All articles from: October, 2015

Group of Governments Supports UNHCR’s Campaign to End Statelessness

An estimated 10 million people worldwide have no nationality. On the average, a stateless child is born every ten minutes.  In advance of the one year anniversary of UNHCHR’s #IBelong campaign and to further raise the profile and foster cooperation on the issue of statelessness, UNHCR is forming a group of “Friends of the Campaign to End Statelessness.”  The U.S. Mission is pleased to have hosted the first meeting of this group on October 30.

“The United States has long been an ardent supporter of UNHCR’s mandate to prevent and reduce statelessness worldwide, and we look forward to actively supporting this campaign,” said Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto. “Without documentation and legal status, stateless persons, especially women and children, face a heightened risk of human rights abuses or violations.” Ambassador Keith Harper noted that the Human Rights Council has also focused on the issue, and that the U.S. led the way on the first HRC resolution to address the issue of discriminatory nationality laws targeting women. 
 
“Nobody is perfect on this issue,” said UNHCR’s Melanie Khanna.  “It is about everyone putting their oars in the water and rowing together.”   The collective will of the diverse and committed support group in Geneva has the power to effect real change, said Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk.
 
More than twenty governments were present and those who spoke said they considered a “Friends” group on this thematic topic to be a useful vehicle for enhanced diplomatic efforts.  Australia and Finland both expressed interest in hosting future meetings of the group.

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers

An estimated 10 million people worldwide have no nationality. On the average, a stateless child is born every ten minutes.  In advance of the one year anniversary of UNHCHR’s #IBelong campaign and to further raise the profile and foster cooperation on the issue of statelessness, UNHCR is forming a group of “Friends of the Campaign […]

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Statement by the United States at the October 28, 2015, DSB Meeting

See attached the U.S. statement as delivered at the October 28, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB)

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Ambassador Hamamoto: UNCC a model for post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation

The United Nations Compensation Commission demonstrates the fundamental value and importance of international law.

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U. S. Applauds UNAIDS for Advancing the Fast-Track Strategy to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic by 2030

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

President Obama announced that PEPFAR is now investing nearly half a billion dollars to support an AIDS-free future for adolescent girls and young women, including by strategically aligning $300 million in prevention investments in support of our DREAMS partnership and related efforts.

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International Dialogue on Migration (IDM)

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Speaking at the International Dialogue on Migration, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw highlights U.S. practices to promote successful integration of refugees into American society.

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Perspectives on Human Rights and “the Right to Development”

USAID Rosarie Tucci

As the development agenda seeks to become more sustainable and address poverty reduction, we have also begun to see a convergence of human rights and development.

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Tenth Session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission Under the New START Treaty

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The tenth session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission under the U .S-Russia New START Treaty took place in Geneva on October 7-20.

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Press Release: Launch of Geneva Gender Champions

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Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto and Michael Møller, Director-General of UNOG, are proud to launch Geneva Gender Champions (GGC), a new leadership network dedicated to making gender equality a priority throughout the multilateral diplomatic work in Geneva.

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John Kerry’s Remarks at UNESCO Luncheon in Paris

“The U.S., a founding member of this organization, remains committed to strengthening its role in promoting peace and security.”

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U.S. Statement at WTO Trade Policy Review of Moldova

The United States is working to support Moldova’s economic revitalization through our bilateral trade relationship. In a year when Moldova lost access to some of its traditional markets, we have worked to expand the country’s competitiveness on the U.S. market.

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