U.S. Delegation to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Washington, DC (Mar. 17):
The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held March 9–20, 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York. Full Text»


The Future of UN Peace Operations
Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Participants of U.S. Institute for Peace event on the ''Future of UN Peace Operations.
 © USIPDipNote (Mar. 13): Peacekeeping operations are central to our collective determination to promote peace and security around the world. It is the right time for the international community to come together to ensure that the UN’s blue helmets are as effective as possible, and continue to offer the way to a stable peace for those who have seen conflict. Full Text»


Assistant Secretary Crocker Remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations on Assessing the United Nations at Seventy
Date: 03/12/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker at the Council on Foreign Relations. - State Dept ImageAssistant Secretary Crocker (Mar. 12): "Seventy years ago, the need for an international body to provide a convening authority and a constraint for disputing nations was obvious. And though it is true that since that day in San Francisco there have been few constants on the international stage, it is also true that a body that was conceived primarily as a means to prevent war among the great powers of the world has met that fundamental objective." Full Text»


Our Next 'Beijing Moment': Achieving Gender Equality by 2030
DipNote (Mar. 11):
Twenty years ago, tens of thousands of people gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women, where 189 governments made significant commitments to advance gender equality and the empowerment of all women, everywhere. As we reflect back on the unprecedented progress to translate the Beijing Platform for Action into concrete actions, this year’s 20th anniversary and the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women offer an opportunity for us to look at how far we’ve come to advance gender equality, both here in the United States and around the world. Full Text»


Deputy Secretary Blinken Remarks at the U.S. Institute for Peace on the Future of UN Peace Operations
Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken at the U.S. Institute for Peace. March 10, 2015. © USIP ImageDeputy Secretary Blinken (Mar. 10): "The international community took a meaningful step forward in bolstering peacekeeping capacity in September at the UN Summit. Nearly one-third of the more than 30 countries in attendance announced they were considering new contributions of infantry battalions or force enablers to UN missions. Some nations re-affirmed their long-standing commitments, including Bangladesh and the Netherlands, and others offered to participate for the first time, like Colombia." Full Text»


Assistant Secretary Crocker Remarks at the U.S. Institute for Peace on the Future of UN Peace Operations
Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker at the U.S. Institute for Peace. © USIPAssistant Secretary Crocker (Mar. 10): "Last September, in New York, I participated in the Peacekeeping Summit co-hosted by Vice President Biden, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Rwanda, Japan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. And the enthusiasm in the room and the commitment of the Summit participants to contribute to UN peacekeeping missions and to help fill key gaps was palpable. Our hope is that today’s event will build off that enthusiasm and that it will be one additional step on the path to strengthening and reforming UN peace operations and UN peacekeeping." Full Text»


ISIL's Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures
Secretary Kerry (Mar. 6): "
I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on the heritage of the Iraqi and Syrian people by an organization with a bankrupt and toxic ideology." Full Text»


Advancing Universal Values at the UN Human Rights Council
DipNote (Mar. 2):
We support the HRC because we strongly believe in its mission and its possibilities. We know that at best the Council can be a valuable means for reminding every nation of its commitments and obligations to human rights and for holding countries accountable when they fail to meet international standards. Full Text»


Secretary Kerry Press Availability in Geneva, Switzerland
Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "
A little while ago, as I think you know, I had the opportunity to address the UN Human Rights Council here in Geneva. And since the United States made the decision to re-engage on the council, we have worked hard to try to drive a number of significant steps to be able to bring new levels of international attention to some of the world’s most egregious human rights violations, and also to focus on some of the worst abusers – particularly, obviously, we have focused on North Korea and Syria." Full Text»


28th Session of the Human Rights Council
Date: 03/02/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses delegates in the Human Rights Chamber at the United Nations Palais des Nations on March 2, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "The moral standard that summons us all here and unites us in common action does not belong to any one nation or continent. The fundamental struggle for dignity has been a driving force in all human history worldwide, and what drives us are a set of universal values and aspirations." Full Text»


Assistant Secretary Crocker Travel to Geneva and Vienna
Date: 02/27/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker and Ambassador Harper at the Human Rights Council - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (Feb. 27): Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker accompanied Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva, Switzerland for the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Full Text»


Nomination of Dr. Chris Field as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Washington, DC (Feb. 27):
The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Chris Field to serve as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Dr. Field, a director at the Carnegie Institution for Science and professor at Stanford University, has served as co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II since 2008, and has delivered two major assessments during this term. Full Text»


Secretary Kerry Travel to Geneva, Montreux, Riyadh, and London
Washington, DC (Feb. 26):
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, on March 2, to address the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. While in Geneva, the Secretary also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Ukraine and regional issues of common interest. Full Text»


United States Hosts First Ever U.S.-India Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues
Washington, DC (Feb. 18):
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker hosted the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary Vikas Swarup at the Department of State for the U.S.-India Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues on February 18. This dialogue was an opportunity for the two nations to discuss a wide range of important issues. Full Text»


United States Provides $125 Million to the World Food Program for the Syria Crisis
Washington, DC (Feb. 17):
Increasing its commitment to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the United States is providing an additional $125 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP), which feeds nearly six million Syrians and refugees from Syria every month. Full Text»


UN Security Council Resolution 2199 on ISIL
New York, NY (Feb. 12):
Adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, this resolution provides for a range of tools, including sanctions and other binding measures, to degrade these terrorist organizations' ability to carry out brutal attacks. It focuses extensively on terrorist financial support networks, particularly ISIL's raising of funds through oil smuggling, looting of antiquities, kidnapping for ransom and other illicit activities. Fact Sheet»


Submission of U.S. Universal Periodic Review Report
Washington, DC (Feb. 6):
On February 2, the United States submitted its report as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The U.S. Government will present its report in a dialogue with the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on May 11. Full Text»


