Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 16, 2010

On Tuesday, September 14, the Office of the Chief of Protocol’s Diplomatic Partnerships Division hosted the latest “State of the Administration” briefing on the 65th United Nations General Assembly for members of the Diplomatic Corps. The featured speakers included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Esther Brimmer.

Nearly 100 foreign ambassadors attended the briefing at the Blair House. As a former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Secretary Albright spoke about her experiences at UNGA, while Assistant Secretary Brimmer provided an outline of the United States’s priorities at this year’s Assembly.

“State of the Administration” briefings bring together foreign Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions and influential policymakers for conversations on relevant topics. Prior speakers have included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew, and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.

This event was organized by the Diplomatic Partnerships Division of the Office of the Chief of Protocol, whose mission is to foster international goodwill and cultivate the relationship between the Diplomatic Corps and the people and institutions of the United States through an exchange of ideas, cultures and traditions.

Diplomatic Partnerships pursues this goal through a broad range of unique programs and events including “State of the Administration.” Other events include “Experience America” trips that provide opportunities for foreign Chiefs of Diplomatic Mission to travel outside of Washington DC and experiencing diverse neighborhoods and communities across the United States. The “Issue Roundtables” allows foreign Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions and senior Obama administration to meet for smaller discussions on relevant issues.

For more information on Diplomatic Partnerships please contact

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