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Earlier this week in Washington, Secretary Clinton met with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to push for the ratification of the New START Treaty. With Secretary of Defense Gates, she co-authored an op-ed published in the Washington Post, "Why the Senate Should Ratify New START," emphasizing that our national security depends on the ratification of this treaty.
Secretary Clinton also announced the release of the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report. To illustrate the importance of diversity, our “Photo of the Week,” courtesy of Embassy Guyana, showed differences linked together in harmony.
In Washington, Under Secretary McHale emphasized the need to engage with people at all levels and sectors at the U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy. Secretary Clinton honored Ela Bhatt of the Self-Employed Women's Association at the Global Fairness Initiative Awards, and Ambassador Verveer testified before the Senate in support of CEDAW, the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
This week, we celebrated the 11th annual International Education Week. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock highlighted the people-to-people connections made through educational exchanges. Embassies around the world also participated. Embassy Islamabad, for example, organized two mini-college fairs to reach out to young Pakistanis to study in the United States.
Assistant Secretary Valenzuela described his experiences on his recent visit to Paraguay and Uruguay, and Cultural Affairs Officer Bradeen highlighted Special Representative Pandith's visit to Bangladesh.
In Juba, Ambassador Barrie Walkley described his experience observing voter registration begin for the Southern Sudan Referendum. Secretary Clinton said that this event marked a “milestone” at the UNSC Ministerial Meeting on Sudan.
We shared with you new clean energy partnerships in Central America and Pakistan, as well as the Basra Prosthetics Project to help Iraqi doctors provide essential care. Assistant Secretary Shapiro explained how diplomats and the military are partnering to train and equip peacekeepers, and Ambassador Verveer described how we are working in the Pacific region to strengthen women's empowerment.
We had the opportunity to learn about Zimbabwe's war history, life as a first-tour Foreign Service Officer, and how the State Department is working with stakeholders to block the illicit trade in conflict minerals.
Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas Adams provided an update on the U.S. government's rapid and cohesive response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. President Obama extended his Eid-ul-Adha greetings, and Ambassador Jacobs welcomed America's newest citizens on National Adoption Day.
Over the weekend, President Obama and Secretary Clinton traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, where they attended the NATO Summit, the NATO-Russia Council Summit, a Summit of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troop-contributing nations and other major economic development donors, and the U.S.-European Union Summit. In addition, Secretary Clinton met with Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado. Because of the President and Secretary's visit, we brought you ART IN EMBASSIES from Embassy Lisbon.
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