Celebrating the Power of Collaboration

About the Authors: Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and Kris M. Balderston serves as the Special Representative for Global Partnerships.

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration. As one of the last events the Secretary hosted, the meeting was momentous. Not only for the more than $80 million in public-private partnerships announced but also because it showcased how much has been achieved over the last four years.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the signing of the “Declaration of Learning” at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 30, 2013. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

In case you missed Secretary Clinton’s Global Town Hall today. This was truly a global social media event. In addition to TV broadcasting to six continents, we live tweeted in 11 languages, took questions from Facebook, Twitter, and Sina Weibo, and carried the event live on YouTube (a first ever) as well as all U.S. embassy and consulate websites. We even took an email question from Antarctica.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold a Global Townterview on January 29, 2013, and engage with young people around the world in advance of her last day as Secretary of State on Friday, February 1st. The event will be streamed live on YouTube and www.state.gov. Post your photos and comments for Secretary Clinton here and submit your questions for Secretary Clinton via Twitter using #AskState.

Secretary Clinton To Hold Global Town Hall

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a town hall style meeting at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2010. [AP File Photo]

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On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold a Global Townterview at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. A “Townterview” is a mix of a town hall and a television interview. The concept was first introduced by the Secretary when she entered office as a way to broaden people-to-people engagement.

This will be her 59th town hall and an opportunity to engage with young people around the world in advance of her last day as Secretary of State on Friday, February 1.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the 100,000 Strong Foundation launch event at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 24, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2013/01/203250.htm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the confirmation hearing for Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. on January 24, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2013/01/203237.htm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Benghazi - the attacks and the lessons learned before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2013/01/203158.htm

Photo of the Week: U.S. Recognizes the Government of Somalia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote’s Managing Editor.

On January 17, 2013, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Washington, D.C., and announced that the United States is recognizing the Government of Somalia for the first time since 1991. Secretary Clinton said, “Today is a milestone. It’s not the end of the journey but it’s an important milestone to that end.”

"Somalia’s transformation was achieved first and foremost by the people and leaders of Somalia, backed by strong, African-led support. We also want to thank the African Union, which deserves a great deal of credit for Somalia’s success," Secretary Clinton said. "The United States was proud to support this effort."

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]