Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero will travel to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank April 15-21. Following on Secretary Clinton’s March 22nd remarks on World Water Day, Otero’s trip will underscore the need to elevate our diplomatic efforts surrounding water; harness the power of science and technology; leverage the full range of relationships; and build capacity at local, national and regional levels. The Under Secretary will meet with government officials and non-governmental organizations about a wide range of science, technology, and policy-based solutions that address water challenges confronting the region. Under Secretary Otero will also discuss global affairs issues, such as democracy, human rights, refugees, trafficking in persons, health and the environment, with government officials, youth leaders, and other civil society representatives in each country.
As Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Otero oversees the bureaus of Population, Refugees and Migration; Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.