I’m looking forward to a hectic schedule over the next few days during a whistle-stop tour that takes in New York and Pittsburgh in the United States.
Gordon will be visiting the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss, among other things, climate change, and security and development in Pakistan. At the same time I will be meeting some of the wonderful people working on maternal health at the UN, and have taken on two speaking engagements myself for the maternal mortality campaign. I will also get the chance to catch-up with some of the other G20 spouses and African First Ladies who have been so central to giving voice to the needs of the most vulnerable girls and women. I am really looking forward to a lunch for spouses hosted by Mrs Ban Soon Taek, wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
The second leg of our trip takes us to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – a place known to locals as Steel City, because of its industrial past. There I will join up with the other G20 spouses again and, I’m pleased to say, it looks like a very interesting time with Michelle Obama having organised a number of exciting visits!
We’re just about to take off from Heathrow now, which reminds me – you may remember that only a few months ago I attended the spouses programme at the G8 Summit in Italy. Once again I’m hoping this blog will give you a flavour of my time in the United States… and of course there will be plenty of pictures too.