Statement by Ambassador Shea at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Indonesia

WTO TRADE POLICY REVIEW OF INDONESIA Statement by U.S. Representative Ambassador Dennis C. Shea As Delivered Geneva – December 9, 2020 Thank you, Chair, and thank you to Ambassador Villalobos. The United States is pleased to welcome Vice Minister of Trade Jerry Sambuaga and the other members of the Indonesian delegation to the Trade Policy …

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Statement by Ambassador Shea: WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations Heads of Delegation Meeting Statement by Ambassador Dennis C. Shea October 9, 2020 Thank you, Santiago, for your report and reflections on the week, as well as sharing some of your plans for the intersessional period leading up to the November meetings. The United States continues to support your process, which …

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Ambassador Robert Wood: Statement at the Conference on Disarmament

Every CD Member State, indeed, Mr. President, every nation on Earth, should insist, as a matter of international peace and security, that China engage on nuclear arms control, transparency, and confidence building with the United States and the Russian Federation without further delay.

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Statement by Ambassador Shea: WTO Rules Negotiating Group – Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Meeting of the Heads of Delegation Statement by Ambassador Dennis C. Shea Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Geneva, 21 July 2020 Santiago, thank you for your efforts over the last challenging months. We appreciate your calling us back together today to provide our initial reactions to the …

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Statement by Ambassador Shea at Heads of Delegation Meeting

I would like to use today’s meeting to highlight the importance of meaningful WTO reform to the United States given the publication this past weekend of the U.S. President’s Trade Policy Agenda. This important report provides direct guidance to me and the rest of the Executive Branch in the U.S. Government on trade policy priorities.

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Remarks by Ambassador Andrew Bremberg at UN Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

I am honored to be a part of this event and humbled to be in the presence of survivors whose conviction and courage inspire awe and faith.  Holocaust Remembrance Day keeps alive the stories and experiences of those who bore witness to one of the most horrific periods in history – a few short years …

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Ambassador Shea: Matters Related to the Functioning of the Appellate Body

Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Dennis Shea WTO General Council Meeting, December 9, 2019 INFORMAL PROCESS ON MATTERS RELATED TO THE FUNCTIONING OF THE APPELLATE BODY – REPORT BY THE FACILITATOR AND DRAFT DECISION ON THE FUNCTIONING OF THE APPELLATE BODY (WT/GC/W/791) We thank the Facilitator, Ambassador David Walker, for his considerable efforts to date …

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Statements by the United States at the November 22, 2019, DSB Meeting

Statements by the United States at the Meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body Delivered by Ambassador Dennis Shea, U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Geneva, November 22, 2019 NOTE: Only item 4 was delivered by Ambassador Shea. The other statements in this document were delivered at staff level. Read the Statements (PDF 274 KB) …

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis

Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external displacement of persons in the Hemisphere’s history.

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International Commitment to Protect Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Today we mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.  This day serves as a reminder of the need to promote and protect the unalienable right of religious freedom, and the consequences when countries fail to do so.

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U.S. Opening Statement at the Third Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks

I am here today because wildlife trafficking undermines economic prosperity and communities’ livelihoods; it encourages corruption; it spreads disease; and it pushes species to the brink of extinction. Wildlife trafficking threatens our values, our governance structures, and the rule of law.

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Statements delivered by Ambassador Dennis Shea – WTO General Council Meeting Geneva, July 24, 2019

We thank the proponents for their paper.  While we disagree with much of the paper’s content, we expect some of the issues it raises to be a significant part of the discussion in this Council as we approach MC12, so we appreciate the opportunity to confront them head on. 

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Ambassador Shea: Statement on EU Implementation of Non-Tariff Barriers on Agricultural Products

For more than 4 years, over 40 Members have taken the floor in the SPS and TBT Committees to ask the European Union to reconsider unsound policies–the implementation of which would have a profound and adverse impact on global agricultural production and trade, particularly in developing countries.  

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Plenary Statement 72nd World Health Assembly

Secretary Azar: “Last year, we marked the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed more than 50 million people. Soon after, in 1919, another significant outbreak, of typhus in Europe, led health ministers to come together to plan the health component of the League of Nations, even before the League had its first …

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U.S. Statement: Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures

As we continue fisheries subsidies negotiations in the Rules Negotiating Group, discussions have all too often devolved into abstract debates on definitions, fisheries management regimes, and jurisdictional issues. The subsidy notifications called for by our ministers are straightforward and serve as an important reality check on those discussions.

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U.S. Statement at WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Ambassador Shea: “I am pleased to join you today because this negotiation has the potential to be a real game-changer. The fisheries subsidies negotiations represent a potentially pivotal opportunity for the WTO to demonstrate that its negotiating arm remains strong, and that the organization can develop new rules that have a real-world impact not only …

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U.S. Deposits Instrument of Ratification to the Marrakesh Treaty

The United States today deposited the instruments of ratification to the Marrakesh Treaty, a landmark treaty which will help reduce the global shortage of print materials in accessible formats such as Braille for blind, visually impaired and print disabled persons.

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U.S. Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

“We stand with the Venezuelan people as they seek to build a better life for themselves and we cannot ignore the suffering or tyranny taking place in this proud nation. Neither should other countries who care about freedom and prosperity.”

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U.S. Statement by Ambassador Wood at the 2019 Session of the Conference on Disarmament

Today, I would like to speak with you about the importance of compliance with arms control obligations and the consequences when states violate arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments.  As Secretary Pompeo has said, “when treaties are broken, the violators must be confronted, and the treaties must be fixed or discarded. Words should …

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Repression of Civil Society, Human Rights Defenders, and Independent Media in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan regime’s recent actions to strip legal status from non-governmental organizations, including groups monitoring human rights, reveal President Ortega’s and Vice President Murillo’s continued contempt for human rights in their own country.

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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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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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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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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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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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Inauguration Day: Donald Trump to Take Office as America’s 45th President

Watch the live stream coverage of Inauguration Day 2017 on PBS:  https://twitter.com/i/live/807346862592139264  and on the  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Donald J. Trump, a businessman who promises to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living, on January 20 takes office as the 45th president of the United States. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is …

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Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at MICIC Private Sector Consultation

U.S. Mission Geneva Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Good morning, everybody.  And welcome to U.S. Mission Geneva.  First, let me thank those of you from the MICIC Secretariat, located within the International Organization for Migration, for your work in putting this event together.  Know that your efforts — and those of your colleagues — are so …

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Global Review of Aid for Trade

4th Global Review of Aid for Trade US Sponsored Side Event and Reception 11:00 – 13:00 July 9, 2013, Room D, WTO Africa Can Compete! Cases of Africa Succeeding in Global Markets   More than 40% of the world’s cashews are grown in Africa.  Yet for too long, Africa’s cashews have been exported to other …

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Ambassador King Cites Effective Governance and Empowered Civil Society as Key to Promotion of Democratic States

Ambassador Betty E. King’s stressed that the international community must take steps to expand and sustain the ranks of stable, prosperous and democratic states by supporting the next generation of democratic transitions in remarks at the official presentations of “Constitution-Making and Reform: Options for the process” on January 23rd at the Interpeace Partners Forum, held …

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