Presidential Proclamation on World AIDS Day

Our Nation joins the world in celebrating the extraordinary advancements we have made in the battle against HIV and AIDS, and remembering those we have lost. Over the past three decades, brave men and women have fought devastating discrimination, stigma, doubt, and violence as they stood in the face of this deadly disease.
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USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk in Geneva for WTO Ministerial

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk arrived in Geneva, Switzerland November 29 for the 7th Session of the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. While in Geneva, Kirk will meet multilaterally with trade ministers from America’s WTO partner economies, and will hold a number of meetings on the margins with key trading partners and blocs. The ...
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Statement by Vice President Biden on the 1oth Anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

“Violence against women is found in every culture around the world. It is one of our most pervasive global problems, yet it is preventable. When gang rape is a weapon of war, when women are beaten behind closed doors, or when young girls are trafficked in brothels and fields - we all suffer.
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Human Rights Council – Report of the UPR Working Group on Cyprus

The United States recommends that the Government of Cyprus ensure such incidents are prevented by strengthening legislation to protect the rights of arrested and detained individuals from physical mistreatment and ensuring they are afforded a full complement of due process rights in accordance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women Launches in Moldova

Over 40 percent of women in Moldova have been victims of a violent act at least once in their lives. To raise awareness of this widespread problem, USAID’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative held a series of activities throughout Moldova as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign from November 25–December 10.
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – From Young Bride to Young Child Again

School effort leads parents to take daughter out of early marriage. Until recently, Glory (a pseudonym) was an average girl growing up in the village of Kaombe. She never thought she would complete primary school, much less attend secondary school. But, after her community got involved with a USAID safe schools program, Glory is now ...
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USAID Observes “16 Days of Activism”

USAID will join the global community in observance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence from November 25th through December 10th, 2009. Beginning on the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women and ending on International Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that advocates for greater prevention ...
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Presidential Proclamation for Entrepreneurship Week 2009

Throughout our history, American entrepreneurs have been an effective force for innovation at home and around the world. From the airplane to the Internet search engine to new tractors, they have pioneered technologies, products, and processes that have improved lives and shaped the course of our future. Today, they are fueling our economy with their ...
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Photo Gallery: Multi-Donor Mission to Eastern Sudan

Photo Gallery: U.S. Mission Refugee and Migration Affairs Attaché Melissa Pitotti participated in a multi-donor mission to Eastern Sudan from October 10 - 16, 2009. Organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), participants saw one of the oldest refugee situations in the world, and explored opportunities for refugees to become ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Niger and Senegal

The United States welcomes Secretrary General Soumana and Minister Niang and their respective delegations to this, Niger’s and Senegal’s, second joint WTO Trade Policy Review. We appreciate the Secretariat’s thorough examination of both governments’ trade policy regimes. We also appreciate the detailed reports submitted by the governments of Niger and Senegal. We have developed some ...
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United States Delegation to the Geneva Discussions

The United States was pleased to participate in the eighth round of the Geneva Discussions. The Geneva Discussions offer an important forum where international discussions on security and stability can lead to positive and practical developments on the ground, such as regular meetings of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRM). Important progress has been ...
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United States Requests WTO Panel Against China Over Export Restraints on Raw Materials

The U.S., EU, and Mexico have asked the WTO to establish a dispute settlement panel regarding China’s export restraints on numerous raw materials. The materials at issue are: bauxite, coke, fluorspar, magnesium, manganese, silicon metal, silicon carbide, yellow phosphorus, and zinc, key inputs for numerous downstream products in the steel, aluminum, and chemical sectors across ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of the Southern African Customs Union

Thank you, Chair. The United States is pleased to welcome the distinguished delegation from the SACU countries, led by Deputy Permanent Secretary Laletsang from Botswana, Principal Secretary Ramotsoari from Lesotho, Permanent Secretary Lindeque from Namibia, Chief Commissioner Tsengiwe from South Africa, and Principal Secretary Kunene from Swaziland to this review of the trade policies and ...
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