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Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Leads U.S. Delegation to the First Meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Minamata Convention represents a major step forward to help the United States and other countries to reduce people’s exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant negative health effects including to the brain and nervous system.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the UN Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

“Ultimately, we each have a sovereign responsibility to ensure that we keep the world safe from nuclear warfare, the aftermath of which will transgress all borders. The United States will continue … to work to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We ask all peace-loving nations to join us in this mission.”

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Briefing on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State

Special Briefing by Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw, in New York City, on September 20, 2017.

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Secretary’s Remarks: On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

Today, President Donald Trump presented to assembled world leaders his vision of security, prosperity and peace led by sovereign nations

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Joint Statement from the United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom on UNHRC Reform

We agreed that reform is urgently needed to ensure that the Council’s status as a respected advocate for human rights is secured, noting that the Council cannot perform this function if serial human rights violators are continuously allowed to serve on it.

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Item 4: Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

The United States remains deeply concerned about the human rights situations in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Sudan, Myanmar, and South Sudan, which we will address elsewhere in this session.

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Secretary Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the new U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which reaffirms U.S. support for HIV/AIDS efforts in more than 50 countries …

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Interactive Dialogue with the Myanmar Fact Finding Mission

We hope the Government of Myanmar will utilize these experts’ findings to ensure those responsible for human rights violations and abuses are held accountable.

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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in South Sudan

The United States thanks the panelists for their work to address South Sudan’s grave human rights situation.

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Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

We continue to strongly support the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry and welcome its critical work investigating egregious human rights violations and abuses, as well as violations of international humanitarian law, of which the Syrian government remains the primary perpetrator.

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