Dr. Esther Brimmer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.
Welcome to the 64th UNGA being held here at the United Nations in New York. This is going to be a very busy week, with the President of the United States and the Secretary of State visiting the United Nations.
We’ll be addressing some of the most important issues in American foreign policy. Those include dealing with climate change. The President just gave a major address on climate change here at the United Nations, which was heard by a packed hall — standing room only for that one.
Looking through the week, we will see other very important issues including dealing with nuclear nonproliferation. The President will chair a summit meeting of the United Nations Security Council. This will be the very first time that an American President has chaired a session of the Security Council. But at this venue we will also address serious human problems, including addressing world hunger. The Secretary of State and the Secretary-General of the United Nations will co-host a meeting addressing food security.
This is an important week for American foreign policy and for important steps toward international cooperation.