Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on July 9, 2012. The Secretary held bilateral meetings with President Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Batbold, addressed the fourth meeting of the Community of Democracies Governing Council and the International Women's Leadership Forum, as well as helped launch the Leaders Engaged in New Democracies Network (LEND).
At the Community of Democracies Governing Council, Secretary Clinton said, "Advancing democracy, as all of us who are here at this Governing Council meeting know, is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing as well. Democracies are more stable, more capable partners with vibrant open economies that can foster innovation and new ideas, and the world needs more of that. And although every country's democratic journey is unique, there are universal principles we share and that's what I think brings us together -- to support each and to help emerging democracies succeed."
Secretary Clinton then delivered remarks at the International Women's Leadership Forum. She said, said, "If there is one characteristic that every strong democracy in the world shares, it is that they are fully open to all of their citizens -- men and women -- and a democracy without the participation of women is a contradiction in terms. So whenever we talk about how to support democracy, we must be sure that women are not just a part of the discussion, but at the table to help lead that discussion, and to remain committed to helping more women worldwide gain roles in their governments, their economies, and their civil societies."
In addition, Secretary Clinton, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet formally launched the LEND Network -- a global technology platform to support Leaders Engaged in New Democracies. The LEND Network is the CD's newest initiative, and it furthers the organization's main objective of supporting democratization around the world. Secretary Clinton said, "[W]e are very much aware that no single project can solve every problem that emerging democracies encounter, but we truly believe that if we keep working together and sharing the lessons we learn, we can help more countries make a successful transition to democracy. And that in turn, we believe, makes the world safer and more prosperous for all of us."
Secretary Clinton is on travel to France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt, and Israel. You can follow her trip on www.state.gov.