Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
July 10, 2013

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Date: 07/10/2013 Description: Secretary Kerry Addresses the OAS - State Dept Image

In late May, Vice President Joe Biden set off for Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil, where he highlighted the region's shared economic opportunity and the benefits of increased integration and openness. Check out his visit to a flower farm in Colombia, his remarks in Trinidad and Tobago, and his speech on U.S.-Brazil relations. Days later, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Guatemala to lead the U.S. delegation to the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States. Secretary Kerry participated in an open discussion on regional drug policy, met with regional counterparts, and successfully campaigned to elect Professor James Cavallaro as an independent member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. See Secretary Kerry's remarks at the General Assembly here.

Date: 07/10/2013 Description: Connect 2022 logo - State Dept Image Energy

A Ministerial on Mesoamerican Energy Integration held on June 27-28 supported the advancement of the Connecting the Americas 2022 initiative, which seeks to provide universal access to electricity within the Western Hemisphere by the year 2022. More»

Date: 07/10/2013 Description: Screenshot of Small Business Network of the Americas video - State Dept ImageEntrepreneurship

The Small Business Network of the Americas is linking the region's more than 2,000 Small Business Development Centers into a network that promotes job creation and business development among small- and medium-sized enterprises. Video» Transcript»

Date: 07/10/2013 Description: In the Press - State Dept Image

The Americas Ascendant
Vice President Joe Biden's opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal highlights the economic, political, and social potential for the United States in its relations with the Western Hemisphere.

Safeguarding Our Hemisphere's Commitment to Peace, Democracy, and Human Dignity
Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson's DipNote blog discusses our region's shared investment in citizen security, democracy, and human rights, as institutionalized in the Organization of American States.

Date: 06/13/2013 Description: On the Calendar icon - State Dept Image

July 18-19: U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality Steering Group meeting, Brasilia, Brazil.

September 9: Small Business Network of the Americas/Small Business Development Center "Sister Centers" Matchmaking Session, Orlando, FL