Conversations With America: Addressing Global Challenges at the UN

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 5, 2012
Conversations With America: Addressing Global Challenges at the UN

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, will hold a conversation with Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network, on Addressing Global Challenges at the UN. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and will be available for on demand viewing soon on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog.

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping. Submit your questions below on DipNote and join the ongoing discussion via Twitter using the hashtag #UNGA. Please submit questions via DipNote and Twitter as soon as possible for consideration.

Through Conversations With America, leaders of national non-governmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior State Department officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

View other Conversations With America here and by accessing the Conversations With America video podcasts on iTunes.

Editor's Note: This Conversations With America webcast occurred on September 11. You can read the transcript here.

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Tony
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 6, 2012

Tony in Washington, D.C. writes:

Where and when will this event be held?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
September 6, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

This question is in regards to a member state's charter membership and goes to any who would dare offer answer to this;

Member states since the founding of the UN have pledged to live by and uphold their charter membership's principals as outlined in fundemental documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

However, many nations have gone through changes of government and leadership since originally signing and committing to those principals outlined in the UN charter.

I would like to know if it is at all feasable and practical to have nations re-certify their commitment to the principals outlined in the UN charter each and every time any new government comes into power in any nation now signatory to the charter as a member state of the United Nations.

Thank you,

EJ

Jean C.
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Cameroon
September 6, 2012

Jean Claude in Cameroon writes:

When will the United States be able to solve the Palestinien and Israelies crises? Have you elaborated yet any policies on the Jews of Cameroun, lost but found, regarding a bridge between them and the land of Israel?

David E.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 6, 2012

David E. in Washington, D.C. writes:

Has the State Department ever addressed the issue of discrimination against blacks by the Saudi Monarchy? Why or Why not? I am working on a campaign focusing on discrimination against blacks in Saudi Arabia?s public sector and wanted to know if you have an opinion on this issue?

William T.
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California, USA
September 6, 2012

William T. in California writes:

Recalling 2 previous webcasts (Sep11 and Apr12), is it possible to use emerging internet platforms to engage American citizens with people in countries all around the world, in real time sessions over the internet, during the UNGA session this month?

This is especially important regarding making the New Silk Road initiative to move people and goods across borders for Afghanistan and all of its neighbors as it transitions from war to peace...

PM A.
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Hawaii, USA
September 6, 2012

PM Azinga in Hawaii writes:

Aloha:

How do we initiate active engagement of public diplomacy i.e. (listening, advocacy, cultural diplomacy,exchange diplomacy & international communication) through people to people relationship building, expanding the roles of sister cities, cultivate direct investment opportunities and create innovative entreprenuership between the peoples of Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific with the peoples of the United States of America?

Mahalo.

David
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Wisconsin, USA
September 6, 2012

David in Wisconsin writes:

What role should United Nations or member states of the United Nations play when seeking to resolve intrastate conflicts between state and non-state actors?

FRANCIS J.
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United States
September 7, 2012

Francis J. in the U.S.A. writes:

Helping Developing nations.
United States of America and other countries give out foreign aids in cash and goods to developing and under developed nations. Why is it that portions of such aids are not utilized in manpower by sending appropriate qualified USA government employees to work in appropriate departments in those nations for a greater impact of the aids? can such expert institute monthly frequent seminars and assessments to identify progress even reduce corruption?

Tonie P.
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Illinois, USA
September 7, 2012

Tonie P. in Illinois writes:

As China has increased its investment on the African continent, does the United States in the coming year sintend on increasing its level of cooperation with Africa?

Citizen U.
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United States
September 7, 2012

Citizen of the U.S.A. writes:

NGOs have no right to tell us what to do (CFR) neither does the UN another NGO.

Our state dept had better get back to matters of state and stop allowing these people to set policy.

Jean K.
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Cameroon
September 7, 2012

Jean Claude in Cameroon writes:

Following on the no end crises between the Palestinien and the Israelies, have you ever heard about the Jews of Cameroun?

ogoubi
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Togo
September 7, 2012

Ogoubi in Togo writes:

Please, trouble in Mali, west-africa, is a way to truoble all the world in about no less than ten years, and espacially the USA. Why no action and no word from the UN until today?

Karl
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 7, 2012

Karl in Washington, D.C. writes:

Does the US government have any policy interest in global population growth? Human fertility rates seem to be an off-limits subject, but is the fundamental issue when considering environmental degradation, health and education, food security, global warming, etc.

Margaret
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 7, 2012

Margaret in Washington, D.C. writes:

To what lengths will the UN and State Department work to alleviate the violence in Syria? Or, in the midst of the Arab Spring, how will the UN handle an issue such as civic violence while preserving the sovereignty of nations?

Meto K.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 7, 2012

Meto K. in Washington, D.C. writes:

One of the biggest UN challenges when it comes to Europe is the Greece-Macedonia name dispute. According to the International Court of Justice ruling on December 5, 2011, Greece violated the UN-brokered Interim Accord of 1995 by blocking Macedonia's NATO membership. What involvement can and should the UN and the U.S. play to ensure Greece meets its international obligations?

Eunice D.
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Maryland, USA
September 9, 2012

Eunice D. in Maryland writes:

I recently visited Zimbabwe and was shocked to see how the US Dollar is mis-used by Police collecting

"fines" (and bribes) from motorists who are said to have been exceeding the gazetted speed limit. I was annoyed because those notes are so dirty one needs to be carrying hand sanitizer at all times, and because the money does not help the man on the street, and families in rural areas who are struggling to survive. Villagers are being told to pay large sums of money which they can not afford, for electrification of areas outside the so called growth points; village health care facilities and grocery stores that used to operate effectively at the time of indipendence are now cattle, donkey and goat shelters; clean drinking water is a rare commodity; disease is rampant;fields stand barren and untilled as baboons and other competitors completely destroy whatever crop villagers try to grow for domestic consumption. The only thing left intact in Matebeleland is their sense of togetherness and willingness to work hard for survival.

What can be done from and by the USA/UN?

"Cry the beloved country" is wonderful book written by a South African author,Sibusiso Nyembezi about her country pre- indipendence. Most Zimbabwean join her chorus now.

Thank you.

AL
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United States
September 10, 2012

A.L. in the U.S.A. writes:

In what ways can American citizens collectively contribute to the success of the United Nations?

Roger
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Florida, USA
September 10, 2012

Roger in Florida writes:

Do you believe the United Nations has an anti-Israel bias?

Ana
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South Carolina, USA
September 10, 2012

Ana in South Carolina writes:

What are the chances of the U.S. ratifying CEDAW during this year? What can civil society do to make this a priority?

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