International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 6):
I’ve been Secretary of State for two years now and in all my travels, one of the most horrific and searing things I’ve witnessed is seeing firsthand the destruction to young women’s lives wrought by female genital mutilation and cutting. It has to end. We have to speak out. We cannot be afraid to talk about this and, uncomfortable as it may be, call it by its name: violence, plain and simple. Full Text»


Nomination of 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings to UNESCO World Heritage List
Washington, DC (Jan. 30):
The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of a group of 10 buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage List recognizes the “outstanding universal value” of the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet. Full Text»


Announcement of Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Washington, DC (Jan. 28):
Mr. Pipa will lead U.S. engagement and negotiations during the intergovernmental process at the United Nations, where the global community will work to define—and agree upon—an ambitious agenda on sustainable development for decades to come. The negotiations will culminate in a presidential summit at the United Nations this coming September. Full Text»


The Future of Agriculture in Mozambique: Entrepreneurs
Date: 01/28/2015 Description: DipNote: Lucas Mujuju with S Soja (Only Soy) his soy-based drinkable yogurt  - State Dept ImageDipNote (Jan. 28): Farmers in Mozambique, like those in other developing countries I have visited, consistently said they want one thing most of all – to move beyond subsistence farming to a modern agricultural economy. They seek business skills to improve and diversify their production, so that they can increase their incomes and provide more opportunities for their families. At almost every stop, I heard about the acute need for the physical and financial infrastructure and commercial environment that will make this possible. Mozambican farmer and entrepreneur Lucas Mujuju is an example of how this can work. Full Text»


Ambassador Power’s Remarks at a General Assembly Meeting on Anti-Semitism
Ambassador Power (Jan. 22):
Today we are taking a historic step by holding the first-ever meeting in the General Assembly on tackling this long-standing and growing problem. The United States is proud to have joined 36 other nations in calling for this meeting last October. But unprecedented as this step may be, and in addition to the commitments that we hope countries will announce today, we urge everyone in this room to return to their capitals with the urgency and energy this monstrous global problem demands, to turn words into long overdue actions. Governments cannot do this alone; we have to rally civil society partners around this effort, including diverse religions and ethnicities, human rights groups and civil rights groups. Full Text»


2015 is the UN International Year of Light
DipNote (Jan. 22):
By proclaiming 2015 the International Year of Light, the UN endeavors to raise awareness of the centrality of light and light-based technologies to our lives, our future, and to the overall benefit of society. Activities on national, regional, and international levels have been planned for IYL 2015, and people of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. A consortium of hundreds of worldwide partners including scientific societies, educational and research institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector have actively coordinated to promote and celebrate the significance of light, and light based technologies, to human health, art, scientific inquiry, and development. Full Text»


Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom Hosts Youth Roundtable on the Future of Development with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah as Part of action/2015 Global Campaign
Date: 01/14/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and USAID Administrator Shah With Action/2015 Participants - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (Jan. 14): The 15-year-old students will meet with Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to discuss their hopes for tackling some of the world’s biggest development challenges, their vision of what the world will look like in 2030, and their ideas for a successful Post-2015 Development Agenda, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. Discussion topics will center on tackling global development challenges in energy access, global health, hunger and food security, and opportunities for women and girls. These teens were born in 2000, the year that the UN launched the Millennium Development Goals, and they will be the generation for which the Sustainable Development Goals developed later this year will have the largest impact. Full Text»


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»


Climate Change: A Test of Global Leadership
Secretary of State John Kerry (Dec. 11):
"Now I know it’s human nature at times to believe that mankind can somehow defy Mother Nature. But I think it is the plight of humanity that, in fact, we cannot. And whether we’re able to promptly and effectively address climate change is as big a test of global leadership, of the international order – such as we call it – it’s the biggest test of that that you’ll find. Every nation – and I repeat this as we hear the debates going back and forth here – every nation has a responsibility to do its part if we’re going to pass this test. And only those nations who step up and respond to this threat can legitimately lay claim to any mantle of leadership and global responsibility." Full Text»


Human Rights Day 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry (Dec. 10):
"Delegates from around the world came together 66 years ago amid the rubble of World War II to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, articulating fundamental civil and political rights of all people, and reminding each of us of our responsibility to respect those rights….We live at a time when democratic principles and respect for human rights have greater reach than at any previous time in history. This is due not simply to what governments have done, but to what people around the world have done to elevate, monitor, and enforce human rights standards. However, past progress is no guarantee of future gains. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the very opposite of a self-fulfilling document. It’s a promise to keep. Let’s all make sure we keep it." Full Text»


70th Anniversary of the Signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation
Date: 12/07/1944 Description: Agreements signed at the end of the Chicago Conference in the Grand Ballroom of the Stevens Hotel, Chicago. From left to right: Kia-Ngau, China; Lord Swinton, United Kingdom; Adolf A. Berle Jr., Assistant Secretary of State, U.S.; H.J. Symington, Canada, and Max Hymans, France. 7 December 1944. - UN ImageSecretary Kerry (Dec. 8): "As a founding member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United States congratulates the organization on 70 years as an influential and effective international body. Seventy years ago in Chicago, 52 nations including the United States established an agreement that would guide the development of civil aviation. That agreement, signed on December 7, 1944, created the framework within which the aviation industry has grown and established ICAO as the forum through which the international community has promoted aviation safety and security. Today ICAO boasts 191 member states, and remains a vital tool in guiding the evolution of the aviation sector on a range of challenging safety, security, and sustainability issues, such as flight tracking, information sharing, and environmental impact. We pledge our continued active engagement and support." Full Text»


U.S. Statement to the Extraordinary Session of the ICAO Council
Assistant Secretary Crocker (Dec. 8):
The challenges we now face could not have been imagined in 1944, but the framework of the Chicago Convention and the Organization it established have endured and prevailed. ICAO’s solid institutional foundation and our collective efforts make the United States confident that that, despite these challenges, ICAO will continue to ensure the safety, security and sustainability of the international civil aviation system. The United States is proud of our history and partnership with ICAO. We are also proud to be a part of this important celebration today. Full Text»


