this is hillary clinton speaking at the state department today (and link also has video):
December 4th will be the first ever Wildlife Conservation Day. And I have instructed U.S. diplomatic missions around the world to work to raise awareness about wildlife trafficking – some will host events, others will start a conversation with various communities. Our goal is to inform more people about this global conservation crisis.
Attacks on elephants and rhinos are multiplying at an alarming rate. Species around the globe such as tigers in Asia are endangered. Poaching operations are using more sophisticated weapons that threaten security and stability. By some estimates, the black market for wildlife trafficking is rivaled in size only by the illegal arms and drug trade.
The slaughter of endangered species robs communities of income from tourism, reduces biodiversity, encourages corruption, undermines good governance.
That's why we are training officials and educating prosecutors and judges about wildlife crimes; why we are helping countries strengthen their own laws; why we are supporting efforts to squeeze trafficking networks. And we are helping to create wildlife enforcement networks from Central America to South Asia.
But let’s face it: we can’t do this without you. You have the choice to refuse to purchase products made from endangered wildlife; you have the choice to stand up and speak out against these criminal networks; you have the choice to hold your governments accountable for their actions to protect endangered species and stop this trade.
So please, join us, become part of the solution. Visit the website www.wildlifepledge.org. Take the pledge to respect and protect the world’s wildlife. Together I believe we can save these endangered animals before it is too late. We can strengthen developing economies, we can bolster peace and security, and protect the world’s ecosystems. But it is up to you and to me. So let’s get started. Thank you.
hillary has raised the profile of women. i don't mean personally. i mean she's increased the visibility of women globally by focusing on them and not some blanket 'men.' as she gets ready to leave, i find another thing to praise her for, the above. which she's been working on for some time now. bryan christy (national geographic) reported last month:
This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened a roundtable discussion on the illegal wildlife trade entitled Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action. [Read her remarks.] A number of new programs were announced. If I were briefing the Secretary on what these programs might prioritize as they move toward implementation, I would offer some observations and suggestions.
cbs news has an excellent video report on hillary's remarks and adding context (like 25,000 elephants killed every year by poachers in kenya).
i think she's built a strong legacy as secretary of state. i don't agree with the war on libya. but there's stuff worth praising in many of her other efforts.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'