All articles from: November, 2009

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – From Young Bride to Young Child Again

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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 an example of how girls are achieving in school, despite the many challenges they face.

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White House Press Release: President to Attend Copenhagen Climate Talks

The White House announced today that President Obama will travel to Copenhagen on Dec. 9 to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where he is eager to work with the international community to drive progress toward a comprehensive and operational Copenhagen accord.

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USAID Observes “16 Days of Activism"

Individually created T-shirts hang in a public display in Manenberg, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2004. The T-Shirts were created as part of the "clothesline project", which honored woman's experience and courage in facing violence. Credit: Susan Bazilli.

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 efforts to end gender-based violence. The theme of this year’s campaign is Commit, Act, Demand: We CAN End Violence Against Women.

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US Will Send Delegation to Observe Ottawa Convention Second Review Conference

The United States will send an interagency delegation of humanitarian mine action experts to observe the Second Review Conference of the 1997 “Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction,” also known as the Ottawa Convention

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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 creativity, tireless work ethic, and risk-taking spirit.

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Seventh WTO Ministerial Conference – Geneva, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2009

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The Seventh Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 30 to December 2, 2009. The general theme for discussion shall be “The WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current Global Economic Environment”.

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Statements by the United States at the DSB Meeting

• Mr. Chairman, the United States provided a status report in this dispute on November 6, 2009, in accordance with Article 21.6 of the DSU.

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U.S. Mission Certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Green Workplace

Douglas M. Griffiths, U.S. Mission Chargé d'Affaires, with the Certification Sign at the Mission Entrance.

The U.S. Mission in Geneva is the first State Department facility, abroad or at home, to receive this designation, certifying that our grounds provide the essential elements for healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats.

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11th Conference of the High Contracting Parties – Amended Protocol II

The United States is pleased to participate in this 11th conference of High Contracting Parties to Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-traps, and Other Devices, as amended in 1996. The United States landmine policy, as announced in 2004, meets or exceeds all of the provisions of Amended Protocol II. Our national report, provided to the Secretariat today, provides updates to our previous reports, primarily related to assistance activities. In addition to our national implementation of the Protocol, we provide a range of humanitarian mine action assistance to countries around the world.

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Photo Gallery: Multi-Donor Mission to Eastern Sudan

In October 2009 a UNHCR donor mission traveled to Eastern Sudan to see one of the High Commissioner's five priority protracted refugee situations.

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 self-reliant.

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