DipNote: The Week in Review

April 25, 2011
Secretary Clinton and Former Secretary Kissinger Film "Conversations on Diplomacy"

On April 17, Secretary Clinton returned from her visit to Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo. Assistant Secretary Gordon said the NATO Ministerial in Berlin was “an opportunity to consult with key allies and partners not just on Libya, but on a wide range of other bilateral and multilateral issues.”

This week, Secretary Clinton and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger participated in the first of a series called "Conversations on Diplomacy," moderated by Charlie Rose. The Secretaries reflected on their experiences as America's top diplomat and discussed the issues of the day.

Secretary Clinton also held bilateral meetings with Haitian President-Elect Michel Martelly, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal, and African Union Commission Chairperson Jean Ping.

Also this week, we honored 2011 as the International Year of Forests, and on April 22, we observed Earth Day. Embassies and consulates around the world, including those in Santo Domingo, Vientiane, Islamabad, and Sydney, shared stories of going green not only on Earth Day, but year round. Ambassador Verveer focused on the role of women as environmental leaders. She said, “Whether in promoting conservation, combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and vital ecosystems, securing water access, or reducing indoor air pollution, women are developing and effecting innovative solutions to critical environmental problems.”

William Strassberger described his experience on an embassy observer team, where the people of Nigeria elected Goodluck Jonathan as the next president. Secretary Clinton said, “This election represents a positive new beginning for Nigeria.”

In Washington, Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez spoke about the importance of making the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement a reality. He said, “The agreement will strengthen not only our economic relationship, not only our vital strategic alliance with Korea, but also our deep human bond with the Korean people, who already see us as one of their closest friends and most loyal partners.” If you want to join this discussion, submit your questions to DipNote to be answered in the upcoming “Conversations With America.”

Additionally, Ambassador Goosby highlighted how PEPFAR will provide $1.5 million to support global and regional civil society networks to provide technical support, strengthen collaborations, and build strong leadership and capacity in communities highly impacted by HIV; and Kristin Haworth discussed how United States is supporting life-saving programs, like the malaria eradication project, implemented by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Furthermore, USAID is helping to train women health workers and to improve health facilities in Pakistan.

Secretary Clinton repeatedly underscores the importance of student exchanges in building strong bonds of trust, friendship, and understanding. During the recent U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington, the Secretary said that the United States and China would broaden U.S.-China exchanges. This week in Shanghai, Consul General Beatrice Camp commemorated the fortieth anniversary of a small U.S. delegation that visited China to help ease tensions between Washington and Beijing to usher in the age of "Ping Pong Diplomacy.” We also learned about efforts to empower women and girls through international exchanges, and a program where Pakistani students will exchange ideas, values, and experiences during their year abroad in the United States.

In other news, Assistant Secretary Robert Blake discussed his recent visit to Turkmenistan for the second annual bilateral consultations, and Consul General Niels Marquardt described his visit to Littleton, Colorado, where he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship with Bega, Australia.

The clock continues to tick as the State Department prepares for World Press Freedom Day 2011. We will continue to share stories leading up to this year's commemoration from opening ceremony on May 1 until the closing ceremony on May 3.

We appreciate your feedback and comments, and we look forward to hearing you from you in the week ahead.

Comments

Comments

Jen
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Virginia, USA
April 25, 2011

Jen in Virginia writes:

I'm pleased to see the State Department working hard on a range of important issues -- from Earth Day to KORUS, I applaud the work of Secretary Clinton and her team.

DrG
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West Virginia, USA
April 25, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Ms Goldfarb,

It's always a pleasure reading the WiR from DipNote. I'm glad Charlie could get our Secretaries old and new together. Kissinger brings back my memories from adolescence listening to weekly reports from Vietnam on the radio. Also I like the connection of the International Year of Forests and women in the environmental protection issues.

RAY O.
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United States
April 25, 2011

Ray O. in the U.S.A. writes:

Secretary Clinton's photo reminds me of Hank's response to a study on Chile that was placed in Hank's hand in 1974. I have decided to discuss that report and Hank's response soon. That report was authored by Kal Silvert / Ford Foundation/ Chair, Ibero American Dept. NYU, with my assistance and the assistance of a few other NYU grad students in Kal's apartment in Washington Sq. One of those students and my best pal at the time is now a high level dignitary of Yemen. ...sufficient time has passed. Ray O., Attorney NJ also admitted to Wash., D.C. ,

palgye
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South Korea
April 25, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Brazil & China

To have a comparative advantage in trade, the easy story, the lack of other parts of the way I think best to fill. However, Brazil and China is not opposed to trade, but my old opinion, the development of Southeast Asia, while China, Russia's consumer economy, expanding the exchange is a way to think. And, in Brazil through the expansion of exchanges between the neighboring countries to solve internal problems Why do not you try? China and Brazil are important, but the trade of goods and capital to overcome the crisis through mutual investment, Why do not you? Crisis? Rather than a policy to prioritize the different ways for me and think. Was wrong but, I do not think the answer is.

Most people expect were going to fail when former President Lula, said he would be successful, expect to be supported and talked about, I think that is one of ten million people. And now, do a small rebellion. However, today I feel I am not at all amused. I do not betray or leave time, you think you did not think they will not. Why, then what your thinking?

i tire to this battle in south-korea. they are dirty and meanness.Always hide their identity, using their own men's bothering me. Disturbing ... And frequent phone calls, do they really?

When in Korea, this topic - but it was difficult to talk in English - wanted to talk, I make myself a theory, for a period of time I see it again, the White House and State Department raises a blog post. Somehow, I'd anxiety. That alone will be responsible for everything, and if I read any chance I have to sleep with a huge burden jineunde hard .... I'm sorry.

Or any other people, perhaps, I think that ditched, I think.

palgye
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South Korea
April 28, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Junior former president of the North would meet Kim Jong Il or Kim Jung-eun said, Korea is the story in the media.

PS: April 27, I participated in the election in South Korea and sipeotseo, Twitter posted a personal phone number but the result is devastating. I play a role, while if you allowed people, I would like to participate. If possible ...

palgye
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South Korea
April 28, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

To work together, and after becoming elected, to do it, I wanted to have an official position, by ignoring me I think. Defeat is expected to meet the candidates, do not be troubled with? For my purposes I wanted to have influence in Korea, and, I think it is necessary. I do not know why the result was a draw, I'm still, I think is a loser.

DT
May 2, 2011

D.T. writes:

Thanks for providing valuable information.

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