United States Response to Questionnaire Concerning the Montreux Document

United States Response to Questionnaire Concerning the Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States Related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies During Armed Conflict.   1.  Provide examples, if any, of how you have determined which services may or may not be contracted out to PMSCs.  If you ...
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National Native American Heritage Month – Proclamation by the President

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2013 A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, 31 October 2013 From Alaskan mountain peaks to the Argentinian pampas to the rocky shores of Newfoundland, Native Americans were the first to carve out cities, domesticate crops, and ...
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Press Statement: Loss of U.S. Vote at UNESCO

We regret that today the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference as a result of legislative restrictions that have precluded payment of U.S. dues to UNESCO. The restrictions were triggered when UNESCO member states voted to grant the Palestinians membership as a state in ...
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Secretary Kerry to Travel to Geneva

In an effort to help narrow the differences in negotiations, Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva, Switzerland today at the invitation of EU High Representative Ashton to hold a trilateral meeting with High Representative Ashton and Foreign Minister Zarif on the margins of the P5+1 negotiations.
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Ambassador Samantha Power: Remarks at the Security Council Stakeout Following Consultations on Syria

I want to stress that the onus remains on the Assad regime to fulfill all of its obligations under the OPCW-UN agreement to fully and verifiably eliminate its chemical weapons program. There is nothing yet to celebrate, but it is significant that we have made significant progress toward taking away a potent weapon of war ...
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Chad

We recognize Chad’s efforts to reform the security sector, through combating gender-based violence, and to provide security in and around refugee camps. We also note the Chadian government’s continued commitment to demobilize child soldiers from defense forces and armed groups.
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U.S. Climate Negotiator Sees Path to New Global Agreement

By Charlene Porter IIP Staff Writer Washington, October 22, 2013   The chief U.S. climate negotiator is proposing the main pillars of a new world agreement to control greenhouse gases (GHGs) and limit climate change, pillars which allow greater flexibility in how nations move toward creating clean-energy economies. Todd Stern, representing the U.S. State Department ...
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State Department Briefing on P5+1 Negotiations with Iran

The United States has always believed that a diplomatic solution to resolving our concerns about Iran’s nuclear program is our preferred path. We have invested heavily in such a solution through both our participation in this P5+1 process and our effort to increase the pressure on Iran through comprehensive sanctions and other forms of international ...
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Item 3: Half-Day Panel Discussion, Indigenous Peoples

HRC September 2013:  Agenda Item 3 Half-Day Panel Discussion, Indigenous Peoples Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (As delivered) The U.S. government places importance on the high-level UNGA meeting known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, consistent with our policy to strengthen our relationship with Indian tribes and include indigenous peoples’ concerns in our broader policy ...
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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Darfur and Central African Republic Crises

The United States announced today it has provided an additional $11.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support protection and assistance activities for the nearly 70,000 new Central African refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo and for some 30,000 new Darfur Sudanese refugees in Chad.
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Government Crackdown on Protests in Sudan

Government Crackdown on Protests in Sudan Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 27, 2013 The United States condemns the Government of Sudan’s brutal crackdown on protesters in Khartoum, including the excessive use of force against civilians that has reportedly resulted in dozens of casualties. Such a heavy-handed approach by ...
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EOP: Conscientious Objection to Military Service

Explanation of Position Statement of the Delegation of the United States of America UN Human Rights Council – 24th Session Geneva, September 26, 2013 (as delivered) Thank you, Mister President: The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution, and we are grateful for the efforts of the core group delegations to achieve ...
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EOP: The Social Forum

The United States supports the engagement and participation of civil society organizations and the private sector in the work of the Human Rights Council. However, the United States continues to have significant concerns about this resolution on the Social Forum, and therefore dissociates from consensus.
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U.S. Statement on UPR Report Adoption Intervention for Cuba

Cuban authorities frequently prevent the freedom of peaceful assembly by members of Cuba’s independent civil society. Democracy advocate Oswaldo Payá was often a target of the Cuban government’s propaganda and repudiation tactics. We again call on the Cuban government to allow an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the July 2012 deaths of Oswaldo Payá ...
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Items 3 and 5: Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur Anaya and EMRIP Chair

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the reports of Special Rapporteur James Anaya and EMRIP Chair Wilton Littlechild. In his report on extractive industries and indigenous peoples, Special Rapporteur Anaya says that partnerships, consultations, and information sharing are beneficial measures that can help mitigate the possible negative consequences of natural resource extraction on indigenous peoples.
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Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

Item 4:  General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by Ambassador Donahoe Human Rights Council 24th Session Geneva, September 17, 2013 (As delivered) Mr. President, The United States remains deeply concerned about deplorable human rights situations, especially in but not limited to ...
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Secretary of State Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Press Remarks After Their Meeting

If we can join together and make this framework a success and eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, we would not only save lives, but we would reduce the threat to the region, and reinforce an international standard, an international norm. We could also lay the groundwork for further cooperation that is essential to end the bloodshed ...
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Item 3: General Debate

It is with great pride that the United States once again lends its support to the resolution on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association, and we are pleased to join our cross-regional partners, including the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Mexico, and Nigeria, in introducing this resolution.
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Item 3: Annual Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective

Item 3:   Annual Discussion on Integration of a Gender Perspective Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Human Rights Council 24th Session Geneva, September 12, 2013 As delivered Thank you, Mr. President. The United States recognizes the importance of integrating a gender perspective into the development of successful policies and programs, both ...
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Item 3: Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation, and non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff and Special Rapporteur on contemporary

HRC September 2013:  Agenda Item 3 Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation, and non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff and Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Gulnara Shahinian Thursday, September 12, 2013 The United States thanks Special Rapporteur de Greiff for his report on the challenges faced by truth commissions, as well as ...
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Environmental Care Creates Economic Growth

Environmental protection is good for the economy and creates jobs, according to decades of national experience. The United States’ new top environmental officer says those facts should end the nation’s decades-long debate on a “false choice” — the assertion that environmental protections inhibit economic growth.
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Remarks by Director General Thomas-Greenfield at Retirement Ceremony for Ambassador Kennedy

Remarks by Director General Linda Thomas-Greenfield Flag Ceremony — Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy Friday, July 12, 2013 As Prepared for Delivery Thank you.  Good afternoon, distinguished guests, and welcome to the Treaty Room for the flag presentation ceremony for the United States (Former) Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, the Honorable Laura E. Kennedy.  We ...
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Remarks by Acting Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller at Flag Ceremony for Ambassador Laura Kennedy

I’ve seen first-hand, both within the CD and in many related meetings and conferences outside the CD, how her dedication and contributions have advanced U.S. foreign policy objectives. Her creativity, finesse, and skillful diplomacy have been remarkable and instrumental in forging new and stronger U.S. relationships that span the globe.
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North American Nations Aim for Greener Region

Top environmental officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed on an action plan to improve environmental standards in the transportation sector, act on climate change and improve air quality.