NOAA Exercises International Leadership

NOAA’s mission extends beyond the political boundaries of the United States to oceans, ecosystems, and the atmosphere throughout the world. Because of this, it is important for NOAA to engage internationally in order to support and promote national policies and interests in ecosystem-based management, climate change, Earth observation, and weather forecasting while also seeking to maximize the mutual benefits of international exchange with its global partners. The NOAA Strategic Plan recognizes the value of the agency's international activities, and its international leadership, as a priority across NOAA.

The Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs advises the NOAA Administrator and other leadership on international policy issues. The office also represents the agency in international negotiations, provides coordination for NOAA’s international engagement, and strengthens relationships with foreign partners.

NOAA OIA is managed by the Director of the Office of International Affairs, who also serves as a Senior Advisor to NOAA Leadership.


Advancing NOAA’s mission and priorities through international engagement and cooperation