All articles from: March, 2010

A New Beginning: The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, April 26 – 27


Entrepreneurs from more than 50 countries with sizable Muslim populations come to Washington in April on President Obama’s invitation to celebrate the risky, exhilarating life of entrepreneurship and share ideas about sparking new businesses in their communities. He promised to host a summit on entrepreneurship “to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.”

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Under Secretary Tauscher on New START Treaty and Nonproliferation

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher

This landmark agreement accomplishes two goals. First, it enhances our national security by cutting by about one-third the nuclear weapons that both sides are permitted to deploy, and it maintains an effective verification regime appropriate to the obligations in the treaty. It does this while allowing us to retain the nuclear force levels we need to protect our country and our allies.

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Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy: U.S. Space Policy Review and Perspectives on Various Challenges

Ambasasdor Kennedy Speaking at the UNIDIR Space Security Conference

We have just passed the third anniversary of the Chinese direct-ascent anti-satellite test in space as well as the one-year anniversary since the collision between an Iridium communications satellite and an inactive Russian military satellite. These events and others highlight the emerging challenges in outer space, and the need for the United States to work closely with other nations to further the interests of peace and security in outer space.

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About the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament (CD)

U.S. Mission Geneva:  Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) Mission Statement The mission of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament is to advance U.S. national security through energetic multilateral diplomacy. It seeks to negotiate and implement effective nonproliferation and disarmament agreements. The Conference on Disarmament is the world’s sole standing multilateral disarmament […]

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USTR Kirk Welcomes Deputy USTR Michael Punke

Ambassador Michael Punke

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today welcomed the appointment of Michael Punke as Deputy United States Trade Representative for the nation’s lead agency on trade. Punke also will serve as U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. He will move to Geneva immediately to assume the post.

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US and Russia Agree to Most Comprehensive Arms Control Agreement in Nearly Two Decades

President Barack Obama discusses the START treaty, during a phone call with President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia in the Oval Office, , March 26, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

I just concluded a productive phone call with President Medvedev. And I’m pleased to announce that after a year of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia have agreed to the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades. Since taking office, one of my highest priorities has been addressing the threat posed by nuclear weapons to the American people. And that’s why, last April in Prague, I stated America’s intention to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, a goal that’s been embraced by Presidents like John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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Press Briefing with Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

Ambassador Donahoe at the Human Rights Council, March 2010

I want to also emphasize that the United States is here to get results. And we’re especially here to accomplish something very real for victims of human rights abuses around the world, and to make a difference on the ground and show solidarity with human rights defenders around the globe.

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Key Facts about the New START Treaty

Aggregate Limits: 1,550 warheads. Warheads on deployed ICBMs and deployed SLBMs count toward this limit and each deployed heavy bomber equipped for nuclear armaments counts as one warhead toward this limit. This limit is 74% lower than the limit of the 1991 START Treaty and 30% lower than the deployed strategic warhead limit of the 2002 Moscow Treaty.

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Briefing by Secretary Clinton, Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen on the new START Treaty

Long after the Cold War’s end, the United States and Russia still possess more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. We do not need such large arsenals to protect our nation and our allies against the two greatest dangers we face today: nuclear proliferation and terrorism. This treaty represents a significant step forward in our cooperation with Russia. We were committed from the beginning to reset the U.S.-Russia relationship, because we saw it as essential to making progress on our top priorities — from counterterrorism, to nuclear security and non-proliferation.

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Statement of Withdrawal of U.S. Resolution on the Ad Hoc Committee on Complementary Standards

Human Rights Council, 13th Session, Geneva.

The United States has worked over the past six months through visits in capitals and countless meetings here in Geneva to find concrete ways to advance the important fight against racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.

This is an important priority for our President and we are here to help find a constructive way forward on these issues.

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