Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at East-West Sustainability Summit, Honolulu, Hawaii

"Geneva – the operational hub of multilateral diplomacy – provides the foundation for our work, which is built on the need to bridge cultures, to develop a network of both traditional and non-traditional partners, as we address the world’s most significant social, economic, and environmental challenges. And that’s what I want to talk about today ...
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Secretary Kerry Remarks with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed – South Sudan, Somalia, Syria

"I want to emphasize how deeply the United States values and respects our friendship with Kenya. Today, our annual 2A trade exceeds 1.5 billion and U.S. investors are increasingly attracted to the possibilities here, especially in such sectors as energy, agri-business, and ICT. Our governments work together on a range of issues, including climate change, ...
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CITES and Trade Agreements: Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development

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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Supporting the Safe Return of Those Kidnapped and Abused by Boko Haram

As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes ...
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White House Honors Young Women Empowering their Communities as “Champions of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15th, the White House will honor eleven young women as “Champions of Change” who are empowering their communities. In addition to honoring these young people for their courage and contributions, the goal of the event is to inspire girls and young women to recognize their potential for leadership -- ...
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Joint Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh

The statement was released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini; U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez; EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen; U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman; EU Commissioner for Trade ...
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Breaking the Linkages between Illicit Minerals Trade and Ongoing Violence and Human Rights Abuses

The PPA is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to work with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other governments in the region to break the linkages between the illicit minerals trade and ongoing violence and human rights abuses. The PPA seeks to leverage resources and promote harmonization of mine certification and traceability initiatives in ...
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Feed the future Makes Progress on Food Security

  By Kathryn McConnell IIP Staff Writer October 13, 2011   Washington — The Feed the Future program to increase agricultural production, raise rural incomes and improve nutrition in developing countries continues to make progress, two top U.S. agricultural development experts say. Jonathan Shrier of the State Department and Greg Gottlieb of the U.S. Agency ...
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Statement by Ambassador King in the WIPO General Assembly

Ambassador Betty King delivered a statement on behalf of the Group B, industrialized countries, at the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She stated that “we are pleased with WIPO’s efforts in encouraging innovation and creativity throughout all regions of the world, while promoting a balanced and effective international intellectual property system. ...
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New Era of Engagement: Advancing U.S. Interests at the UN

White House Fact Sheet: The Obama Administration has dramatically changed America’s course at the United Nations to advance our interests and values and help forge a more secure and prosperous world. We have repaired frayed relations with countries around the world. We have ended needless American isolation on a range of issues. And as a ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Canada

The relationship between the United States and Canada remains among the closest and most extensive in the world. It is reflected in the enormous volume of bilateral trade--the equivalent of $1.4 billion a day in goods. And Canada and the United States have one of the world's largest investment relationships.
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ILO Conference Takes Historic Step Forward – Adopts Convention for Domestic Workers

On Thursday, June 16, 2011, the United States, along with the other governments, worker and employer delegates at the 100th annual Conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.
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U.S. and World Leaders Commit to Elimination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

The world has made incredible progress in closing the gap in developing countries thanks in great part to the commitment of the American people. In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs focused on preventing mother-to-child-transmission directly supported services that led to more than 114,000 children estimated to have ...
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Ambassador Punke: Statement at the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee

Discussions have established a new and necessary realism and honesty about the difficulties facing our negotiation and motivated us to begin a serious examination of practical, achievable steps that might lead us in a more hopeful direction. The United States is deeply committed to a forthright and constructive engagement with all Members as we collectively ...
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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). To support American jobs that depend on innovation and creativity, USTR offers to develop Action Plans with trading partners to address IPR issues of concern
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US Announces Support for WIPO Efforts

On the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day, U.S. Ambassador Betty E. King announced that the U.S. Department of State has awarded a grant to WIPO for a series of seminars and programs that will develop the skills and tool to help local authorities raise awareness about the risk of counterfeit products.
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The U.S. Role in Our Changing World: Navigating the Globe’s Transnational Challenges

The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of our diplomatic and development efforts, not least because innovation continues to drive economic growth and job creation in Seattle and across the United States. That’s why emphasize the importance internationally and multilaterally of intellectual property laws – protecting patents, copyrights, and trademarks – which ...
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US Plays Leading Role in Response to Humanitarian Situation Resulting from Crisis in Libya

