Posts Tagged ‘UNGA’

Hillary, contrary to popular Trumpesque memes, has neither been hiding/sleeping nor spending every waking minute of every day prepping to face her opponent tonight.  Sunday, Hillary dropped in on, “Apple Seeds,”  a kids’ center in the NYC Flatiron district, paid a visit to Chelsea and family, and met with Netanyahu who is in town for UNGA.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)



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In an afternoon reminiscent of her days as secretary of state, Hillary spent her afternoon in New York meeting with foreign dignitaries in town for the U.N. General Assembly.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands with with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in New York, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Abe, Clinton affirm importance of U.S.-Japan alliance

U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands in New York on Sept. 19, 2016. They affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance for stability in Asia. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, right, in New York, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


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Prior to boarding her plane in White Plains, Hillary took a few moments to speak to the press about the ongoing investigation into Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey.  She is on her way to Philadelphia where she will speak to millennials at Temple University.  Later, she will return to New York for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is in town for UNGA.

Hillary was firm, clear-headed, and knowledgeable.  She emphasized communications preparedness and as key in the battle against terrorism.










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Remarks at the Forum on Small States Opening Session


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
United Nations
New York City
October 1, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Foreign Minister, and thanks also to the Secretary General and the UN General Assembly President for their remarks and for their leadership. I’m delighted to have been invited by Singapore to join you at the Forum of Small States to mark the 20thanniversary of its founding. I think organizing this event and the program that follows this opening provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the issues that we face as a global community, and in particular, the roles and responsibilities that small states have.In my time as Secretary, I’ve been honored to travel to over 100 countries and to meet with leaders in government, business, and civil society in every corner of the world. Now of course, this means frequent visits to larger nations and traditional centers of power, but for me, it has been equally important to visit many of your countries, to understand what you’re going through, to share ideas about how we can make progress together, to meet the Millennium Development Goals and then the initiative of the Secretary General, the Sustainable Development Goals.

Just last month, I attended the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands to talk with leaders of the region about how the United States can build stronger partnerships with their countries, and I’ve had similar conversations with small states from around the world. Now I believe this is absolutely essential because we have a lot of challenges that we are confronting, and I don’t think it’s unfair or inaccurate to say that smaller states often bear the burden of a lot of these challenges. These challenges don’t respect international orders, whether it’s a global financial crisis or climate change or transnational crime. And none of these problems can be solved by three or four big countries sitting around a table. We need partnerships from large and small nations alike.

That means we do have to transcend the lines of size or geography, because 21st century challenges require a 21st century approach to foreign policy where we build broad and diverse coalitions with states of every size from every region. That recognizes the reality of the world in which we live, where our futures are inextricably linked, and as we increasingly have seen, that when one of us prospers, the chances for others as well to prosper increase. But when one falters, then everyone will be hurt.

If you look at the global economic meltdown and how it spread across the world, it was because we are now interconnected through markets that are bigger than any one of us. Therefore, we have to address these challenges not just in the G-8 or the G-20, but across the globe. And the economy is one area where even the smallest country can make a significant difference. Singapore, for example, with just over 5 million people, is one of the busiest trade ports in the world, and a frequent destination for investors and CEOs alike. So although it may be a small state, it plays a large role in the global economy.

Our cooperation is also necessary to address climate change. As the Secretary General just said, many of your states are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and you have played a major role in sparking global action. In fact, had it not been for a coalition of small states helping push larger countries, including my own, toward agreement and action, we would not have had the outcomes at the Durban meeting that I think moved us forward in the fight against climate change. That agreement is one step, but an important one in the long process of curbing global climate change, and small states will continue to be critical in mobilizing the international community’s response.

