All articles from: May, 2011

Ambassador Punke: Statement at the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee

Ambassador Michael Punke (archive photo)

Discussions have established a new and necessary realism and honesty about the difficulties facing our negotiation and motivated us to begin a serious examination of practical, achievable steps that might lead us in a more hopeful direction. The United States is deeply committed to a forthright and constructive engagement with all Members as we collectively decide how to maneuver this new juncture.

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US Welcomes Focused Reporting in High Commissioner's Report to 17th HRC

The United States welcomes the breadth of reporting from the High Commissioner’s office this session. We appreciate your focused attention on recent events, including reporting on Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and Cote d’Ivoire.

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U.S., Russia Reaffirm Commitment to Eradicate Polio

At the G8 Summit in Deauville, Presidents Obama and Medvedev recognized the collaborative efforts already underway between the United States and Russia to eradicate polio globally, and pledged to continue that cooperative until the eradication objective is finally achieved.

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U.S. to Provide $1 Billion to Helping Vulnerable Nations Fight Climate Change

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern testified May 25 before a congressional subcommittee on the upcoming U.N.-sponsored climate talks

The Obama administration has announced an intent to provide $1 billion through 2012 to help other nations adapt to climate change, an amount Stern said is only three one-hundredths of 1 percent of the annual budget

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Clinton Calls for More Education for Women and Girls

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a speech at the launch of the Global Partnership for Girls' and Women's Education at UNESCO May 26.  Read more:

The evidence shows conclusively that even one extra year of schooling leads to significantly higher wages for women and girls, which allows them to lift up themselves, their families, and contribute to their communities and countries,” Clinton said May 26 at the Paris launch of the UNESCO Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

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Statement by the United States at the May 24, 2011 DSB Meeting


1. Surveillance of Implementation of Recommendations Adopted by the DSB
A. United States Section 211 Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1998: Status Report by the United States (Wt/Ds176/11/Add.102)

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US-Egypt Partnership Yields Progress in Health

Egyptian Women participating in a Community Health Education Workshop.  Photo: Courtesy of Leslie Curtin / USAID

The “Egypt Health Legacy Review” presented data that looked at a 32-year period of USAID assistance to Egypt’s health sector. Compiled by interviewing USAID employees and Egyptian government officials and reviewing program documents, the review looked at 10 health areas that demonstrated sustained, positive outcomes.

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U.S. Highlights Importance of Multi-stakeholder Model for Internet Governance

0520 Internet Governance

In her remarks to the U.S. Mission sponsored conference on Internet Governance, Amb. King stressed that “the United States wants to preserve and enhance the multi-stakeholder model which has played a major role in the design and operation of the Internet and is directly responsible for its success.”

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Apply for the Summer 2012 Student Internship Program


The U.S. Department of State announces the 2012 Spring Student Internship Program. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 01, 2011.

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President Obama: "A Moment of Opportunity" in the Middle East and North Africa

President Obama Speaking on U.S. Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

In a major policy address, the President said the United States “cannot hesitate to stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights, knowing that their success will bring about a world that is more peaceful, more stable, and more just.”

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