Assistant Secretary Silverberg’s Dispatch #1 from the 62nd UNGA

September 25, 2007

Hello. My name is Kristen Silverberg and I lead the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. I will be in New York for the next two weeks to support the President and the Secretary of State as they participate in the opening of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly. I will be posting updates each day on the events here in New York.

We arrived from Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Secretary Rice went immediately to a high-level meeting on Iraq, co-chaired by Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and Secretary General Ban. Participants discussed the UN role in Iraq and our desire to see the UN increase its political and reconstruction support for Iraq.

On Sunday, September 23, the Secretary attended a meeting on Afghanistan. Secretary Rice reaffirmed U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and noted the progress the government has made, while encouraging it to continue to work with the UN and other donors.

On Sunday afternoon, the Quartet principals and Quartet Representative Tony Blair met to discuss progress on bilateral talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the way forward on a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and prosperity.

On Monday afternoon, September 24, the Secretary spoke at an event on climate change hosted by Secretary General Ban. Secretary Rice discussed our approach, including our interest in developing a post-Kyoto energy security and climate change framework by the end of 2008. She will also address this issue on Thursday at the Major Economies Meeting in Washington. more on climate change...

We will update you again tomorrow evening.

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