The Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) is the U.S. Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of international agencies and organizations. As such, the Bureau is charged with advancing the President’s vision of robust multilateral engagement as a crucial tool in advancing U.S. national interests. U.S. multilateral engagement spans the full range of important global issues, including peace and security, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, economic development, climate change, global health, and much more.
United States Delegation to Vienna for the Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Washington, DC (July 1): Deputy Secretary William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman, and National Security Adviser to the Vice President Jacob J. Sullivan will depart on July 1 for Vienna to participate in the comprehensive nuclear negotiations of the P5+1 and European Union with Iran. Full Delegation List»
Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 26th Session
Washington, DC (June 30): The outcomes of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with a diverse range of countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns. U.S. leadership helped to keep the Council at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. Full Text»
If You ‘Let Girls Learn,’ You Save Lives Too
Washington, DC (June 26): Oppression and prejudice toil in a cage of ignorance and cruelty. Before the U.S. Civil Rights movement altered the course of history, Jim Crow laws and terror imposed segregation and licensed discrimination, casting a pall of shame over America. Today, the inhumane degradation and culturally sanctioned abuse of girls in many parts of the world is a shockingly similar shame. Denied the most basic universal human rights, girls have limited access to health care, nutrition, education, and job skills training, as well as productive resources, such as water, land, and credit. Full Text»
Young Professionals: Apply to UN Program to Jumpstart Your Career in International Affairs
Washington, DC (June 23): Interested in a career with the United Nations? Curious about entry-level opportunities for young professionals? The Bureau of International Organization Affairs is excited to announce U.S. participation in this year’s UN Young Professionals Program (YPP). This may be just the opportunity you’ve been seeking to get your foot in the door with the United Nations. To qualify, you need to be 32 years old or younger by the end of this year, hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, speak English and/or French fluently, and be a national of a participating country, such as the United States. Full Text»
Designation of Poverty Point, Louisiana as UNESCO World Heritage Site
Washington, DC (June 22): The Department of State welcomes today’s decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to inscribe the Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, a state park in Louisiana, as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This prestigious designation is a global recognition of the site’s outstanding universal value. Poverty Point becomes the 22nd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Located in Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Valley, Poverty Point comprises a remarkable system of monumental mounds and ridges built into the landscape for residential and ceremonial use by a sophisticated society of hunter-fisher-gatherers. Full Text» More Information About Poverty Point» More Information About the U.S. And World Heritage»
Commemorating World Refugee Day
Secretary Kerry (June 20): World Refugee Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a time to honor the strength and resilience of refugees around the world and renew our determination to support them as they rebuild their lives and communities. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees now counts the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons at 51 million. That number is staggering by any measure. It represents children, women, and men from Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and now Iraq, who face death, destruction, and dislocation. For them, daily survival is a gamble. Full Text»
Let * Girls Learn
Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. To learn more about our program and efforts, visit www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn.
Also view a video appeal featuring Alicia Keys, Amy Brenneman, Anne Hathaway, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, DeAndre Jordan, Denise Richards, Diego Boneta, James Van Der Beek, Jennifer Garner, Joe Manganiello, Josh Duhamel, Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Kelly Osbourne, Lance Bass, Moby, Nick Cannon, Nikki Reed, Paul Wesley, Rita Wilson, Shonda Rhimes, Soledad O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, and Tyler Perry. This video was produced by the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and Prime Content in partnership with The Jim Henson Company. Original score by Ryan Perez-Daple (rpdmusic.com).
FACT SHEET: Leading at Home and Internationally to Protect Our Ocean and Coasts
Washington, DC (June 17): This week, the State Department is hosting the “Our Ocean” conference, an international conference on sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification that concludes today. Secretary Kerry has also issued a global call to action to protect the oceans. As part of the conference, the President is announcing several steps that the United States is taking to answer that call. During the closing events of the conference, the State Department will announce additional steps and commitments it has secured to protect our oceans. Today, in a video message to conference participants, President Obama is announcing new executive actions to preserve and protect the oceans. Full Text»
Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman Leads Delegation to Vienna
Washington, DC (June 15): Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman will depart on June 15 for Vienna to lead the U.S. delegation at the fifth meeting in the comprehensive nuclear negotiations of the P5+1 political directors with Iran under the leadership of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton. She will be joined on June 16 by Deputy Secretary Burns for the initial meetings. Full Text»
FACT SHEET: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence in Conflict
Washington, DC (June 13): The United States has a longstanding commitment to support the prevention of, and accountability for, sexual violence in conflict. We have been a key partner in the United Kingdom’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), announced by Foreign Secretary William Hague in April 2012 at the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, June 10-13, 2014, is part of the PSVI and is dedicated to building momentum around this issue and marshalling action and commitments from governments. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a keynote address on June 13, 2014 at the closing plenary of this Summit in which he will highlight U.S. commitments to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict, which include… Full Text»
Attack on MINUSMA
Washington, DC (June 12): The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s attack on MINUSMA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, that killed four Chadian UN peacekeepers and wounded others, including members of the Malian Armed Forces. We express our condolences to the families of those killed and to the Governments of Chad and Mali, and wish those wounded a full recovery. We call on the Government of Mali to immediately investigate the incident and hold those responsible to account. Full Text»
Explanation of Vote on Security Council Veto on Syria
Feed The Future Initiative Reduces Hunger and Poverty for Millions, Boosts Incomes and Nutrition Around the World
Washington, DC (May 19): U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced today that President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative has reached nearly 7 million smallholder farmers and helped to save 12.5 million children from the threat of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in just the last year alone. Since it was formed four years ago, Feed the Future and complementary efforts have attracted billions of dollars in investments focused in agriculture, introduced affordable new technologies aimed at increasing agricultural production and managing the risks of a changing climate, and introduced nutrient-packed foods to millions of mothers and children around the world.
The 2014 Feed the Future Progress Report was released today during the Feed the Future Global Forum, an event bringing together stakeholders and partners from around the world to highlight progress, address challenges and chart a way forward in the fight against hunger and poverty. The report outlines how Feed the Future is working to scale-up proven technologies and activities, expand nutrition interventions and programs, and conduct research to create the next generation of innovations that can change the lives of food producers and their families. More Information» 2014 Feed the Future Progress Report»