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

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

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

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 ...
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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 ...
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U.S. National Statement for the BWC Experts Meeting

The topic of our discussions this week is “effective action on the provision of assistance and coordination with relevant organizations upon request in the case of alleged use of biological or toxin weapons.” Confidence that such assistance will be available strengthens the Biological Weapons Convention. If commitments to provide assistance are real, credible, and effective, ...
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Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) entered into force in 1975. It bans development, production, stockpiling or otherwise acquiring/retaining microbial or other biological agents or toxins whatever their origin that have no justification for prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes.
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New Horizons: U.S. Military’s Humanitarian Efforts in Haiti

The U.S. military, which provided rapid support in the earthquake’s immediate aftermath, is now supporting the reconstruction process through medical and engineering projects in a military exercise called “New Horizons.” Units from the Louisiana Army National Guard are providing humanitarian services to Haitians in an exercise that aims to continue U.S. military help for Haiti ...
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Statement by Ambassador Donahoe on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

As the United States Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, I want to echo Secretary of State Clinton’s deep concern at the Iranian government’s conviction to 20 years of imprisonment of seven leaders of the Iranian Baha’i community. As Secretary Clinton stated yesterday, “The United States is committed to defending religious freedom around the world, ...
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Secretary Clinton On The Persecution of Religious Minorities In Iran

The United States is deeply concerned with the Iranian government’s continued persecution of Baha'is and other religious minority communities in Iran. This week, seven Baha’i leaders, who were incarcerated and held for nearly two years without due process, were each sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. The United States strongly condemns this sentencing as a violation ...
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Ambassador Donahoe Expresses Deep Concern about Attempts to Offend Members of Religious or Ethnic Groups

As United States Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, I wanted to register strong support for the request sent to you by my colleague, Ambassador Zamir Akram of Pakistan, in his capacity as Coordinator of the OIC Group on Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues in Geneva, dated July 9, 2010. In his letter, Ambassador ...
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Designation of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a national treasure. It is the United States’ single largest conservation area, and its inclusion in the World Heritage List will make it the second largest World Heritage Site in the world. Its 139,797 square miles are home to over 7,000 marine species, a fourth of which are found only ...
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