All articles from: May, 2009

Statement by the President on Beginning of Negotiations on Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty

There is no greater security challenge in the world today than turning the tide on nuclear-proliferation, and pursuing the goal of a nuclear-free world. I welcome today’s important agreement at the Conference on Disarmament to begin negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, which will end production of fissile materials for use in atomic bombs. As I announced in Prague, a verified cut off treaty is an essential element of my vision for a world free of nuclear weapons. The treaty will help to cap nuclear arsenals, strengthen the consensus underlying the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and deny terrorists access to nuclear materials.

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Human Rights Council Special Session on Sri Lanka

The U.S. welcomes the end of fighting in the north of Sri Lanka. This is an important moment in the life of the Sri Lankan nation, and we should all recognize that the Sri Lankan people are emerging from a terrible conflict against the LTTE, an implacable foe. We hope that, at this critical time, the Council will be able to provide the Government of Sri Lanka with some useful ideas as it works with the Sri Lankan people to build lasting peace based on national reconciliation and full respect of human rights.

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Statement by Ambassador Peter Allgeier at the WTO General Council

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the new ambassadors here today; we look forward to working with all of you. We also thank the Director General for his report as Chairman of the TNC.

I had not planned to speak under this agenda item but wanted to react to some of the statements made by Members and to express confusion over the use of two terms fundamental to our work–“modalities” and “mandate”.

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Press Briefing with HHS Secy. Sebelius and CDC Besser

SECRETARY SEBELIUS: Good morning, everyone. I’m pleased to be here this morning at my first opportunity to meet here at the World Health Assembly as a representative of the United States of America. I’m now four weeks into my new position as Secretary of Health and Human Services and am delighted to have the chance to have an introduction to our world partners and see in person Dr. Margaret Chan who’s been not only been a great leader for WHO but a frequent collaborator during my early weeks on the job.

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World Health Assembly Plenary Session Remarks By Kathleen G. Sebelius

Kathleen G. Sebelius at the WHA

It is my honor to represent the United States of America and address the World Health Assembly and I want you to know that the United States is here to work with you and we are here to listen.
President Obama and I know that this is a unique moment in our history, a moment where we must unite to improve the health of all our nations. We are committed to partnering with you to advance the cause of social justice, to expand access to health care and reduce health disparities. And we know that working together, we can achieve the goals that we all share.

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UPR of Comoros / UPR of Slovakia – U.S. Remarks

Remarks by the United States on the Universal Periodic Reviews of Comoros and Slovakia at the Human Rights Council

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Press Briefing at WTO During First Visit to Geneva

Let me first begin by expressing my very sincere gratitude to the Director-General and the wonderful staff here at the WTO for welcoming me on my initial visit to the World Trade Organization as the United States Trade Representative. I have had a very successful and productive week, had an opportunity to meet with, I understand, over half of the members representing the delegations here in the WTO, and I also want to extend my thanks to our Ambassador Peter Allgeier and our great team here at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Mission here in Geneva.

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UPR of Macedonia and of Vanuatu – Statements at the HRC

Statements by the United States of America UPR of Macedonia May 12, 2009 Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you to the delegation from Macedonia for your presence here today and for your engagement with the UPR process.  The United States would like to offer the following question and recommendation. We would like to ask, what […]

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Election of the United States to the Human Rights Council

Today the United Nations General Assembly elected the United States to a three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council. The promotion and protection of human rights is a fundamental value for our own society and, as such, an integral element of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are pleased with the outcome of the election and eager to take up the important work of the Council.

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U.S. Statement on the UPR of Uruguay

Thank you to the delegation from Uruguay for your presentation today. We applaud Uruguay’s efforts to improve their protection of human rights, and the commitment to that cause shown by this presentation.

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