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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at last week's premiere of "Inside the State Department," a film the Secretary called a tribute to the people who work for the State Department and an opportunity to tell the stories of the men and women who serve at America's diplomatic posts around the world. The National Geographic Channel will broadcast the film on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST.
Over the last week, several of our colleagues shared their stories directly with us, telling us how American diplomats are working to enhance U.S. security through the New START Treaty, observing the election of the first parliamentary government in Central Asia, commemorating the 20th anniversary of German unification, partnering with the Ethiopian government to fight HIV/AIDS, and responding to the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
We read about many examples of Americans conducting diplomacy both through face-to-face interactions and through the click of a mouse.
In Washington, the State Department hosted the U.S.-India "People to People" conference, and U.S. and Jordanian officials signed a Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact to invest in upgrading Jordan's water supply network. In Morocco, Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez found opportunities to support entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa. And, in Pakistan, government officials and NGO partners launched the "Women in Energy" conference to address energy conservation, energy efficiency and solar power.
The United States helped expand Internet access to seven universities in Afghanistan. Alec Ross addressed how the United States and Mexico are using technology to enable local communities in Juarez play a greater role in combating violence, and Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela is connecting to people throughout the Western Hemisphere online by holding a digital town hall on November 3. He is currently seeking your questions via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
At the United Nations, Secretary Clinton addressed the role women play in peace and security, and she and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre published a joint op-ed to mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
Following her remarks at the United Nations, Secretary Clinton departed for Asia and the Pacific. Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell previewed the trip and highlighted U.S. engagement in the region, while our Art in Embassies colleagues highlighted an American artist whose work can be seen throughout East Asia.
Secretary Clinton began her travel with a stop in Hawaii, where she gave a policy address to the East-West Center and met with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara. She also traveled to Guam, where she met with U.S. Armed Forces at Andersen Air Force Base and thanked the service members for their dedication and sacrifice.
Secretary Clinton then returned to Vietnam, where she met with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and addressed the East Asia Summit. The Secretary will continue her travel with stops to China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. You can follow her trip on DipNote and www.state.gov.
Finally, Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer took a moment to commemorate 60 years of “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.” We hope all of our DipNote readers enjoy a happy and safe Halloween today!