All articles from: November, 2012

Ambassador Kramer Previews the World Conference on International Telecommunications

We need to make sure we have that mindset as we go into this conference and think about what we’re trying to advocate, as we think about who are the three constituencies we have for the telecom and the internet sectors. Number one, it’s citizens. The internet provides an incredibly valuable service to allow people to gain access to information, to share their points of view, and to fundamentally create a vibrant democracy with, again, two-way sharing of information. Number two, consumers benefit from all of this by being able to transact, by entrepreneurs being able to create new services, local for their environment. We create commercial opportunities. And then most importantly, societies have benefited. Economic growth has been directly correlated to internet access and continuing to drive that is important.

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Remarks at the Foreign Policy Group’s “Transformational Trends 2013” Forum

Remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Foreign Policy Group's "Transformational Trends 2013" Forum

We do live in a rapidly changing world. And many of the constants that shaped American foreign policy for decades are shifting.

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Statement by Ambassador Rice Following UNGA Vote on Palestinian Observer State Status

The U.S. calls upon both the parties to resume direct talks without preconditions on all the issues that divide them. And we pledge that the United States will be there to support the parties vigorously in such efforts.

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USAID Launches Standards Alliance at WTO

USAID Launches Standards Alliance at WTO

The new Standards Alliance is designed to help improve export competitiveness for developing countries and facilitate trade flows.

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State’s Carson Pushes for Cease-Fire in DRC

The Obama administration’s top envoy to Africa is working with leaders in the Great Lakes region and with French and German diplomats to push for a cease-fire in the DRC, to be followed by a longer-term resolution of the conflict in the eastern part of the country.

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Clinton Presents Annual Awards for Corporate Excellence

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to Sorwathé, a tea production company in Rwanda, and Intel Corporation in Vietnam.

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Obama, Peña Nieto Discuss U.S.-Mexico Cooperation

Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, left, shares his ideas with President Obama

President Obama and Mexico’s next president, Enrique Peña Nieto, exchanged ideas for advancing U.S.-Mexican cooperation bilaterally, regionally and globally in their first meeting.

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USAID to Launch Higher Education Partnerships in Burma

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is creating Higher Education Partnerships to support the U.S. commitment to Burma, furthering President Obama’s call to “extend a hand” to Burma in its progress toward democracy.

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Historic U.S. Trade Mission Visits Zambia, South Africa

U.S. commerce official Francisco Sánchez,

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez is leading a multisector trade mission to Zambia and South Africa November 26–30.

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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 to safeguard the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

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