On December 11, Under Secretary (U/S) of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller traveled to Pretoria for meetings on security cooperation, peacekeeping, and nonproliferation matters with her counterparts at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). While in Pretoria, she also met with Mandela Washington Fellow alumnae to discuss leadership and women in science. This was part of a regional visit that included stops in Kenya and Angola.
Chief Director of UN Peace and International Security Advocate Doctor Mashabane hosted U/S Gottemoeller for a wide-ranging discussion of issues of mutual interest. U/S Gottemoeller conveyed the U.S. commitment to continue to work together with South Africa to support peace and security across Africa. She commended DIRCO leadership for the positive role South Africa plays to advance peace and security, especially its willingness to contribute troops for UN peacekeeping missions and bolstering African Union (AU) peacekeeping capacity.
U/S Gottemoeller also hosted a gathering for young women who are alumnae of the Mandela Washington Fellow program. Attendees, who have recently completed this professional development and exchange program in the United States, discussed the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for girls while sharing their own accomplishments as young leaders in South Africa.
Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security on March 7, 2014. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advises the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, disarmament, and political-military affairs. She had served as Acting in this position since February 7, 2012. For updates, follow Under Secretary Gottemoeller on Twitter: @Gottemoeller. For more information on the Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, visit www.state.gov/t.