All articles from: May, 2016

HHS Secretary Burwell Remarks at World Health Assembly Ministerial Panel on Dementia

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell World Health Assembly Ministerial Panel on Dementia Geneva, Switzerland May 23, 2016 “We welcome any opportunity to collaborate on innovative care and services models and we will continue to support international efforts to fight dementia through the work of the G7 and WHO.” AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Introduction I want […]

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The United States Supports the Full Inclusion of Women in Disarmament

The vital importance of women's participation in disarmament, conflict prevention and peace-building was the focus of a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office at Geneva May 19.  

Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the CD, said the United States believes the participation of women is absolutely essential to international peace and security and to our own national security.  "Wherever you look in the field of international security, American women have made their presence known," Wood said.  "From negotiating a historic agreement with Iran, locking down nuclear material all over the globe, or negotiating cuts in U.S.-Russian strategic nuclear stockpiles, the common thread is that professional women from the United States played an indispensable role." 

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Ambassador Wood: “Including women and their perspectives in our conflict prevention efforts, our efforts to end wars and bring about just and sustainable peace, our efforts to protect civilian populations and hold accountable those that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, is absolutely essential to international peace and stability, and to U.S. national security.”

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John Kerry Commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The United States is unwavering in our commitment to advance full equality for LGBTI individuals everywhere. We recognize there is still much work to be done. As American civil rights leader Fredrick Douglass famously said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

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Geneva Gender Champions Hold First Mid-Term Review


Ambassador Hamamoto: We have the ability to send a powerful message to the rest of the world.

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Eight Year Imprisonment of Bahai Leaders in Iran

We join the international community in condemning their continued imprisonment and calling upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to release them immediately, along with all other prisoners of conscience in Iran.

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Ambassador Hamamoto on the Importance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)


“It’s imperative that the international community considers the long-term consequences of population movements from the outset of a disaster and endeavors to support host communities while protecting vulnerable persons. That’s an important objective of the United States for Istanbul.”

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Remarks by Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto at the CARE 70th Anniversary Exhibit


Happy 70th anniversary, CARE! May you continue to bring hope and make things better for many, many years to come.

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

The United States commends Ireland for its leadership in co-facilitating the September United Nations high-level event on refugees and migration, and for working to include language on the importance of protecting and promoting human rights in the outcome document of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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

We congratulate Albania for undertaking several of the recommended reforms highlighted during its first TPR in 2010. Albania’s success in recovering from the financial crisis depended on these reforms, which entailed reducing protectionist trade measures and proceeding with privatization.

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Ambassador Hamamoto Remarks at IUCN Reception


If 2015 was a year of commitment, 2016 is the year to take action. And the IUCN World conservation Congress is an important step in that direction, offering us all a chance to define the sustainable path for moving the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals from targets to achievements.

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