Ambassador Punke: Statement at the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee

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 ...
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US-Egypt Partnership Yields Progress in Health

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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World Health Organization Reform Agenda Must Address Budget Issue While Not Reducing WHO’s Impact

The United States strongly supports the Director-General’s leadership in promoting a comprehensive reform package for the organization. We believe the future of financing discussion has sparked an important discussion on the role of WHO at the center of global health and how to ensure the organization is best placed to respond to the challenges of ...
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Secretary Sebelius to Lead U.S. Delegation to World Health Assembly

HHS spokesman Bill Hall said one U.S. priority for the assembly will be to engage in discussions with health leaders from other nations to exchange ideas on effective strategies against noncommunicable diseases. Other issues of importance for the United States include the debate surrounding smallpox virus retention or destruction and the issue of polio eradication.
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United States Intervention at the 11th Session of the UPR Working Group – Republic of Palau

The United States commends Palau for its strong democracy and its demonstrated commitment to the promotion of human rights. In particular, we commend Palau for its strong support of women’s rights. We are concerned; however, that Palau currently has no laws explicitly addressing domestic violence, or explicit legal protections for abused children and women.
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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). To support American jobs that depend on innovation and creativity, USTR offers to develop Action Plans with trading partners to address IPR issues of concern
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Bioweapons Convention Useful in Preventing Pandemic Disease

The Obama administration is working to make the 1975 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) universal by encouraging countries that have not joined the treaty to appreciate its benefits, not only in preventing acquisition and use of biological weapons, but also in promoting international cooperation to prevent and mitigate disease, spread deliberately or otherwise.
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Celebrate World Press Freedom Day With Us Online

Join us online for our World Press Freedom Day webcast and webchat series starting on May 2, 2011. Hosted for the first time by the United States, this year’s theme is “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers,” following on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s commitment to Internet freedom and acknowledging the increasingly important role of social ...
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