USAID Celebrates the International Day of the Girl

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As we enter the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, we are already thinking of how to measure progress against these goals, while continuing to empower young women and girls.

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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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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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USAID Joins the International Community to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week


Breastfeeding is one of the most cost effective ways to save the lives of children and improve their future ability to grow, learn, and thrive as members of their community. According to a recentLancet series, the deaths of 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers each year could be averted through scaling up optimal breastfeeding practices to nearly universal levels, along with economic savings of US$ 300 billion.

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FACT SHEET: President Barack Obama’s Commitment to Global Development

Over the past eight years, President Obama has elevated sustainable development to a core pillar of American foreign policy. On Wednesday July 20th, the President will host the White House Summit on Global Development, bringing together development leaders, public and private sector financing partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to mark our global progress and catalyze further development efforts.

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Sustainable Development Goals: All our Countries, Including the United States, Can and Must Do Better

Ambassador Samantha Power: If we are to have any hope of accomplishing the SDGs – which includes a target to end the AIDS epidemic, we have to guard space for civil society both within our own countries and here at the United Nations.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

The Syrian conflict remains the largest and most complex humanitarian emergency of our time, with more than two-thirds of Syria’s pre-war population—over 18 million people—in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria.

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Secretary Kerry’s Statement on the Importance of Investing in Adolescent Girls this World Population Day

On a day set aside to reflect on population issues pivotal to the health of the planet and our hopes for the future, we welcome this year’s theme, “investing in adolescent girls.

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Discussing the Importance of Apprenticeship

Ambassador Hamamoto and Shea Gopaul, Executive Director of the Global Apprenticeships Network, convened Kristin Sparding from the U.S. Department of Labor, Deborah Greenfield from the International Labor Organization, and representatives of Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, and Malawi to discuss the importance of apprenticeship in the margins of this year’s International Labour Conference (Geneva, 30 May - 10 June 2016).  Ambassador Hamamoto praised the participants, highlighting President Obama’s challenge to double the number of apprentices in the U.S. by 2019.

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Apprenticeship programs and systems vary from country to country, but they often face similar challenges, so there’s much we can learn from each other.

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Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda: Opening Statement at 2016 WSIS Forum


Although there is no single SDG that specifically focuses on information and communication technologies or increasing Internet access, there is broad acknowledgement that the continued development and deployment of ICTs are critical to realizing the SDGs and also to measuring them.

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