Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons: Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War

The U.S. Delegation appreciates Iraq’s efforts to focus our discussions this year on the clearance of explosive remnants of war, or ERW.  The United States has long supported efforts to clear ERW in Iraq, and we are proud of the cooperative partnership that we have developed with the government of Iraq in addressing the danger ...
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Fact Sheets: U.S. Government Efforts to Advance Business and Human Rights in 2018

The U.S. government is committed to supporting and advancing the voluntary efforts of businesses to advance human rights in their agenda, and has continued to take steps towards this objective in 2018. This document is meant to provide a snapshot of a few examples of the work undertaken in this regard.
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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of the Congo

We welcome Republic of the Congo’s progress towards peace, but remain deeply concerned by reports of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of individuals who are detained by security forces, arbitrary arrests and holding of prisoners of conscience, and undue restrictions on freedoms of association and peaceful assembly. We are also concerned about inadequate anti-trafficking legislation ...
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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of the Central African Republic

We welcome the progress the Government of the Central African Republic has made to strengthen justice, accountability, and the rule of law.  The United States commends the government’s recent success in holding criminal court sessions, the conviction of General Adjilo, and the National Assembly’s adoption of regulations for the Special Criminal Court.
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Intellectual Property as a Driver of Innovation

The U.S. Mission is pleased to have cosponsored a November 7 discussion on Intellectual Property (IP) and Innovation at the World Trade Organization. A panel of four expert speakers looked at how IP incentivizes creativity in the arts, business and technology, unshackling human potential to address the world’s many challenges. The event featured four speakers: ...
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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia

We commend the Kingdom’s initiatives to broaden societal and economic participation for Saudi Arabian women.  We remain, however, concerned about guardianship laws and credible reports of the forcible return of women to Saudi Arabia after these women have entered the sovereign jurisdiction of other countries.
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Arms Control and International Security: Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Conventional Weapons

Mr. Chairman, the United States is a High Contracting Party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and all of its Protocols. We view the CCW as an important instrument because it has brought together States with diverse national security concerns, but shared concern over certain threats that affect us all.
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Ambassador Wood’s Remarks at UN General Assembly First Committee Discussion on Regional Disarmament and Security

States base their decisions regarding deterrence and defense on their perceptions of the security environment. The U.S initiative on “Creating the Conditions for Nuclear Disarmament” – which we refer to as “CCND” for short – reflects that reality by recognizing that reducing regional tensions and conflicts will contribute to creating conditions conducive to progress on ...
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Decision by Staffan De Mistura To Finish His Tenure as UN Special Envoy for Syria

In his four years and four months as UN Special Envoy for Syria , Staffan de Mistura has worked tirelessly to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, saved lives by working to deescalate the violence that has engulfed the country, and eased suffering by constantly pressing for unhindered delivery of vital medical and humanitarian ...
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U.S. Assistance to Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iraq

As part of the continued commitment by Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo, and USAID Administrator Green to support ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq as highlighted earlier this year at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the United States is proud to announce over $178 million in U.S. foreign assistance to support these vulnerable ...
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President Trump at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly

President Trump: “Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on Earth. That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination.”
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Press Releases: Remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit

Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Westin Grand Central Hotel New York City September 25, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, all. Thank you. Thanks. So I’m still – it’s going to take me just a minute to recover. I was desperately afraid Senator Lieberman was going to ask me to translate some ...
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Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: Remarks on “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labor, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking”

Deputy Secretary Sullivan: "I’m pleased to announcethat we are working with our Congress to make a second $25 million available to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery as well as to the University of Georgia Research Foundation to work toward our mutual aim of ending modern slavery through transformative programs, innovative research methodologies, and ...
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73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

On Tuesday, September 25, President Donald J. Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations, in New York City.  The President’s remarks will be streamed on  WhiteHouse.gov/live  and the White House’s Facebook page.  Later in the day, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran ...
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On U.S. Appearance Before the International Court of Justice

Today, oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began in The Hague on an application for provisional measures in a case brought by Iran against the United States, Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights. Iran’s filing with the ICJ is an attempt to interfere with the ...
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Assistant Secretary Poblete Addresses the Conference on Disarmament

