Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11, 2013

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 7, 2013

In The Hague, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Dutch officials to discuss topics of regional and global concern and to underscore support for Dutch security missions around the world.

Assistant Secretary Gordon will travel to London on January 9, where he will meet with senior British government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues . At the start of the United Kingdom’s G8 presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon will also meet with senior officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU).

On January 10 and 11 in Dublin, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Irish government officials to discuss bilateral and global issues. He will also meet with EU Political Directors as part of regular consultations with the EU to discuss issues on the transatlantic and global agendas.

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, previews President Obama’s trip to Mexico for the 2012 G20 Summit.

Secretary Clinton To Participate in G-20 Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting in Mexico

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is visiting Mexico to participate in the first G-20 Ministers of Foreign Affairs informal meeting in Los Cabos, February 18-20.

The Secretary will discuss key issues the United States and other G-20 members face individually and as partners on global economic matters including principles for the international economic system, green growth and sustainable development, food security, and human development. Secretary Clinton will also hold meetings with counterparts to discuss bilateral issues.

The United States and G-20 partners share many opportunities and challenges and work collaboratively on a wide range of issues. This visit is an opportunity to reinforce close relations among nations and to identify common objectives and strategies to address global challenges and ensure global prosperity.

The Fight Against Global Corruption

General view of the opening session of a G20 finance meeting in Paris, Feb. 19, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: John Brandolino serves as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). He represented the United States at a meeting of the G-20 Anticorruption Working Group in Paris on September 19-20.

Anticorruption experts from G-20 member countries met in Paris last week to assess progress on the fight against global corruption. As a baseline for this assessment, attendees used the wide ranging set of commitments adopted by President Barack Obama and G-20 leaders at the G-20 Summit in November 2010. Those commitments included concrete actions — such as ratifying and implementing the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), establishing legislation to counter foreign bribery, and introducing protections for whistleblowers who report corruption — while creating and strengthening anticorruption bodies. 

The information presented at the Paris meeting demonstrates… more »