The Mexican Council on Foreign Relations was created with the specific objective of providing a responsive institutional framework within which various sectors of Mexican society can become more actively involved in this process. Its purpose is to contribute to a better understanding of how the global context influences Mexico, as well as what the country's role in the world arena should be, in order to contribute to the decision-making process and the shaping of foreign policy. It seeks to promote a better understanding of international affairs and formulate recommendations on political, economic, social and cultural issues.
To accomplish its mission, the Mexican Council focuses on the following activities:
- Providing members with timely information and analysis on international affairs and trends;
- Creating a forum for leaders from different sectors of Mexican society to meet among themselves and with counterparts from other countries;
- Organizing seminars, workshops and meetings to exchange ideas and experiences that can be of use to those responsible for, or involved in, Mexico's international relations;
- Establishing networks with similar institutions in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa; and
- Developing research projects that address cutting edge issues of immediate relevance to its membership.
The Council comprises various categories of associates. In addition to the 100 founding members, both resident and non-resident Mexican and foreign nationals can participate in its work, together with corporate and institutional members. A Governing Board elected for two years guides the work of the Council's Director and staff and reports to an annual Assembly of Associates. Membership is by internal nomination and election.