START Talks to Continue in Geneva in January: Dec. 22 State Department Briefing

The U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary Rose Gottemoeller has returned for a recess from the START negotiations in Geneva. The team has gone through an intensive period of negotiations with their Russian counterparts over more than two months. Our goal remains to conclude a solid treaty for the President’s signature as soon as possible, ...
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Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change – Press Briefing December 11, 2009

Over the course of the week, I’ve had a number of very constructive conversations. Let me make one comment about something back at home. In I think an important development in the U.S. Senate, Senators Kerry, Graham and Lieberman announced a comprehensive framework for energy and climate legislation, and this is actually quite a significant ...
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National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats

The effective dissemination of a lethal biological agent within an unprotected population could place at risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The unmitigated consequences of such an event could overwhelm our public health capabilities, potentially causing an untold number of deaths. The economic cost could exceed one trillion dollars for each such ...
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Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Address to States Parties of the BWC

I have come here today to share with you President Obama’s strategy for preventing biological weapons proliferation and bioterrorism. The United States intends to implement this strategy through renewed cooperation and more thorough consultations with our international counterparts in order to prevent the misuse and abuse of science while working together to strengthen health security ...
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Statement by Ambassador King: Report of the UPR Working Group on the DPRK

The United States remains deeply concerned by the reports of human rights abuses committed in the DPRK, including allegations of extrajudicial execution, torture, and systemic deprivation of due process in prisons, labor camps, and other institutions where international standards are not met. The lack of remedies or transparent accountability in dealing with allegations of abuse ...
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White House Sees Progress Towards Meaningful Copenhagen Accord

Progress is being made towards a meaningful Copenhagen accord - The President believes that continued US leadership can be most productive through his participation at the end of the Copenhagen conference on Dec. 18th rather than on Dec. 9th. The United States will have representation in Copenhagen throughout the negotiating process by State Department negotiators ...
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Experts Team Up to Protect Albania’s Most Vulnerable

Eleven-year old Saleo, a second-grader who loves reading, is also known for tearing up the soccer field with neighborhood friends. He has lived with his relatives, the Cicos, since both his parents died in a neighborhood gun fight in 1997. Rushan, Saleo’s uncle, supports his family of eight by collecting scrap metal from garbage bins. ...
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Breaking Barriers: Highlights From USAID’S Women’s Legal Rights Initiative

USAID supports gender integration in all its programs. However, in order to increase women’s abilities to pursue and protect their legal rights, in 2003 USAID launched the “Women’s Legal Rights Initiative” in India in partnership with IFES. Working with Indian NGOs, the program uses multiple interventions such as legal aid, legal literacy, advocacy, public information, ...
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U.S. Government and the Global Fund Collaborate to Treat 3.7 Million Living with HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that the two programs are jointly supporting antiretroviral treatment for nearly 3.7 million of the estimated 4 million individuals in low- and middle-income countries who currently receive treatment globally.
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Bolivian Communities Take Action

Gender-based violence (GBV) is of increasing concern in Bolivia, where 6 out 10 women and 3 out of 10 men report having experienced violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Frustrated with the alarming rate of GBV, community leaders launched the Avances de Paz (Advances of Peace) project, implemented from June 2006 to 2008.
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