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

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 ...
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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

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

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

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 ...
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Explanation of Position: Ad Hoc Committee on Complementary Standards

Ambassador Donahoe: The United States returned to the Human Rights Council last year with a sincere desire to pursue the important work of combating racial and religious intolerance and discrimination. These disturbing incidents occur in all parts of the world. We owe it to the victims of intolerance, discrimination and violence to take effective measures ...
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HRC: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Human Rights in Somalia

One of the tragedies of the ongoing conflict in Somalia has been the depletion of human capital in the country. We were particularly troubled by extensive reports of Al-Shabaab's summary executions and mutilations, indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas by all parties to the conflict, pervasive gender-based violence, the conscription of children into the armed conflict, ...
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Explanation of Vote on Resolutions Related to Israel and the Occupied territories

The United States is deeply concerned about the human suffering of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples resulting from the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. As our President acknowledged in Cairo in June, 2009, the only resolution to this conflict is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians live ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Croatia

The United States warmly welcomes the delegation of Croatia, led by Minister Đuro Popijač, on the occasion of the WTO’s first review of Croatia’s trade policy and practices. We want to commend both the WTO Secretariat, and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, for their diligent efforts in compiling a detailed analysis of Croatia’s ...
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Item 9 – Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

The United States appreciates the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. While we have no specific comments on the report before the Council—of the Working Group’s visit to Ecuador—we want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the Group’s visit to the United States in January of ...
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Ambassador Donahoe: General Debate on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Intolerance and Durban Follow-up

The United States Government recognizes that our history reflects lapses, challenges, struggles, and, encouragingly, on-going progress. We continue to examine ourselves, knowing that we are not immune to acts of intolerance and that it is only through hard work and careful scrutiny that we can push back against intolerance and discrimination both in the U.S. ...
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Ambassador Laura Kennedy: U.S. is Eager for the CD to Again Make an Active Contribution to Disarmament

It is time to begin the long overdue, serious work that is needed for negotiation on a treaty to end the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons. Last year, we welcomed this Conference’s adoption of CD/1864, a balanced and comprehensive consensus program of work that would allow for the commencement of such ...
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Secretary Clinton: Access to reliable supplies of clean water is a matter of human security. It’s also a matter of national security.

We are looking at ways to work with international partners to support the development and implementation of country-led water and sanitation plans. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is supporting countries that are committed to making needed reforms, improving governance, and taking on the tough development challenges that surround the issue of water. USAID is working at ...
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President Obama on Passage of the Health Care Reform Bill

Tonight, after nearly 100 years of talk and frustration, after decades of trying, and a year of sustained effort and debate, the United States Congress finally declared that America’s workers and America's families and America's small businesses deserve the security of knowing that here, in this country, neither illness nor accident should endanger the dreams ...
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World Water Day – Access to clean water is fundamental to life

Ambassador Betty E. King: “On the occasion of World Water Day, the United States reaffirms its commitment to maximize the impact of water-related investments by both private and public actors, continue as advocates for those whose water supply and sanitation needs are greatest; and target our programs to the most vulnerable rural and urban populations ...
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HRC – Adoption of the UPR Report of Cyprus – Item 6

The United States favorably notes the establishment by the Government of Cyprus of the Directory of Professional Standards, which we believe is an important step for the training of police on issues concerning human rights, racism, and diversity (33, 6). We encourage Cyprus to ensure application of these professional standards as a mechanism for promoting ...
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HRC – Report of the UPR Working Group on the Dominican Republic

The United States commends the Dominican Republic's efforts to strengthen human rights protections; we encourage full implementation of the National Commission to Combat Human Trafficking and People Smuggling (I.A.14) and the National Gender Equity and Equality Plan (I.A.16). We appreciate that you are considering establishing an independent national human rights institution (II.88.16).
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United States and India Sign Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment

Washington – U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma today signed a “Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment”. This agreement strengthens bilateral cooperation and seeks to build on recent rapid growth in U.S.-India trade, which has more than doubled over the past five years.
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Human Rights Council: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Minority Issues

The United States strongly supports your work to combat discrimination and to highlight issues of concern relating to minorities. We thank you for your report on your work with UNICEF as well as for the report of your work ot raise awareness of the Forum’s recommendations regarding education. We commend your efforts to work across ...
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Interactive Dialogue on Internally Displaced Persons, Arbitrary Detentions, and Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

The United States agrees that protecting IDPs remains one of the greatest humanitarian challenges facing the international community today. We recognize the importance of the Representative’s visits to more than 20 countries with conflict-induced internal displacement, and we appreciate his work to highlight key concerns with these visits. The United States will continue to advocate ...
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Ambassador Robert King on Human Rights Issues in North Korea

The United States welcomes the rapporteur's far-sighted recommendations, both to the DPRK and to the international community, and agrees that improving conditions in the country requires an integrated and collaborative approach. The United States would be interested in further insights from Professor Muntarbhorn on how countries can utilize their bilateral relationships in an integrated manner ...
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Human Rights Council – Discussion of Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma

We note that since the release of Mr. Quintana's report, the government has promulgated its electoral laws. While the election date has not been set, we are deeply disappointed with the laws, which exclude all of the country’s more than 2,000 political prisoners from political participation, impose onerous restrictions on political activity, and limit the ...
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Ambassador Donahoe: Statement on HRC Item 4 – Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

Regrettably, there are far too many examples in all regions of governments abusing human rights. Governments use arbitrary detention, arrest, and imprisonment to prevent people from exercising their universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, including those pertaining to expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion. We addressed two situations earlier today and ask this Council to ...
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U.S. Announces an Additional Contribution of $55 Million to UNRWA for Palestinian Refugees

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz welcomed Filippo Grandi, recently appointed Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to Washington DC on March 11, 2010, and announced that the U.S. will make an additional planned contribution of $55 million ...
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HRC – Agenda Item 3: Promotion of Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The United States has a firm commitment to the protection and promotion of all human rights. Our Secretary of State recently expressed our firm belief that “people must be free from the oppression of tyranny, from torture, from discrimination, from the fear of leaders who will imprison or “disappear” them. But they also must be ...
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HRC: Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Religion, Human Rights Defenders

Governments can and should take an active role in promoting tolerance and respect for diversity. We have repeatedly stated our resolve to combat intolerance, discrimination and hate crimes. We need to do a better job of putting those words into action. We remain concerned by the trend of governments putting restrictions on places of worship, ...
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Annual Full-Day Meeting on the Rights of the Child

The United States is committed to the protection and well-being of children both domestically and internationally. At home, an extensive array of federal, state, and local programs promote child welfare and seek to protect children from harm. Internationally, UNICEF is a key partner in our global efforts to protect children. We fully support its initiatives ...
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Panel Discussion on the Right to Truth

The United States is pleased to participate in this panel on the Right to Truth and to make this statement in support of the work on the right to truth by this panel, the Human Rights Council, Governments, the Office of the High Commissioner, and civil society. We thank in particular the Delegation of Argentina ...
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New General Licenses will Make it Easier for Individuals in Iran, Sudan and Cuba to use the Internet

Treasury Department Press Release:  March 8, 2010 Treasury Department Issues New General License to Boost Internet-Based Communication, Free Flow of Information in Iran, Sudan and Cuba WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today amended the Iranian Transactions Regulations, Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, and Cuban Assets Control Regulations to ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights While Countering Terrorism and the Special Rapporteur on Torture

While we may have disagreements on substantive issues, such substantive disagreements should not be misinterpreted as attacks on the independence of Special Procedures. We strongly support their work, and we recognize that these Special Mechanisms are often able to achieve results where others, including States, cannot.
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International Women’s Day – USAID’s Commitment to Women’s Health and Welfare

Every year since 1911, International Women’s Day on March 8 has focused global attention to the continued need for improving women’s status and opportunities everywhere in the world. Because of their roles in raising families, providing and seeking care, and managing household needs, the health of women is fundamental to healthy communities.
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Ambassador Rice cites Obama’s vision to seek resolve, move toward a nuclear free world

The proliferation of nuclear weapons continues to pose one of the greatest threats to global security. Thus, the international nuclear nonproliferation regime must be strengthened to confront the evolving threats from terrorists and other nonstate actors with nuclear ambitions as well as the ongoing challenge of governments that flaunt their nuclear nonproliferation obligations. As President ...
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Secretary Clinton on 40th Anniversary of Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

Forty years ago today, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty entered into force, setting up a framework of norms and rules to curtail the spread of nuclear weapons. In the decades since, more states have relinquished nuclear weapons – or decided against pursuing them – than have acquired them, in large measure because of the international consensus ...
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Food Security and Gender

Women are responsible for nutrition in most homes, including the purchase and preparation of food. However, because of traditional norms, they often have limited access to education and control over resources. When given the opportunity to manage household finances, studies show that women are more likely than men to spend on their family’s nutritional needs, ...
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International Law and the United Nations

President Obama has affirmed America’s commitment to the United Nations as an indispensable, if imperfect, institution for advancing our security and well-being in the 21st century. We know that when we fully employ our unique ability to work multilaterally through the UN and other international organizations, it results in considerable benefits to the United States ...
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Global Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law, Part II

This past year we have seen more and more people around the globe gaining greater access to more information through the Internet, cell phones and other forms of connection technologies. From Iran to China, from Egypt to Colombia, activists, journalists and ordinary citizens are using digital technologies to spread and access information in real time. ...
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High Level Discussion on the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

Without an understanding of their human rights, people are unable to effectively exercise them. Promoting human rights education is thus an excellent tool for the promotion of human rights. Training of police, judges, military personnel, and law enforcement personnel can help prevent and reduce violations. Human rights education can also cultivate respect for the human ...
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