Joint Statement Issued by Partners at the Counter-ISIL Coalition Ministerial Meeting
Washington, DC (Dec. 3):
Sixty partners met at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for substantive deliberations at the first ministerial-level plenary session for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Brussels, Belgium. (ISIL is hereafter also referred to by its Arabic acronym, Daesh). Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi, President Barack Obama’s Special Envoy to the Coalition General John Allen, and distinguished representatives from Coalition partners also addressed this important plenary meeting, offering updates on Coalition progress and benchmarks for the coming months. Full Text»


On #GivingTuesday, Be Part of the #EbolaResponse
Date: 12/02/2014 Description: DipNote: Volunteers Prepare Medical Supplies for Shipment to Countries Affected by Ebola - State Dept ImageDipNote (Dec. 2): The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever recorded. The countries affected in West Africa have reported more than 15,900 suspected and confirmed cases. While we are starting to see early signs of progress, we will need to continue to expand the pace, ingenuity, and scale of our response to stop Ebola for good. The United States is working with the World Health Organization and other international partners to help West African governments respond to and stop the outbreak of the Ebola virus as quickly as possible. You, as an individual, can be part of the response, too. Full Text»


On #GivingTuesday, Help #EndHunger
Date: 12/02/2014 Description: DipNote: Children Receive a Meal - State Dept ImageDipNote (Dec. 2): More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every night, but the world doesn’t have to be this way. Ending extreme poverty and hunger is achievable, but we can’t do it alone. We need academia, civil society, the private sector, and you to help make it happen. Through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, we are building connections and enabling collaboration among a broad range of partners to strengthen the global network of actors collectively fighting hunger worldwide. On this “Giving Tuesday,” we encourage you to learn about global hunger, and consider how you might be a part of that network. Begin by going to www.FeedtheFuture.gov, and then consider one of these ways you can get started. Full Text»


Ambassador Power Remarks at Yale University
Ambassador Power (Dec. 1):"
My message to you today is that we cannot treat the short and long term as an either-or proposition. We have to try to put out a lot of fires in the here and now. But we can’t let the immediacy of today’s crises distract us from playing a smart long game that will create more stability and more security in the long run. Let me offer a few examples: curbing the spread of Ebola, protecting rights of women and girls, and countering violent extremism." Full Text»


Engage With Climate Experts at the #COP20 U.S. Center
Date: 11/30/2014 Description: Calendar of Events Hosted by the U.S. Center at COP-20. - State Dept ImageDipNote (Nov. 30): Climate change negotiators from all over the world will gather for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP-20) in Lima, Peru, from December 1-12. These negotiators will work tirelessly on building an agreement to combat climate change. These two weeks of UN climate talks are also a prime opportunity to spotlight the urgency and seriousness of this far-reaching issue. Running parallel to the negotiations will be the operations at the U.S. Center, a public outreach initiative organized during COP-20 to inform audiences about the actions being taken by the United States to help stop climate change. Full Text»


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism
Secretary Kerry (Nov. 25):
"Simply put, we must all do more to end violence against women in all its forms, wherever and whenever it occurs, and it starts by acknowledging it. There can be no conspiracy of silence. The sad truth is that one in three women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime. This violence knows no class, religious, or racial boundaries. And it comes at a terrible cost – not only for the woman or girl, but for families, communities, and entire countries. Preventing it is the only way to achieve a future of peace, stability, and prosperity….We will not turn away in the face of evil and brutality. We stand up, and we reaffirm that all forms of gender-based violence will be not be tolerated. Not now, not ever." Full Text»


Iran’s Nuclear Program
Secretary Kerry (Nov. 22): "We’ve been, obviously, having difficult talks here – complicated topic. We’re working hard. We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps. We still have some serious gaps which we’re working to close." Full Text»


The Monrovia Medical Unit is Aiding Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against Ebola
Date: 2014 Description: Monrovia Medical Unit Built To Care for Health Workers Infected With Ebola. - State Dept ImageAmbassador Malac (Nov. 22): Constructed by the Department of Defense and staffed by the men and women of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Monrovia Medical Unit is a true representation of the continuing momentum in the fight against the Ebola virus. The U.S. government has already deployed more than 2500 personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. government response to a global health crisis. While the MMU represents only one milestone in the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus, it is a vital piece of the puzzle. The addition of the MMU’s 25-bed field hospital is but one component of a broader effort to protect both international and Liberian healthcare workers who have courageously volunteered to treat Ebola patients in Monrovia and across the country. The MMU is currently treating three Liberian health care workers. These are the true heroes in our battle with the Ebola virus, those who are winning the fight day-by-day and patient-by-patient. Full Text»


Key Outcomes from the Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons
Washington, DC (Nov. 21): The United States was proud to host the third Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons (LGBTI) held in Washington from November 12–14. The conference was the largest such gathering to date, bringing together senior leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss and strategize on how to most effectively protect the human rights of LGBTI persons and promote their inclusion in development programs. Thirty governments were represented from all regions as well as representatives from nine multilateral agencies, including the United Nations and World Bank. Key outcomes of the conference»


United Nations Security Council Meeting on Ebola, November 21, 2014
Ambassador Power (Nov. 22): "We need to invest more in preparing neighboring countries to prevent new outbreaks, and to contain those outbreaks swiftly when they occur. That is why the United States is working with international organizations, including the WHO, and officials from more than 40 nations through the Global Health Security Agenda, which is increasing the preparedness of national health systems to respond to infectious disease threats and making global health security an international priority. As the recent events in Mali make clear, if even a single link in the chain of responsibility is broken, the welfare of an entire country – or region – can be put at risk. Ebola punishes us for every mistake." Full Text»


