U.S. Engagement at UNGA: September 25
This week Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and key officials from the State Department and other government agencies are attending meetings at the 67th meeting of United Nations General Assembly in New York. Follow activities at @StateDept and @USUN, and catch daily recaps on Storify.
- On Tuesday, September 25, U.S. President Barack Obama took center stage as he addressed the UN General Assembly. Later at the Clinton Global Initiative, the President delivered remarks on human trafficking. Secretary Clinton and senior State Department officials participated a gathering of Heads of State as well as a series of bilateral meetings and UN events, such as the United Nations High-Level Roundtable Discussion on Water, Peace, and Security and the Transatlantic Dinner on U.S.-European relations.
- President Obama opened his remarks by evoking the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died during an attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 12. The President then discussed the Arab Spring and raised larger issues related to freedom of speech, tolerance, and democracy around the globe. Read his full speech.
- Later at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama delivered remarks on human trafficking, which he referred to as a form of "modern day slavery." President Obama said, "We know that every life saved is an act of justice. That's what we believe and that's what we are fighting for." The White House's Fact Sheet on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking can be found here.
- President Obama encouraged all to do more, saying, "Every citizen can take action: by learning more; by going to the website that we helped create -- SlaveryFootprint.org; by speaking up and insisting that the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the products we buy are made free of forced labor; by standing up against the degradation and abuse of women."
- At the United Nations, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero moderated a high-level roundtable on water, peace, and security. The event included senior officials from over 50 governments and highlighted recent work from the United States, the UN and others that underscores the growing challenges water issues pose to peace and security.
- In her closing remarks, Secretary Clinton urged countries to find cooperative solutions to shared water challenges.
- The evening closed with the Transatlantic Dinner hosted in honor of U.S.-European relations.