All articles from: August, 2010

Feed the Future to accelerate progress toward the Millenium Development Goals

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Through Feed the Future, the U.S. will invest in agriculture and nutrition programs that will enable us to make a measurable difference in people’s lives, scale up examples of success, and promote sustainable solutions.

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Briefing on Flood Relief Efforts in Pakistan

A Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallian Launches from the Flight Deck Aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5). The passengers and cargo are the first wave to go ashore Pakistan in preparation of a mission to deliver relief supplies to flood-stricken regions. The CH-53E is loaded with tools, ground support equipment, communications gear and general supplies to support flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo / Aug 12, 2010 / Pakistan)

Thus far, over 60 nations have committed more than $700 million, including the $200 million I just referenced, the 150 relief and the 50 early recovery. We now calculate that the UN response plan, the initial plan of $460 million, is about two-thirds funded.

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Group of Governmental Experts Meeting: United States Opening Statement

United States remains committed to reaching an agreement on a legally binding protocol on Cluster Munitions in the CCW to address their humanitarian impact on civilian populations. In our many rounds of negotiations in Geneva, we have made important progress towards achieving such an agreement—much difficult work has been done, many compromises have been found, and significant areas for further compromise have been identified.

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USAID Administrator Shah on U.S. Relief Efforts in Pakistan

U.S. Marines and Pakistanis work together to unload flour from a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 cargo aircraft in Gilgit, Pakistan. (Photo: U.S. Dept of State)

The U.S. Government has been at the forefront of that response from an international perspective. With the additional announced $50 million of flood relief support that I announced while in Pakistan, it brings our total commitment for the immediate relief and early recovery to $200 million.

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Creating The Conditions For A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons

Amb. Kennedy addressing the 19th World Congress of the International Physicians for the prevention of Nuclear War in Basel on Aug.27.  Next to her are Russian Duma member and IPPNW Co-Preident Sergei Kolesnikov, IPPNW Co-founder and Russian Academician Evgeniy Chazov, and Russian UN Ambassador Valery Loshchinin.  Photo Credit: Patrick Feeney, Boston College.

In April 2009 in Prague, President Obama articulated a bold vision: to “seek the peace and security of a world free of nuclear weapons.” We are committed to this ffort no matter how hard it might be, or how long it might take.

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U.S. Provides $200 Million for Relief and Recovery Efforts in Pakistan

U.S. military and civilian helicopters have been assisting Pakistani authorities in delivering relief supplies and aid since the flooding began. As of August 19, 21 U.S. aircraft were in Pakistan, having been requested by the Pakistani government, and had evacuated more than 6,300 people and delivered more than 1 million pounds (454,545 kilos) of relief supplies.

The United States government has to date provided $200 million for relief and recovery efforts in Pakistan, not including in kind and technical assistance. This includes $150 million to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan, through the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN’s emergency response plan, and many other local and international organizations and an additional $50 million allocated for initial recovery efforts to assist with reestablishment of communities impacted by the floods.

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First Primary School at Epicenter of Haiti Earthquake Officially Opens for New School Year

Children pray in a makeshift schoolroom organized by volunteers in a camp for homeless earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. AP Image / February 2010.

The first school built under an innovative public-private partnership was opened today by the Digicel Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). École Louis de Borno in Léogâne, the town which was epicenter of the earthquake, now stands ready to welcome 600 primary students when the new school year begins on October 4th.

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Interested in joining the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer?

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The U.S. Mission in Geneva will be hosting the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) on Monday, October 4 and Friday, October 8, 2010.

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U.S. Airforce Transports CERN Physics Experiment from Geneva to Kennedy Space Center on First Leg of Journey to Space

The AMS is Loaded onto a USAF C5 Galaxy Aircraft

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, will be flown August 26 aboard a giant U.S. Airforce Galaxy jet from Geneva International Airport to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The AMS experiment is scheduled to be transported on the last space shuttle flight in February 2011to the International Space Station It will be the largest scientific instrument on the Space Station and the largest physics experiment in space. AMS will help us to understand the origin and structure of the Universe by searching for signs of antimatter and dark matter.

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Release of the U.S. Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report

The report stands as just one element of the U.S. effort to engage broadly and constructively with the UN and other international organizations. The review, which has featured an unprecedented level of consultation and engagement with civil society across the country, provides an opportunity to reflect on our human rights record and we hope will serve as an example for other countries on how to conduct a thorough, transparent, and credible UPR presentation.

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