United States Remarks at the Conference on Disarmament As delivered by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Yleem D.S. Poblete Geneva, Switzerland August 14, 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, all. Mr. President, I would like to bring to the attention of this body a matter related to outer space ...
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Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Nomination of Michelle Bachelet to be UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Nomination of Michelle Bachelet to be UN High Commissioner for Human Rights August 8, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Press Release – U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York) The United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council in part because of the Council’s consistent failure to address ...
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai the 18th Global Symposium for Regulators

Geneva, Switzerland July 10, 2018 Good afternoon!  It’s great to be at GSR-18 and a part of this discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies. Thank you to Director Brahima Sanou and the ITU for facilitating this week’s discussions.  I appreciate Director Sanou’s singular focus on bringing the benefits of technology to billions around the ...
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United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 26, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. This funding for the Venezuelan people includes a contribution to the International Organization for Migration ...
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Remarks on the UN Human Rights Council

Remarks by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State and Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Treaty Room Washington, DC June 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable. They are ...
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United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict.
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Joint Statement of President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Singapore Summit

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Guinea & Mauritania

Statement by Ambassador Dennis Shea, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Permanent Representative to the WTO Geneva, May 29, 2018 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes Secretary General Cisse and Minister Hamdi Ould Mouknass and their respective delegations to this, Guinea’s fourth and Mauritania’s third WTO Trade Policy Review.  We appreciate the Secretariat’s thorough ...
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Syria has Neither the Credibility nor the Moral Authority to Assume the Presidency of the CD

Ambassador Robert Wood: Simply put, it is a travesty that the Syrian regime – which continues to indiscriminately slaughter its own people with weapons banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention – should presume to preside over this body.
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U.S. Statement on the Referendum in Burundi

Press Statement by Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 21, 2018 The United States notes that the May 17, referendum process in Burundi was marred by a lack of transparency, the suspension of media outlets, and attempts to pressure voters. The government allowed vigorous campaigning by the opposition during the designated two-week campaign period, but ...
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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20. This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy. Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through free, fair, and transparent elections, the government faces isolation from the international ...
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

Secretary Pompeo: "We'll continue to work with allies to counter the regime's destabilizing activities in the region, block their financing of terror, and address Iran's proliferation of missiles and other advanced weapons systems that threaten peace and stability. We will also ensure Iran has no path to a nuclear weapon -- not now, not ever. ...
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Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding an Alleged Incident in Saraqib on 4 February 2018

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 17, 2018 On May 15, 2018, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact-Finding Mission, released its report regarding an alleged incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018. The FFM “determined that chlorine, released from cylinders through mechanical impact, was likely ...
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U.S. Statement at the UPR of Bangladesh

As delivered by Huda Ibrahim 30th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group Geneva, May 14, 2018 The international community appreciates the Government of Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees and welcomes its commitment to a voluntary, safe, and dignified repatriation process that includes the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and relevant international agencies. However, ...
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NPT PrepCom: Closing Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood

Closing Statement by the United States Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Ambassador Robert A. Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Geneva, May 4, 2018 Mr. Chairman, First, allow me to thank you for your impressive ...
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U.S. Hosts ITU Council Reception

The United States hosted a reception in honor of delegates to the 2018 ITU Council and to express support for two women making outstanding contributions to the work of the ITU, Doreen Bogdan Martin, the U.S. candidate for Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, and Joanne Wilson, candidate for a second term on the ...
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Statement by Assistant Secretary Christopher Ford at the Opening of the 2018 NPTPrepcom

Today, we open this Preparatory Committee as part of the NPT’s review cycle, meeting in Geneva – the lovely “second city” of the auspicious United Nations organization that a traumatized but hopeful international community built at the close of the last and most horrible of the global conflagrations that convulsed the 20th Century world.
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U.S. Statement on Possible Options for Addressing the Humanitarian and International Security Challenges Posed by Emerging Technologies

The United States remains interested in sharing practice on weapons reviews with a view towards more States understanding their usefulness in improving States’ implementation of their existing legal obligations and for States that currently conduct such reviews to have an opportunity to learn about good practices of others.
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CCW GGE: U.S. Slide Presentation – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM)

