Facilitating National Implementation through Assistance and Cooperation: U.S.,U.K. and Canadian Programs

AGENDA 0900-0910   Introductions Ambassador Laura Kennedy   0910-0950   Overview of assistance programs U.S. Department of Defense Assistance Programs Assistant Secretary of Defense Andy Weber Presentation (pdf) U.S. Department of State Assistance Programs  Assistant Secretary Tom Countryman   Presentation (pdf) U.K. Assistance Programs Ambassador Jo Adamson Canada Assistance Programs Ms. Kelly Anderson 0950-1000   Discussion Additional Background Information on United ...
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U.S. Statement in UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Dave Robinson, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, at the UNHCR Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Faith and Protection. Robinson addressed the conference including representatives of governments, international organizations and NGOS, and indicated that the United States “seeks to mobilize a broader base of support, a wider coalition of ...
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Statement by the United States at the Forum on Minority Issues

The United States has long been a supporter of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and welcomes efforts to implement these protections within domestic legal systems. The United States has always been a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society and we are proud of our efforts ...
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Talks on Global Climate Change Open in Doha, Qatar

The world’s top decision makers on climate are meeting in Doha, Qatar, over the next two weeks for the U.N. Climate Change Conference. The 18th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework on Climate Change is expected to focus on strategies for accelerating actions to reduce greenhouse gases and to inhibit the increase of ...
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California Puts a Price on Carbon

California is holding its first carbon emissions permit auction November 14. The auction is a critical component of the state’s cap-and-trade program, a market-based initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating incentives for companies to limit their pollution.
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New Minimum Standards for Child Protection a “Milestone in Collective Action”

Press Conference on the Launch of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action With Neil Boothby USAID Special Advisor and Senior Coordinator On Children in Adversity Mike Penrose Humanitarian Director, Save the Children Annette Lyth UNICEF October 29, 2012 (Link to additional background and text of standards ) Dr. Boothby:  Thank you very much and thank you all for ...
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Ambassador King remarks on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

In humanitarian situations across the world, children are likely to make up half or more of the population affected by conflicts or disasters. The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) launched a set of interagency Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action developed as common guidelines for the global humanitarian community. U.S. Ambassador Betty E. ...
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U.S. Mission hosts Roundtable on NCD Targets and Indicators

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the U.S. Mission and the Mission of Panama co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the development of targets and indicators for the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). U.S. Ambassador Betty E. King delivered opening remarks pointing out that the U.S. is “strongly committed to raising profile of ...
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Switzerland

US praises Switzerland's commitment to promptly prosecute any individual or group who has committed hate crimes, but remains concerned that members of minority groups may be deprived of their right to express their cultural and religious traditions fully. One example of this is the national ban on construction of minarets.
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Anne Richards on Humanitarian Diplomacy in New York & Geneva

One of my goals as Assistant Secretary is to ensure that the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) practices what we call “humanitarian diplomacy.” We use this term to mean that humanitarian issues are integrated into the diplomatic discourse that State Department leaders have with other countries and international organizations, including in private meetings ...
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Group B Closing Statement at WIPO Assembly

We are committed to helping strengthen WIPO’s position as the preeminent intellectual property organization. WIPO has a vital and unique role to play in promoting innovation, in helping countries improve their intellectual property systems, and in promoting intellectual property as a tool for economic development.
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U.S. Vision for IT Sector: Open platforms and multi-stakeholder organizations that drive effectiveness, agility and innovation

The Internet is now flourishing as a consumer-driven, de-centralized phenomenon, powered by innovation and the strength of multi-stakeholder governance and standard-setting. This is at the heart of our vision of the international telecommunications sector. We see open platforms and multi-stakeholder organizations that drive effectiveness, agility and innovation. This is, in fact, the model that has ...
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Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Obama on Freedom of Expression – a video

Obama, Clinton on Freedom of Expression 27 September 2012 This video was produced by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2012. It features Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama.           Read more:  http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/video/2012/09/20120927136690.html#ixzz28WbdjppX                         ...
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Anne C. Richard Leads U.S. Delegation to the UNHCR Executive Committee Meeting

