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Diplomacy in Action

28th Session of the Human Rights Council

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "The fundamental struggle for dignity has been a driving force in all human history worldwide, and what drives us are a set of universal values and aspirations." Full Text» Trip page»

Date: 03/02/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses delegates in the Human Rights Chamber at the United Nations Palais des Nations on March 2, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. - State Dept Image

U.S.-Cuba Talks

Assistant Secretary Jacobson (Feb. 27): "We view reestablishing diplomatic relations and reopening embassies as critical early steps in the longer-term process of normalizing relations more than half a century after we severed diplomatic relations." Full Text»

Date: 03/27/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson delivers remarks on U.S.-Cuba talks to re-establish diplomatic relations at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on February 27, 2015. - State Dept Image

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 27): "We have a moral obligation to speak out against the persecution and the marginalization of LGBT persons. And we have a moral obligation to promote societies that are more just, fair, and tolerant." Full Text» Special Envoy Berry's Remarks» More»

In Other News

Daily Press Briefing: Turkey

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Mar. 2): "We have, and obviously would welcome all steps in support of a peaceful resolution in this conflict, and commend the efforts of both the government and all parties concerned to work towards a lasting peace." Full Text»

South Sudan Negotiations

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "Legitimacy is not a presumed right of any government. It is conferred by the people, and it is sustained only by demonstrating leadership to protect and serve all citizens—responsibilities the government has neglected." Full Text»

Countering ISIL

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 1): "There’s a great deal of energy and effort being put into this, and I am confident that over time we will beat, we will indeed degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL." Full Text»

Combating Wildlife Trafficking

On March 3, to celebrate World Wildlife Day, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli will host a Google+ Hangout on the subject of combating wildlife trafficking. More»

Election in Lesotho

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "The United States congratulates the people of Lesotho for participating peacefully in Lesotho's snap parliamentary election on February 28." Full Text»

Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 27): "The United States urges the Russian authorities to act expeditiously to investigate and bring to justice those responsible." Full Text»


Date: 2015 Description: Renowned Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hasani strikes a pose reflected in her new work at Embassy Kabul.  © Photo by Joanne Lewa
Gender Equity in Afghanistan

The $216 million Promote effort represents a joint U.S.-Afghan commitment to create opportunities for Afghan women to become future leaders. More»

Date: 03/28/2014 Description: Department of State by State Map - State Dept Image
State by State Map

The State by State Map details the work of the Department in each U.S. State, and all for about 1% of the Federal budget. More»

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BusinessUSA is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.

Date: 03/01/2015 Description: Women's History Month Profile: Alexis Sullivan  - State Dept Image
Women's History Month

This year’s theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories into the essential fabric of our nation’s history. More»

Date: 02/11/2015 Description: ECA's 75th Anniversary of Exchanges logo - State Dept Image
International Exchange Programs

Since 1940, the Department has fostered mutual understanding through people-to-people exchange programs. More»

Date: 01/31/2015 Location: Monrovia, Liberia Description: The Monrovia Medical Unit treats health workers that contract the virus in the line of duty. Photo by Neil Brandvold, USAID © USAID Image
Ebola Response

The United States is working with international partners to help respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus. More»


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