2016 News & Events

November 2-3

Global NY FDI  Tour of the Capital District

Empire State Development agency hosted a 2 day tour of New York State.The November 2016 road tour started with the Capital District and Mid-Hudson Regions. During the two-day program, we had the opportunity to meet with NY state government officials, representatives from diverse industry groups and economic development organizations.


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September 9

OFM/NY Coastal Clean-Up Event

We would like to invite your Consulate to join colleagues from the Office of Foreign Missions – New York (OFM/NY) in an exciting and rewarding project celebrating the 31st International Coastal Cleanup Day and in support of the goals of the upcoming 2016 Our Ocean Conference in September – which will be hosted by Secretary John F. Kerry.

With the assistance of the Ocean Conservancy, the Office of Foreign Missions in New York (OFM/NY) is organizing a team from the consulates in New York City to clean the shoreline at Spring Creek, near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the morning o September 9, 2016. OFM/NY will provide transportation for participants to and from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from midtown Manhattan. We hope you and members of your staff will join us.


Please complete the attached document and return it via e-mail to OFM/NY at ofmnyrsvp@state.gov (subject ‘Coastal Clean­-up’). We request that your response arrive by September 2, 2016. Prior to the event, OFM will separately contact each participating consulate to coordinate arrangements.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this involving OFM. We can be reached by telephone at 646 282 2825 or by e-mail ofmnycustomerservice@state.gov, as well as at the RSVP address: ofmnyrvsp@state.gov


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June 20

Cocktail Reception

Following the General Assembly, President of SOFC Hon. Jana Trnovcova, Consul General of Slovakia invited members and partners of the Society for a cocktail reception and talked about priorities of the upcoming Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event was held at the Residence of the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN.


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June 20

Annual Assembly of SOFC

At the annual assembly for members of the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York
Hon. Jana Trnovcova, Consul General of Slovakia summarized all activities and achievements of the past year. Elections for office-bearers were held and new members of the Executive Committee were elected for 2016-2017. Hon. Brentnold Evans, Consul General from Guyana will assume the new role as the President of SOFC on July 1, 2016. The event was held at the Residence of the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN.


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June 6

Spring Consular Gathering/Wine Tasting Event

It was a great opportunity to see each other for networking over a glass of wine. A big thank you to the countries who represented their wine/national drinks. The event was kindly hosted by Hon. Martin Dvořák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in the beautiful Bohemian Hall. ‪#‎sofc‬ ‪#‎sofcny‬

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April 27

Tour of 311 Premises

Recently members of SOFC had an opportunity to tour the premises of the NYC government service 311. 311’s mission is to provide the public with quick, easy access to all New York City government services and information while maintaining the highest possible level of customer service. The event was kindly organized by Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York Hon. Raushan Yesbulatova.

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March 18

International Women’s Day

#‎SOFC celebrated International Women’s Day on March 18, 2016. We use this occasion to award women for their outstanding professional achievements and contribution to community empowerment in the USA. Consul General of Slovakia in New York and President of the SOFC Jana Trnovcova opened the Ceremony. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York in his message congratulated the honorees.  The Society is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of each of recipient to her respective community.

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March 2

Great discussion and plans with Commissioner for International Relations of New York City ‪#‎PennyAbeywardena‬ and her colleagues at ‪#‎SOFC‬ March Executive Commitee meeting today. Kindly hosted by CG Australia. ‪#‎sofcny‬

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February 17

Networking Event at the Plaza NYC

Members of ‪#‎SOFC‬ at the Plaza NYC Networking Event. Wonderful Jazz at Plaza tradition starring great jazz musicians. Looking forward to future events. ‪#‎sofcny‬ ‪#‎PlazaNYC‬

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January 25

Executive Committee of SOFC ‪#‎sofcny‬ met the delegation of the Int. Division of Empire State Development ‪#‎GlobalNY‬ to discuss possibilities for further cooperation with New York State http://www.global.ny.gov/ ‪#‎sofc‬

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January 22

Opening VIP Reception of THE BRIDGE in New York

#‎SOFC‬ is glad to participate at the beautiful art exhibition of Christian, Muslim and Jewish artists using art as a bridge between creeds and cultures. The exhibition is on display till February 28, 2016 at the St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway, NYC. Many thanks to our Vice President Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in New York Ambassador Ahmed Farouk for the wonderful initiative. ‪#‎sofcny‬

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January 20

Tour of New York Public Library

Members of SOFC touring New York Public Library. Thank you Michelle Misner,
Associate Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions for a wonderful tour. Event was kindly organized by our Vice President – Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York Hon. Raushan Yesbulatova. ‪#‎nypl‬ ‪#‎sofcny‬

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