U.S. Statement at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Burma

The United States again calls on Myanmar authorities to respect the rights of its entire population, provide unhindered UN, humanitarian and media access throughout Burma, especially in Rakhine State, ensure justice for victims and accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and take all necessary measures so that all persons can safely ...
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U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx

Special Briefing Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Washington, DC November 30, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Hope you’re all having a good day. Many of you may have received a notice from us earlier today about World AIDS Day, and tomorrow is World ...
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U.S. Opening Statement at the Meeting of the Parties of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

U.S. Statement as delivered by Josh Dorosin Meeting of State Parties – Opening Statement Meeting of the Parties of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Geneva, November 22, 2017 Thank you Mr. Chairman, Let me first extend our congratulations on your election as Chairperson of this Meeting of High Contracting Parties, and our appreciation for ...
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U.S. Statement at CCW GGE Meeting: Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force delivered by John Cherry Geneva, November 15, 2017 Mr. Chair: We thank you for the “food for thought” paper that you circulated prior to this GGE ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance in Response to the Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis in Burma

We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society, and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights and religious freedom.
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Secretary Tillerson Joint Press Availability With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

"I am announcing today that the United States will provide an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees, bringing the United States response to the Rakhine State crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh to more than $87 million since August of this year, and total humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from this region ...
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Joint Statement on Syria Chemical Weapons by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, an

The Syrian regime violated international law, including the Chemical Weapons Convention. We condemn this heinous act and demand that the Syrian regime immediately cease any and all use of chemical weapons and finally declare to the OPCW all chemical weapons that it possesses.
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EOV in the First Committee on Resolution L.45: Follow-up to the 2013 High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament

We believe that nuclear proliferation and non-compliance by a few States with their respective nonproliferation obligations, as well as nuclear terrorism and the deterioration of the international security environment constitute serious threats to international peace and security.
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Secretary of State Tillerson in Geneva

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended a week-long trip -- which included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and India – with a stop in Geneva on October 26. While in Geneva, he met with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, spoke with the media and met with U.S. Mission staff and their ...
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Remarks at the #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Event

Remarks John J. Sullivan  Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns Auditorium Washington, DC October 12, 2017 DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Alyson, for that kind introduction. And thanks to you and to OES Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber for the good work you and your teams have done in putting together this event. First, I ...
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Remarks by Simon Henshaw at UNHCR ExCom Reception

At UNGA two weeks ago, President Trump expressed appreciation for the United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance. Further, Secretary Tillerson, Administrator Green, Ambassador Haley, and I reaffirmed U.S. commitment – and the international community’s commitment – to seek solutions that end crises and bring peace, prosperity, and stability.
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Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo 09/20/2017 11:20 AM EDT Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic ...
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Ambassador Robert Wood Remarks at CD Plenary on North Korea

Ambassador Robert Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Opening Remarks for Plenary on North Korea August 30, 2017 As prepared for delivery I have requested the floor in today’s Plenary meeting to address the undeniable threat North Korea poses to international peace and security.  This Conference is a critical ...
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Fourth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack at Ghouta, Syria

Fourth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack at Ghouta, Syria Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2017 Four years ago today, the Syrian regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the opposition-controlled suburb of Ghouta in Damascus – leaving more than 1,400 Syrians dead, many of ...
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Enhancing the Ability of Individuals in Recovery to Fight Addiction, in the U.S. and Abroad

INL convened an Expert Working Group that included U.S. and international experts in substance use recovery, including from the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United Nations, the Colombo Plan, the Organization of American States, and civil society organizations.
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General Statement on Technical Assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Concerning the Events in Kasai

As we have previously stated, the United States is deeply concerned by the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai Provinces as well as by the political uncertainty in the country, resulting from the DRC government’s failure to hold elections in accordance with the DRC Constitution.
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Explanation of Vote on Resolution on Protection of the Family

The United States believes that discussions at the United Nations must consider all types of loving families that exist today, be those families headed by one mother and father, a single parent, a same-sex couple, grandparents, or the many other family structures that provide essential support for raising children and assisting in caring for the ...
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U.S. Explanation of Position on Resolution on Violence Against Women

A/HRC/35/L.15 Explanation of Position by the United States of America Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America, as delivered by Jason Mack UN Human Rights Council – 35th Session Geneva, June 22, 2017 The United States strongly supports the spirit of this resolution and joins other members of this Council in condemning all acts ...
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Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice

The Working Group’s report on good practices emphasizes that laws are essential in addressing discrimination against women. But they need to be accompanied by sustained implementation efforts, robust civil society advocacy, gender-sensitive discrimination education, and attitudinal and behavioral change to result in real improvements.
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U.S. Welcomes Report to Human Rights Council on Mental Health and Behavioral Well-Being

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health on Right to Health As Delivered by Gregory Staff Tuesday, June 6, 2017 U.S. Statement   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  The United States thanks Mr. Dainius Pūras for his report. The ...
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Remarks by Chargé Allegra at a Reception In Honor of the 2017 ITU Council

Opening Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Theodore Allegra at a Reception In Honor of the 2017 ITU Council U.S. Mission Geneva Thursday, May 18, 2017 Secretary General Zhao, Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished delegates – -welcome to the U.S. Mission.  It is an honor to host you to celebrate the 2017 session of the International Telecommunication Union’s Governing Council. The United ...
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Secretary Tillerson: Remarks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a lengthy conversation about issues that require immediate attention and issues that require longer-term attention. We understand that improvement in the long-term relationship will be required if we are to make progress on issues where we have different views.
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