The Institute sent a delegation headed by Ambassador Verveer to New York this month for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meetings.
At UNGA, Ambassador Verveer participated in high-level roundtable discussions co-hosted by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende on the future of Afghanistan and how to ensure the gains by Afghan women are sustained. Nilofar Sakhi, Executive Director of the International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development at the American University of Afghanistan, spoke to Afghanistan's critical role in the economy, including trade, heavy industry such as construction, and in growing small and medium-sized enterprises.
Two of our Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellows also participated in several side events focused on girls education and empowerment, engaging men and boys to protect women's rights, the impact of climate change on women, and others. You can read their reports from these various sessions on the GIWPS blog.
At CGI, Ambassador Verveer moderated a panel on men as allies for women's empowerment, as well as a panel with Goldman Sachs on women and the economy.