The Pacific Council is pleased to host the Honorable Hillary Clinton for a gala dinner and celebration on May 8, 2013, as she accepts the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award from the Council.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.
As First Lady, Hillary Clinton advocated for health care reform and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and provide health care to millions of children through the Children's Health Insurance Program. She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.
In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she advocated for rebuilding New York and addressing the health needs of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.
In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President, winning 18 millions votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.
In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century -- with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. As America's chief diplomat and the President's principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power to imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening to negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to security, stability, and prosperity.
Warren Christopher Public Service Award
The Pacific Council on International Policy is proud to announce the inauguration of an award to honor the lifetime achievements of Warren Christopher, the longtime Chair of our Board of Directors and a truly distinctive American.
Throughout a lifetime devoted to public service, Warren Christopher's achievements on the local, national, and international stages were extraordinary. He was described by one President as "the best public servant I ever knew," with a career that spanned service as a young Naval officer, an attorney, our nation's top diplomat as Secretary of State, a counselor to Presidents, and the head of what came to be called the Christopher Commission in the wake of the Rodney King incident. As Deputy Secretary of State, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian award - by President Jimmy Carter on January 16, 1981 for his role in negotiating the release of 52 American hostages held in Iran for 444 days.
In appreciation of Warren Christopher's personal passion for and commitment to public service, the Pacific Council seeks simultaneously to honor his legacy and to recognize the public service of others whose efforts we believe best exemplify this spirit.
The qualities that help to define the recipient of the Christopher Award are those that typified and inspired its namesake, namely: commitment to international affairs, to the highest ethical standards, to promotion of the common good, to equality and fairness, and to government service as a noble pursuit. Selected by a subset of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the recipient of the Christopher Award will serve as a role model for others considering a career in public service. Without the best and brightest among us willing to serve, our communities, our country, and our world would be greatly diminished. Warren Christopher understood this. We believe that his insight and wisdom will inspire others to follow in his footsteps.