State Department

Secretary of State John Kerry Meets with U.S. Mission Geneva Staff


Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry U.S. Mission Geneva, Switzerland May 2, 2016 AMBASSADOR HAMAMOTO: Secretary, it’s so great to have you back here in Geneva. After coming here numerous times over the last couple years, it’s now been about nine months since your last visit, and I will say we were starting to worry that […]

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Secretary Kerry: “We Can’t Understand the World if We Fail to Comprehend the Role Religion Plays in Lives of People.”

“It’s up to us to recognize that we can’t lead a world that we don’t understand and that we can’t understand the world if we fail to comprehend and honor the central role that religion plays in the lives of billions of people.”

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John Kerry Condemns the Barbaric Murder of a Locally-Hired Employee of the U.S. Mission in Bangladesh

The men and women of the U.S. State Department join me today in condemning the barbaric murder of Mr. Xulhaz Mannan, a locally-hired employee of our embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and another of his activist friends. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our own in such a senseless act of violence, and we extend our deepest condolences to Xulhaz’s family and loved ones.

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the UN Signing Ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change


“Today we know: The new energy future, the efficiencies, the alternative resources, the clean options – none of what we have to achieve is beyond our capacity technologically. The only question is whether it is beyond our collective resolve.”

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United States to Announce $25 Million in Funding for World Bank’s New Financing Initiative

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce $25 million in intended U.S. funding for the World Bank’s new financing initiative to support the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region today at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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United States Provides Additional $29 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for Malian Regional Crisis

This funding will support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), and other international organizations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger to provide essential protection and assistance, such as health, food, water, livelihoods, and education.

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The United States Contributes $421 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of nearly $421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global appeal for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This brings the total U.S. Government contribution to UNHCR to nearly $698 million to date in FY 2016.

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Secretary Kerry’s Call with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

Secretary Kerry spoke with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura this morning to discuss today’s resumption in Geneva of UN-led Syria negotiations. Secretary Kerry reaffirmed strong U.S. support for the talks to focus on political transition in accordance with the 2012 Geneva Communique and UN Security Council resolution 2254. We look to the parties to respond seriously and in a constructive manner.

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United States Releases Annual Human Rights Reports


John Kerry: “It is important to underscore that the reports that we release today, as voluminous as they are, represent just a tiny fraction of what this department does to advance freedom and dignity across the globe.”

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First Secretary of State Visiting Hiroshima, John Kerry: “War must never be the First Resort”


But the reason we came here was not to be stuck in the past. We came here and drew from the experience of touring in this museum how critical it is that we all apply the lessons of the past to the future and the present (…) a reminder of the depth of obligation that every single one of us in public life carries – in fact, every person in position of responsibility carries – to work for peace, to continue the efforts that President Obama and other leaders came together to talk about in Washington a few days at the Nuclear Security Summit, to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons.

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