My job is about to get a whole lot busier! Monday Morning marks the effective start of the 67th United Nations General Assembly. Leaders from 193 countries will come to New York City during the annual series of meetings.
This is basically the diplomatic community's equivalent of the World Cup, World Series, and Super Bowl all rolled into one. My colleagues from the U.S. State Department and I will be headed up to New York this weekend. We will work pretty much nonstop for the next two weeks. We'll attend meetings, make speeches, brief the press and generally highlight our concerns and promote our national priorities whenever and wherever we can.
Tuesday morning, along with the world, we will be listening to President Obama when he addresses the UN General Assembly.
For anyone interested in global affairs, this is an incredible time to tune in. We will have a series of events broadcast live across a variety of platforms. I have already outlined our key goals and objectives at a speech here in DC last week. I also enjoyed participating in a great online discussion about the UN and other issues on Facebook.
Moving forward, we have four broad priorities for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly. First, we will continue to advance U.S. interests and objectives at the UN. That includes effective implementation of international sanctions on Iran's illicit nuclear program. We'll work to strengthen global nonproliferation and counterterrorism efforts, bolster UN peacekeeping and conflict resolution capabilities, and promote greater global cooperation on atrocity prevention. And we will continue to oppose unilateral Palestinian actions in the UN on issues that can only be achieved through direct negotiations.
Second, we're going to expand our efforts on UN reform. We're going to work to lock in last December's historic five percent reduction in the UN regular budget, to further strengthen accountability and oversight, to take concrete steps to increase integrity and support streamlining efforts, so more of the UN's programs can target those who need them most. Third, we'll maintain our global leadership on human rights. The Human Rights Council is an important part of this agenda, and we're seeking reelection to it this autumn. Fourth, we'll build on the progress already made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals and on Rio+20. We'll push for more effective and efficient support across the UN for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
With these goals in mind, let me outline some of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's activities this week. On Monday, September 24, Secretary Clinton will help launch the Equal Futures Partnership, a new initiative to break down barriers to women's participation in economic and political institutions around the world.
On Tuesday, September 25, she will join President Obama for his address to the General Assembly and his traditional meetings with UN leadership. Later that day, she will attend a meeting on water security and an event highlighting U.S. assistance to civil society activists around the world. She will also attend the traditional Transatlantic Dinner with our European allies and partners.
On Wednesday, September 26, the Secretary will attend an event highlighting the progress on the Millennium Development Goals. She will attend an event emphasizing the shared responsibility for addressing the HIV crisis in Africa, and she will represent the United States at a meeting hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the evolving crisis in the Sahel. That afternoon, the Secretary will also represent the United States at the UN Security Council session that Germany has called on peace and security in the Middle East.
On Thursday, September 27, Secretary Clinton will participate in high-level meetings on Yemen and Haiti. She will also highlight U.S. engagement in Asia and the Pacific at a meeting with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Friday, September 28, will largely be dedicated to Middle East issues. The Secretary will host an ad-hoc meeting on Syria to highlight the continuing deterioration of the situation there and to promote transition planning. She will also host events with the G-8 Deauville Partnership Group and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
As you can see, it is going to be a very busy week. You can stay tuned to the DipNote blog and follow @StateDept, @State_IO, and @USUN on Twitter for updates about events, and go to usun.state.gov and the IO Bureau's web page for additional information about U.S. engagement at the UN.