All articles from: December, 2016

U.S. Opening Statement at the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW)

The United States places great value in the Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as an international humanitarian law (IHL) treaty framework that brings together States with diverse security interests to discuss issues related to weapons that may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects.

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Human Rights Council Special Session on South Sudan


We are concerned that insecurity appears to be spreading and that the government of South Sudan appears to be preparing for large scale attacks in Central Equatoria in the coming days or weeks.

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks on Human Rights Day (December 10, 2016)

On this International Human Rights Day, we recommit ourselves to upholding universal respect for the fundamental freedoms of all humankind.

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Transcript: Secretary Kerry, Foreign Ministers of France, German and Qatar, Discuss the Crisis in Syria

We assembled here to talk with urgency about what additional steps, if any, what creative mechanisms could be employed after a number of years now of different attempts to be able to try to bring the parties together to end the bloodshed, to stop the carnage, the horrific war that is taking place in Syria.

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks at the French Grand Legion of Honor Ceremony With French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

We’ve weathered great storms together. I know this is a time of uncertainty. I ask you not to be diminished by the crosscurrents that are flowing through the world today because I’m convinced – and I really believe this – I see the world – I see the glass as definitively half full, not half empty.

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Press Statement On the Attack at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack today on Christian worshippers outside St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo that has killed more than 25 people and injured dozens more.

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U.S. Statement on OHCHR report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine

The US thanks the High Commission and OHCHR Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine for its continued robust reporting on the situation in Ukraine.

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Ambassador Hamamoto: Funding Civil Society Critical To Goal of Ending AIDS by 2030


Funding and building the capacity of community-based and civil society organizations is absolutely crucial to ensuring that no one is left behind.

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U.S. Pledges $125 Million to UNHCR 2017 Global Appeal Update

UNHCR Global Appeal

Ambassador Hamamoto: I am pleased to express my government’s strong support for the 2017 Global Appeal update of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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Secretary of State John Kerry: Statement on World AIDS Day 2016

On World AIDS Day, we commemorate the lives lost and communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. We also celebrate those lives that have been saved and the courageous individuals who have brought hope and healing to those living with and affected by this disease.

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