Government of Sudan Delays Access to Investigate Reports of Mass Rape in North Darfur
Washington, DC (November 12): The United States is deeply concerned by allegations of mass rape by Sudanese military forces in Tabit, North Darfur. While we take note that the Government of Sudan recently allowed access to the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to investigate these allegations, we regret the fact that initial access was denied, and after significant delays, access to potential witnesses and victims was only allowed under close observation of Sudanese security officials. Such behavior calls into question Sudan’s compliance with the Security Council’s call to “remove all obstacles to UNAMID’s full and proper discharge of its mandate including securing freedom of movement in conflict affected areas.” Full Text»


Hailing the Contributions of the Private and Non-Profit Sectors to the Ebola Fight
Washington, DC (November 6):
The United States has allocated considerable resources to the Ebola response — more than any other country — but the President has made clear that we cannot take on this challenge alone. That’s why you’ve seen this Administration reach out to leaders across the globe to build an international coalition that has grown by the day. But beyond the important role that countries large and small play, we’ve been heartened to see the outpouring of support from the private and non-profit sectors. Full Text»


U.S. Department of State Engages African Diaspora Communities on the U.S. Response to the Ebola Crisis
Date: 11/03/2014 Description: Ebola Military Medical Support Team Participates in a Training Exercise on October 24, 2014. - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (November 3): In October, the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs, along with our interagency colleagues, hosted a conference call with over 200 members of the African diaspora community to discuss the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis. Individuals representing Sierra Leone, Liberian, Nigerian, Senegalese and other diaspora communities participated from several states across the country, including Maryland, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Arizona. U.S. government officials provided call participants with an update on the U.S. government’s response and listened to their ideas and suggestions about how the government can coordinate with African diaspora communities across the United States. Full Text»


State Department Hosts Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Washington, DC (November 3):
Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman welcomed to the State Department more than 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries in the global coalition to counter ISIL. This plenary session was an opportunity for coalition partners to reaffirm our shared efforts in the coalition, discuss ways in which we can integrate our contributions to coalition efforts, and review ways to accelerate or increase our joint operations. Full Text»


U.S. Condemns Violence in South Sudan's Unity State
Washington, DC (October 30):
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the latest attacks by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement /Army - In Opposition (SPLM/A - IO) in and around Bentiu, South Sudan. Since last December, thousands of people have been killed and millions have fled their homes due to the senseless man-made conflict in South Sudan. Despite the parties’ recent acceptance of collective responsibility for the crisis, these current attacks demonstrate that the SPLM/A-IO has yet to abandon violence to achieve its goals. We call on both sides – both of whom have committed violations of the agreement that have delayed peace – to ensure their forces refrain from further actions that violate the January 23 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermine the peace process in South Sudan. Full Text»


Working at the United Nations: Insider Application Tips
Date: 10/30/2014 Description: UN Flag Flutters Outside a Building in Germany - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (October 30): Interested in working with the UN or other international organizations (IOs), but wondering how to strengthen your application? Competition is stiff with applicants from across the globe competing for some very attractive positions. So what can you do to get your application into the hands of a hiring manager and ace that interview? Just last month we had the opportunity to meet with HR officials from several UN agencies who shared their insight into the hiring process along with the following application tips. Full Text»


Sheba Crocker Sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

Washington, DC (October 29): Sheba Crocker was officially sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs at a ceremony in the George C. Marshall Center at the U.S. Department of State. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns presided over the ceremony. Ms. Crocker most recently served in several positions at the Department of State, including as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State, as the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, and as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. About Assistant Secretary Crocker»


Presidential Proclamation, United Nations day, 2014
Washington, DC (October 23): On United Nations Day, we recognize the important role the United Nations continues to play in the international system, and we reaffirm our country's commitment to work with all nations to build a world that is more just, more peaceful, and more free. The United Nations fosters international cooperation and enables progress on the world's most immediate threats and critical long-term challenges. From addressing climate change and eradicating poverty to preventing armed conflict and halting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the work of the United Nations supports our shared pursuit of a better world. Full Text» DipNote»


United States Deeply Concerned by DRC's Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer
Washington, DC (October 20):
The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC because of a report the UNJHRO released alleging serious violations by some members of the DRC security forces that resulted in 9 deaths and 32 enforced disappearances. We strongly urge the DRC Government to reverse its decision. Full Text»


Ambassador Scheinman Travels to New York for Meetings on NPT RevCon
Washington, DC (October 17):
Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Ambassador Adam Scheinman will travel to New York on October 20 - 21 to meet with UN officials and Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) parties in preparation for the 2015 NPT Review Conference (RevCon). For more information about the NPT RevCon or the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, please visit our website: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/. Full Text»


U.S. Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea
Secretary Kerry (October 16):
In today’s world everyone is connected. With the touch of a button – or the swipe of a finger – we can talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, about anything. And we can do it instantly. The communications revolution has radically changed how we live our lives, do business, choose our leaders, provide health care, and interact with other cultures. Almost 150 years after its creation, the International Telecommunication Union remains critical to overseeing and advancing the extent and the efficiency of international communications. The Republic of Korea will host the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan from October 20 to November 7. This international gathering is an important opportunity for ITU Member States to review the work of the Union and prioritize programs, improve working methods, and increase collaboration with other institutions. Full Text» U.S. Delegation to ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan»


Launch of Model UN Landing Page
Washington, DC (October 16)
: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs is pleased to announce the release of its Model United Nations landing page. On the landing page, visitors will find two short Model UN simulations, a link to our Model UN mobile app, and a number of other resources to develop successful youth activities. Model UN helps youth around the world understand the collaborative process of the UN as well as gain the confidence and tools that very well may lead them to be leaders in their own countries. Full Text»


ISIL's Dehumanization of Women and Girls

Date: 2014 Description: Iraqi woman walks at the site of the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. © AP Image

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 14): "Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, we again confront the worst of inhumanity in ISIL. No one needed a reminder of ISIL’s depravity and evil. But now we have the latest example. ISIL now proudly takes credit for the abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage, and sale of several thousand Yezidi and other minority women and girls—some as young as 12 years old. Just as despicably, ISIL rationalizes its abhorrent treatment of these women and girls by claiming it is somehow sanctioned by religion. Wrong. Dead wrong." Full Text» DipNote: U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq»


