All articles from: February, 2014

State Department Contributes an Initial $124.5 Million to the International Committee of the Red Cross

The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of $124.5 million toward the 2014 Emergency Appeal of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says

Woman looking at child drinking glass of water (USAID)

Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Kerry Recruits Partners to Seek Sustainable Ocean Solutions

Beach waterline, cluttered with litter debris; people picking over it (AP Images)

Secretary Kerry plans to focus international diplomacy on the threats to the world’s oceans and the resources they provide to humankind in a June conference in Washington.

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Biden’s Meeting with OSCE Head, Swiss President Burkhalter

Vice President Biden met today with the President of the Swiss Confederation and Chairperson-in-Office for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to discuss regional and bilateral issues of concern.

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UNSC Resolution to Open Humanitarian Access in Syria Should be Implemented Immediately

Ambassador Power: Let us be clear. This is the most catastrophic humanitarian crisis any of us have seen in a generation.

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USAID Supports Launch of New Forest Watch Tool

Screenshot of Global Forest Watch website (World Resources Institute)

How is the latest U.S. satellite and mobile technology helping 350 million of the world’s poorest people — including 60 million indigenous people — safeguard their homes and livelihoods?

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Syrian Crisis Is Humanitarian, Regional, Economic, U.S. Says

Building fronts blasted away, rubble-filled street (AP Images)

The U.S. is delivering assistance to relieve the Syrian humanitarian crisis with “every means available,” according to a State Department official who outlined U.S. objectives to address the regional dilemma.

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Secretary Kerry: Enactment of Anti-Homosexuality Bill a Tragic Day for Uganda

The United States is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda.

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U.N. Panel Member Says Development Must ‘Leave No Person Behind’

Smiling girl (USAID)

Extreme poverty can be eliminated in the world if development partners use a “leave no person behind” approach to economic development.

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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria

This could be a hinge-point in the tortured three years of a Syria crisis bereft of hope.

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