Secretary Kerry: UNSC Resolution 2254 Sends Clear Message That Killing in Syria Must End

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Syria Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State New York, NY December 18, 2015   SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. Secretary-General, Special Envoy de Mistura, distinguished colleagues, I want to begin by thanking the other P4 members who joined together to help fashion this resolution and who spent time ...
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Gravely Concerned About Burundi Crisis, U.S. Imposes New Sanctions, Calls for Immediate Talks

United States Imposes New Sanctions, Calls for Immediate Burundi Talks    Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 18, 2015   The United States is gravely concerned about the ongoing crisis in Burundi and the potential for additional violence and has imposed new targeted sanctions against four individuals whose actions threaten ...
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U.S. Deeply Concerned by Recent Clashes in Oromia Region of Ethiopia

The United States Concerned By Clashes in Oromia, Ethiopia Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 18, 2015   The United States is deeply concerned by the recent clashes in the Oromia region of Ethiopia that reportedly have resulted in the deaths of numerous protestors. We greatly regret the deaths that ...
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Ambassador Hamamoto: ICTs are Powerful Tools for Women’s Empowerment

Geneva is the operational hub of the UN system - so our goal is to unite the key decision-makers and experts in Geneva into a powerful force for collective action. The issues we’re prioritizing, issues of gender equality, of women and girls' empowerment, these issues transcend disciplines and organizations and merit a comprehensive and coordinated ...
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VIDEO: Ambassador Wood: Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention

The 2015 Meeting of States Parties (MSP) to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) will be held at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 14 to 18 December 2015.   In this interview, Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Issues, discusses efforts to drive effective action toward further implementation of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at MICIC Private Sector Consultation

U.S. Mission Geneva Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Good morning, everybody.  And welcome to U.S. Mission Geneva.  First, let me thank those of you from the MICIC Secretariat, located within the International Organization for Migration, for your work in putting this event together.  Know that your efforts — and those of your colleagues — are so ...
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Promoting the Long-Term Sustainability and Security of the Space Environment

Specifically, during the course of this Workshop I propose that we focus our attention on the following key areas: one, the urgent challenge of space debris to the long-term sustainability and security of the space environment; two, the usefulness of pragmatic and near-term measures in addressing the challenge of debris; and three, opportunities for enhancing ...
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Ambassador Hamamoto: Promoting Women’s Leadership Opportunities in Constitution-Making Processes

Promoting Women’s Leadership Opportunities in Constitution-Making Processes Panel Discussion co-organized by Interpeace and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva* Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva Thursday, November 12, 2015 Thank you, Scott. I’m really honored to be here today and to have ...
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North Korea Remains Among Worlds Most Flagrant Violators of Human Rights

Intervention of the United States of America Human Rights Council 30 – Geneva Panel discussion on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including the issue of international abductions, enforced disappearances and related matters As Delivered by Ambassador Robert King U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues September ...
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HRC Statement Reaffirms Right to Freedom of Expression Including Creative and Artistic Expression

Latvia, Uruguay, and the United States led this joint statement which was joined by 57 states and delivered by Ambassador Janis Karklins, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva. Joint Statement – Reaffirming the Right to Freedom of Expression Including Creative and Artistic Expression Human Rights Council Session 30 As Prepared for ...
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Statement by the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Situation in Burkina Faso

The United States condemns, in the strongest terms, the unconstitutional seizure of power by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso. We call on the responsible parties to release immediately those being detained, order aligned forces to stand down, respect the rights of civilians to peacefully assemble, and put Burkina Faso back on ...
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Remarks by United States Mission Charge d’Affaires Allegra at UNCTAD Trade and Development Board High-Level Session on “The Role of Women as Catalysts

The United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability, and peace. That are the words we use; promoting gender equality is the action we need. One of the United States’ foremost foreign policy considerations is the integration of the rights of women and girls.
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FACT SHEET: U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit

The U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit fulfills a key element of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Presidents Obama and Xi last November, and helps to ensure that the ambitious actions to address climate change that both leaders committed to will be implemented at the state and local level, where they matter ...
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The United States welcomes this opportunity to thank the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s latest report on the roles of States and businesses in the elimination of contemporary forms of slavery from global supply chains.
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White House Honors Young Women Empowering their Communities as “Champions of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15th, the White House will honor eleven young women as “Champions of Change” who are empowering their communities. In addition to honoring these young people for their courage and contributions, the goal of the event is to inspire girls and young women to recognize their potential for leadership -- ...
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Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto: Remembering a Handshake that Changed History

Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at the Gorbachev/Reagan Memorial Handshake Villa Fleur d’Eau, Versoix Monday, August 31, 2015  (As Prepared for Delivery) Ambassador Fasel, Ambassador Borodavkin, President Carlo Sommaruga * , Mister Mayor, Monsieur Longchamp, Monsieur Ramseyer, Ladies and gentlemen, We’re here today to commemorate an historic meeting between the leaders of the United States and Russia ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla

The United States and Cuba today in our meeting both agreed that we are determined to look ahead and that the same shared resolve that brought us to the diplomatic agreement to be able to open our embassies is the shared resolve that we will now apply to the process of normalization.
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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack on Palestinian Village of Douma in Strongest Possible Terms

Terrorist Attack in Palestinian Village Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 31, 2015     The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms last night’s vicious terrorist attack in the Palestinian village of Douma. The arson attack on a family’s home in the dead of the night resulted in ...
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Winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards. Michael Honigstein and Michael Ervin are the recipients of the Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award, while Azimjon Askarov of Kyrgyzstan and Foro Penal, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization, are the recipients of the Human Rights Defender Award.
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2014 Human Rights Defender Award Ceremony for Azimjon Askarov and Foro Penal

2014 Human Rights Defender Award Ceremony for Azimjon Askarov and Foro Penal Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2015 Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will present the 2014 Human Rights Defenders Award to Azimjon Askarov of Kyrgyzstan and Foro Penal, a Venezuelan ...
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Statement of the U.S. at the EU Trade Policy Review 2015

Statement of the United States at the European Union Trade Policy Review 2015 Delivered by Ambassador Michael Punke U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Geneva, Switzerland June 23, 2015 Thank you, Chair.  The United States warmly welcomes Denis Redonnet and the entire delegation of the European Union to this review. Our economic relationship ...
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HRC 29 : Resolution on 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 has significant concerns about this resolution on the Social Forum, and therefore dissociates from consensus.
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Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at the Power of Empowered Women Event

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, we are interested in shining a light on the important role women are playing in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building and peace-keeping, and we offer our support as we continue to push for women’s equal participation and an increased ...
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The Human Rights of Women: Eliminating and Preventing Domestic Violence

Around the world – including in the United States – violence against women and girls of all ages impedes economic development, threatens peace and prosperity, and inhibits full participation in civic life. Our efforts to prevent domestic violence and assist survivors are ongoing and too often inadequate. Punishment of those who batter their partners, children, ...
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U.S. Expresses Concern Over the Conviction of Shaikh Ali Salman in Bahrain

Concern Over the Conviction of Shaikh Ali Salman in Bahrain Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 16, 2015     The U.S. Government is deeply concerned by the June 16 conviction and sentencing by a Bahraini court of Shaikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of al Wifaq. As we have consistently said, ...
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Panel Discussion on the Right to Education by Every Girl

Panel discussion: Right to Education by Every Girl As Prepared for Delivery 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council June 16, 2015 – Geneva The following statement was not delivered due to time constraints, but is included in official HRC Secretariat records. Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. The United States thanks the panelists for contributing ...
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue: Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

The United States is pleased to support the Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. We welcome the Working Group’s newest member, [Mr.] Dante Pesce [Pronounciation key: DAHN-tay PEH-sheh]. We were proud to host the Working Group on an official visit in 2013, and provide input to the Working Group’s ...
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Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Migrants and Minority Issues

Combating discrimination and intolerance against Romani individuals are priority human rights issues for the United States. As Secretary Kerry stated earlier this year on the occasion of International Roma Day, the United States is committed “to the inclusion and equal treatment of all Roma people, wherever they call home.”
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2015 World Day Against Child Labor: Education not Exploitation

2015 World Day Against Child Labor: Education not Exploitation Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 12, 2015 On this World Day Against Child Labor, there is a growing consensus and commitment to ending exploitative child labor around the world. More children are in schools today than ever before, because the international community ...
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Ambassador Hamamoto’s Opening Remarks at Governing Council: UNCC is a UN Success Story

The UNCC is a little-known UN success story. Established by the Security Council after Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime illegally invaded Kuwait, the UNCC showcases the UN’s work to discourage future unlawful acts of aggression, and to contribute to the post-conflict restoration of justice and peace between neighboring states.
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Under Secretary Sarah Sewall Visit to Geneva

Under Secretary Sewall will then travel to Geneva later this month where she will participate in the UN Human Rights Council and meet with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. She will deliver remarks at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and meet with civil society leaders to discuss a range ...
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