All articles from: December, 2015

FACT SHEET: Middle Class Economics and Trade – Unlocking Opportunity for American Technology Exports

The expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), the first major tariff-eliminating deal at the WTO in 18 years, demonstrates the economic promise of this approach – and why the Obama Administration is pursuing the most ambitious trade agenda in American history.

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US Deeply Alarmed at Spiraling Violence in Burundi, U.S. Supports HRC Special Session

We believe that a Human Rights Council Special Session is urgently needed to address the human rights crisis in Burundi, and ask for the support of all delegations for a resolution that sends a powerful signal to those committing human rights abuses and violations on all sides.

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Statement by President Obama on the Paris Climate Agreement

A few hours ago, we succeeded. We came together around the strong agreement the world needed. We met the moment.

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COP21: Paris Agreement a ‘Tremendous Victory for All of Our Citizens’

“It’s a victory for all of the planet and for future generations. We have set a course here. The world has come together around an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet – a smart and responsible path, a sustainable path. And extraordinarily, we are 196 delegations, 186 plans. That is a remarkable global commitment.”

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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 response.

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Ambassador Harper: Migration Challenges – We Must Identify and Protect the Truly Vulnerable

“Improved migration and border management are key, but we need to ensure that efforts to shut down smuggling do not have the unintended consequence of shutting out those seeking asylum or protection against persecution or torture.”

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USUN Statement on the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

The TIP Report is the United States’ principal diplomatic tool to engage with foreign governments and advance global efforts to combat trafficking in persons.

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Ambassador Robert Wood Addresses Biological Weapons Convention Opening Plenary


International cooperation is an important element of the BWC. We know there are disagreements about how to advance the goals of Article X of the Convention; but we should not allow those disagreements to prevent us from agreeing where we can and identifying specific steps we can take.

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

The United States reaffirmed its strong commitment to the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.

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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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