All articles from: January, 2016

Secretary Kerry: Press Statement on the Syria Negotiations in Geneva

The United States welcomes the important decision by the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian opposition to attend negotiations hosted by the United Nations in Geneva.

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Proliferation Security Initiative 2016 Mid-Level Political Meeting

The PSI is a multinational effort to counter the proliferation of WMD. States participating in the PSI – 105 thus far – publicly commit to take specific actions to impede and stop shipments of WMD, their delivery systems, and related material to and from state and non-state actors of proliferation concern.

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Ambassador Hamamoto Addresses MiCiC Civil Society Consultation

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When governments and civil society organizations come together in the interest of humanity, our protection power is immense. Together, we can work to ensure that no migrant is left to fend for him or herself in the face of crises.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Singapore

We commend Singapore for its efforts to promote social inclusion of members of ethnic and religious groups‎; however we are concerned about respect for individuals’ civil and political rights in Singapore, including those of LGBTI persons.

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U.S. Statement on the Operational Plan to Take Forward the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030)

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Investments in health are essential in order to address the direct needs of every women, child and adolescent. But also for the world to achieve the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, and we understand how important the World Health Organization is in this area.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Sierra Leone

We commend Sierra Leone’s continued progress, in light of the serious obstacles placed on the country due to the Ebola crisis, on increasing protections for migrant laborers and fostering accountability for police through the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints Board.

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Ambassador Robert Wood Addresses Conference on Disarmament Opening Plenary

We are coming off the heels of another challenging year in the CD, but the United States continues to have faith in this distinguished forum. In the past, when the CD has been able to negotiate on substance, it has made great progress in the fields of arms control and disarmament, resulting in landmark agreements. We firmly believe there is both the need and the opportunity to do so again. Nothing makes this clearer than the intensity of last year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference and UNGA First Committee session.

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Statement by the United States at the January 25, 2016, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body as delivered in Geneva on January 25, 2016.

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The Global Connect Initiative: Making the Internet a Development Priority 

Earlier this month, the World Bank released its annual World Development Report — “Digital Dividends” — which unequivocally shows that Internet connectivity can boost economic growth across the developing world when accompanied by good Internet policies.

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Latvia

The United States commends Latvia for continuing to promote a tolerant and integrated society. We applaud the efforts the Latvian government has made toward restituting Jewish communal properties, and encourage further progress on achieving a comprehensive solution to meet the commitments made in the Terezin Declaration.

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