As President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have indicated, we strongly support the efforts of the international community and the governments of Tunisia and Egypt to respond effectively, humanely to this humanitarian challenge, which in the first instance is really a challenge of getting people, in most cases, to their homes.
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USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah visits Geneva for Listening Tour on Global Health Issues

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah arrived in Geneva January 26 for a 2-day visit focused on coordinating with international partners to strengthen global development outcomes. Dr Shah will attend the first meeting of the World Health Organization Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health.
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United States Prevails in WTO Section 421 Safeguard Dispute with China

Today United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found in favor of the United States in a dispute brought by China challenging the imposition of additional duties on imports of Chinese tires under the transitional safeguard mechanism included in China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO.
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Hong Kong, China

We appreciate the efforts of both the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Secretariat in producing the reports circulated prior to this meeting. These reports provided comprehensive details on the developments in Hong Kong’s economic and trade policy since its previous review in 2006.
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Respecting the Dignity and Human Rights of People on the Move: International Migration Policy for the 21st Century

International migration policy concerns the array of national practices that apply to the treatment of citizens and non-citizens who cross borders, and constitutes the effort, by the United States and others, to share best practices and develop common principles, approaches and initiatives toward these populations.
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United States, United Nations Urge Cooperation to Fight Hunger

“A growing number of governments, intergovernmental organizations, regional and subregional bodies, businesses and civil society groups are forming partnerships and implementing joint solutions. Increasingly, their approach is comprehensive — focusing on more stable supplies of food, better access to food and optimizing nutrition at the household level,” Ban said.
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Obama Administration’s Pledge to Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis

As part of America’s leadership in saving lives and alleviating suffering around the world, the United States announced today that it intends to make an unprecedented three-year pledge of support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The pledge is tied to the call for smart investments and shared responsibility to reach ...
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61st Session of the UNHCR Executive Committee – U.S. Government Plenary Statement

First, it is essential that humanitarians embrace broader and more integrated perspectives on protection, both conceptually and operationally. Whether or not protection has ever been the exclusive domain of the specially mandated agencies such as UNHCR, protection is now a collective responsibility that involves vigilance and action by the full range of UN agencies, non-governmental ...
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Remarks by the President to the United Nations General Assembly

We meet within an institution built from the rubble of war, designed to unite the world in pursuit of peace. And we meet within a city that for centuries has welcomed people from across the globe, demonstrating that individuals of every color, faith and station can come together to pursue opportunity, build a community, and ...
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WIPO General Assemblies Statement by Ambassador Betty E. King

WIPO’s ongoing strategic re-alignment (SRP) process has worked to reform the Organization’s programs, resources and structures with a new set of strategic goals. These have enabled WIPO to respond more effectively to the rapidly evolving technological, cultural and geo-economic environment, as well as to respond to the urgent global challenges of today, which IP can ...
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Assistant Secretary Brimmer Outlines U.S. Engagement at Upcoming UN General Assembly

Brimmer: " I’d like to start off with just a couple of words about the Administration’s overall approach to the UN General Assembly and to our second General Assembly. Now, as you recall last year, President Obama made clear his intent to lead the United States back to the multilateral table, and that intent was ...
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U.S., Brazil and ILO to expand fight against child labour in post-earthqake Haiti – first ILO North-South-South “triangular agreement̶

The agreement signed June 15 follows a decision by the governments of Brazil and the US to work jointly on issues related to the world of work, in particular child labour. It will support efforts by Haitian authorities and society, and is “inspired on successful Brazilian experiences which shall be adapted to the local context ...
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USAID Brings Hope Through Soccer

The game of soccer has proven to be instrumental in bringing communities together, empowering youth, and teaching crucial life skills like teamwork, self-confidence and motivation to succeed. Sports such as soccer play a significant role in cultures and communities around the world, and have the capacity to transform the lives of individuals. It bolsters physical, ...
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USTR NEWS – United States, European Union Raise Shared Concerns on Japan Post

