Kristen Silverberg, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs
Welcome to the State Department’s new blog, Dipnote. My name is Kristin Silverberg and I lead the Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs which is responsible for managing the U.S. relationship with the United Nations.
Each September, the President and the Secretary of State go to New York to join their counterparts from around the world to honor the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations. This year more than fifty heads of state and government are expected to be in New York for the opening events.
The United States helped to found the United Nations in 1945 and we remain the UN’s largest and most active supporter. We work with the United Nations to combat disease, stop the threat of nuclear proliferation, bring peace to post conflict environments, defend human rights, and promote development.
This year, the United States has a full agenda in New York. We’ll call on the Security Council to increase pressure on the Iranian regime to abandon its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. We’ll work with the United Nations to expand its presence and activities in Iraq, to better aid Iraqis in achieving national reconciliation and establishing constructive relationships with their neighbors.
President Bush and Secretary Rice will meet with their counterparts on ways to bring an end to the violence in Darfur. They’ll call for the rapid deployment of United Nations - African Union peacekeeping force and urge all parties to work toward a political end to the crisis.
President Bush and Secretary Rice will stress the importance that free trade and private investment play in combating poverty worldwide. Trade is a powerful anti-poverty tool because it spurs economic growth, increases opportunity, and creates new and better paying jobs. They’ll emphasize that trade is particularly effective when paired with good accountable governments and economic policies that unleash private sector growth.
President Bush and Secretary Rice will work with our partners to promote the President’s vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.
And finally, we’ll discuss the best way forward on climate change which is a serious long term challenge. We’ll lead an approach that emphasizes international collaboration on a broad range of measures to slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll propose international science and technology initiatives that promote energy security and economic growth.
As it is every year, the opening of the General Assembly will be an exciting period of intense diplomacy as we work together to address the world’s most pressing challenges.