HRC Positions Should Go to Officials Who Have a Genuine Commitment to Protecting Human Rights

The United States was extremely disappointed that the Latin American and Caribbean regional group put forward the single name of Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann to fill its vacant seat on the HRC advisory committee on June 18. (The vacancy arose upon the untimely death of one of the group's representatives.) The position was filled without consultation ...
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2010 NPT Review Conference

It is particularly fitting for an American like me to discuss this topic here in Prague. Our Czech hosts provided the platform for President Obama to set forth his vision of a world without nuclear weapons and to set out a specific agenda to move towards that goal.
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U.S. Strongly Supports UNDP Taking On A More Strategic And Focused Role In The International Arena

As the international community faces difficult global challenges, we are counting on UNDP to respond to 21st century problems, including poverty, hunger, disease, conflicts, environmental degradation, and gender inequality. With Helen Clark at the helm of UNDP and as the chair of the UN Development Group, UNDP is in a unique position to make positive ...
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Under Secretary Burns On Iran Policy In The Aftermath of UN Sanctions

The passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 two weeks ago establishes the most comprehensive international sanctions that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has ever faced. It reinforces the determination not only of the United States, but of the rest of the international community, to hold Iran to its international obligations, ...
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U.S. Will Contribute $60 Million to UNRWA for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that the United States will be making an additional contribution of $60.3 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support UNRWA’s core budget and special projects in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.
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Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on the Situation In Kyrgyzstan

Ambassador Donahoe: "The United States is deeply concerned about the recent inter-ethnic violence and the tragic loss of life in Kyrgyzstan. The adoption by consensus of today’s resolution on Kyrgyzstan demonstrates that Council member states can work together to respond to a crisis situation virtually in real time. The resolution condemns the provocations and violence ...
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U.S. Assistance in Response to the Current Humanitarian Crisis in the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan

The United States is deeply concerned and is closely monitoring developments in the Kyrgyz Republic and the affected border regions of Uzbekistan and supports international efforts to facilitate peace and order and the provision of humanitarian assistance coordinated by the United Nations and other international organizations. The United States has committed $32.267 million to programs ...
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Fifty-six Nations Support Joint Statement on Human Rights Conditions in Iran

Ambassador Donahoe: "Today’s joint statement on the human rights situation in Iran is a significant accomplishment for the Human Rights Council. Fifty-six states from every region of the world came together in this joint statement of solidarity with the Iranian people, bringing much-needed focus and world attention to the human rights conditions in Iran. "
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U.S., Brazil and ILO to expand fight against child labour in post-earthqake Haiti – first ILO North-South-South “triangular agreement̶

The agreement signed June 15 follows a decision by the governments of Brazil and the US to work jointly on issues related to the world of work, in particular child labour. It will support efforts by Haitian authorities and society, and is “inspired on successful Brazilian experiences which shall be adapted to the local context ...
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United States Joins Over 50 Nations to Support Human Rights Council Statement on Iran

Mr. President, the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA) declares that "human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all human beings" and "their protection and promotion is the first responsibility of governments." It also recognizes that "the promotion and protection of all human rights is a legitimate concern of the international community.
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U.S. Aids Victims of Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

The Obama administration wants a coordinated international response to address the ongoing ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan and is providing humanitarian assistance for the victims, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. Speaking to reporters June 14, Crowley said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke earlier in the day about the situation with the foreign minister ...
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Statement of U.S. Delegation on Maternal Mortality

Thirty four percent of maternal deaths stem from unintended pregnancies, and yet over 215 million women still lack access to modern forms of contraception. Millennium Development Goal 5, aimed at reducing maternal mortality by three quarters and ensuring universal reproductive health by 2015, is the least realized Millenium Development Goal.
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

Over 10 years, governments worldwide have made appreciable progress in understanding a number of realities about human trafficking: people are in situations of modern slavery in most countries; trafficking is a fluid phenomenon responding to market demands, weakness in laws and penalties, and economic and development disparities.
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Richard A. Falk’s Report On Human Rights In The Palestinian Territories “Seriously Flawed”