It’s also important that we learn from each other. We have a tradition in our federal system in the United States of individual states playing a role in trying out new policies. We call it the laboratories of democracy. So if California or Delaware or Montana or Alabama or New York try something, then other states within our union can see whether or not it works, can adapt it, or even move to make it a national responsibility. I see something similar with small states. Every one of you is doing something that works, and all of us are doing things that don’t work, and we need a better mechanism for sharing what works and being able to follow through with technical advice and assistance where necessary.

I’m particularly intrigued by Bhutan’s gross domestic happiness measurement. After all, what is the purpose of our lives together if it is not to try to provide a better future, particularly for the next generation? Well, that’s just one example. I go places, I see things that work in the smallest states. But too often, we don’t know how to bring it to scale and we don’t know how to spread it broadly. So I hope that through the UN and through this forum, we can get smarter about how to learn from each other to see what works.

I remember very well after the terrible hurricane of Katrina, we learned a lot from the Netherlands and other states that faced periodic and constant threats from flooding. There is a lot that the United States can learn, a lot that we can share, but I hope we can be more intentional in pursuing that.

I also want to thank the – President Jeremic for his emphasis on the rule of law, because ultimately, that is what will determine the success of development – whether investors feel safe, whether there’s predictability, whether people can get about the daily business of having families grow and prosper, businesses grow and prosper, and thereby countries grow and prosper, because there is a sense that justice is available for all.

And certainly, small states play a leading role in human rights. Over the past three years, the United States has been privileged to work with a number of members, as I look about this forum, on the UN Human Rights Council. And along the way, we have overcome traditional divisions that hindered the effectiveness of the Human Rights Council in the past. We have partnered with a set of small states that feel as passionately about human rights as anyone – countries like Mauritius and Slovenia, just to name two. And together we have built a Human Rights Council that is far stronger and more capable than it was just three years ago.

And I thank all of the small states that have stood up and said, “We want the rule of law and human rights respected everywhere.” We’ve come a long way getting past the outdated divides. Yes, there is still north-south, there is still east-west, there is still developed and developing, but we ought to move toward a standard of expectation for all of our nations and hold ourselves to it.

Now there are a number of other areas where I know many of you are leaders – nonproliferation, peacekeeping, clean energy, just to name a few. And I want to assure you that the United States recognizes and appreciates the contributions that you are making to solving these important challenges. We are committed to continuing not only to work with you, but to learn from you. And so I appreciate this opportunity to express appreciation to you individually and through you to the forum for inviting the United States to be part of this conversation, and I look forward to our continued partnership together.

Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

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Public Schedule for October 1, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
October 1, 2012




10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Forum on Small States Opening Session, at the United Nations.

12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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Remarks With Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan Before Their Meeting


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York City
September 28, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Welcome, all of you here, and thank you for coming. As you can tell, we have a lot of people and a very, very small room. But we are with two close allies united by so many common interests and values. This is the fourth meeting that we’ve had in the past two years, including most recently this summer on the margins of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Our three nations share a strong interest in the peaceful, verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We will discuss today what further steps we can take toward that goal. We will also discuss how every nation in the region has a responsibility to work to resolve disputes peacefully, lower tensions, promote regional security and stability.

Our alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea are cornerstones of peace and prosperity in the region and each of these countries represent an enormous success story about what can happen when nations are focused on peace and stability and giving more opportunities to their own people and developing good relationships with their neighbors. We will maintain close cooperation between the three of us. That is a top priority for the United States, and I’m delighted to be here with my friends and colleagues. Both ministers, Minister Gemba and Minister Kim, are people with whom I work closely, and I look forward to our discussion today.

Thank you.

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Hillary Clinton wrapped up a marathon week at UNGA in New York City this afternoon with every bit as much grace, grit, good humor, and glamor as when she began.   Her Smart Power Doctrine did double-duty through  most  of the week as the president spent just 24 hours in town, long enough to drop by for an appearance on The View and deliver his address to the General Assembly.  His regular meetings and events for the rest of the week were covered by Her Excellency (along with her own scheduled events) as Acting Chief Executive of the U.S. at her last UNGA as Secretary of State.  She did a spectacular job and has won praise from some unlikely sources.

