All articles from: April, 2016

CITES and Trade Agreements: Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development

Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime  -  Earth Day 2016 Blog by  Ambassador Punke and CITES SG Scanlon

Maximizing the impact of addressing these environmental threats through partnership and cooperation is a guiding force in recent discussions between Secretary-General John E. Scanlon of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke.

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Ambassador Punke: Protecting our Oceans through Trade Policy

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The United States is including first-ever reforms of harmful fisheries subsides in its regional trade agreements, like the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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

Since its accession, Ukraine has faced a number of major challenges, including an economic crisis, armed aggression from combined separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, and geopolitical pressures. As a direct result, Ukraine’s economy and its population continue to struggle. Nevertheless, the spirit that inspired the Revolution of Dignity remains strong in Ukraine and the U.S. government is committed to helping Ukraine recover and return to a path of steady and robust growth.

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United States to Announce $25 Million in Funding for World Bank’s New Financing Initiative

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce $25 million in intended U.S. funding for the World Bank’s new financing initiative to support the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region today at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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United States Provides Additional $29 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for Malian Regional Crisis

This funding will support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), and other international organizations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger to provide essential protection and assistance, such as health, food, water, livelihoods, and education.

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Job Announcement: Local Guard

The U.S. Mission in Geneva is seeking an individual for the position of Local Guard in the Regional Security Office.

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Remarks at an Informal Meeting on “Syria: War Crimes and the Pursuit of Justice”

Ambassador Samantha Power: “I want to begin by recognizing three other courageous individuals who need no introduction to the Syrians who have spoken, but I think just saying a word about their stories is in keeping with Sima’s summons to us to remember the individuals who we’re actually talking about here in this context.”

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Rejecting False Choices: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East” at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Forrestal Lecture on Foreign Policy

Ambassador Samantha Power: “Because the United States is the most powerful country in the world – and given the state of the region – some have second-guessed the decisions that President Obama and his Administration have made on the Middle East.”

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The United States Contributes $421 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of nearly $421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global appeal for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This brings the total U.S. Government contribution to UNHCR to nearly $698 million to date in FY 2016.

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Statement by President Obama on Progress in the Fight Against ISIL

Today, on the ground in Syria and in Iraq, ISIL is on the defensive. Our 66-member coalition, including Arab partners, is on the offensive. We have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum.

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