Secretary Kerry: Cuba Policy Changes Include Critical Focus on Improving Respect for Human Rights

This new course will not be without challenges, but it is based not on a leap of faith but on a conviction that it's the best way to help bring freedom and opportunity to the Cuban people, and to promote America's national security interests in the Americas, including greater regional stability and economic opportunities for ...
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Ambassador Robert Wood: U.S. Perspectives on the Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Disarmament

As President Obama has said, the path to zero will require patience and persistence. It requires a broad strategy aimed at strengthening the nonproliferation regime, preventing nuclear terrorism, and pursuing concrete steps that build a foundation for future progress and lead in the direction of nuclear disarmament.
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A/S Richard Travels to Geneva for Meetings on Syrian Refugee Resettlement and Refugee Protection at Sea

Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard Travels to Brussels and Geneva Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 5, 2014   Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will travel to Brussels, Belgium, December 8-9, and Geneva, Switzerland, December 9-11. In Brussels, Assistant Secretary Richard will participate in the ...
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Biography of Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Issues Ambassador Robert A. Wood arrived in Geneva on August 13, 2014 to assume his duties as the U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) ...
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Ambassador Robert Wood: Ensuring the Long-Term Sustainability and Security of the Space Enviroment

According to the U.S. analysis, the draft PPWT, like the earlier 2008 version, remains fundamentally flawed. Above all, there is no integral verification regime to help monitor the ban on the placement of weapons in space, and no prospect of achieving a capability to effectively verify an agreement banning space-based weapons with existing technologies and ...
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U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood Delivers his First Statement to the CD Plenary

Introductory Statement by Ambassador Robert A. Wood at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) Plenary Tuesday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. As Delivered Mr. President, Acting Secretary General, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, If I may, let me first thank Ambassadors Woolcott and Gallegos for their service at the Conference on Disarmament and wish them well in ...
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U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch: Statement at the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Attorney General Eric Holder – and all of us at the Department of Justice who work on criminal justice issues – take seriously our obligation to protect the safety of all Americans and the security of our nation; to safeguard civil and human rights; to prevent and combat violent crime, financial fraud, and threats to ...
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U.S. Delegation to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

U.S. Delegation to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 85th Session: U.S. Periodic Report Presentation, August 13 & 14, 2014 U.S. Mission Geneva Head of Delegation Ambassador Keith Harper U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council David Sullivan Legal Adviser Kevin Whelan Deputy Legal Adviser Department of State Paula Schriefer Deputy Assistant ...
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U.S. Agency Expands Efforts Against Ebola in West Africa

08 August 2014 Washington — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rapidly increasing its efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. CDC’s 24/7 mission is to prevent, detect and stop disease outbreaks wherever they ...
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International Community Must Act to Meet Ukraine’s Needs

09 August 2014 Washington ― The humanitarian situation in Ukraine urgently needs addressing, but not by those who caused it, the United States’ top envoy to the United Nations said August 8, adding, “[A]ssistance should be delivered by the international humanitarian organizations that have the expertise, experience, and independence to provide it. It should not ...
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ISIL Attacks in Ninewa Province

The ISIL assault over the past 48 hours on territories along the border of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and focusing on towns and villages populated by vulnerable minorities, demonstrates once again that this terrorist organization is a dire threat to all Iraqis, the entire region, and the international community.
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U.S. Announces $47 Million in Humanitarian Aid for Gaza

United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2014 Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. This assistance includes: An initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works ...
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Secretary Kerry: Statement on the Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 17, 2014   We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and ...
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U.S. Statement at the Trade Negotiations Committee

Let me be clear, as Ambassador Froman was during recent meetings in Paris: If the Trade Facilitation Agreement unravels, it’s hard to imagine a post-Bali work plan proceeding. Why? Because Members of this organization will have demonstrated to the world that WTO negotiations, even when they are successful, are simply not taken seriously by all ...
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Secretary Kerry: Press Statement on Conviction of Al Jazeera Journalists

Conviction of Al Jazeera Journalists Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC, June 23, 2014   Today’s conviction and chilling, draconian sentences by the Cairo Criminal Court of three Al Jazeera journalists and fifteen others in a trial that lacked many fundamental norms of due process, is a deeply disturbing set-back to Egypt’s ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

Washington, June 20. 2014 “We each have a responsibility to make this horrific and all-too-common crime a lot less common. And our work with victims is the key that will open the door to real change—not just on behalf of the more than 44,000 survivors who have been identified in the past year, but also ...
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Dialogue on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice and on the Right to Education

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice (Frances Raday) and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (Kishore Singh) Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America UN Human Rights Council – 26th Session Geneva, June 16, 2014 ...
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U.S. committed to the elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM) at home and abroad.

High-level Panel on the Identification of Good Practices in Combatting Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Ambassador Keith Harper As Prepared for Delivery UN Human Rights Council – 26th Session Geneva, June 16, 2014 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  We thank the panelists for their interesting and thoughtful presentations ...
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Archives: Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council (June 2014 – January 2017)

ARCHIVES: FORMER AMBASSADORS Ambassador Keith M. Harper The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva (June 2014- January 2017) Ambassador Keith M. Harper was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Representative of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He was confirmed by the ...
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Dialogues on Independence of Judges and Lawyers and on the Human Rights of Migrants

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America UN Human Rights Council – 26th Session Geneva, June 13, 2014 As Delivered by Michael G. Dozler Thank you, Madame Chair. ...
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U.S. Statement at the Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Health and Human Rights and Business

Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Health and Human Rights and Business Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America  UN Human Rights Council – 26th Session Delivered by Natalya Scimeca Geneva, June 11, 2014 Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health ...
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Response to the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises Report US Visit

Response to the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises Report on Visit to the United States of America Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America UN Human Rights Council – 26th Session Geneva June 11, 2014 The United States Government was pleased to ...
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Ambassador Harper: U.S. Thanks High Commissioner Pillay for Her Outstanding Leadership of OHCHR

Item 2: General Debate Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Human Rights Council 26th Session Geneva, June 10, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery Ambassador Keith Harper Thank you Mr. President. The United States would like to use this opportunity to publicly thank High Commissioner Pillay for her outstanding leadership of OHCHR.  ...
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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Ghana

Ghana is an important and growing trading partner of the United States, and it continues to benefit from U.S. trade preference programs. In 2013, U.S. duty-free imports from Ghana under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) totaled $34.7 million. Such imports included a number of value-added ...
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