With Gratitude and Best Wishes

Posted by Hillary Rodham Clinton / February 01, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is applauded as she gives her farewell remarks to State Department employees, Feb. 1, 2013. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States.

Thank you.

That's what I want to say one last time before I finish my tenure as Secretary. Thank you for four wonderful years.

When President Obama asked me to serve as Secretary of State, I was determined to restore America's leadership and to elevate diplomacy and development as core pillars of American power, because I was convinced that they are critical for solving problems and seizing opportunities worldwide.

I will walk out the door today even more convinced of that -- because of you, the men and women of the U.S. Foreign and Civil Service. Because of the work we have done together and its importance to our nation and world.
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Ten Ways You Can Help Fight Modern Slavery

Posted by Luis CdeBaca / February 01, 2013

Girl, 7, works in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 12, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Luis CdeBaca serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and directs the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Today our nation celebrates National Freedom Day, which commemorates the day in 1865 when the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery was sent to the states for ratification. It is also the culmination of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Around the world, as many as 27 million people are still victimized in human trafficking, or modern slavery. This scourge occurs everywhere in the world -- including our own country. However, there is progress. Here in the United States, nearly every state has some form of anti-trafficking legislation -- and Wyoming is poised soon to become the last state to criminalize modern slavery. The passage of this… more »

President Obama Signs Memorandum Institutionalizing the Office of Global Women’s Issues

Posted by Melanne Verveer / February 01, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo with the recipients of the 2012 International Women of Courage Award, on the 101st Anniversary of International Women's Day, March 8, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues.

I am happy to share some very good news. On Wednesday, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum ("the Memorandum") that will help ensure that advancing the rights of women and girls remains central to U.S. diplomacy and development around the world -- and that these efforts will continue to be led by public servants at the highest levels of the United States government. Secretary Clinton was proud to be at President Obama's side as he… more »

Championing the Cause of Ending Global Hunger and Undernutrition

Posted by Jonathan Shrier / February 01, 2013

This photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 shows a wheat farm near Debre Zeit, in Ethiopia's Amhara region. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Jonathan Shrier serves as Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a champion of the fight to end global hunger and undernutrition, making the case for increased investments in food security and nutrition to help move people out of poverty, create stronger communities, and build a more stable world.

At the Office of Global Food Security, we are looking forward to working with our partners across the whole of the U.S. government, international community, private sector, civil society, and partner nations to build on Secretary Clinton's legacy and to making 2013 another momentous year in the fight to end world hunger and undernutrition.

Throughout 2012, the Obama Administration continued… more »

Photo of the Week: Secretary Clinton Hosts a Global Town Hall

Posted by Sarah Goldfarb / February 01, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in a Global Town Hall at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on January 29, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote's Associate Editor.

Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from the Secretary of State's official photographer, Michael Gross, and shows Secretary Clinton hosting the State Department's first-ever Global Town Hall at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. At the 80 minute-long event, Secretary Clinton took questions from live audiences on all seven continents, as well as social media from across the globe.

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks on American Leadership at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Secretary said, "Today, the world remains a dangerous and complicated place, and of course, we still face many difficult challenges. But a lot has changed in the last four years. Under President Obama's leadership, we've ended… more »

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