Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly


President Obama: “We must reject any forms of fundamentalism, or racism, or a belief in ethnic superiority that makes our traditional identities irreconcilable with modernity.”

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Invitation to a Panel Discussion: Benefits of Science-Based Agricultural Biotechnology Trade and Regulatory Regimes

You are cordially invited to attend a U.S. Mission sponsored seminar at the WTO headquarters in Geneva.

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Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at East-West Sustainability Summit, Honolulu, Hawaii


“Geneva – the operational hub of multilateral diplomacy – provides the foundation for our work, which is built on the need to bridge cultures, to develop a network of both traditional and non-traditional partners, as we address the world’s most significant social, economic, and environmental challenges. And that’s what I want to talk about today – how the United States is working in concert with the international community in Geneva – through multi-stakeholder partnerships – to enhance resiliency and foster sustainable development around the world.”

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IUCN Congress Opens this Week in Hawaii to Address the Most Pressing Conservation Issues Across the Planet


From September 1-10, the State of Hawaii will host the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) under the theme “Planet at the Crossroads.” At the Congress, the State Department will help showcase the Administration’s accomplishments on a range of international environmental issues, including climate, oceans and wildlife trafficking.

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President Obama’s Proclamation Designates the World’s Largest Marine Protected Area off the Coast of Hawaii


Today’s expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will permanently protect pristine coral reefs, deep sea marine habitats, and important ecological resources in the waters of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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Secretary Kerry Remarks with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed – South Sudan, Somalia, Syria

“I want to emphasize how deeply the United States values and respects our friendship with Kenya. Today, our annual 2A trade exceeds 1.5 billion and U.S. investors are increasingly attracted to the possibilities here, especially in such sectors as energy, agri-business, and ICT. Our governments work together on a range of issues, including climate change, where I might add Kenya is a regional leader, both through its engagement in the international climate negotiations and through its own ambitious domestic efforts.”

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Ocean Acidification Monitoring Public-Private Partnership Launched in Southern Africa

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Ocean Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, and the XPRIZE Foundation to launch a public-private partnership, the “OceAn pH Research Integration and Collaboration in Africa (ApHRICA)” project, to advance ocean acidification monitoring in Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa.

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Why Building Climate- and Weather-Resilient Communities Is Absolutely Essential


Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto stresses the importance of the World Meteorological Organization and the many national weather and meteorological services around the world to address the impacts of our changing climate.

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Secretary Kerry’s Statement on World Oceans Days 2016

John Kerry: On World Oceans Day, I challenge all who love the ocean – and all who love the planet – to join us.

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Fact Sheet – The United States and China: Protecting and Conserving the Ocean

The United States welcomed China’s announcement that it would participate at a senior level in the 2016 Our Ocean conference, to be held in Washington, D.C. September 15-16, 2016. The first two Our Ocean conferences resulted in pledges of over $4 billion toward ocean conservation and commitments to safeguard almost six million square kilometers of the ocean in MPAs.

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