- Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
Under Secretary of State
for Democracy and Global Affairs
Inaugural holder Tim Wirth Formation 1994 Website Official Website
The Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs is a position within the American Department of State that, according to the Department website, "coordinates U.S. foreign relations on a variety of global issues, including democracy, human rights, and labor; environment, oceans, and science; population, refugees, and migration; women's issues; and trafficking in persons." The office is currently held by Maria Otero. Previous Under Secretaries are Timothy Wirth, Frank E. Loy., and Paula Dobriansky.
The State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 states the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs has the responsibility to coordinate with the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and other offices from regional bureaus to promote democracy in nondemocratic countries. The Under Secretary also advises the Secretary of the Department of State of the effects on human rights and democracy on a foreign country on any recommendation requested by another official, or any agency program. The position was created when Section 161(b) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 authorized the appointment of a fifth Under Secretary of State.
List of Under Secretaries of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, 1994—Present
Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under Tim Wirth May 12, 1994 December 23, 1997 Bill Clinton Frank E. Loy October 26, 1998 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton Paula Dobriansky May 1, 2001 January 20, 2009 George W. Bush Maria Otero August 10, 2009 Barack Obama
- ^ "Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs". http://www.state.gov/g/. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
- ^ a b "Under Secretaries of State for Global Affairs". http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/12041.htm. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
- ^ "Search Results - Thomas (Library of Congress)". http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&dbname=cp109&sid=cp109LTV8y&refer=&r_n=hr168.109&item=&sel=TOC_739484&. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
- ^ Wirth was appointed as Counselor on April 22, 1993.
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