The Richardson Center for Global Engagement promotes global peace and dialogue by identifying and working on areas of opportunity for engagement and citizen diplomacy with countries and communities not usually open to more formal diplomatic channels.
The Center fulfills this mission by:
- Negotiating for the release of prisoners and hostages held by hostile regimes or criminal organizations;
- Promoting communication between countries with strained diplomatic relations, through diplomacy, cultural, business and athletic exchange and activities;
- Providing training and institutional advice to governments and non-governmental organizations in countries transitioning to democracy;
- Providing training and institutional advice to governments and non-governmental organizations in countries seeking to protect their environment and wildlife resources;
- Providing logistical support in securing and delivering humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations.
Throughout a distinguished career as Congressman, UN Ambassador, Energy Secretary and Governor, Richardson has developed an exceptional international reputation, an extensive network of personal contacts and enormous global experience. He has successfully completed sensitive diplomatic missions in countries such as North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Cuba, Burma, Congo and Colombia.
Families, organizations and world leaders regularly seek out Richardson for help because of his unique experience. He has secured prisoner releases and mediated international conflicts in both official and non-official capacities. He has been a representative of the U.S. government and has served as an unofficial envoy with no ties to any government. Richardson has a proven track record of negotiating with and earning the trust of international leaders. Richardson has succeeded in areas of the world where others refuse to negotiate.
The Richardson Center is a non-profit corporation, 501c3, established to provide the policy and logistical support to Richardson as he continues to promote international peace and dialogue and engage directly with foreign leaders, governments and regimes.