Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will travel to Tokyo, Japan, from July 6 through July 8, 2012, to join the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, where she will highlight issues concerning women and girls and underscore their critical role in building a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. She will also meet with Afghan civil society and government officials as well as representatives of participating governments. Ambassador Verveer will then travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from July 9 through 11, 2012, where she will participate in the Women’s Leadership Forum and the Community of Democracies’ Governing Council Meeting with the Secretary and meet with government officials and women leaders from all sectors of society. Ambassador Verveer will travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, from July 11 through July 14, 2012 for the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue for the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI). This event is the first-ever gender and development dialogue through the LMI and will include a broad range of participants from the Lower Mekong region and from the international development community.
Ambassador Verveer will return to Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2012.