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will travel to Geneva October 1-4 to lead the U.S. delegation at the 63rd session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the principal international organization concerned with the protection of refugees and stateless persons worldwide.
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Statement by the United States at the September 28, 2012 DSB Meeting

In response to the statements by some Members that this dispute creates concerns about the credibility of the dispute settlement system, as the United States has noted on several occasions, we do not believe that those concerns are well-founded. Contrary to those assertions, we believe that most Members agree that the dispute settlement system continues ...
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U.S. Explanation of Vote – Rhetoric to Reality

The United States remains fully and firmly committed to combating racism, racial discrimination, and related forms of intolerance. We believe the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“CERD”) provides comprehensive protections in this area and constitutes the relevant international framework to address all forms of racial discrimination.
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U.S. Opposes Resolution on “Traditional Values:” Could Have Negative Effect on Women, Minorities, Vulnerable Groups

The concept of Traditional Values, not anchored to, or in conformity with, human rights law, undermines the universal principles enshrined in international human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and can have a particularly negative effect on the rights of women, minorities, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups.
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U.S. Hopes to See an Action-Oriented Outcome from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Item 3 and 5: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur James Anaya and EMRIP Chair Statement by the Delegation of the United States Delivered by Eric N. Richardson Human Rights Council 21st Session Geneva, September 18, 2012 Thank you Madame President.  The United States would like to use this time with Special Rapporteur Anaya and ...
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Civil Society Activists, Human Rights Defenders and Media Play Crucial Role in Advancing Human Rights

Item 3: General Debate Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Human Rights Council 21st Session Geneva September 14, 2012 Thank you, Madame President. The United States is delighted to have the opportunity to affirm our unwavering commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights.  ...
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Statement by Peter Mulrean, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, at the WIPO Program and Budget Committee

The U.S. is very concerned that WIPO conducted technical assistance projects and transferred U.S.-developed technology to countries subject to UN Security Council sanctions without the knowledge of the United States, other Member States, or the appropriate UN Security Council sanctions committees. The United States is primarily concerned with three questions: what happened, how to correct ...
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State’s Frank Rose on Missile Defense Cooperation

Today, I am going to provide a brief update on the implementation of the European Phased Adaptive Approach or EPAA, our ongoing and growing cooperation with our NATO allies, the current status of U.S. and NATO missile defense cooperation efforts with Russia, and recent developments in our missile defense cooperation in other key regions.
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Secretary General, Michael Rockefeller and Ambassador King Dedicate League of Nations and UN Archives reading room to John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

We are here today to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr. that created the UN library, to appropriately rename the reading room in his honor, to reflect on the generosity of the Rockefeller family and to accept another generous Rockefeller donation of a portrait of John D. Rockefeller Jr. ...
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Public-Private Partnership Announces Immediate 40 Percent Cost Reduction for Rapid TB Test

Today, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of a new, highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) in 145 high-burden and developing countries.
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PMSCs IGWG – U.S. Opening Statement

United States policy with regard to private security companies and private military companies is informed by two critical objectives: (1) to promote accountability, transparency and respect for human rights, and (2) to ensure governments and other non-state clients are able to continue to utilize private companies in areas where they are necessary for important operations, ...
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U.S. Expresses Concern About Banning of Iranian Women from Major Areas of Study

We have seen reports that 36 Iranian universities have banned women from 77 critical fields of study including engineering, education, and counseling. This decision represents a significant regression for women in Iran, who have outnumbered men in universities for over a decade, and will further restrict the ability of Iranian women to find employment.
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Ambassador Kelly’s statements on human rights violations in OSCE region

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement on Human Rights As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council Vienna, July 26, 2012   Ambassador Kelly on Human Rights Situation in Belarus U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Prosecutions of Media in Ukraine Ambassador Kelly on Attack on Bosnian Journalist Ambassador Kelly on Anti-Roma Violence in OSCE Region Ambassador Kelly at OSCE on Situation in Tajikistan
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China Still Facing Human Rights Challenges

