Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Switzerland

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 7, 2011
Secretary Clinton Shakes Hands After Human Rights Speech in Geneva

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On December 6-7, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Geneva, Switzerland. In Geneva, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks recognizing International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10 each year and commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In her Human Rights Day remarks, Secretary Clinton addressed "one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time" -- those faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in their pursuit of equal human rights and protections.

On December 7, Secretary Clinton addressed the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ministerial on the 60th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton underscored that protecting and assisting refugees is among the U.S. government's highest humanitarian priorities. The Secretary said, "My country is a nation of immigrants, and we are proud to have welcomed so many refugees to our shores. This year alone, we welcomed more than 56,000 refugees from more than 60 countries. And we are equally proud to be UNHCR's largest financial donor. We support this work, we understand its importance, and we honor those who do it."

In Geneva, Secretary Clinton also delivered the U.S. national statement at the Biological and Toxin Weapons (BWC) Review Conference, where the United States hopes to revitalize international efforts against biological threats. Secretary Clinton said:

"I want to start by acknowledging that our countries have accomplished a great deal together under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. One hundred sixty-five states have now committed not to pursue these weapons, and I am delighted to welcome Burundi and Mozambique to the Convention, and I join in urging all states who have not yet done so to join.

"President Obama has made it a top goal of his Administration to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction, because we view the risk of a bioweapons attack as both a serious national security challenge and a foreign policy priority. In an age when people and diseases cross borders with growing ease, bioweapons are a transnational threat, and therefore we must protect against them with transnational action."

You can follow Secretary Clinton's travel to Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands December 4-8 here on www.state.gov.

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DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
December 11, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Mr. Robert Levinson Missing

I believe more needs to be done by our State Department to find and bring home Mr. Robert Levinson a 33 year veteran to the United States Government. We have spent more money trying to find Osama bin laden, then one of our own guys who have served our Nation for over 3 decades. After the latest tape released on friday, indicates that the ISP of the tapes could be from either Afghanistan or Pakistan, Subsequently, Mr. Robert Levinson skill as a counterfitter expert. This should raise eyebrows, because if Afghanistan, Iran or Pakistan have obtained the ability to counterfit our US Dollars by the Taliban, then a big compromise has happened, and the US Secret Service should be aware that our money US Dollars may be counterfitted coming out of (Afghanistan, Iran or Pakistan)possibly to buy weapons that could be used against our forces, this should be an alert to check for counterfit money and add pressure should be on to find Mr. Bob Levinson before his medication runs out.

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