From Politico.

Newt talks up Hillary Clinton


9/26/12 12:59 PM EDT
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Newt Gingrich offered some praise of the Secretary of State on Fox News last night:

Hillary Clinton is a serious person, Barack Obama is an ambitious person. They’re very different personalities.

Hillary Clinton actually gets up every day, thinking about public policy; Barack Obama gets up every day, thinking about Barack Obama. They’re very different approaches to life.

Mayor Mike chimed in on his radio show  as the New York Post reports.

Clinton a ‘class act’

  • Last Updated: 10:16 AM, September 28, 2012
  • Posted: 10:15 AM, September 28, 2012

Run, Hillary, run?

With speculation brewing about a possible Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2016, Mayor Bloomberg today praised her as a shining light in the Obama Administration and called himself a “big fan” of her work as Secretary of State.

“She has worked as hard as anybody can work,” the mayor observed on his weekly WOR radio show.

“I’m not sure I agree with all her policies– some yes, some no. But Hillary Clinton is a class act and has worked over and above what you could ask for somebody to represent the Obama Administration.”

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This  review from  RTT News sparkles almost as much as Mme. Secretary did all week!

Hillary Clinton Shines As Obama Surrogate At UN Meeting


9/28/2012 11:36 AM ET
(RTTNews) – Hillary Clinton may have lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama back in 2008, but this week in New York, she was Secretary of State and Commander-in-Chief all rolled into one as she acted as the president’s surrogate at the United Nations General Assembly.

Clinton, who arguably has closer ties with many of the world’s top leaders than the president, took over many of the tasks usually left to the president during this week.

President Obama only spent 24-hours in the city, choosing to eschew formal meetings with world leaders to return to his campaign schedule. He was the first president in over 20 years not to meet with a foreign leader at the conference.

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Finally, Jezebel does a great takedown of a snarky article in the Daily Mail when a photographer caught a shot of doodles on the top page of Mme. President’s prepared remarks at a Security Council meeting.

Sep 28, 2012 12:45 PM 15,028 44

Hillary Clinton’s UN Doodles Clearly a Window Into Her Innermost Thoughts

Birds do it. Bees do it. Secretaries of State hearing UN pleas do it. Yesterday, a photographer caught Hillary Clinton aimlessly drawing on her speech notes during a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East peace process. The situation is grim, shooting, suffering etc., but all of that starts to run together after awhile. Let’s get to the more interesting water cooler conversation-y stuff that doesn’t bum everyone out: what do Hillary Clinton’s doodles tell us about her personality?

As breathlessly reported by The Daily Mail (which helpfully included an unflattering picture of Hillary Clinton’s face contorting mid-wink with their coverage, you know, for added clarity), Clinton appeared to space out during remarks given by other diplomats, drawing an organized series of interlocking circles and a star on a copy of her prepared speech.

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**Edited to add  this** Chicago Sun-Times.  Too good to pass up from Lynn Sweet, the scorekeeper!

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama decided not to do face-to-face meetings with global leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, outside of courtesy calls to UN officials. The lack of in-person meetings drew fire from Mitt Romney and other GOP critics. Obama delivered a major speech to the UN on Tuesday. While it may be just too close to the election for Obama one-on-ones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held 25 meetings with leaders from around the world, a State Department spokesman said Friday.

Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, recapping Clinton’s week told reporters Friday, “since arriving last Sunday and starting her meetings then, held 25 bilateral and trilateral meetings.

“And that is in addition to events that covered every region of the world. For example, you saw the U.N. secretary-general’s meeting on the Sahel. We had a trans-Atlantic dinner with EU and NATO foreign ministers. We had a Central American ministerial. We had an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting.

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Madame President, thank you, always, for your tireless and cheerful efforts. We wish you, as my dear friend Robyn always says, a peaceful and restful weekend. Job superlatively done!

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