“We recognize China's extraordinary record of economic development over the last three decades,” Assistant Secretary Michael Posner said, alluding to the gradual rise in living standards for hundreds of millions of Chinese over time. “At the same time, we see that political reforms in China have not kept pace with economic advances. Like people everywhere, ...
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U.S. Sponsors Special Events on Global Partnership and Dual Use Issues at Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of Experts

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) States Parties held their annual Meeting of Experts in Geneva July 16-20, 2012. For the first time, states worked on an agreed agenda of cooperation and assistance, national implementation and science and technology, which will carry over each year until the next Review Conference, and an additional focus ...
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LAUNCH Program Challenges People to Redefine Waste

Nine companies hailing from India, Japan, Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States will be sharing their ideas on waste management and related issues as part of a three-day forum associated with the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste challenge. LAUNCH is a program that aims to identify and accelerate solutions to the world's most urgent sustainability ...
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World Population Day Supports Families

July 11 is World Population Day, an annual event aiming to raise awareness of global population issues. Established in 1989 by the United Nations, it was inspired by public interest in the Day of 5 Billion on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached 5 billion people.
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011

Secretary’s Preface Washington, May 24. 2012 The world changed immeasurably over the course of 2011. Across the Middle East, North Africa, and far beyond, citizens stood up to demand respect for human dignity, more promising economic opportunities, greater political liberties, and a say in their own future. Often they faced tremendous odds and endured violent ...
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Donahoe: Special Rapporteur will Monitor and Highlight the Grave Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Creation of a Special Rapporteur on Belarus Human Rights Council: 20th Session Press Statement by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council The 20th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva  passed a resolution that will create a new independent Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus.  This ...
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Secretary Clinton: There Can be no Division or Double Standard Regarding Human Rights Online

This resolution is a welcome addition in the fight for the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms online, in particular the freedom of expression, as well as the freedoms of religion or belief, assembly and association, and the right to be free of arbitrary interference with privacy.
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International Community Stands Ready to Assist Governments in Protecting, Promoting Human Rights

Across the Middle East, and around the world, governments are being called on to ensure the human rights and aspirations of their citizens, to follow through on their promises to uphold those rights, and to hold accountable those who have committed serious human rights violations – including by effectively prosecuting officials responsible for those violations. ...
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MCC Fact Sheet on Contribution to Aid for Trade

“Aid for trade” strives to help developing countries improve their capacity to trade by removing internal barriers to trade; building institutional capacity in areas such as customs and national standards; developing business skills; and building the transportation, energy, and other infrastructure needed to enable trade and business expansion that can propel economic growth.
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U.S. Statement at UN Population Fund Meeting

While we recognize that UNFPA’s primary responsibility is the provision of reproductive health services, the United States also encourages UNFPA to reach beyond its traditional working relationship with its vast network of service providers, donors, and governments to galvanize support for achieving the ICPD and Millennium Development Goals, especially MDGs 5 and 6.
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Ambassador King delivers Closing Statement at WIPO Conference in Beijing

Our success today not only benefits audiovisual performers, but it also reaffirms the importance of working together in a multilateral environment. Multilateralism provides a stage on which states can act to overcome differences and provide real benefits to humanity, including the advancement of development through effective use of intellectual property.
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Enabling Women to Lead Lives Free of Gender-Based Discrimination a Key U.S. Foreign Policy Objective

We welcome this session’s focus on gender issues. Promoting women’s rights to education, to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, to participate in political and economic life, and to live their lives free from discrimination based on their gender are key foreign policy priorities for the United States.
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Action on Syria, Belarus Among Top U.S. Priorities at 20th Human Rights Council Session

The credibility of the UN’s human rights machinery depends on its capacity to address urgent and persistent human rights situations where and when they emerge; to make a difference in the lives of the people who suffer under oppressive governments; and to protect those around the world who work to advance the cause of human ...
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Webcast on Global Youth Employment Issues

Youth unemployment is reaching crisis proportions in many parts of the world, raising serious questions about how the world the future for global stability and development. DRL’s Office of International Labor Affairs has worked closely with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to organize a discussion of global youth employment issues in Geneva.
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