Geneva – Today, U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke and European Union (EU) Chargé d’Affaires John Clarke met in Geneva with Japanese Ambassador Shinichi Kitajima to express long-standing and serious concerns that are shared by the United States and the EU regarding the lack of a level playing field between Japan ...
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Secretary Clinton Announces New Programs to Spur Empowerment of Women and Girls

I believe so strongly that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. And what we’re doing is trying to pry open those doors of opportunity for more people to walk through – more people in Muslim majority countries and more women, specifically. Because the fact is that women still have a harder time accessing loans ...
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Fishers Benefit from Marine Sanctuary

For many years, Nasirin “Kah Nas” Taraji and other fishers in the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi occupied one of the area’s best sites for collecting fish with “fish pens” or “corrals”. They enjoyed relatively good yields, but elsewhere in their town, fish catches were declining at a rate fast enough to alarm local officials ...
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The Importance of Biodiversity for Development

FACT SHEET Biodiversity conservation, the practice of protecting and preserving the wealth and variety of species, habitats, ecosystems, and genetic diversity on the planet, is important for our health, wealth, food, fuel, and services we depend on. It plays an integral role in supporting many sectors of development. Food security depends upon natural resources that ...
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Smart Power: Applications and Lessons for Development

Effective and sustainable development turns vulnerability into stability and desperation into hope. President Obama and Secretary Clinton have together committed to articulating a global development policy for our country. The Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review - or QDDR - is an assessment of current State and AID capabilities and will provide recommendations for improved performance.
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International Donors’ Conference Toward a New Future for Haiti

The International Donors’ Conference Toward a New Future for Haiti demonstrated an international commitment to Haiti’s short and long-term recovery and yielded more than $9 billion for Haiti’s reconstruction and to support essential social services, governance and broad-based sustainable development, and to defend against natural disasters. Of this amount, more than $5 billion was pledged ...
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon envisions a “Wholesale National Renewal” for the Haitian people

Haitian President René Préval provided an international donors’ conference with a $3.9 billion post-earthquake reconstruction plan to begin the initial work of rebuilding the small Caribbean nation — the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. And international donors responded with $9.9 billion in pledges, which includes more than $5.3 billion for the first two years ...
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A New Beginning: The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, April 26 – 27

Entrepreneurs from more than 50 countries with sizable Muslim populations come to Washington in April on President Obama’s invitation to celebrate the risky, exhilarating life of entrepreneurship and share ideas about sparking new businesses in their communities. He promised to host a summit on entrepreneurship “to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, ...
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USTR Kirk Welcomes Deputy USTR Michael Punke

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today welcomed the appointment of Michael Punke as Deputy United States Trade Representative for the nation's lead agency on trade. Punke also will serve as U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. He will move to Geneva immediately to assume the post.
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Croatia

The United States warmly welcomes the delegation of Croatia, led by Minister Đuro Popijač, on the occasion of the WTO’s first review of Croatia’s trade policy and practices. We want to commend both the WTO Secretariat, and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, for their diligent efforts in compiling a detailed analysis of Croatia’s ...
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Secretary Clinton: Access to reliable supplies of clean water is a matter of human security. It’s also a matter of national security.

We are looking at ways to work with international partners to support the development and implementation of country-led water and sanitation plans. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is supporting countries that are committed to making needed reforms, improving governance, and taking on the tough development challenges that surround the issue of water. USAID is working at ...
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World Water Day – Access to clean water is fundamental to life

Ambassador Betty E. King: “On the occasion of World Water Day, the United States reaffirms its commitment to maximize the impact of water-related investments by both private and public actors, continue as advocates for those whose water supply and sanitation needs are greatest; and target our programs to the most vulnerable rural and urban populations ...
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United States and India Sign Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment

Washington – U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma today signed a “Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment”. This agreement strengthens bilateral cooperation and seeks to build on recent rapid growth in U.S.-India trade, which has more than doubled over the past five years.
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International Women’s Day – USAID’s Commitment to Women’s Health and Welfare

Every year since 1911, International Women’s Day on March 8 has focused global attention to the continued need for improving women’s status and opportunities everywhere in the world. Because of their roles in raising families, providing and seeking care, and managing household needs, the health of women is fundamental to healthy communities.
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Food Security and Gender

