U.S. Engagement at UNGA: September 27
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.
- Diplomatic engagement continued on Thursday, September 27 as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tackled a broad range of topics, including global hunger and food security; Central America; Haiti; Iran and the P5+1; and the ongoing relations in East Asia. Bilateral meetings continued as well with a number of foreign leaders, as reflected in the Secretary's public schedule.
- Almost one billion people -- more than one seventh of the world -- suffer from chronic hunger, while more than 3.5 million children die each year from undernutrition. Feed the Future is the United States' contribution to a global effort that supports country-owned processes and plans for improving food security. Secretary Clinton and President Joyce Banda of Malawi both spoke at the event before participating in a roundtable with Nick Kristof of the New York Times. You can watch it all here.
- This video, narrated by Actor Matt Damon, describes how Feed the Future is helping turn the tide against global hunger:
- Several meetings on the margins of UNGA focused on the Western Hemisphere. At the third Central American Citizen Security meeting, Secretary Clinton's speech outlined success in reducing violence in Central America. At the Connecting the Americans 2022 Ministerial, Secretary Clinton highlighted the importance of developing cross border electrical grids in order to achieve the program's stated goal of universal access to electricity in the Americas by 2022. Please read her remarks and background on the program. Secretary Clinton also attended the Partners of Haiti Ministerial.
Secretary Clinton discussed Iran at the United Nations Security Council P-5+1 meeting. A readout can be found here.
- At the ASEAN Ministerial, Secretary Clinton underscored U.S. effort to build an enduring multifaceted relationship with ASEAN. "Our increasing engagement with ASEAN is part of a broader effort by the United States to deepen our commitment to the Asia Pacific region," said Secretary Clinton. Secretary Clinton also met with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang; a readout of their meeting is available here.