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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.

U.S. Statement on Goals and Targets During Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (July 28):
"As we near the end of negotiations, we think it is important to present to our heads of state, and ask them to commit to, an agenda with targets that are as clear, compelling, and technically sound as possible, and thus we are uncomfortable with a list of suggested edits attached as an annex to one of the chapters, implying the agenda has not been fully reviewed and rationalized." Full Text»

U.S. Statement on Means Of Implementation During Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (July 28):
"As we reflect on the bright spots of our negotiations thus far this past week, we note the considerable agreement around this room in the quality, strength, and level of ambition of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. We compromised collectively on issues of great importance to each of us individually there, and we continue to appreciate and hope to build upon the collaborative spirit that made it possible." Full Text»

Remarks at a Meeting on UN Peacekeeping at the 69th Regiment Armory
Date: 07/28/2015 Description: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power with U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey. © USUN ImageU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Power (July 28): "To be sure, UN peacekeeping is just one tool in a diverse kit that we must strengthen to address the complex threats confronting us today, together with others such as sustained prevention efforts and special political missions. But if peacekeepers can learn from these practices of the 69th – their mission can become a more effective part of advancing our shared security. And the presence of the United States’ highest ranking military officer here today is testament to how important we think it is to get this enterprise right." Full Text»

Iran Nuclear Agreement: House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing
Secretary Kerry (July 28):
"We are convinced that the plan that we have developed with five other nations accomplishes the task that President Obama set out, which is to close off the four pathways to a bomb… The IAEA will be continuously monitoring their centrifuge production, as centrifuge -- so centrifuges cannot be diverted to a covert facility. For the next 25 years, the IAEA will be continuously monitoring uranium from the point that it’s produced all the way through production so that it cannot be diverted to another facility." Full Text»

Remarks to the People of Africa
President Obama (July 28):
"I’m grateful for this opportunity to speak to the representatives of more than one billion people of the great African continent… The world must do more to help as well. This fall at the United Nations, I will host a summit to secure new commitments to strengthen international support for peacekeeping, including here in Africa. And building on commitments that originated here in the AU, we’ll work to develop a new partnership between the U.N. and the AU that can provide reliable support for AU peace operations." Full Text»

U.S. Statement on Follow Up and Review During Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (July 24):
"The political declaration provides the vision; the goals and targets set out the key milestones for us as protagonists; and the means of implementation provides the narrative arc of how we get there. It is our follow up and review processes that over the next 15 years will fill in that outline with the actual story – how it happened, what successes and challenges we encountered, how we adjusted when the story took a twist we didn’t expect." Full Text»

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services
(July 24):
On August 6, the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services will meet to consider issues related to terminal dues, customs treatment of mail, and recent developments in the Universal Postal Union. Full Text»

You + U.S. Youth Observer Program = Your Voice at the United Nations
Date: 10/30/2014 Description: UN Flag Flutters Outside a Building in Germany - State Dept ImageDipnote (July 23): Recognizing the value of youth voices and participation to the UN system, since 2012, the U.S. Department of State has partnered with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) to designate a U.S. Youth Observer to the UN. The Department recently announced the opening of the 2015-16 application period which runs until August 4, 2015. Full Text»

Iran Nuclear Agreement Review: Opening Remarks Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Secretary Kerry (July 23):
"We really do the appreciate the chance to discuss with you the comprehensive plan that we and our P5+1 partners have developed with Iran regarding the future of its nuclear program. And let me emphasize to everybody here this isn't just the United States of America. These are other nuclear powers: France, Britain, Russia, China. They have a pretty good understanding of this field and of the challenges, and I appreciate the way in which they and Germany, which was the plus-one, all came together, all contributed, all were part of this debate." Full Text»

U.S. Statement on Means of Implementation During Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (July 23):
We are pleased to have the opportunity to address this essential topic today – and thus to take head on the critical nexus between our text and the successful outcome of the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa last week. As we have said many times before, we strongly agree with others that this agenda will stand or fall on the strength of our efforts on implementation." Full Text»

U.S. Statement on Goals and Targets During Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (July 22):
"It is impressive to reflect on just how far we have collectively come on goals and targets. After three years of broad-based consultations and rigorous evaluation of the best evidence available, we have defined an ambitious blueprint. We embrace the 17 goals and the comprehensive vision for sustainable development that they comprise." Full Text»

General/Political Declaration Statement During Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (July 21):
"Our process, from the beginning, has benefited from a robust and diverse discourse reflective of a great many voices across regions and sectors, and we thank colleagues for the richness of the debate, as it is helping us hone in in on a clear and concise narrative for sustainable development, one that builds upon the MDGs, brings an end to extreme poverty, ensures environmental conservation, and focuses on the most vulnerable first." Full Text»

Explanation of Vote at a UN Security Council Vote on Resolution 2231 on Iran Non-proliferation
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (July 20): "
Today we have adopted a UN Security Council resolution enshrining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA, agreed to six days ago in Vienna. By now, many are familiar with the basic tenets of the deal, which, if implemented, would cut off all pathways to fissile material for a nuclear weapon for the Islamic Republic of Iran, while putting in place a rigorous inspection and transparency regime to verify Iran’s compliance." Full Text»

Annual U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations General Assembly
(July 17):
The U.S. Department of State and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) are pleased to announce the start of the application phase for the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations General Assembly. Full Text»

Press Availability on Nuclear Deal With Iran
Secretary John Kerry (July 14): "
Today, in announcing a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the United States, our P5+1 and EU partners, and Iran have taken a measureable step away from the prospect of nuclear proliferation, towards transparency and cooperation. It is a step away from the specter of conflict and towards the possibility of peace." Full Text»

Big Data? Small Data? We Need An “All of the Above” Strategy For Development Data

