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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IUCN Congress Opens this Week in Hawaii to Address the Most Pressing Conservation Issues Across the Planet

From September 1-10, the State of Hawaii will host the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) under the theme “Planet at the Crossroads.” At the Congress, the State Department will help showcase the Administration’s accomplishments on a range of international environmental issues, including climate, oceans and wildlife trafficking.
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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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Ocean Acidification Monitoring Public-Private Partnership Launched in Southern Africa

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Ocean Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, and the XPRIZE Foundation to launch a public-private partnership, the “OceAn pH Research Integration and Collaboration in Africa (ApHRICA)” project, to advance ocean acidification monitoring in Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa.
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Fact Sheet – The United States and China: Protecting and Conserving the Ocean

The United States welcomed China’s announcement that it would participate at a senior level in the 2016 Our Ocean conference, to be held in Washington, D.C. September 15-16, 2016. The first two Our Ocean conferences resulted in pledges of over $4 billion toward ocean conservation and commitments to safeguard almost six million square kilometers of ...
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United States and India Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Wildlife Conservation and Combating Wildlife Trafficking

The United States and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate joint efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and promote other wildlife conservation measures in India. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli and Indian Ambassador to the United States Arun K. Singh signed the MOU for their ...
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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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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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FACT SHEET: U.S. Leadership in Securing First-Ever Global Carbon Emissions Standards for Commercial Airplanes

Today in Montreal, the U.S. and 22 other countries reached agreement on the first-ever global carbon standards for commercial aircraft. When fully implemented, the standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040, equivalent to removing over 140 million cars from the road for a year.
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FACT SHEET: U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit

The U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit fulfills a key element of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Presidents Obama and Xi last November, and helps to ensure that the ambitious actions to address climate change that both leaders committed to will be implemented at the state and local level, where they matter ...
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The U.S. National Climate Assessment Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Regions across America and Major Sectors of the Economy

Today, delivering on a major commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration is unveiling the third U.S. National Climate Assessment - —the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy.
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U.S. Climate Negotiator Sees Path to New Global Agreement

By Charlene Porter IIP Staff Writer Washington, October 22, 2013   The chief U.S. climate negotiator is proposing the main pillars of a new world agreement to control greenhouse gases (GHGs) and limit climate change, pillars which allow greater flexibility in how nations move toward creating clean-energy economies. Todd Stern, representing the U.S. State Department ...
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Environmental Care Creates Economic Growth

Environmental protection is good for the economy and creates jobs, according to decades of national experience. The United States’ new top environmental officer says those facts should end the nation’s decades-long debate on a “false choice” — the assertion that environmental protections inhibit economic growth.
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Cooperation Is World Water Day Theme

With recognition of the International Year of Water Cooperation, the U.S. is working on multiple fronts to help address the unmet needs of hundreds of millions of people, bringing together the skills, know-how and resources to develop water and sanitation capabilities that will protect health and support development.
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Talks on Global Climate Change Open in Doha, Qatar

The world’s top decision makers on climate are meeting in Doha, Qatar, over the next two weeks for the U.N. Climate Change Conference. The 18th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework on Climate Change is expected to focus on strategies for accelerating actions to reduce greenhouse gases and to inhibit the increase of ...
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California Puts a Price on Carbon

California is holding its first carbon emissions permit auction November 14. The auction is a critical component of the state’s cap-and-trade program, a market-based initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating incentives for companies to limit their pollution.
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LAUNCH Program Challenges People to Redefine Waste

Nine companies hailing from India, Japan, Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States will be sharing their ideas on waste management and related issues as part of a three-day forum associated with the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste challenge. LAUNCH is a program that aims to identify and accelerate solutions to the world's most urgent sustainability ...
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Climate Change Coalition Gains New Members, Momentum

A two-month-old international plan to accelerate action against climate-damaging pollutants is gaining momentum with decisions from Stockholm April 24. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is moving forward on “fast and federated action on short-lived climate pollutants,” according to a press release from the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Launch of Climate and Clean Air Coalition, new global effort to fight climate change

Remarks at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition To Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Initiative Remarks Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Benjamin Franklin Room Washington, DC February 16, 2012   SECRETARY CLINTON:Well, welcome to the State Department, to the Benjamin Franklin Room. Benjamin Franklin was not only our first diplomat, but our first great scientist. ...
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U.S. Mission Commemorates the Closing of the Year of Forests and the Start of the Year of Sustainable Energy

On December 13th, the US Mission co-hosted, with the Republic of Poland, a reception at the UN of Geneva to commemorate the closing of 2011 as the International Year of Forests. Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Betty E. King noted how 2011 has “delivered compelling examples from across the globe of national and international efforts ...
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