All articles from: July, 2012

Clinton Calls on Global Community to Promote Religious Tolerance

Secretary Clinton (July 30): "For the United States, religious freedom is a cherished constitutional value, a strategic national interest, and a foreign policy priority."

Protecting religious freedom in countries around the world promotes peace, stability and security for the international community and remains a fundamental concern of the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at the rollout of the State Department’s 14th annual International Religious Freedom Report.

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AIDS 2012: Future of AIDS Fight Is in Leadership, Accountability

Annie Lennox, Senator John Kerry, UNAIDS head Michel Sidibé and Elton John had a meeting during the XIX International AIDS Conference.

The international movement to beat the AIDS epidemic has achieved more in the last 10 years than anyone would have thought possible in 2002. Eight million people around the world are receiving life sustaining treatment to control HIV infection and prevent the development of AIDS. Millions more need it as governments around the world develop strategies on how to sustain and expand the population now receiving treatment.

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State’s Hammer at Foreign Press Center on U.S. Foreign Policy

“As you have probably seen from the Secretary’s incredible record-breaking travel, we are extremely engaged around the world with a very fulsome foreign policy agenda, doing the kind of work that is necessary to maintain and strengthen existing alliances with NATO and our European partners and addressing some of the economic crises that are ongoing and that perhaps some of you are interested in following, as the economy is something that’s critical.”

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U.S. to Participate in APEC’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced July 26 the United States’ participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules system.

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State Department on Outcome at Arms Trade Treaty Conference

The United States supports a second round of negotiations, conducted on the basis of consensus, on the Treaty next year; we do not support a vote in the UNGA on the current text.

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Passing the Torch of a Healthy Lifestyle to the Next Generation

The First Lady, right, and retired three-time Olympian in artistic gymnastics Dominique Dawes watch a Olympic tennis match on July 28.

Kicking off her visit in London, Michelle Obama reminded Team USA’s athletes that American children everywhere look up to them not only as excellent athletes, but also as promoters of active lifestyles.

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Commerce Official Highlights Efforts to Promote Trade with Africa

Barnabus Ossai arranges boxes of computer-printer paper in his small shop in Lagos, Nigeria. Increasing U.S. trade with Nigeria and other African countries is a U.S. government goal.

The testimony follows President Obama’s announcement last month of a new U.S. strategy for expanding trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa.

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U.S. Warns of Pending Syrian Massacre in Aleppo

The Obama administration is concerned that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is planning a massacre in Syria’s second-largest city, Aleppo, given credible reports of troops and equipment massing nearby, and attacks by fixed-wing aircraft, helicopter gunships and artillery, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says.

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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 […]

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Assistant Secretary Richard Travels to Burkina Faso and Geneva

PRM Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard will travel to Burkina Faso and Geneva, July 29- August 4, 2012, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres to review the situation of refugees from the crisis in Mali, which is taking place within the broader Sahel food insecurity emergency.

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