U.S. Leaders #EngageAmerica at #UNGA: You Can Join Them!

Each September, the opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) brings together world leaders to New York City, where they gather to address some of the most critical issues facing all of us. This year, U.S. leaders participating in the discussions at UNGA will focus on refugee issues, climate action, countering violent extremism, and promoting peace and security. U.S. leaders at UNGA will also seize this opportunity to engage with the American public on these important topics. Here are a few opportunities this week in which you can join them.

1. Watch Secretary Kerry deliver remarks at the Social Good Summit.

On Sunday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m., Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the Social Good Summit, hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Mashable. Held annually during UNGA week, the Social Good Summit is a two-day conference that explores the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Secretary Kerry’s remarks will be streamed live on www.state.gov. Deputy Secretary Tony Blinken will also be speaking at sessions at the Social Good Summit. You can learn more at mashable.com/sgs.

2. Join a Foreign Policy Classroom discussion in New York.

On September 22, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State Sheba Crocker will participate in Foreign Policy Classrooms. Under Secretary Stengel will engage students at City College of New York with an "Introduction to World Politics."  Assistant Secretary Crocker will join a discussion with students at New York University on how the United States works with the United Nations in an “Era of Engagement.” 

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs facilitates the Foreign Policy Classroom program for students and educators interested in global affairs. The program represents an on-going series of briefings featuring State Department officials speaking on a variety of foreign policy topics. If you can’t attend the discussion in New York, there are opportunities throughout the year in Washington, D.C. Please email us at ForeignPolicyClassroom@state.gov to learn more about the program and how you can participate.

3. Tune in from anywhere in the world.

The United Nations General Assembly will streamed live on UN WebTV, and high-level U.S. engagements will be streamed live on state.gov and video.state.gov/live. The Department of State will also facilitate a number of social media engagements for you to interact with you U.S. leaders during UNGA. Follow @StateDept and @USUN on Twitter and like the Department of State and U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Facebook for the latest on U.S. activities at UNGA.

About the Author: Karen Richardson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Outreach in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Posted by Karen Richardson
September 18, 2016

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