Dr. Esther Brimmer: Foreign Press Center Briefing on United Nations Day

Early in his Administration, the President took the momentous decision to recommit to the goal of a nuclear-free world. As the world’s original nuclear state, I believe this commitment has particular resonance. But the President actually went much further. Rather than simply address this from a unilateral point of view, he thought it was important ...
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Briefing on the Release of the 2009 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Our government’s promotion of religious freedom is grounded in our national experience and it supports our broader human rights and national security interests. Fortunately, many governments understand the importance of these issues, yet we’re fully aware that even in countries with robust legal safeguards, including the United States, we’re not immune from acts of intolerance.
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Release of the 2009 Report on Religious Freedom

The right to profess, practice, and promote one’s religious beliefs is a founding principle of our nation. In fact, many of our earliest settlers came because they wanted the freedom to practice their own religion without a state interfering or oppressing that practice. It is the first liberty mentioned in our Bill of Rights, and ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Maldives

The United States warmly welcomes the delegation from Malé, led by Deputy Minister of Economic Development Ahmed Inaz to this, the second Trade Policy Review of Maldives. Much has transpired since Maldives’ 2003 TPR, both globally and domestically. The United States appreciates the Secretariat’s and the government’s work in documenting the changes that have taken ...
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Remarks by Secretary Clinton at the United States Institute of Peace

We now face a different kind of threat, a threat that is more diffuse and perhaps even more dangerous. The range and intensity of current nuclear proliferation challenges is alarming. The international community failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. We are now engaged in diplomatic efforts to roll back this development. Iran ...
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Explanation of U.S. Position on the Right to Truth, in Response to the Related Resolution at HRC 12

The United States was pleased to co-sponsor the resolution sponsored by Argentina on the right to truth, which may be characterized differently in various legal systems, such as our own, as the right to be informed or freedom of information or the right to know. We thank the Delegation of Argentina, for both putting this ...
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U.S. Outlines New Sudan Strategy

Secretary Clinton (Oct. 19): "The Sudan policy we are outlining today is the result of an intensive review across the United States Government.... It reflects the Administration's seriousness, sense of urgency, and collective agreement about how best to address the complex challenges that have prevented resolution of the crisis in Darfur and full implementation of ...
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U.S. Statement on Peaceful Use of Outer Space – Thematic Debate of UNGA first Committee

Mr. Chairman, the United States is pleased to inform the General Assembly’s First Committee that efforts to promote international cooperation and understanding in the peaceful use of outer space continue to expand. Such cooperation is essential today more than ever as space evolves into an increasingly congested, complex, and potentially contested, domain.
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U.S. Statement on Chemical and Biological Weapons – Thematic Debate of UNGA First Committee

The steady entry of new States Parties over the last several years, bringing the CWC close to universal membership (there are currently 188 States Parties), has been most encouraging. We strongly support the efforts of all States Parties, the Director General, and the Technical Secretariat to strengthen contacts with the remaining non-member states.
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EOV – Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem

We take the floor to express our disappointment at the outcome of this session. The U.S. joined the Human Rights Council because of our deeply held belief that this institution can be a key forum for constructive and honest discussions on important human rights issues. This belief shaped our engagement on the Goldstone Report. In ...
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Commemoration of World Food Day, October 16, 2009

Secretary Clinton: “The Obama Administration sees chronic hunger as a key priority of our foreign policy. Other countries are joining us in this effort. Major industrialized nations have committed more than $22 billion over three years to spur agriculture-led economic growth. On September 26, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and I co-hosted a gathering of ...
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U.S. Statement at the 12th Special Session of the HRC

Mr. President, though we do not believe that this Special Session constitutes the appropriate forum for such a discussion, the United States will take this opportunity to share our views on the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. On September 28, 2009 Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, Democracy and ...
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U.S. Statement on Nuclear Disarmament – Thematic Debate Segment of UNGA First Committee

I would like today to discuss the views of the United States on nuclear disarmament. I will describe our fundamental approach, what we have accomplished in recent years and our current objectives, and some more long-range questions as we consider how to create, in the words of Security Council Resolution 1887, “the conditions for a ...
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U.S. Special Representative Susan Burk on Nuclear Nonproliferation Challenges

Thanks to Ambassador Salander, Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative, and Dr. Christian Shoenenberger, Head of the Task Force on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, for hosting this event and for inviting me to speak to you this afternoon on the subject of “Defining Success at the 2010 ...
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2009 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Barack Obama

Text of Announcement from the Norwegian Nobel Committee: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a ...
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United States Requests WTO Panel in Challenge of EU Restrictions on U.S. Poultry Exports

USTR announced October 8 that the United States has asked the WTO to establish a dispute settlement panel regarding the European Union's (EU) restrictions on imports of U.S. poultry. The United States has asked the panel to review whether the EU's ban on the import and marketing of poultry meat and poultry meat products processed ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Chile

Chile has pursued sound economic policies for nearly three decades. Chile's Government has received high marks from economists and its citizens for its countercyclical spending in 2009 to offset the effects of the global economic crisis. To its credit, Chile has refrained from introducing fundamental changes to its already-open trade policy and has managed to ...
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Statement by Under Secretary Ellen Tauscher to the UNGA First Committee

This is an exciting time to appear with my colleagues in this body to discuss nonproliferation and disarmament. My government applauds the dedicated engagement of the First Committee, as well as the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, in addressing the compelling issues of nonproliferation and disarmament that we confront. Last month, at a historic United ...
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Item 1: Decision Adoption – EOP by the United States of America – Toxic Wastes Resolution

The United States joined consensus on this resolution as we recognize that dumping of toxic wastes can have a negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights, including civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. We commend the efforts of the delegation of Côte d’Ivoire to forge consensus on this important issue. We would like ...
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EOV by the United States on Traditional Values

The United States approached this resolution on traditional values with an open mind and listened carefully to the concerns of others during the course of the negotiations, including the various arguments for and against such a resolution. We, along with others, worked with the Russian delegation to provide language in an effort to help improve ...
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert for Somalia, Mr. Shamsul Bari

The United States thanks the Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia, Mr. Shamsul Bari, for his detailed and informative report of September 17, 2009. We also welcome Madame Minister and her delegation from Somalia. Mr. Bari, your report cites the tremendous problems that face Somalia, including a dire security situation, an ongoing humanitarian crisis, ...
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Item 1: Decision Adoption – EOV by the United States of America – Right to Development Resolution

The United States has a longstanding and strong commitment to support development. In fact, we are the world’s largest bilateral donor of overseas development assistance. Our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has repeatedly emphasized that the promotion of development and human security is one of the crucial pillars of our country’s foreign policy.
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Item 1: Decision Adoption – EOP by the United States of America – Resolution: Transitional Justice

The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. The United States strongly supports transitional justice initiatives and has long supported efforts to hold responsible the perpetrators of atrocities, such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights abuses. We are among the largest donors and supporters of post-conflict ...
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