Reducing Disaster Risk for All Generations

Date: 2014 Description: Elderly man wades through flood waters in Pakistan. © AP Image

Impact Blog (Oct. 13): Today is International Day for Disaster Reduction -- a day to reflect on the importance of reducing disaster risks around the globe. This year we pay special attention to the global aging population and how we must include all generations in our disaster planning, preparedness and mitigation efforts. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the population age 60 or over is the fastest growing demographic globally, and is expected to more than triple to nearly 3 billion by 2100, representing about 28 percent of the projected 10.9 billion people worldwide. Full Text»


2014 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients - Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 10): "There is no greater purpose than a life lived in service to those whom society has forgotten. Today, I congratulate Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for winning the 95th Nobel Peace Prize. Their efforts to promote the rights of children have benefited millions of young people around the world….This award is also a reminder that there are still millions of children around the world being exploited and barred from school every day. That’s why Kailash and Malala’s work is so important. While they come from different countries and religious backgrounds, they share the same passion for protecting the most vulnerable among us. I am inspired by these two leaders. The United States will continue to support all efforts to ensure a bright future for all the world’s children." Full Text»


U.S. Deeply Concerned by Ongoing Violence in the Central African Republic

Press Statement (Oct. 10): The United States is deeply concerned by ongoing incidents of violence in the Central African Republic. This violence must stop immediately. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and Government of Pakistan for the Pakistani peacekeeper killed in the recent violence, as well as to the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Bangladesh for their injured peacekeepers. We thank the personnel and leadership of MINUSCA, EUFOR, and the French forces for their crucial work to calm the violence and reiterate our call on the United Nations to make every effort to ensure the rapid and full deployment of MINUSCA’s military, police, and civilian staff. Full Text»


Calling All Innovators To Help Fight Ebola

Date: 10/09/2014 Description: Health care worker removes her glove after training for those who intend to provide medical care to patients with Ebola. - State Dept Image

DipNote Blog (Oct. 9): As the United States and the international community work to contain the worst Ebola epidemic on record, courageous men and women are performing critical tasks every day to save lives and prevent the spread of the virus. Personal protective equipment (PPE) -- the suits, masks and gloves the health care worker wears -- is their primary protection, but it is also the greatest source of stress. In these hot and uncomfortable suits, health workers must administer to the patients and remove contaminated materials. Together with the White House Office of Science and Technology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense, Fighting Ebola seeks new practical and cost-effective solutions to improve infection treatment and control and provide better care to those who need it most. Full Text»


Opening the Doors to Education

Date: 2014 Description: Students learn storytelling skills at a school in Pennsylvania. © AP Image

DipNote Blog (Oct. 8): Two weeks ago, outside the United Nations in midtown Manhattan, there were lights, cameras, and a lot of action buzzing around the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as government officials from the 193 UN member nations made their way in and out of the doors to attend UNGA sessions. I was there to meet with South African government leaders about a way to open another kind of door -- access to education. Open educational resources (OER) are openly licensed learning materials that are free for anyone to use and adapt. They create a platform for students and teachers to connect and to share their best innovations with the world. Full Text»


The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Date: 10/06/2014 Description: U.S. assistance to fight Ebola is delivered in Liberia. AP image from October 6, 2014 DipNote blog post. © AP Image

DipNote Blog (Oct. 6): Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks. Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals…Full Text»


Fact Sheet: Syrian Crisis: U.S. Assistance and Support for the Transition
Washington, DC (Sept. 29): The United Nations estimates that more than 191,000 people have been killed since the unrest and violence began three years ago. The number of civilians fleeing Syria and seeking refuge in neighboring countries has increased sharply as violence has escalated. More than 3 million people are now refugees in neighboring countries while, inside Syria, nearly 6.5 million people are displaced and nearly 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite the improved UN access following adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2165, the UN and others in the humanitarian community continue to face significant challenges reaching many people in need in Syria. Obstruction and ongoing violence by the regime, opposition, and terrorist groups are continuing to hinder the delivery of urgent, life-saving assistance to those in need inside Syria. All parties to the conflict in Syria must allow safe, unfettered access to all in need. Full Text»


Fact Sheet: Global Peace Operations Initiative
Washington, DC (Sept. 29): The Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) is a U.S. Government-funded security assistance program working to meet the growing global demand for specially trained personnel to conduct international peace operations by building the capabilities of U.S. partner countries to train and sustain peacekeepers; increasing the number of capable military troops and police units available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of peacekeepers. GPOI promotes international peace and security, helping to save lives while reducing the burden on U.S. military forces, and furthering post-conflict recovery around the world. Launched in 2005, GPOI currently partners with 69 countries and regional organizations. Full Text»


Remarks by the President at UN Security Council Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters
President Obama (Sept. 24): "Thank you, His Excellency, the Secretary-General, for his statement. I'll now make a statement in my capacity as President of the United States.] Mr. Secretary-General, heads of state and government distinguished representatives, thank you for being here today." Full Text»


Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly
President Obama (Sept. 24): “ Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.” Full Text»


Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria
Fact Sheet (Sept. 23): The damage and looting of historic sites in Iraq and Syria, which have been preserved for millennia, have destroyed irreplaceable evidence of ancient life and society. Further damage to these countries’ treasures increases the loss of their common heritage and cultural legacies of universal importance. Fragile sites and buildings have suffered as collateral damage to battles, targets for purposeful ideological destruction, and prey for systematic looting. Fact Sheet»


#UNGA High-Level Week Opens in New York
Sept. 22: DipNote by Megan Mattson: Today marks the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. World leaders and representatives from 193 countries will come together to work on an agenda full of critical issues, including counterterrorism, Ebola, global women's issues, and much more. DipNote»


