Assistant Secretary Brimmer Previews U.S. Goals and Priorities at UNGA

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September 17, 2010

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, delivered remarks to the press on the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that will take place in New York next week. Assistant Secretary Brimmer outlined the Administration's goals and priorities, and highlighted some of the key activities the Secretary will be participating in during her time in New York.

She said, "Our goals and priorities for the UN General Assembly can be broadly described as deepening, strengthening, and extending many of the actions already taken. We have four overall objectives that can be described; first, really focusing on the Millennium Development Goals and making progress on our development priorities. Secondly, on improving the UN's tools related to peace and security, to promoting human rights, and tackling environmental changes."

Assistant Secretary Brimmer continued, "[T]he next week's session begins with a high-level plenary meeting on the MDGs, the Millennium Development Goals, which will occur during the first three days of next week. This will be an important opportunity for the United States to elaborate the President's development agenda as well as our approach to the Millennium Development Goals. We will focus on core principles of leveraging innovation, investing in sustainability, tracking development outcomes, and enhancing mutual accountability."

She also shared some of the key elements of the Secretary's schedule. She said, "[F]irst, to note that the Secretary, of course, will be doing a number of Middle East-related events during the week.

"Her first event, after arriving in New York on Sunday, the 19th, will be a senior-level gathering to discuss the ongoing international flood relief for Pakistan. This is a follow-up to a similar gathering that was held in August and it was designed to encourage and rally support for humanitarian relief in that country.

"On Monday, the 20th of September, the Secretary's day will include participation in a special session of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. Now, that meeting is slated to be co-chaired by Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive and former President Clinton. And much of the Secretary's Monday, as with much of the rest of the week, will then be filled with bilateral and multilateral meetings.

On Tuesday, the 21st of September, the Secretary will make remarks at a special side event related to the Millennium Development Goals. She will co-host with Irish Foreign Minister Martin an event that features leaders from governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector. This event is entitled "1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future," and will highlight action to reduce child undernutrition, focusing on what's called the 1,000-day window of opportunity, beginning from a woman's pregnancy and continuing until the child is two years old. Significant evidence shows that a child who is well-nourished during this critical period will have a healthier and more prosperous future.

"That afternoon, the Secretary will speak at an event hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative, and that evening, the Secretary will participate in the traditional transatlantic dinner with foreign ministers of the European Union and NATO countries.

"Wednesday will feature a series of bilateral and multilateral engagements, including the NATO-Russia Council ministerial and a meeting of the P-5+1. That afternoon, the Secretary will join the U.S. delegation to the high-level plenary on the Millennium Development Goals, where President Obama will address the enduring U.S. commitment to reaching the goals by 2015.

"Now, Thursday, of course, is framed by the formal opening of the General Assembly and the President's speech that morning. On Thursday afternoon, in addition to joining many of the President's meetings, the Secretary will represent the United States at the Security Council for a special meeting on peace and security issues.

"On Friday, we anticipate the Secretary will accompany the President for much of the day. I will note that the Secretary will be resuming her schedule on Monday the 27th with a number of diplomatic meetings in New York. At this juncture, Monday is slated to be the Secretary's last day in New York."

You can read Assistant Secretary Brimmer's full remarks here.

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Ashim C.
September 18, 2010

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

It is good to see US giving importance UN Peace Keeping due importance. One hopes very concrete well meaning resolutions shall be moved to strengthen the budget and human resources required to deal with existing and potential problems around the world. There are strong possibilities of US and NATO forces withdrawing from AFPAK and disturbing reports of TALIBAN interference in Afghan electoral process raises serious concerns particularly for South Asia. Democracy in Afpak being as fragile as it is, a vacuum in this region can best be filled by an well trained force, which can withstand the ruggedness of the terrain and is capable of acting without any individual agenda of the state the force belong to.


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