All articles from: September, 2010

WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States of America – U.S. Statement

U.S. Ambassador Michael Punke

Since the last U.S. trade policy review, the world has faced the most severe recession in over half a century. Despite this downturn, the United States market remains open for business. The U.S. Government response to the recent crisis has been informed by a keen awareness of the mistakes of the 1930s, and a determination not to repeat them.

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Fighting the Good Fight: Op-Ed by Ambassador Donahoe in the IHT

Ambassador Donahoe Speaking with Journalists in Geneva

“One year ago, the United States took its seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Our pledge as a new member was to exercise U.S. leadership for the purpose of strengthening human rights protections around the globe.”

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Remarks by Ambassador Kennedy at the Middle Powers Initiative Conference

The commitment’s there, the record’s there, and we’re building on it. START of course, will bring down, for example, our warheads 84 percent. As you know, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is poised to vote on Thursday before bringing the treaty to the Senate as a whole for ratification. The President and Secretary of State have said that they want to get this done by the end of the year, and I think we’re on track. We were delighted, of course, that START was signed here in Geneva—negotiated, during many long seven-day work weeks and months here in Geneva.

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Interactive Dialogue on the Report of the Fact-finding Mission Established pursuant to Resolution 14/1

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The United States believes in the importance of a credible, impartial, and transparent investigation into the tragic events of May 31. We emphasized this last June, and we continue to hold this view. We have expressed our commitment to working with partners, including our longstanding friends Israel and Turkey, to ensure a full and appropriate response to the incident and the circumstances that led to it.

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United States Welcomes Engagement by Human Rights Council on Abuses in DRC

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The United States welcomes today’s engagement by the Human Rights Council on the issue of the mass rapes that occurred in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 30 July and 2 August. The United Nations Security Council has clearly recognized the importance of protecting the women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from all forms of violence.

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Statement by the United States on the Tomuschat Committee Report

We appreciate that the Tomuschat Committee did not jump to conclusions on Israeli motives or recommend follow up in the UN, however we remind the HRC that the United States opposed the creation and mandate of this committee, which stems from the deeply flawed Goldstone report. We have detailed those concerns and need not repeat them here.

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Syrian statement at HRC only contributes to a cycle of mistrust and instability in the Middle East

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Ambassador Donahoe: “The Syrian delegation to the HRC today falsely equated Israeli occupation of certain territories with racism. By singling out Israel with false and provocative accusations, Syria only contributes to a cycle of mistrust and instability in the region. President Obama has called on all parties in the Middle East, and all interested nations around the world, to work together constructively to seek a durable and equitable solution for the region. Syria’s comments today were clearly not in that spirit. Rather, relying on false accusations and misinformation, they are contributing to mistrust and potentially fueling greater animosity.”

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Remarks by the President to the United Nations General Assembly

President Obama addresses the 65th session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 23.

We meet within an institution built from the rubble of war, designed to unite the world in pursuit of peace. And we meet within a city that for centuries has welcomed people from across the globe, demonstrating that individuals of every color, faith and station can come together to pursue opportunity, build a community, and live with the blessing of human liberty.

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Fact Sheet: Advancing Democracy and Human Rights

As the President made clear in his speech to the General Assembly today, the promotion of human rights and democracy is central to his vision of the world we are trying to build. Freedom, justice, and peace in the world must begin with freedom, justice, and peace in the lives of individual human beings.
Over the past year, the Administration has helped to advance this vision in the following ways:

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Press Conference on Intellectual Property Protection

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property David Kappos

Transcript of statements by David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Sharon Barner, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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