Date: 07/13/2015 Description: DipNote: Stateless Rohingya gather at a refugee camp in in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Burma.  - State Dept ImageDipNote (July 13): No single approach will close these gaps. We need greater investment in national statistical offices to track basic national indicators. We need to help governments better collect and open their own administrative data to improve transparency and optimise their programmes. We also need to find ways to join the big data sets such as those generated by mobile phones and social media to other small data sets to complement and fill gaps. Full Text»

World Population Day
Secretary Kerry (July 11):
World Population Day isn’t just another day we mark on the calendar. It is a reminder of our common responsibility to build a more sustainable and just future. I remember leading the U.S. Senate delegation to the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. Since Cairo, the tide’s been turning. According to the final report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the maternal mortality ratio has been cut nearly in half. Full Text»

Statement on the International Ebola Recovery Conference at the UN
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (July 10):
During the single week I visited the affected region last October, hundreds of new cases were reported. In contrast, during the final week of June 2015, only 21 new cases were reported. That progress could never have been achieved without the valiant efforts of health professionals, burial and contact tracing teams, epidemiologists, and other front-line responders like the young man I met in Sierra Leone. But we have not made it to zero yet. Full Text»

Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 29th Session
(July 9):
The outcomes of the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns worldwide. Full Text»

Challenge: Violent Extremism and Youth Radicalization
Date: 07/07/2015 Description: DipNote: Jackson Dougan, U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations, attends the Lockdown in Tibet'' Human Rights Council Side Event at the United Nations Office at Geneva. © USUN ImageDipNote (July 7): In June I attended meetings at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, France. The status of women’s rights, LGBT rights, and religious freedom were discussed at the Human Rights Council, with special emphasis on progress made toward promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Full Text»

Designation of the San Antonio Missions, Texas as UNESCO World Heritage Site
(July 6):
The Department of State welcomes yesterday’s decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to inscribe the San Antonio Missions in Texas, a series of four missions making up a U.S. National Historical Park, plus the Alamo, as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This prestigious designation is a global recognition of the site’s outstanding universal value. The San Antonio Missions become the 23rd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, which includes the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Full Text»

New U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Respond to Syria Crisis
(June 25):
The United States today announced more than $360 million in additional life-saving assistance for those affected by the war in Syria… The funding supports the operations of the United Nations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as well as other international and non-governmental organizations. It will provide shelter, water, medical care, food, protection, and other necessities to millions of people suffering inside Syria and nearly four million refugees from Syria in the region. Full Text»

U.S. Statement, Follow-up and Review Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (June 24):
First, let me just begin by underscoring the vital importance of this piece of Agenda—and why it matters so greatly that we reach the strongest possible outcome on follow up and review. Simply put, only through reaching the right balance for monitoring progress at the global, regional and national levels, will we know whether our efforts are adding up for our citizens and for the planet we inhabit. Follow up and review enables us to track what works—and, just as importantly—to adjust and accelerate and redouble our efforts when we’re falling short. Full Text»

U.S. Statement: Goals and Targets Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (June 23):
As the draft Political Declaration notes, the proposed goals and targets renew and improve upon the critical ambitions of the MDGs, but notably and rightly take our ambitions further. They now include strong goals in previously underserved or overlooked areas - gender equality, peace and governance, sustained and inclusive growth, sustainable energy, oceans - with the potential for long-term transformative impact. The integration of social, economic, and environmental dimensions reflected in the 17 proposed goals provides us a welcome and ambitious framework for accelerating and achieving significant progress on sustainable development. Full Text»

Remarks on the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (June 22):
We welcome this zero draft as a good starting point that can serve as a foundation for a productive and ultimately successful negotiation. We look forward to engaging over these final weeks to make the most of our collective opportunity: to achieve an ambitious and actionable global consensus on sustainable development, one that brings an end to poverty, that is inclusive and leaves no one behind, and that ensures environmental sustainability. These must remain the core of the agenda, and we appreciate very much your central focus on these ambitions within the zero draft. Full Text»

Reasons To Care About World Refugee Day
Date: 06/19/2015 Description: DipNote: Displaced child stands next to his tent in Kabul, Afghanistan - State Dept ImageDipNote (June 19): Each year on June 20, we commemorate World Refugee Day to salute the courage and resilience of the world's refugees and displaced persons. This year, however, it takes on a particularly special meaning. According to the just-released Global Trends Report by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), nearly 60 million people have fled their homes as refugees, internally displaced people or asylum seekers. It is a staggering number – equivalent to one in every 122 people on this planet. Now, more than ever, the world’s refugees and displaced people need our help. Full Text»

World Refugee Day
Secretary Kerry (June 18):
World Refugee Day, marked on June 20, is a time to honor those who flee violence and persecution and those who help them on their journey. It’s almost unfathomable that nearly 60 million men, women and children are now displaced inside and outside of their countries. That is the largest number the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has ever counted and 8 million more than the record set just one year ago. Full Text»

The Pope Urges the World To #ActOnClimate
DipNote (June 19):
In issuing this call the Pope has shown wisdom, moral courage and leadership in the effort to preserve our common home and to protect the global poor from the tragic effects of environmental degradation. His plea is for all the citizens of the world, not just people of faith, to join the movement to care for the planet. Full Text»

Women Farmers Gain Rights to Their Land With Support From USAID
Date: 06/19/2015 Description: DipNote: Women do farm work near Dushanbe, Tajikistan - State Dept ImageDipNote (June 19): We also know that people with secure access to land are more likely to invest in that land and its sustainable use. And yet, around the world many women farmers still have limited agricultural resources and lack secure land rights. Last May in Tajikistan I met two women determined to gain equal treatment for all. Together, these women fought for rights for smallholder farmers -- and won. Full Text»

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