All articles from: October, 2011

Explanation of Vote Regarding Membership for Palestine in UNESCO

There are other ways of promoting the cause of the Palestinian people that would not have involved seeking premature membership at UNESCO. We sincerely regret that the strenuous and well-intentioned efforts of many delegations to avoid this result fell short.

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U.S. Officials Support Businesswomen Worldwide

Melanne Verveer, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues

“By investing in women’s economic participation, we believe that all of us engaged in this are investing for the future,’’ said Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. “Gender equality is smart economics.’’

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State’s Gottemoeller on Arms Control in the Information Age

I’d like to start out by making it clear that this is not a policy speech, this is an ideas speech. I am interested in your ideas about how the astonishing advancements in connection technologies over the past sixty years affect my business, the verification of arms control treaties and agreements.

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APEC Is Incubator of Trade Policy Ideas

Ambassador Kirk addresses an international group of economic and trade officials during a recent meeting in Europe in this file photo

Ambassador Kirk: “We’re putting great focus on the Asia-Pacific because that’s where the world’s most dynamic economies are expanding rapidly and creating significant opportunities to increase U.S. exports and jobs,”

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Obama: A Firewall to Stop Europe’s Crisis Spreading

President Barack Obama (archive photo)

The European Union is America’s single largest economic partner and a critical anchor of the global economy. I am confident that Europe has the financial and economic capacity to meet this challenge, and the US will continue to support our European partners as they work to resolve this crisis.

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U.S. Official at U.N. on Agricultural Development, Food Security

We are experiencing a period of global food price instability, and the World Bank estimates that some 50 million people have been pushed into poverty since last June because of rising food prices. For hundreds of millions of people, the staples of life, like rice, wheat, or corn, are in danger of becoming out of reach, and people who are already vulnerable have fallen into an even more precarious situation.

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Ambassador Godard at U.N. on Protection of Human Rights

Last year, the United States joined over 60 other governments to establish through the Human Rights Council the mandate for the Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. These freedoms have always been central to healthy civil society and to the democratic process. New technologies such as the Internet and mobile phone networks help people to assemble and associate, both in person and online, and have become important tools for the exercise of these universal human rights.

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New Arms-Reduction Treaty Builds U.S., Russian Confidence

Rose Gottemoeller says New START has allowed the U.S. and Russia to cooperate on nuclear security "in a much more easy and straightforward way."

The New START arms-reduction treaty, an agreement between the United States and Russia to reduce each nation’s nuclear arsenals to their lowest levels in more than a half century, has been “a great success” since its February implementation, according to a senior U.S. diplomat.

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U.S. Advisers Sent to Help African Struggle Against LRA

For more than 20 years, the Lord's Resistance Army has raided central African villages to murder, plunder, rape and force boys to be soldiers and girls to serve as sex slaves

Lord’s Resistance Army commander Joseph Kony has terrorized citizens of Uganda, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan for more than two decades. The LRA is believed to be responsible for the murder, rape and kidnapping of tens of thousands of men, women and children, and the International Criminal Court has indicted Kony and some of his senior commanders for crimes against humanity.

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State’s Otero on Statelessness and Gender Discrimination

We know that as many as 12 million people around the world are not recognized as citizens by any state. They live in every region of the world, at the margins of the formal economy and political system, largely hidden without government recognition.

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