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Release of the First Annual Report from the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking


On October 18, the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking unveiled its first annual report containing specific policy recommendations, providing the federal government with survivor-informed analysis to combat human trafficking.

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An Ambitious HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Adopted in Kigali


Secretary Kerry: “In Kigali, Rwanda, I was proud to help represent the United States as the nearly 200 Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to an amendment to phase down the use and production of potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The Kigali Amendment we adopted could avoid up to half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.”

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The United States Congratulates the People of Georgia on Competitive and Well-Administered Elections.

The United States congratulates the people of Georgia on competitive and well-administered October 8 elections that largely respected fundamental freedoms, as assessed by the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. These elections affirm Georgia as a leader of democratic reform in the region.

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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for Libya Totals More Than $121 Million

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. This funding will help address critical humanitarian needs, including aid for those displaced from Sirte. Today’s announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Libyans to more than $121 million since FY 2012.

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United States Pledges Nearly $133 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced the additional funding at the “High Level Side Event on South Sudan” on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid for the people of South Sudan to nearly $1.9 billion since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

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Secretary of State Kerry Calls for Syria Ceasefire at UN Security Council Session


Secretary Kerry: “There is only one choice, and it’s to get to that table with Staffan de Mistura and it is get to a negotiation and get a ceasefire so we stop the flow of refugees, stop the suffering, and provide the people of Syria with a chance to breathe, to live.”

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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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U.S. Has Met its Goal of Welcoming 10,000 Syrian War Refugees


The Department of State is grateful for the tremendous collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration, the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and voluntary groups that help refugees.

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John Kerry’s Remarks at a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Girls Event

John Kerry: “USAID has committed $100 million to this effort to be able to help people to make their own choices and to be educated about what those choices are.”

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov at Press Availability in Geneva

Syria Crisis: Kerry and Lavrov Meet in Geneva for Bilateral Discussion

Secretary Kerry on the Syria Crisis: “Today, I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward. … If the remaining details can be completed, we believe we will be able to address the two primary challenges to the cessation of hostilities.”

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