About the Author: Kurtis Cooper serves as a Press and Public Diplomacy Officer for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
On March 31, Secretary Clinton participated in the International Donors' Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where 48 countries, multilateral institutions, and a coalition of NGOs, pledged nearly $10 billion for Haiti's long-term recovery and reconstruction. Secretary Clinton acknowledged the tremendous support and team effort the conference represented, the work of hundreds of people in the UN, in Haiti, in Brazil, Canada, France, Spain and the United States, in the EU and other countries and multilateral institutions.
I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to travel to New York in support of the conference. At such a big and complex conferences as this, with many donor nations, cosponsors and contributing organizations, you really have to be prepared to be asked to do just about anything from drafting talking points to running across town to deliver UN credentials to working until nearly midnight to make sure your delegation had DVD copies of the video prepared in advance of the conference.
I also took the opportunity to snap some photos throughout the day to give you a sense of what it was like on the ground. Let me know what you think.
Read more about the earthquake in Haiti and the international response here.