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Date: 04/12/2011 Description: Cote d'Ivoire © UN Image

Date: 06/20/2013 Description: Secretary Kerry attends the World Refugee Day event in the Ben Franklin Room of the State Department. - State Dept Image

Date: 04/12/2011 Description: Syrian protests © AP Image Date: 04/07/2011 Location: UNESCO Paris Description: DipNote Blog: UNESCO Youth Forum Application Process Open. © AP Image

The Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) is the U.S. Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of international agencies and organizations. As such, the Bureau is charged with advancing the President’s vision of robust multilateral engagement as a crucial tool in advancing U.S. national interests. U.S. multilateral engagement spans the full range of important global issues, including peace and security, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, economic development, climate change, global health, and much more.

Ambassador Power’s Remarks at the University of Louisville McConnell Center
Ambassador Power (Jan. 12):
While this isolationist view exists, President Obama, Leader McConnell, and millions of Americans recognize that we must work together to ensure continued U.S. leadership in the world. We understand that we cannot retrench. We cannot back down from these great challenges around the world today, in which our security and our principles are on the line. And we know we need to make this case to the American people. You see evidence of our shared commitment to engage with the world in the way America has responded to three foreign policy challenges of our time: bending the curve of a deadly Ebola outbreak; confronting violent extremism; and advancing freedom and democracy in a decades-long military dictatorship, Burma. In all three of these instances, our ability to marshal America’s unparalleled strength behind a single goal has changed and saved lives, and advanced both our national security interests and our values. Full Text»

U.S. Government Contributes $1 Million to IAEA in Ebola Fight
Washington, DC (Jan. 8):
The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA. The IAEA’s project will provide high-quality training and cutting-edge equipment based on nuclear science applications to teams of virologists in 11 African countries—Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Uganda—to help them more quickly and safely diagnose emerging diseases, including Ebola. Full Text»

Feed the Future: Progress in the Goal of Ending Hunger
DipNote (Jan. 8):
For generations, the United States has been a leader in providing development assistance across the globe to alleviate suffering. But global food price spikes and resulting instability in 2007 and 2008 were a wake-up call: More needed to be done to break the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. The answer: Unlock the potential of agriculture as the key to reducing hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition through an initiative that became Feed the Future. In just a few short years, Feed the Future is already changing the face of hunger and poverty for some of the world's poorest families. Full Text»

U.S. Welcomes Robust UN Electoral Observation Mission to Burundi
Washington, DC (Jan. 7):
The United States welcomes the start of the UN Electoral Observation Mission to Burundi (MENUB) on January 1. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as it once again becomes a stand-alone entity within the UN system. Although much has been accomplished in Burundi since the end of its civil war, much remains to be done. With national elections in Burundi beginning in May, MENUB has an important role to play in supporting a peaceful and inclusive electoral process that enables the people of Burundi to continue to build a more stable and prosperous society. Full Text»

Government of Sudan's Decision to Expel United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the Country Director of the United Nations Development Program
Washington, DC (Dec. 30):
The United States deplores the decision by the Government of Sudan to expel two senior United Nations officials and calls on the Government of Sudan to reverse the decision. The expulsions of Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari and Ms. Yvonne Helle, two highly regarded UN professionals, are detrimental to Sudan’s relations with the international community and to the protection and well-being of the people of Sudan. The United States will continue to press the Government of Sudan to desist from actions that hinder the United Nations’ ability to meet its humanitarian and security objectives in Sudan. Full Text»

The Global Peace Operations Initiative’s Efforts to Promote Women, Peace, and Security
DipNote (Dec. 19):
Around the world, women are disproportionately affected by war and armed conflict, but they can also play an important part in helping to end conflicts and promote peace and security. Female peacekeepers can play a uniquely important role in helping to reduce conflict and confrontation, improving access and support for local women, empowering women in the community, providing a greater sense of security to local populations, and broadening the skills available within international peacekeeping operations. The Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) is working to expand training of female peacekeepers, including a focus on protecting vulnerable communities, such as women and girls, struggling to recover and rebuild from war's devastation as well as those exposed to ongoing conflict. Full Text»

U.S. Government Increases Focus on Gender-Sensitive Data: Leading Foreign Assistance Programs Avail Gender-Sensitive Data to Improve Policy and Development Decision-Making
New York City (Dec. 15): The United States sees a historic opportunity next year in the Post-2015 Development Agenda to garner global convergence around transformative goals, such as gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and the U.S. government strongly believes that advancing gender equality is among the most transformative goals the globe can set. Critical to this effort is adoption of a more data-driven approach, and improving the quality and quantity of data available to individuals to shape goals and monitor progress. Strong, measurable targets, and sex-disaggregated data to track them, can lead to dramatic improvements in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Full Text»

South Sudan's Leaders Need To Set Aside Their Dispute
Secretary of State John Kerry & National Security Advisor Susan Rice (Dec. 15):
Violence that erupted in the capital city of Juba last December spread quickly, claiming the lives of thousands of men, women, and children and reopening bitter ethnic divisions. In the time since, almost 2 million people have been displaced from their homes, while residents in some parts of the country face the risk of famine. In a country that has so much potential and that has endured decades of conflict, the suffering and violence have had a devastating effect. The tragedy is especially hard to accept because the violence was not imposed on South Sudan by outside forces; instead it was unleashed by a political dispute among the country’s leaders. Now, the responsibility is on their shoulders to halt the bloodshed and bring their country together. Full Text»

Remarks by the First Lady at Girls' Education Conference
First Lady Michelle Obama (Dec. 12):
"As you know, when 62 million girls are still not in school, when in some countries, fewer than 10 percent of girls complete secondary school, then we know that our work is far from finished. In fact, in many ways, it’s only just beginning. Because the truth is –- and you all know this more than anyone -– we’re now coming to a new, more -- and important and challenging phase of this work. We are beginning to confront those “second generation” issues, especially as they apply to adolescent girls. We may have more girls in those classrooms, but now we’re stepping back and asking ourselves, are they truly learning what they need to know? Are we really doing everything we can to keep them safe? How can we ensure that they don’t just start school, but they actually stay in school through adolescence, and then transition to the workforce?" Full Text»

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