OPCW Report and Ongoing Concerns With Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
Press Statement (Sept. 21): The OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission investigating chlorine use in Syria recently released a second interim report that concludes with a high degree of confidence that chlorine was used as a weapon “systematically and repeatedly” in attacks on three villages in northern Syria earlier this year. The report cites witness accounts indicating helicopters were used in the attacks—a capability the opposition lacks. This strongly points to Syrian regime culpability. Press Statement»


Attack on MINUSMA
Press Statement (Sept. 19): The United States strongly condemns yet another deadly attack against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) yesterday in Mali which killed five Chadian peacekeepers and wounded three others. This is the third such attack this month alone. These continued attacks on UN peacekeepers must stop. Press Statement»


Launch of Model United Nations Mobile App
Media Note (Sept. 19)
: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA, is pleased to announce the release of the new mobile app, “Model United Nations.” Geared toward teachers, community leaders, and students of international affairs, this app uses step-by-step tools to engage users in the vital work of the UN. MediaNote»


Statement as Chair of Ministerial Debate of the UN Security Council on Iraq
Secretary of State John Kerry (Sept. 19):
"Thank you very much, Your Excellency, Mr. al-Jafari, for a very important statement, and we appreciate very much your leadership and the new government’s efforts. Now it’s my privilege to make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States." Full Text»


The U.S. at the UN: Maximizing the Impact of Collective Action
Acting Assistant Secretary Pittman (Sept. 18): "The UN and its agencies and organizations did not evolve from lesser entities, the nations of the world created them for specific purposes." Full Text»


UNGA 69: Why the UN Matters More Than Ever
Sept. 16:
DipNote blog by Dean Pittman, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Incredible things can happen at UNGA - diplomacy often breaks out in uncommon and unanticipated ways, and the convening gravity of the United Nations gives Manhattan a decidedly multilateral tilt every September. DipNote»


The Upcoming UN General Assembly Meeting

Sept. 15: Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, briefs at the Washington Foreign Press Center on the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. Full Text»


Selection of the Third Annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations
Date: 08/25/2014 Description: Photo of Jackson Dougan, third annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. © UN ImageAug. 25: The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), is pleased to announce the selection of the third annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. The Observer, Mr. Jackson Dougan, hails from Oregon, and was chosen from a pool of over 600 applicants. Mr. Dougan recently completed post-baccalaureate research at the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin; he graduated with honors from Oregon State University in 2013. More»


World Humanitarian Day
Secretary Kerry (Aug. 19):
"We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities." Full Text»


Milestone in Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Program
Secretary Kerry (Aug. 18):
"Today, we mark a milestone in our unrelenting work to ensure the end of the Assad regime’s deadly chemical arsenal: The United States has finished neutralizing the regime’s deadliest chemical weapons aboard the Cape Ray." Full Text»


U.S. Delegation to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Washington (August 11):
The United States is pleased to announce a broad senior-level interagency delegation that will appear before the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on August 13 and 14 in Geneva to present its 2013 periodic report on the implementation of U.S. obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Full Text»


U.S.-Africa Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting
Date: 08/08/2014 Description: Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President of the United States, hosted a meeting yesterday with African leaders on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. - State Dept ImageWashington (August 8): Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President of the United States, hosted a meeting yesterday with African leaders on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals, as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The interactive roundtable discussion was an opportunity to discuss common priorities and deepen cooperation to build support in the next year for a Post-2015 Development Agenda that can deliver concrete development outcomes for societies worldwide. Full Text»


Fact Sheet: United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis
Washington (July 30):
Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional U.S. aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. With this funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis will reach more than $2.4 billion; with $1.2 billion helping over 4.7 million people inside Syria, and $1.2 billion helping nearly 3 million refugees and host communities in the neighboring countries affected by the crisis. Full Text»


Ambassador Lawson Expresses U.S. Strong Support for ICAO
Date: 08/08/2014 Description: U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Lawson - State Dept ImageAmbassador Lawson, Montreal (July 25): “I would like to express the deepest condolences of President Obama and the American people to those who lost their lives in the MH17 crash and their families and our strong support for ICAO, and its efforts to assist and support the investigation. At times like these, the vital role of ICAO is ever more crucial, and I thank the ICAO leadership for its ongoing efforts to help uncover all the facts about this tragedy. We look forward toward working with ICAO in the coming weeks and months on ways that the international community can move forward in order to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.” Full Statement»


Remarks With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Situation in Gaza
Secretary Kerry (July 21):
“Let me just say to everybody that, first of all, President Obama and all of us are deeply appreciative for the secretary-general’s significant efforts to try to help bring about a cease-fire in the conflict in Gaza. And the secretary-general has been meeting in the region, but he purposefully stayed over here a little extra time in order that we could meet and discuss ways in which we might be able to bring about or encourage the parties to embrace a cease-fire under the right circumstances.” Full Text» Fact Sheet»


Let's Make Every Day, a #MandelaDay
Date: 06/22/1990 Description: Nelson Mandela raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. © UN ImageAshli Savoy (July 18): “The message behind Mandela Day is simple: everyone has the ability and responsibility to serve others and to create positive change. This can happen any day, anywhere in the world, and the responsibility belongs to everyone. By giving a little of our time, we can start to change the world around us, and by emulating the leadership and service of Nelson Mandela, we can become change makers ourselves.” Full Text»


Remarks With Head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Jan Kubis Before Their Meeting
Date: 07/12/2014 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan head Jan Kubis during a July 12, 2014 press conference. © UN ImageSecretary Kerry (July 11): “I want to thank the UN for the tremendous job that they’ve been doing. And obviously, we are at a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan. The election legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of a transition hangs in the balance, so we have a lot of work to do.” Full Text»


United States Delegation to Vienna for the Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Washington, DC (July 1):
Deputy Secretary William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman, and National Security Adviser to the Vice President Jacob J. Sullivan will depart on July 1 for Vienna to participate in the comprehensive nuclear negotiations of the P5+1 and European Union with Iran. Full Delegation List»


Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 26th Session
Date: 08/08/2014 Description: The 23rd session of the Human Rights Council. © UN ImageWashington, DC (June 30): The outcomes of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with a diverse range of countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns. U.S. leadership helped to keep the Council at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. Full Text»


