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 – how the United States is working in concert with the international community in Geneva – through multi-stakeholder partnerships – to enhance resiliency and foster sustainable development around the world.”

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President Obama’s Proclamation Designates the World’s Largest Marine Protected Area off the Coast of Hawaii


Today’s expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will permanently protect pristine coral reefs, deep sea marine habitats, and important ecological resources in the waters of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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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 respective countries.

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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

Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime  -  Earth Day 2016 Blog by  Ambassador Punke and CITES SG Scanlon

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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Ambassador Punke: Protecting our Oceans through Trade Policy


The United States is including first-ever reforms of harmful fisheries subsides in its regional trade agreements, like the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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United States Acts to Protect 20 Coral Species

Acropora globiceps coral, native to Indo-Pacific waters, is now listed for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The United States announced August 27 that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as “threatened,” a less dire classification than “endangered.”

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International Wildlife Trafficking Threats to Conservation and National Security

I would like to reiterate Secretary Kerry’s continued commitment to tackling this illegal trade.

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U.S. Implements Trade Ruling on “Dolphin-Safe” Labeling

Dolphins in a net

USTR Michael Froman says the United States has fully implemented the recommendations and rulings of the WTO in a dispute brought by Mexico on the U.S. dolphin-safe labeling program.

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U.S. Celebrates CITES 40th Anniversary

Ambassador King addressing a crowd

Ambassador Betty E. King delivered remarks at an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The U.S. Mission sponsored an exhibit and film presentation to mark the occasion.

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