Costs & Consequences of Violence Against Women Last for Generations – We’re Working to #EndGBV Worldwide

The U.S. Mission in Geneva and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) join the international community in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which began on Friday, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ends on December 10 (International Human Rights Day). This year’s theme is “From ...
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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the Republic of Korea

Economics and trade together make up an important cornerstone of the United States’ relationship with Korea. That relationship has only grown stronger since Korea’s last trade policy review in 2012, when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) had just entered into force. During the intervening four years, U.S.-Korea trade in goods and services increased from ...
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FACT SHEET: President Barack Obama’s Commitment to Global Development

Over the past eight years, President Obama has elevated sustainable development to a core pillar of American foreign policy. On Wednesday July 20th, the President will host the White House Summit on Global Development, bringing together development leaders, public and private sector financing partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to mark our global progress and ...
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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Ukraine

Since its accession, Ukraine has faced a number of major challenges, including an economic crisis, armed aggression from combined separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, and geopolitical pressures. As a direct result, Ukraine’s economy and its population continue to struggle. Nevertheless, the spirit that inspired the Revolution of Dignity remains strong in Ukraine and the U.S. ...
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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s economy currently faces many challenges, and the United States is proud to support Saudi Arabia’s economic growth and reform efforts to overcome them. The United States and Saudi Arabia enjoy a broad, deep and robust friendship and partnership, with cooperation spanning a range of the economic and security issues confronting the Middle East ...
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Ambassador Russell Announces APEC Initiatives to Advance Women and Girls in STEM Fields

The first two initiatives Ambassador Russell announced focus on research and policy planning. The public and private sectors have worked for years to advance the status of women and girls in STEM education and careers. The United States will support a regional study to take stock of where the APEC region stands on policies and ...
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Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Kerry’s Trip to Davos

Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials Washington, DC January 20, 2016  MODERATOR: Hi, you guys. Thank you for coming. Apologies – well, actually, we’re almost on time for Matt. We will start this backgrounder. As you guys know, we will be posting this. This is a background to senior State Department officials. Each of our speakers ...
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Remarks by United States Mission Charge d’Affaires Allegra at UNCTAD Trade and Development Board High-Level Session on “The Role of Women as Catalysts

The United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability, and peace. That are the words we use; promoting gender equality is the action we need. One of the United States’ foremost foreign policy considerations is the integration of the rights of women and girls.
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Statement of the U.S. at the EU Trade Policy Review 2015

Statement of the United States at the European Union Trade Policy Review 2015 Delivered by Ambassador Michael Punke U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Geneva, Switzerland June 23, 2015 Thank you, Chair.  The United States warmly welcomes Denis Redonnet and the entire delegation of the European Union to this review. Our economic relationship ...
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U.S. Statement Delivered by Ambassador Michael Punke at the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee Meeting (TNC)

Like others, the United States is deeply disappointed that its original aspirations for the Round have not been realized. We have consistently believed that we had a real opportunity, from 2001 forward, to bring about significant, new liberalization that would advance the economic development prospects of all Members, particularly developing Members.
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MICIC Geneva briefing

The Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC) is a State-led effort to improve the ability of States and other stakeholders to prepare for and respond to the needs of migrants caught in countries in situations of acute crisis ...
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Appointment of Sarah Fox as the Secretary’s Special Representative for International Labor Affairs.

Ms. Fox will lead the Department’s effort to promote workers’ rights and improve economic security and working conditions for workers abroad; liaise with the global labor movement, U.S. and multinational companies, and other stakeholders on these issues; and support and strengthen the labor diplomacy function at our embassies worldwide.
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U.S. Statement at the Trade Negotiations Committee

Let me be clear, as Ambassador Froman was during recent meetings in Paris: If the Trade Facilitation Agreement unravels, it’s hard to imagine a post-Bali work plan proceeding. Why? Because Members of this organization will have demonstrated to the world that WTO negotiations, even when they are successful, are simply not taken seriously by all ...
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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Ghana

Ghana is an important and growing trading partner of the United States, and it continues to benefit from U.S. trade preference programs. In 2013, U.S. duty-free imports from Ghana under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) totaled $34.7 million. Such imports included a number of value-added ...
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Press Statement: Loss of U.S. Vote at UNESCO

We regret that today the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference as a result of legislative restrictions that have precluded payment of U.S. dues to UNESCO. The restrictions were triggered when UNESCO member states voted to grant the Palestinians membership as a state in ...
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New Development Approach Stresses Partnerships, USAID’s Shah Says

Since 2010, USAID has shifted its approach to development assistance, emphasizing public-private partnerships, channeling funds to local governments and organizations with knowledge and expertise to create sustainable change, and expanding its partner base to include philanthropies, academia, faith-based groups and diaspora, said Rajiv Shah, the agency’s administrator.
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U.S. Exports Reached Record High in 2012

Washington, February 8, 2013 The Department of Commerce has announced that the export of U.S. goods and services reached an all-time record during 2012, growing $92.6 billion for a total of $2.2 trillion as the U.S. economy continues to make progress toward President Obama’s goal of doubling exports from their 2009 levels. In a February ...
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