All articles from: February, 2016

Ambassador Harper: Achieving the SDGs Requires Respecting the Dignity and Well-being of Everyone


The United States reaffirms our long-standing commitment to international development and the promotion of human rights.

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Ambassador Russell Announces APEC Initiatives to Advance Women and Girls in STEM Fields

The first two initiatives Ambassador Russell announced focus on research and policy planning. The public and private sectors have worked for years to advance the status of women and girls in STEM education and careers. The United States will support a regional study to take stock of where the APEC region stands on policies and programs to advance women and girls’ participation and access to STEM education and careers.

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Ambassador Cathy Russell Announces New Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund

The Fund is a new initiative that will help expand access to finance for women in 83 countries. When lenders respond to a woman entrepreneur’s request for a loan through Kiva’s online platform, their contributions will be matched dollar for dollar by the Fund, to which donors are able to contribute at a minimum of $250,000.

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Remarks by President Obama on Progress Against ISIL

President Obama: “We will destroy this barbaric terrorist organization and continue to stand with people across the region who seek a better and a safer future.”

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Remarks by John Kerry with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

The United States and China share one of the most consequential relationships in the world. In recent months and years, our nations have worked together to bring about important progress on a range of global issues, including a landmark agreement on climate change in Paris last year, which began with President Xi and – actually, it began before that with our conversations even a year earlier, but ultimately with President Xi and President Obama standing in Beijing and announcing jointly what our intended reductions would be, and that significantly impacted the decisions of other countries leading up to and into Paris.

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Secretary Kerry: I am gratified to see the final arrangements for a cessation of hostilities in Syria

This is a moment of promise, but the fulfillment of that promise depends on actions. All parties must meet their commitments under this agreement, ensure full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and cease attacks on each other, including aerial bombardments.

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Human Rights Commitments and Pledges of the United States of America


In the context of its decision to seek election to the UN HRC, the U.S. issued the following pledge outlining its commitments to human rights around the world.

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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Fiji

As friends and international partners of Fiji, we should use this review to focus not just on the positive developments, of which there are many, but to highlight a few key issues that could potentially prevent Fiji from sustaining the positive trends of recent years.

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Ambassador Wood’s Remarks at the IPNDV Working Groups


The U.S. support for the Partnership is a reflection of our commitment to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons – a goal that President Obama outlined in Prague in 2009.

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Exercise of the Right to Freedom of Expression in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States is troubled by the harassment and detention of peaceful activists and opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including those detained in connection with this week’s general strike.

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