All articles from: June, 2011

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 the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

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Secretary Clinton Introduces the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report

The 2011 Report

“Every year, we come together to release this report, to take stock of our progress, to make suggestions, and to refine our methods. Today, we are releasing a new report that ranks 184 countries, including our own.”

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Clinton Stresses Equality for All People at LGBT Pride Month Celebration

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the GLIFAA event celebrating LGBT

It is not just momentous achievements like the Human Rights Council resolution that contribute to progress; it is the day-to-day work of our embassies and AID missions around the world to increase engagement around the issues affecting LGBT rights, especially in those places where people are at risk of violence, discrimination, or criminalization.

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The United States appreciates Nigeria’s active participation in the Doha Round. We encourage Nigeria’s active participation in the difficult task facing Members in assessing next steps in the Round, and in trying to determine what is achievable in the coming months.

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Ambassador Punke: the credibility of the WTO is at stake

Ambassador Michael Punke (Archive U.S. Mission photo)

At the last TNC, we attempted to be clear and honest in explaining our viewpoint on the current stage in our negotiations. We made clear that in looking forward to a possible package for December, it is essential that all major players make a major contribution. Since the last TNC, we have been asked to clarify our expectations for areas in which we are seeking a December result. Where we have put ideas on the table, we have taken care not to suggest what others might consider to be maximalist positions. As painful and difficult as the weeks ahead may be, let us not shirk from our collective responsibility to engage directly and honestly.

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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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More Research Builds Case for Global Warming, Rising Seas

Research published June 20 finds a steady rise in the sea level on the U.S. Atlantic coast, a faster rise now than at any time in the last 2,000 years.

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USAID Cites Importance of Human Dignity and Self-determination to Development


President Obama and Secretary Clinton have both made clear that it will be the policy of the United States to promote reform and democratic transitions. As a result, we must work to elevate the importance of self-determination and human dignity in our foreign policy and in our approach to development.

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Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Refugee Day


For decades the United States has led the world in overseas support for humanitarian protection and assistance, and we have provided asylum and refugee resettlement for millions, showcasing our dedication to basic human decency, to our responsibilities under international law, and to ensuring refuge when innocent lives hang in the balance. On this World Refugee Day, the United States and the Obama Administration reaffirms these core values as we work to provide a safe haven to the world’s most vulnerable citizens – refugees.

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U.S. Statement at the 28th UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board Meeting

Prevention, care, and treatment have always been the core pillars of the United States response through PEPFAR and the Global Health Initiative and we will continue our contributions toward the goals of 2015 as set in the high-level declaration. We see these goals as essential steps to accelerating global efforts to achieve universal access.

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