P-5 Conference a Constructive Step by Nuclear Weapons States to Engage on Disarmament Issues

This conference is an opportunity for the five nuclear-weapons States party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)—the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France—to discuss transparency, verification, and confidence-building measures. The conference will be a constructive step in the process of nuclear-weapons states’ engagement on disarmament and related issues, as agreed to at ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Canada

The relationship between the United States and Canada remains among the closest and most extensive in the world. It is reflected in the enormous volume of bilateral trade--the equivalent of $1.4 billion a day in goods. And Canada and the United States have one of the world's largest investment relationships.
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United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the first ever UN resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. This represents a historic moment to highlight the human rights abuses and violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face around the world based solely on who they are and whom ...
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Businesses and Transnational Corporations Have a Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

The Human Rights Council adopted by consensus June 16, 2011 a ground-breaking resolution on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.  Expressing U.S. government support for the resolution, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dan Baer said it is “it is important for States to govern justly and effectively, such that ...
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ILO Conference Takes Historic Step Forward – Adopts Convention for Domestic Workers

On Thursday, June 16, 2011, the United States, along with the other governments, worker and employer delegates at the 100th annual Conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.
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US and Over 50 UN Members Issue Forceful Statement on Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Syria

Yesterday at the Human Rights Council, the United States joined more than 50 other UN member states in issuing a forceful statement addressing the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria, calling for an end to the on-going human rights violations committed by the Syrian authorities, and urging the Government of Syria to allow the UN ...
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Additional $7.5 Million for Humanitarian Assistance in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

The United States is announcing an additional pledge of $7.5 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. With this latest funding, the U.S. is providing over $51 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations in the region.
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Human Rights Council Statement on Syria Shows International Community’s Resolve

The Syrian government has unleashed its military and security forces against peaceful protestors and civilians, killing over 1000 citizens. The region and the wider international community have been shocked by horrific reports of torture of civilians, including children, and widespread and intentional use of lethal violence against peaceful protestors and political dissidents. Today, the Human ...
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Secretary Clinton on the Repression in Iran and Syria

Two years ago Iranian citizens went to the polls in the hopes of expressing their democratic rights. But the authorities in Tehran had no interest in the will of the people. When the people reached for their aspirations, the government responded with brutal repression. Today in Syria, Iran is supporting the Asad regime’s vicious assaults ...
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Defining Space Security for the 21st Century

Today, space systems are vital to enhancing, for example, our national security, foreign policy, and global economic interests, as well as expanding scientific knowledge. Yet space is becoming increasingly contested – meaning, space systems and their supporting infrastructure confront a range of natural and man-made threats that could potentially deny, degrade, deceive, disrupt, or destroy ...
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United States Pledges Multi-Year Contribution to Reduce Immunization Cost; Save More Children’s Lives

Dr. Shah: "This multi-year commitment leverages the billions of dollars that other donors have committed to GAVI, multiplying the impact of our funding more than eight-fold. At a time when budgets around the world are being scrutinized, this partnership with donor and host country governments, civil society and private sector partners ensures our development dollars ...
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U.S. and World Leaders Commit to Elimination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

The world has made incredible progress in closing the gap in developing countries thanks in great part to the commitment of the American people. In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs focused on preventing mother-to-child-transmission directly supported services that led to more than 114,000 children estimated to have ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Libya

Report by the Commission of Inquiry and Chairperson Cherif Bassiouni documents evidence of the serious crimes committed in large part by the Qaddafi government, including the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances, torture and continued targeted attacks against civilians, mosques, hospitals, and humanitarian ships.
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Item 3: Protection and Promotion of Human Rights

President Obama reiterated the support of the U.S. for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including free speech, the freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of religion, equality for men and women under the rule of law, and the right to choose leaders. President Obama also reaffirmed that these principles are universal rights—to be enjoyed by all ...
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