All articles from: November, 2013

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2013

On this World AIDS Day, we take stock of what has been achieved and look forward to what can be accomplished in the near future toward the universally shared goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Biden’s Visit to Northeast Asia Continues U.S. Engagement

Biden and China’s Xi visited a school in California in 2012. Xi returned to California in mid-2013 for meetings with President Obama.

The United States “is actively engaged in the full spectrum of issues,” a senior administration official said in the briefing. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the centerpiece of an agenda devoted to shared growth through boosting trade, investment and innovation.

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U.S. Statement on the Trade Policy Review of the Republic of Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia’s progress and pursuit of economic reform over the past decade is notable, especially considering the setbacks of the global financial crisis and the challenging economic situation of some of Macedonia’s most important trading partners.

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President Obama’s Proclamation for Thanksgiving Day 2013

Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings — the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad.

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OSCE Continues to Tackle Global Challenges

The OSCE’s Ministerial Council will be meeting in Kyiv December 5–6 under the chairmanship of Ukraine. Both modern and historic buildings can be seen in the city’s skyline, shown above.

OSCE continues to build trust and confidence among its 57 member states to advance political-military, economic and environmental security.

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USAID Grant Winners Focus on Getting Kenyans Clean Cookstoves

The winners of a recent USAID grant competition submitted proposals to improve ways to distribute and finance the purchase of clean cookstoves in Kenya.

USAID has announced the three winners of a competition seeking ways to overcome distribution and financing bottlenecks in the Kenyan cookstove sector.

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Ambassador Punke’s Statement to the WTO General Council

“It is with a great deal of sadness that I deliver this statement today. Like others, we were hopeful that eight-weeks of round-the-clock toil could lead to the first multilateral trade deal in the history of the World Trade Organization.

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New USAID Program Aims to Spur Entrepreneurship

Two children looking at glowing flashlight (USAID/M. Young)

USAID has launched an initiative to spur the development of promising, high-growth and financially sustainable entrepreneurial ventures that have the potential to lift less-advantaged communities out of poverty.

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Chinese, Americans Research Flu Patterns and Prevention

U.S. and Chinese researchers have identified three distinct regional patterns for flu outbreaks

An international research effort working to better understand global patterns in influenza outbreaks has developed a vaccination strategy that is likely to prevent more cases of flu in China.

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Morocco-U.S. Agreement Will Facilitate Bilateral Trade

Michael Froman and Mohamed Boussaid seated at table, signing agreement (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative)

The trade facilitation agreement, represents “a forward-leaning, 21st-century agreement on modernizing customs practices,” according to an USTR news release.

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