If You ‘Let Girls Learn,’ You Save Lives Too
Date: 07/02/2014 Description: Girls Read in Pakistan © AP ImageWashington, DC (June 26): Oppression and prejudice toil in a cage of ignorance and cruelty. Before the U.S. Civil Rights movement altered the course of history, Jim Crow laws and terror imposed segregation and licensed discrimination, casting a pall of shame over America. Today, the inhumane degradation and culturally sanctioned abuse of girls in many parts of the world is a shockingly similar shame. Denied the most basic universal human rights, girls have limited access to health care, nutrition, education, and job skills training, as well as productive resources, such as water, land, and credit. Full Text»


Young Professionals: Apply to UN Program to Jumpstart Your Career in International Affairs
Date: 07/02/2014 Description: UN Flag Flutters Outside a Building in Germany © AP ImageWashington, DC (June 23): Interested in a career with the United Nations? Curious about entry-level opportunities for young professionals? The Bureau of International Organization Affairs is excited to announce U.S. participation in this year’s UN Young Professionals Program (YPP). This may be just the opportunity you’ve been seeking to get your foot in the door with the United Nations. To qualify, you need to be 32 years old or younger by the end of this year, hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, speak English and/or French fluently, and be a national of a participating country, such as the United States. Full Text»


Designation of Poverty Point, Louisiana as UNESCO World Heritage Site
Date: 07/02/2014 Description: Aerial view of poverty point. © U.S. National Park ServiceWashington, DC (June 22): The Department of State welcomes today’s decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to inscribe the Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, a state park in Louisiana, as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This prestigious designation is a global recognition of the site’s outstanding universal value. Poverty Point becomes the 22nd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Located in Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Valley, Poverty Point comprises a remarkable system of monumental mounds and ridges built into the landscape for residential and ceremonial use by a sophisticated society of hunter-fisher-gatherers. Full Text» More Information About Poverty Point» More Information About the U.S. And World Heritage»


Commemorating World Refugee Day
Date: 06/20/2014 Location: Bessian, Pakistan Description: UN Refugee Agency Provides Shelter to Quake Victims:  Girls pictured today in Bessian, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan at a tent city set up by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for some 300 families or 1,600 people. Up to 10,000 people are expected to arrive at this tent city soon due to the on-coming winter. October 22 , 2005. © UN ImageSecretary Kerry (June 20): World Refugee Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a time to honor the strength and resilience of refugees around the world and renew our determination to support them as they rebuild their lives and communities. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees now counts the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons at 51 million. That number is staggering by any measure. It represents children, women, and men from Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and now Iraq, who face death, destruction, and dislocation. For them, daily survival is a gamble. Full Text»


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Peacekeeping Missions Strengthen the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Settings
Director Raffi Gregorian (Feb. 20):
"On February 19, the United Nations Security Council met for an open debate on strengthening of the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict settings. The session addressed how the failure of legal institutions can lead to conflict and cause repeated cycles of violence, displacement, humanitarian crisis, and instability. As Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo highlighted in her remarks to the Security Council, “respect for the rule of law is critical for the establishment of stable, secure, and democratic post-conflict societies.” Full Text» | Amb. DiCarlo Remarks at the UN Security Council»


Release of the Final Report of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Human Rights Situation in the D.P.R.K.
Marie Harf (Feb. 17):
"We strongly welcome and support the final report released by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.), which provides compelling evidence of widespread, systematic, and grave human rights violations by the D.P.R.K. The COI report reflects the international community’s consensus view that the human rights situation in the D.P.R.K. is among the world’s worst. We urge the D.P.R.K. to take concrete steps – as recommended by the COI – to improve the human rights situation for the North Korean people. The COI’s investigation – through, for example, its public hearings in Seoul, Tokyo, London, and Washington – clearly and unequivocally documents the brutal reality of the D.P.R.K.’s human rights abuses. We continue to work actively with our partners and with international organizations to raise awareness of and address the deplorable human rights conditions in the D.P.R.K." Full Text» | Link to the Final Report on the OHCHR Homepage»


White House Blog: Making the World Safer from Pandemic Threats: A New Agenda for Global Health Security
Date: 02/13/2014 Description: Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, talks with Lisa Monaco at a meeting about the Global Health Security Agenda in Washington, DC.  © Department of Health and Human ServicesLisa Monaco (Feb. 13): "Today, I joined Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives of more than 25 nations, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to launch the Global Health Security Agenda, an international effort to enhance our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease threats. This is not just a health challenge – it is a security challenge as well. Infectious diseases have the potential to cause enormous damage in terms of lives lost, economic impact, and ability to recover, just as with nuclear, chemical, or cybersecurity attacks. In today’s interconnected world, they emerge and spread faster than ever before." Full Text»


International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Secretary Kerry (February 6):
"Eleven years ago, the United Nations set aside February 6 as the day each year for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and stand in solidarity with the women and girls forced to suffer its unspeakable consequences. The facts must shock every conscience into action. All told, about 120 to 140 million women in countries around the world have undergone FGM/C and another 3 million girls are at risk each year. Just as gender-based violence knows no boundaries, this tragedy spans the globe, including among many migrant communities in the United States." Full Text» DipNote»


U.S. Condemns Sectarian Violence in the Central African Republic
Spokesperson Psaki (February 5):
"The United States is deeply concerned by recent sectarian attacks against both Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). Clashes during the past few days in the town of Boda reportedly left over 75 dead, most of whom were Muslims. In late January, a convoy carrying mostly Muslims, including ex-Seleka militias, fired on the largely Christian residents of the town of Bocaranga, forcing many to flee. Many Muslim families have fled from their homes and some 50,000 third-country nationals have left the country. In the last year, approximately one million people have been displaced across the country, including some 85,000 new refugees that have fled to neighboring countries." Full Text»