The United States takes note of the report of the Special Rapporteur “on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories.” As we have relayed previously, we regret that the mandate of Special Rapporteur Falk extends only to reporting on Israel, and on many occasions we have urged this Council to adopt a balanced, ...
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U.S. Statement on the Adoption of the UPR of Egypt

The United States congratulates Egypt for passing anti-trafficking legislation and appreciates Egypt’s support for recommendations to implement programs to combat child labor. The United States also commends Egypt’s support for the recommendation that it revise relevant laws and practice to ensure compliance with the ICCPR, including for bloggers and public access to the Internet. We ...
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Photo Album: Diplomats at UN Geneva Celebrate World Cup South Africa Kickoff Day!

Today, Friday June 11 is Kickoff Day for the 2010 World Cup, the first FIFA World Cup ever held on the African continent. U.S. Diplomats took up the invitation of the Permanent Mission of South Africa for diplomats from qualifying countries to wear their national jerseys to the United Nations on Fridays during the duration ...
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USAID Brings Hope Through Soccer

The game of soccer has proven to be instrumental in bringing communities together, empowering youth, and teaching crucial life skills like teamwork, self-confidence and motivation to succeed. Sports such as soccer play a significant role in cultures and communities around the world, and have the capacity to transform the lives of individuals. It bolsters physical, ...
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Robert J. Einhorn to Serve as U.S. Coordinator for Iran and North Korea Sanctions

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that Robert J. Einhorn, Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, will serve as the U.S. coordinator for the implementation of sanctions related to Iran and North Korea. He will take on these new responsibilities while continuing to provide advice and support to Secretary Clinton, the Under Secretary ...
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Tough New Sanctions for Iran’s Nuclear Defiance

“…the sanctions aim squarely at the nuclear ambitions of a government that has chosen a path that will lead to increased isolation… “[The] resolution prohibits Iran from investing in sensitive nuclear activities abroad. It imposes binding new restrictions on Iran’s import of conventional arms. It bans all Iranian activities related to ballistic missiles that could ...
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Fact Sheet: New UN Security Council Sanctions on Iran

This resolution complements our diplomatic efforts to engage Iran. We will continue to work with our international partners to forge a peaceful solution. The United States remains open to dialogue, but Iran must live up to its obligations and clearly demonstrate to the international community the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities. These sanctions have ...
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Remarks by the President on United Nations Security Council Resolution on Iran Sanctions

Today, the United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to sanction Iran for its continued failure to live up to its obligations. This resolution will put in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government, and it sends an unmistakable message about the international community’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.
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Gates Foundation and USAID Announce Innovative Fund to Incentivize Mobile Money Services in Haiti

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a $10 million incentive fund to jumpstart financial services by mobile phone in Haiti and expedite the delivery of cash assistance to victims of the country's devastating earthquake by humanitarian agencies. This initiative lays the foundation for advanced banking ...
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Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation to the Geneva Discussions on Georgia

Representatives of the United States participated in the eleventh round of the Geneva Discussions. We believe that the Geneva Discussions offer an important forum where international discussions on security and stability can lead to positive and practical developments on the ground, including regular meetings of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRMs) and unfettered access ...
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US Statement: Reports on Freedom of Expression, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, and Trafficking in Persons

The Obama Administration is firmly committed to the rule of law. As Legal Adviser Harold Koh noted in his March 25, 2010 remarks to the American Society of International Law, we are committed to complying with all applicable law, including international humanitarian law, in all aspects of ongoing armed conflicts. While the United States cannot ...
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“Give A Voice To Victims Of Trafficking” Panel Discussion

The human trafficking phenomenon affects virtually every country in the world, including the United States. Over the last several years, awareness about human trafficking has led to greater action by member states, international organizations, civil society and concerned citizens. Yet, despite greater international attention, our national and collective efforts are inadequate. It is an outrage ...
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United States Pledges Support For Food Security in Bangladesh

We know food security facilitates stable communities and resilient nations. We know agricultural development growth is more effective at reducing poverty than general economic growth. And we know children need nutrition to learn and grow. President Obama followed up his inaugural address with a promise to commit at least $3.5 billion to food security assistance.
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