Development

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.

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers

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

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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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Ambassador Sepulveda Travels to Geneva to Chair the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2016

Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will serve as Chair of the WSIS Forum 2016 to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 2-6, 2016.

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CITES and Trade Agreements: Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development

Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime  -  Earth Day 2016 Blog by  Ambassador Punke and CITES SG Scanlon

Maximizing the impact of addressing these environmental threats through partnership and cooperation is a guiding force in recent discussions between Secretary-General John E. Scanlon of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke.

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Supporting the Safe Return of Those Kidnapped and Abused by Boko Haram

As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes this terrorist group’s depravity.

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Delivering on Sustainability by Bridging the Worlds of Policy and Business

Delivering on Sustainability by Bridging the Worlds of Policy and Business

The challenges we’re facing today are complex and interconnected. I think it’s safe to say that no one here believes there are quick and easy solutions. Today’s challenges require all of us – government, business, and civil society – to work together.

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