DipNote: U.S. Formally Joins the UN Global Education Initiative
Date: 02/07/2014 Description: Students Hold a Hand-Written Sign for Malala Yousufzai. © AP ImageDAS Nerissa Cook (February 4): "Did you know that 57 million primary-aged children worldwide do not have the opportunity to attend school? Additionally, 69 million adolescents are not able to get a quality education. And of the many children who are fortunate enough to have some formal education, 250 million do not have basic literacy and math skills. These are alarming figures, because data shows that a good education can lead to a better life and a stronger economy." Full Text»


U.S. Designated a Champion Country in the UN Global Education First Initiative
Washington (January 28):
The United States is pleased to announce its designation by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as a UN Global Education First Initiative Champion Country. Launched by the UN Secretary General and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown in 2012, this initiative is an international call to action to raise education to the top of the public agenda by getting every child into school, improving the quality of education, and fostering global citizenship. As a Champion Country, the United States will serve as a global advocate for strategic investments in education, including better use of technology and innovation to enhance learning and workforce development. Full Text»


U.S. Condemns Renewed Violence in Central African Republic
Secretary Kerry (January 26):
"The United States is deeply concerned by renewed inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). We condemn attacks by both anti-Balaka and Seleka groups in Bangui and the provinces. We are also deeply disturbed by reports that some C.A.R. leaders may be supporting attacks by anti-Balaka and Seleka, respectively, instead of working for peace and reconciliation. Preventing the violence from gaining further momentum and costing more lives will require all of C.A.R.’s leaders, past and present, to be clear in condemning it." Full Text»


U.S. Statement to IAEA Board of Governors
Date: 01/24/2014 Description: Ambassador MacManus -- Official Photo - State Dept ImageAmbassador MacManus (Jan. 24): "This week is an important milestone in the international community’s efforts to resolve concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. On Monday, January 20, implementation of the Joint Plan of Action began. This marks the first time in a decade that Iran has committed to take specific steps that halt progress on its nuclear program and roll back key parts of that program. In particular, Iran is taking steps to address a number of urgent concerns regarding its nuclear program, including its enrichment capacity, its existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, and its prospective ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium at the IR-40 reactor at Arak… Full Text »


Signing of the Cessation of Hostilities between the Government of South Sudan and the Opposition Forces
Washington (Jan. 23):
We congratulate the IGAD mediation team for its crucial work in realizing this critical step in resolving the conflict in South Sudan. The United States continues to stand with the people of South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, humanitarian actors, and all those that continue to work under difficult and dangerous circumstances to alleviate the suffering and protect innocent civilians affected by this crisis. Full Text»


Intervention at the Geneva ll International Conference on Syria

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 22): "There is another way forward. We all know it. It is what this conference is organized around. It is the Geneva communique, which has the support of the international community as a peaceful roadmap for transition. And the only thing standing in its way is the stubborn clinging to power of one man, one family. I believe the alternative vision of the Syrian people is one that can gather the respect and support of people all around the world. It is a place that doesn’t force people to flee or live in fear, a Syria that protects the rights of every group. We have not only an opportunity, but we have an obligation to find a way forward so that the people of Syria can choose their leadership, know peace, and for 9 million refugees, finally be able to return home in dignity." Full Text» Press Availability»


Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action Between the P5+1 and Iran and Provision of Limited, Temporary, and Targeted Sanctions Relief
Washington (Jan. 20):
These actions implement U.S. commitments under the Joint Plan of Action, which is designed as a first step toward a peaceful and comprehensive solution to international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

On November 24, 2013, the United States and its partners in the P5+1 reached an initial understanding with Iran that halts progress on its nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects. As outlined in a Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), this initial understanding includes the first meaningful limits on Iran’s nuclear program in close to a decade. In return for these important steps to constrain Iran’s nuclear program, the P5+1 committed to provide Iran with limited, targeted, and reversible sanctions relief for a six-month period. Full Text»


U.S. Deeply Concerned by Widespread Violations and Abuses of Human Rights in the C.A.R.
Date: 01/20/2014 Location: New York City Description: Peter Mulrean, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., U.S. Mission, Delivers statement at Special Session on the C.A.R. © UN ImageCharge d’Affaires Mulrean (Jan. 20): "We welcome the appointment of Ms. Marie Therese Keita Bocoum as the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the C.A.R., given the ongoing dire security situation, and reports of increased human rights violations and abuses since the Council last addressed the C.A.R. in September 2013….The United States remains deeply concerned by the ongoing and widespread violations and abuses of human rights in the C.A.R. We are particularly troubled by the eruption of large-scale, retaliatory cycles of communal violence in December 2013, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians and an almost complete breakdown in law and order in the capital Bangui, and across the country. The reports of heinous acts of violence committed against women and children, including killings, mutilations, and rape, are especially troubling." Full Text»


Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis
Washington (Jan. 15):
Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today the United States will provide $380 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the war in Syria. With this additional funding, the United States’ humanitarian assistance since the crisis began is more than $1.7 billion to help those suffering inside Syria, as well as refugees and host communities in the neighboring countries. Full Text»


Additional Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan
The United States announced $49.8 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help victims of conflict in South Sudan. With this new assistance, the United States has provided more than $300 million in humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 to assist South Sudanese victims of conflict as well as refugees seeking asylum in South Sudan. This new funding includes $24.8 million for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and $7.5 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, for their 2014 programs in South Sudan. Full Text»


U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies Leads Journalists on a Visit to Cambodia

Date: 12/13/2013 Description: Ambassador David Lane helps serve food to schoolgirl during his visit to Cambodia.  (Photo taken by Sharon Ketchum, December 2013, US Mission to the UN in Rome.) © UN Image

Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, recently traveled to Cambodia. He visited rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses, and government officials to improve food security and promote agricultural development in Cambodia. The Ambassador was accompanied by a group of journalists from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia. They visited a variety of projects run by the U.S. Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Ambassador Lane blogged about his trip:

You can view photos from his trip on the U.S. mission to the UN Agencies in Rome Facebook Page.


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