State Department

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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Secretary Kerry’s Statement on the Occasion of Ukraine’s National Day

Today we mark not just a quarter-century of your independence, but also of the fruitful partnership between our nations based on our shared commitment to freedom and the rule of law.

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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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Secretary Kerry Announces Additional Funding for Kenya and Somalia


The funding announced today will support UNHCR and other international humanitarian organizations as they provide for basic survival of thousands of vulnerable people and durable solutions for refugees.

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John Kerry: We Pay Tribute to all Humanitarians and We Thank Them for Being the Emissaries of the Conscience of the World

Secretary Kerry: “On this World Humanitarian Day, we honor humanitarians, both those who have lost their lives in their efforts to aid and protect the most vulnerable people on earth, and those who continue to brave violence and hardship. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “One Humanity.” It asks all of us to stand together, to recognize our shared responsibility to help those overtaken by calamity.”

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Statement by John Kerry on the Occasion of Switzerland’s National Day

The United States is proud to count Switzerland among its closest friends and partners. Our countries share a deep bond rooted in our common ideals – democracy, support for peace, and a commitment to the rule of law – as well as our robust and expanding trade and investment ties.

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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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