Women are responsible for nutrition in most homes, including the purchase and preparation of food. However, because of traditional norms, they often have limited access to education and control over resources. When given the opportunity to manage household finances, studies show that women are more likely than men to spend on their family’s nutritional needs, ...
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USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk Announces Haiti Initiative

During a visit to the MAGIC Marketplace textile and apparel trade event in Las Vegas, NV, Ambassador Ron Kirk was joined by Haitian apparel manufacturer Richard Coles of Multitex, President of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) Julia K. Hughes, Jerry Cook, Vice President of Government and Trade Relations for Hanesbrands, ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of El Salvador

The United States warmly welcomes the delegation of El Salvador, led by Vice Minister of Economy Doctor Mario Roger Hernández and including Ambassador Francisco Lima Mena, to the third Trade Policy Review of El Salvador. We would first like to recognize the excellent work of the Secretariat and the Government of El Salvador in compiling ...
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WTO Trade Policy Review of Malaysia

The United States is pleased to greet the delegation of Malaysia and Secretary General Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, who is leading the delegation. We also welcome Ambassador Harun and Senior Director Jayasiri of MITI’s Multilateral Division. We appreciate the reports that were prepared for this TPR, ...
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Secretary Napolitano meets with Global Airline Industry Leaders in Geneva to Strengthen Aviation Security Standards

“Effective aviation security relies upon close coordination between airlines, government and law enforcement to identify, deter and disrupt threats,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I am committed to working closely with the airline industry and my international counterparts to strengthen global aviation security standards for passengers traveling to the United States and around the world.”
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Secretary Napolitano discusses enhancing international aviation security measures and standards with European counterparts in Spain

In Toledo, Secretary Napolitano stressed the need for collaborative international action to prevent terrorists from boarding commercial aircraft during meetings with ministers from more than 30 countries—the first in a series of global meetings intended to bring about broad consensus on enhancing international aviation security standards and procedures.
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Statements by the United States at the January 19, 2010 DSB Meeting

UNITED STATES – SECTION 211 OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1998: STATUS REPORT BY THE UNITED STATES - ANTI-DUMPING MEASURES ON CERTAIN HOT-ROLLED STEEL PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN - SECTION 110(5) OF THE US COPYRIGHT ACT: STATUS REPORT BY THE UNITED STATES -EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES – MEASURES AFFECTING THE APPROVAL AND MARKETING OF BIOTECH PRODUCTS - MEASURES RELATING ...
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Secretary Napolitano will visit Geneva Jan. 22 to Discuss Global Aviation Security With IATA Members

Secretary Napolitano will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, on Jan. 22 to meet with members of the International Air Transport Association—which represents approximately 230 airlines and more than 90 percent of the world’s air traffic—as part of the Department’s efforts to work with the airline industry to ensure all flights to the U.S. meet both international ...
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Experts Team Up to Protect Albania’s Most Vulnerable

Eleven-year old Saleo, a second-grader who loves reading, is also known for tearing up the soccer field with neighborhood friends. He has lived with his relatives, the Cicos, since both his parents died in a neighborhood gun fight in 1997. Rushan, Saleo’s uncle, supports his family of eight by collecting scrap metal from garbage bins. ...
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Breaking Barriers: Highlights From USAID’S Women’s Legal Rights Initiative

USAID supports gender integration in all its programs. However, in order to increase women’s abilities to pursue and protect their legal rights, in 2003 USAID launched the “Women’s Legal Rights Initiative” in India in partnership with IFES. Working with Indian NGOs, the program uses multiple interventions such as legal aid, legal literacy, advocacy, public information, ...
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Bolivian Communities Take Action

Gender-based violence (GBV) is of increasing concern in Bolivia, where 6 out 10 women and 3 out of 10 men report having experienced violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Frustrated with the alarming rate of GBV, community leaders launched the Avances de Paz (Advances of Peace) project, implemented from June 2006 to 2008.
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USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk in Geneva for WTO Ministerial

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk arrived in Geneva, Switzerland November 29 for the 7th Session of the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. While in Geneva, Kirk will meet multilaterally with trade ministers from America’s WTO partner economies, and will hold a number of meetings on the margins with key