DipNote: The Week in Review

August 1, 2011
Secretary Clinton Delivers a Speech to U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

This week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned from travel to Hong Kong, where she addressed “Principles for Prosperity in the Asia Pacific." She said, "...We face a lot of similar challenges today, and we need visionary leaders in both government and business. But those leaders need to be guided by these principles. Whether we're talking about politics or economics, openness, transparency, freedom and fairness stand the test of time."

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook shared about her experience traveling with Secretary Clinton in Turkey to discuss coordinated international strategies to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief. Meanwhile, Ambassador Eric Goosby offered his reflections from the International AIDS Conference in Rome, and what it means for the United States' PEPFAR programs.

Also in Rome, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin participated in an emergency meeting at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called to address the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. The United States remains concerned by the high malnutrition rates in the Horn of Africa -- particularly in southern and central Somalia and the attendant Somali refugee population. Providing approximately $459 million this fiscal year to help those in need, the United States is one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance to the region.

On Thursday, July 28, Secretary Clinton joined USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to deliver remarks at USAID's Saving Lives at Birth Development Exchange Awards Ceremony "77 Inventions That Could Save Moms and Babies." The Secretary highlighted major barriers to saving the lives of mothers and children at birth and addressed how ideas from the March 2011 Grand Challenge for Development aim to accomplish positive changes in this area.

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby's Brian Asmus highlighted “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies," a policy dialogue to identify effective means to improve women's lives and livelihoods, including advancing maternal health, increasing economic opportunities, and leadership training in Pacific island countries.

In Afghanistan, Ambassador Ryan Crocker presented his diplomatic credentials to Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace. In Pakistan, Ambassador Munter inaugurated a new U.S.-funded mango processing line at Lutfabad Farm while visiting Multan. The Ambassador also joined officials and residents of communities in FATA and Malakand to mark the completion of a U.S. program to improve education in Northwest Pakistan.

In other regional news, while visiting Chennai last week, Secretary Clinton announced a new initiative, Passport to India, which will promote internships for American high school and college students. Also in India, officials from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs traveled to the headquarters of India's space agency, ISRO, in Banglaore to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

For interested young Americans, Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer encourages you to learn more about the UN 2011 Young Professionals Program (YPP) Examination and to explore the possibility of working for the United Nations.

In other news, the implementation of the New START Treaty is well underway. Director of the Office of Strategic Affairs Jerry Taylor said, “The successful implementation of this treaty demonstrates one of the bright spots in the U.S.-Russian relationship and is a continuation of the businesslike approach that the U.S. and Russian delegations maintained during the negotiations.”

Finally, I want to congratulate @TravelGov, the U.S. Government's authoritative Twitter account for international travel information, on turning three last week. I'd also like to thank all of our readers for their feedback and comments, and we look forward to hearing from you in the week ahead.



New Mexico, USA
August 2, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Been an interesting week wondering if there'll be a next week's 'week in review' brought not to post due to debtmaggeddon....but what? Me worry?

I mean it's not every week that resembles a MAD Magazine back-cover fold-in to see what the picture within the picture reveals, but hey, that's democracy in action for ya sportsfans!

Now about all that diplomacy put into action this past week; lot of hopeful remarks need a lot of follow-through on, if common problems and potential for peace are to be resolved to the relief of all. I'll have my prosperity on the side please....;

I guess getting out of DC did Madam Secretary some good, as she's one of the few in gov that's been making sense this past week.

Seems to me this is a real fine time to be an FSO on hardship post some far flung place.

Just sayin'...

Lookin' like "high noon" on the hill.

My 80 year old mom wants to vote everyone out of office...I said, "Mom you can't do that.""Why not? they deserve it.""They don't all come up for reelection at once.""Well I plan to stick around until they all do."

No son can argue with that....(chuckle).

Just sayin'....if politico's know what's good for them, they don't want to generally as a habit go around getting mom's upset.

August 2, 2011

W.W. writes:

How the fraud of those organization works including IMF:
Haiti - Crisis Natural disaster USAID NGO'S
which is the main LOCAL business In Haiti?
Rice production what USAID send? -Rice, why?
to create poverty into the country and devastate Local economy because local poducer won't be able to compete with the american rice sent to haiti in a little future.Haiti governament without taxes payed from haiti rice farmers will drop rice importation rates and will be costrict to borrow money from Imf in order to pay their crisis and american rice producer will be paied from those money haiti will borrow.Infact during the haiti crisis The U.S. Gov pushed(recorded from the Russian)on IMF and world bank to have haitians in dropping their importation rates in exchange of cash sent from those organization.Somehow is a way to generate slavery and addiction to debts.Usaid did not send in front of a crisis as the haitian tools and training in order for the haitian to produce more rice and export it.Its a matter of fact that in haiti you can even find Pakistanian free rice instead then have pakistan to buy more rice from haiti.So a governament if it would have the chance with current technology to invent a machinary that create natural disaster or control weather as in the horn of africa would create it?
The same it happened in mexico for the corn market and the tortillias bread.

West Virginia, USA
August 3, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Congrats to @TravelGov for spreading the news

West Virginia, USA
August 3, 2011

Pam in West Virginia writes:

I hope negotiations on start go better this year with conflict all over the world.

New Mexico, USA
August 5, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:


Please check your facts and source your claims or I'm simply going to have to conclude you're more interested in posting misinformation at the expense of a lot of good folk's efforts to aleviate suffering; than you are interested in posting fact that will get your opinions to a place of note-worthyness.

Just sayin' dude...folks make stuff up and call it the truth every day, how do you plan on diferentiating yourself from liars?

Comprende' amigo?


Virginia, USA
August 5, 2011

Jen in Virginia writes:

I would like to sing a chorus with Dr. G. Congrats to @TravelGov.


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