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Diplomacy in Action

Syria: Cessation of Hostilities

Secretary Kerry (May 2): "We are engaged in an effort with all of the members of the International Syria Support Group and with Russia particularly ... to restore that cessation of hostilities." Full Text» Trip Page»

Date: 05/02/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry, With UN Special Envoy de Mistura, Addresses Reporters After Their Meeting in Geneva - State Dept Image

A Celebration of Jazz

President Obama (Apr. 29): "Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. ... It speaks to something universal about our humanity." Full Text» First Lady's Remarks» DipNote» More»

Date: 04/29/2016 Description: Graphic with colored bars and reading 'International Jazz Day'. - State Dept Image

Paris Climate Change Agreement

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 27): "Last week we saw some 200 nations come to the United Nations, and 100 and, I think, 90 or so signed the agreement itself that will put the world on the road towards sustainable energy production, sustainable energy use; towards clean energy." Full Text»

Date: 04/27/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry and University of Texas at Austin President Fenves Stand in Front of a Solar Field as They Deliver Remarks Following a Business Roundtable on Clean Energy in Austin - State Dept Image

In Other News

Daily Press Briefing: Iraq

Spokesperson Kirby (May 2): "We continue to strongly support Iraq and the Iraqi people in their fight against Daesh." Full Text»

World Press Freedom Day

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Seattle, Washington on May 3-4 to participate in an event marking World Press Freedom Day. More»

Charges in Ethiopia

Apr. 29: The U.S. again urges the government to discontinue its reliance on the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation law to prosecute journalists, political party members, and activists, as this practice silences independent voices. More»

Resumption of Burundian Dialogue

Spokesperson Kirby (May 2): "While the U.S. strongly supports the regionally mediated Burundi dialogue … we are disappointed the scheduled dialogue did not resume today." Full Text»

Washington Conference on the Americas

On May 3, the State Department and the Council of the Americas will co-host the 46th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas. More»

Western Sahara

Ambassador Power (Apr. 29): "We consider Morocco's autonomy plan serious, realistic, and credible. ... Our goal has been and remains securing a return to the full functionality of the MINURSO mission." Full Text»


Date: 04/29/2016 Description: 2016 Public Service Recognition Week. - State Dept Image
Valuing Public Service

Public Service Recognition Week (May 1-7) honors the men and women who serve our nation as government employees. More»

Date: 2016 Description: Emerging Young Leaders Awards - State Dept Image
Emerging Young Leaders

Visit to learn more about our exciting new award for young leaders, and this year’s inspiring group of awardees. 

Date: 04/04/2016 Description: Capitol building of Palau - State Dept Image
Building Partnerships

The Freely Associated States – Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Micronesia – are important partners to the U.S. 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»

Date: 02/21/2013 Description: BusinessUSA Logo © GSA Image
BusinessUSA is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.

Date: 05/29/2015 Description: A man receives an interim care kit and is now able to better protect himself from Ebola. © USAID Image by Paloma Clohossey
Ebola Response

The United States continues to work with international partners to respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus. More»


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