The goal of this presentation is to increase understanding of how autonomy in various functions can enhance the ability of weapons serve their intended, legitimate, purposes while also supporting humanitarian interests on the battlefield In this case, helping protect people and installations against attacks by rockets, artillery, and mortars.
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

USAID: Today, the United States announced nearly $87 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who face the world's largest food-security emergency and worst cholera outbreak, driven by more than three years of war. This funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Yemen response since the beginning of Fiscal ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia

At the forty-third round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia, March 27-28, the United States condemned the tragic death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili following his arrest and detention in South Ossetia in February and the unacceptable delay in the return of his remains. 
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The Need for an Integrated Approach to the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the Full Realization of Human Rights, Foc

The United States recognizes that the 2030 Agenda can help countries work toward global peace and prosperity, and that each country has its own development priorities and must work towards implementation in accordance with its own national policies and priorities.
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High Level Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Central African Republic (CAR)

We remain deeply concerned by reports of widespread abuses by armed groups, such as unlawful killings; involuntary disappearances; torture; pervasive sexual violence, including against men and boys; unlawful restrictions on freedom of movement; and the continued use of child soldiers by armed groups.
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and the Report of the High Commissioner on Burundi

The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its work. In Burundi, where the situation remains grave, the Government and actors affiliated with it continue to commit serious human rights violations and abuses, some of which the Commission found provide reasonable grounds to believe may amount to crimes against humanity.
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Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar and the Myanmar Fact-Finding Mission

The United States is deeply concerned by Myanmar’s cessation of cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and continued non-cooperation with the Fact-Finding Mission. The government should immediately resume cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and allow the Fact-Finding Mission access to Myanmar.
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

We remain deeply concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people, who face egregious human rights violations and abuses, including those involving extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual and gender-based violence, and forced labor.
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U.S. Statement for Item 3 General Debate

As the Council commemorates the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action, we are concerned by efforts to inappropriately collectivize human rights, which are rights guaranteed to individuals, as well as by efforts to make development a precondition for the fulfillment of human rights obligations and ...
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U.S. Strongly Urges All Human Rights Council Members to Support Resolution on Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Explanation of Position By the Delegation of the United States of America Urgent Debate on Syria Human Rights Council 37th Session Geneva, March 2, 2018  Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Theodore Allegra Note:  The Human Rights Council will continue its consideration of the resolution on Eastern Ghouta on Monday, March 5. The United States strongly ...
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U.S. Strongly Supports Efforts to Hold Accountable Those Responsible for Atrocities

Interactive Dialogue on the Joint Study of the Special Adviser of the SG on the Prevention of Genocide and the SR on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence 37th Session of the Human Rights Council Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by David G. Mandel-Anthony, March 2, 2018 Thank ...
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U.S. Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR and the 25th Anniversary of the VDPA

On this 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA), the United States celebrates the importance of these declarations, reaffirms our commitment to the principles enshrined in them, and reflects on the challenges to the universal realization of human rights and ...
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U.S. National Statement at the HRC37 High Level Segment

U.S. National Intervention – High Level Segment Human Rights Council – Geneva, Switzerland As delivered by Mary Catherine (Molly) Phee Acting Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of International Organization Affairs February 28, 2018 Thank you, Madame Vice President, Excellencies, distinguished colleagues. Over the past year, the United States has actively pursued Council action on two ...
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Nuclear Posture Review 2018 – NPR

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Defense James Mattis to initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The President made clear that his first priority is to protect the United States, allies, and partners. He also emphasized both the long-term goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and the requirement that the United ...
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Fact Sheet: Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation

Through the Treaty’s verification regime, which includes short-notice, on-site inspections at New START Treaty-related bases and facilities, the United States is able to verify information about the strategic nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other’s strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities.
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New START Treaty Central Limits Take Effect

The United States of America and the Russian Federation have implemented the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START Treaty) for seven years. February 5, 2018 marks the date that the Treaty’s central limits on each country’s strategic nuclear arsenal take effect.
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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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