently, the Directorate The Americas Canada, USA, Mexico deals with, among other topics, the political, economic and regulatory issues surrounding the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; formerly Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, TAFTA). The conditions for the TTIP-contract were negotiated under international law in July 2013.

The Multilateral Agreement on Investment is considered the precursor, however, in the 1990s it faced considerable difficulties and finally failed due to opposition by France. As a current test case for TTIP, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) applies. The Canadian-European agreement already negotiated in 2014, which in Europe went largely unnoticed by the public, is as well as TTIP/TAFTA the subject of numerous discussions. Both agreements will also be associated with the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) , that failed in 2012 due to civil protests from EU countries and the USA