Secretary Clinton Previews U.S. Agenda for the United Nations General Assembly

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 18, 2009

Today, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks in advance of the United Nations General Assembly. The Secretary said:"As President Obama leads our U.S. delegation at this year’s General Assembly, I hope we can demonstrate that the United Nations does not have to be just a diplomatic talk shop on First Avenue. At its best, it can be an institution that brings the world’s nations together to solve global problems through adherence to rules and principles set forth in the UN charter. And it is the responsibility of the 192 member nations during the General Assembly and beyond to capitalize on the opportunity for global cooperation and progress that the United Nations affords to each of us.

I outlined earlier this summer at the Council on Foreign Relations the Obama Administration’s efforts to advance our interests and solve today’s problems through a global architecture of cooperation and partnership. And we must begin by taking responsibility ourselves, something that, under President Obama, we have already begun to do on issues from climate change to nonproliferation. And we have called on others to do the same. By building and strengthening partnerships, institutions, and international regimes, we can forge a global consensus and use that leverage to offer clear incentives to all nations to cooperate and live up to their responsibilities. And we can also devise strong disincentives for those who would act in isolation or provoke conflict.

The United Nations and this month’s General Assembly offer us a venue and a forum for nations to work together to live up to that founding charter and abide by and enforce international rules in service of global peace and security."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.

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RICARDO P.
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Brazil
September 18, 2009

Ricardo in Brazil writes:

DEAR MY AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FRIENDS

WHAT THAT DR.BARACK OBAMA WILL DO IS TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATION IN USA, BUT I SAW ANOTHER DAY IN OTHER VIDEO HE WANTS TO AMERICAN STUDENT BE ABLE TO APROACH WHAT HE WANTS IN EVERY PART OF THE WORLD. AND WHAT SECRETARY CLINTON SAYS IN THIS VIDEO, IS TO PUT MORE SATISFACTION IN HIS RESOURCES FOR THE COUNTRY.

THANKS
RICARDO

-I WROTE ABOUT EDUCATION IN USA, AND I LL GIVE FOR DR.BARACK OBAMA - A THING DIFFERENT TO INCREASE THE EDUCATION AND MORAL OF A STUDENT.

James C.
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Saudi Arabia
September 19, 2009

James C. in Saudi Arabia writes:

We should be working to bring into compliance with the Hague Convention on International adoptions all the countries (like Viet Nam) which have a high rate of children adopted to foreign parents in order to facilitate the transfer of these children in a humane and orderly way.

milan
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Virginia, USA
September 19, 2009

Milan in Virginia writes:

Excellent speech: wise and clear...

Farhad
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Canada
September 20, 2009

Farhad in Canada writes:

Madam Secretary, I have a simple question for you: why does the Department of States issue a US visa for Mr. Ahmadinejad to come to U.S. and address the UN general assembly?!

If the answer is "based on international regulations", I would say, the Iranian government does not allow the ambassador of Switzerland visit U.S. tourists detained in Iran, that they should do so based on international regulations. So, will it not send a wrong message to Iran's leaders that no matter what they do, they still can enjoy doing what ever they want? Like in his recent remarks, or his previous addresses to the UNGA, I'm confident that Mr. Ahmadinejad will express words that insult millions and millions of people around the world. Now, who is responsible for this? How would this help international relations, or U.S. interests? Why do you help him get to a world tribune while his government does not recognize freedom of expression?

Regards,
Farhad.

Noema C.
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New York, USA
September 21, 2009

Noema C. in New York writes:

UN activity included: PEACE and SECURITY, PREVENTING NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, CLIMATE CHANGE, HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION, MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS( ERADICATE POVERTY, EMPOWER WOMEN, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FOR DEVELOPMENT etc.), COORDINATION and COMMUNICATION ON DIFFERENT LEVELS, COMBATING INTERNATIONAL CRIME, etc.

UNITED NATIONS OPERATE MORE THAN 60 YEARS ON INTERNATIONAL ARENA! NOW IT's TIME FOR UN REFORMS FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES>>>

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