The Week at State | September 20 – 26
Watch The Week at State video for a review of key events of the past week, including President Biden and Secretary Blinken addressing leaders from around the world at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, focusing on ending the COVID-19 pandemic, combatting the climate crisis, promoting human rights, and defending democracy. Visit our YouTube channel for more videos.
76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
“It was an honor to address the UN General Assembly this morning. We stand at an inflection point in history, and the United States is committed to working with our allies and partners to tackle the greatest challenges of our time.
“We will build a better future — together,” President Biden on Twitter. Read the President’s full remarks on WhiteHouse.gov. Visit our UNGA page on State.gov for highlights, press remarks, and press releases during the event.
Video: UNGA, Explained
What is #UNGA76 and what are the United States’ priorities? Assistant Secretary for Global Public Affairs Liz Allen explains what you need to know as @POTUS and @SecBlinken traveled to the 76th Session of the @UN General Assembly last week in New York. Watch the video (YouTube).
UN Security Council Meeting on Climate and Security
“Let’s be driven not only by the fear of all the damage the climate crisis can inflict – and already has inflicted – but also by the imagination of all the ways our response can actually make people’s lives better, now and into the future,” Secretary Blinken on Twitter. Read the transcript of his remarks or watch the video. #UNGA76
Global COVID-19 Summit at UNGA
At the Global COVID-19 Summit, @POTUS called on leaders to elevate global ambition to end the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 and to build back better global health security to prevent and prepare for future pandemics. For more information, read the White House Fact Sheet and our Global COVID-19 Summit page on State.gov, which includes video statements by many summit participants. Watch Secretary Blinken’s closing remarks (YouTube).
G20 Meeting about Afghanistan
“Had a productive dialogue at #UNGA76 with G20 Foreign Ministers and International Organization Principals on Afghanistan. The international community is united in its expectations for the Taliban to adhere to their commitments,” Secretary Blinken on Twitter. For more information, read this special briefing on State.gov.
Alliances and Partnerships
Quad Leaders’ Summit
On September 24, President Biden hosted Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan at the White House for the first-ever in-person Leaders’ Summit of the Quad. The leaders have put forth ambitious initiatives that deepen our ties and advance practical cooperation on 21st-century challenges. Learn more about the Summit in the White House Fact Sheet. Read the leaders’ remarks at the start of the meeting (transcript, video).
Video: How You Can Support Human Rights
Secretary Blinken’s Op-Ed in the Washington Post
“President Biden has been clear that the only way to defeat COVID-19 — and protect the American people and the U.S. economy — is to defeat the virus both here at home and around the world,” Secretary Blinken on Twitter. “Our most powerful weapon in this fight are safe, effective vaccines.” Read his opinion piece co-authored with White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zientz.
Diversity and Inclusion
International Day of Sign Languages
Did you know there are more than 300 sign languages across the globe? On International Day of Sign Languages, we discuss sign languages beyond American Sign Language and our work to advocate for global linguistic rights. Read more in our DipNote blog.
September 13 – October 8: United Nations Human Rights Council 48th Regular Session
September 29 – October 8: Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Travel to Switzerland, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan
October 28 – 29: Indo-Pacific Business Forum
October 30 – 31: G20 Leaders Summit
October 31 – November 12: COP26 – United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties
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