All articles from: April, 2010

Department of State contributes $10.5 Million to Address Migration-Related Challenges in Aftermath of Haiti Earthquake

Displaced Haitians wait in line for fresh water supply at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince. January 21, 2010.

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz announced in the Dominican Republic yesterday that the Department of State will make additional planned contributions totaling $10.5 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to support the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the aftermath of the January earthquake.

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Previewing the NPT Review Conference

In early April, President Medvedev and President Obama signed the New START Treaty. It will improve our national security and international security by reducing and limiting the United States’ and Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.

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Secretary Clinton Announces New Programs to Spur Empowerment of Women and Girls

Masooma Habibi (left), an Afghan Muslim who was educated in Iran returned to Kabul and started an electrical services consultancy business to help her country folks.  In doing so she broke with tradition where women in her country are expected to stay away from the public eyes.

I believe so strongly that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. And what we’re doing is trying to pry open those doors of opportunity for more people to walk through – more people in Muslim majority countries and more women, specifically. Because the fact is that women still have a harder time accessing loans and equity capital investments. Women are still saddled with unfair and untrue assumptions that they are less capable of starting and running businesses. And these obstacles exist in the United States and they exist in every country in the world.

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Ambassador Kirk Welcomes Bill to Expand Haiti’s Trade Preferences

Ambassador Ron Kirk

Today United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed introduction by the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees of a bill to expand and extend trade benefits available to Haiti, increasing Haiti’s duty-free access to the U.S. market for certain Haitian-made apparel and other articles.

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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Promoting Non-Proliferation

Bureau of Public Affairs Fact Sheet April 27, 2010 “Together we will strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a basis for cooperation. The basic bargain is sound: countries with nuclear weapons will move towards disarmament, countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them, and all countries can access peaceful nuclear energy.” — President Barack Obama […]

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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Promoting the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

Bureau of Public Affairs Fact Sheet April 27, 2010 “We should build a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation, including an international fuel bank, so that countries can access peaceful power without increasing the risks of proliferation. That must be the right of every nation that renounces nuclear weapons especially, developing countries embarking on peaceful […]

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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Promoting Disarmament

Bureau of Public Affairs Fact Sheet April 27, 2010 “So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. This goal will not be reached quickly—perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence.” — President Barack Obama The Treaty on […]

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A New Beginning: Public-Private Partnership among U.S. and Muslim Communities

President Obama talks to delegates after delivering his speech at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship April 26-27, 2010.

The United States is committed to working with entrepreneurs around the world, including those in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities. In addition to partnering with other governments and multilateral organizations, promoting entrepreneurship will require new public-private partnerships.

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New START Treaty Promotes International Security

Assistant Secretary Rose Gottemoeller at the Final Plenary of the New START negotiations

I am very pleased to be back in Washington and able to join you for your annual meeting. This has been an extremely eventful year in the area of arms control and your meeting is well-timed, as there is much more to come.

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USAID Announces New Partnerships to Advance Entrepreneurship

See Irfan Alam, who supports rickshaw pullers in India, and other participants in the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship and hear from them why the summit matters.

“Economic growth based on private sector development has the potential to transform developing societies, enabling them to emerge from dependence on foreign aid and generate the resources necessary to finance their own development. That has direct benefits for all people of the world, including in the United States – which is why President Barack Obama chose to open our doors to share some American entrepreneurial spirit with people from around the globe.”

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