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

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 ...
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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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USAID Announces New Partnerships to Advance Entrepreneurship

"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 ...
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USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah Announces 20 Feed the Future Initiative Focus Countries

Each year, inadequate nutrition contributes to 3.5 million deaths among children under five. Undernutrition robs the developing world of critical human capital and capacity, and undermines other development investments in health, education, and economic growth. It also perpetuates the cycle of poverty and hunger by leading to poor health, lower levels of educational attainment, and ...
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United States Propose To Contribute $475 Million to fight Global Hunger and Poverty

I am pleased to announce that the United States proposes to contribute $475 million toward the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program – a new fund that will reduce global hunger and poverty by increasing agriculture productivity, linking farmers to markets and improving rural infrastructure. Our commitment is key to the Administration's efforts to enhance ...
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U.S. and UNHCR Sign Their 2010-2011 Framework for Cooperation

On April 21, 2010, representatives of the United States Government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a bilateral Framework for Cooperation agreement for the years 2010 and 2011, signaling their continued partnership to advance protection, assistance and durable solutions for refugees, stateless persons, and other vulnerable persons of concern.
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Fishers Benefit from Marine Sanctuary

For many years, Nasirin “Kah Nas” Taraji and other fishers in the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi occupied one of the area’s best sites for collecting fish with “fish pens” or “corrals”. They enjoyed relatively good yields, but elsewhere in their town, fish catches were declining at a rate fast enough to alarm local officials ...
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Dr. Rajiv Shah asks for $1.6 Billion in supplemental funding for efforts in Haiti

Investment in development has never been more strategically important than it is today. Even in the midst of difficult economic times domestically, helping nations to grow and prosper is not only the moral obligation of a great nation; it is also in our national interest. The investments we make today are a bulwark against current ...
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Under Secretary Tauscher Briefs on Nuclear Nonproliferation

As everyone in this room knows, April has been a big month for President Obama’s nuclear nonproliferation agenda. Presidents Obama and Medvedev signed the new START Treaty in Prague. President Obama hosted the Nuclear Security Summit. The administration released its unclassified Nuclear Posture Review. And a Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference begins in about ten ...
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The Importance of Biodiversity for Development

FACT SHEET Biodiversity conservation, the practice of protecting and preserving the wealth and variety of species, habitats, ecosystems, and genetic diversity on the planet, is important for our health, wealth, food, fuel, and services we depend on. It plays an integral role in supporting many sectors of development. Food security depends upon natural resources that ...
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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy and Force Structure

Nuclear proliferation and terrorism are global challenges and they demand a global response. That is why President Obama invited world leaders to Washington for a nuclear security summit earlier this week to seek commitments from all nations to take steps to secure vulnerable nuclear materials and prevent nuclear smuggling in order to stop terrorists or ...
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Smart Power: Applications and Lessons for Development

Effective and sustainable development turns vulnerability into stability and desperation into hope. President Obama and Secretary Clinton have together committed to articulating a global development policy for our country. The Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review - or QDDR - is an assessment of current State and AID capabilities and will provide recommendations for improved performance.
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Ambassador Einhorn Briefs Geneva Diplomats on Nuclear Posture Review

Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Robert Einhorn briefed the Conference on Disarmament (CD) community in Geneva on the recently released Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on April 13 via Digital Video Conference. CD Ambassador Laura Kennedy hosted the briefing at the U.S. Mission. After Mr. Einhorn’s initial presentation, attendees were able to ask him ...
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The New START Treaty and Protocol – Article from The White House Blog

President Obama: "This day demonstrates the determination of the United States and Russia — the two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons — to pursue responsible global leadership. Together, we are keeping our commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which must be the foundation for global non-proliferation."
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International Donors’ Conference Toward a New Future for Haiti

The International Donors’ Conference Toward a New Future for Haiti demonstrated an international commitment to Haiti’s short and long-term recovery and yielded more than $9 billion for Haiti’s reconstruction and to support essential social services, governance and broad-based sustainable development, and to defend against natural disasters. Of this amount, more than $5 billion was pledged ...
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The Obama Administration and International Law

The Obama Administration and International Law Harold Hongju Koh Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law Washington, DC March 25, 2010   Thank you, Dean Areen, for that very generous introduction, and very special thanks to my good friends President Lucy Reed and Executive Director Betsy Andersen for ...
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon envisions a “Wholesale National Renewal” for the Haitian people

Haitian President René Préval provided an international donors’ conference with a $3.9 billion post-earthquake reconstruction plan to begin the initial work of rebuilding the small Caribbean nation — the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. And international donors responded with $9.9 billion in pledges, which includes more than $5.3 billion for the first two years ...
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