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What is a U.S. Mission?

In diplomatic terms, “mission” has many meanings. All embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic posts in foreign countries are collectively known as missions. These missions share the common goal of carrying out the foreign policy objectives of the U.S. Government.

The United States is a member of many international organizations. Diplomatic missions also refer to U.S. representation to international organizations. These missions are usually listed with a capital M, such as the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Missions are led by an ambassador and do some of the same work as embassies. The difference in a mission is that staff have a special focus on multilateral concerns. For example, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City has a wide array of work. It is the largest U.S. mission to an international organization. Over 200 staff listen and report on world news, communicate with media, and negotiate with representatives from other countries belonging to the United Nations. The main goal of mission staff is to advance U.S. goals that promote international peace and prosperity.   

The United States has missions to many other international organizations. The list below includes a handful of these missions and their locations.