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Date: 06/20/2013 Description: Secretary Kerry attends the World Refugee Day event in the Ben Franklin Room of the State Department. - State Dept Image

Date: 04/12/2011 Description: Syrian protests © AP Image Date: 04/07/2011 Location: UNESCO Paris Description: DipNote Blog: UNESCO Youth Forum Application Process Open. © AP Image

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.

The Future of UN Peace Operations
Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Participants of U.S. Institute for Peace event on the ''Future of UN Peace Operations.
 © USIPDipNote (Mar 13): Peacekeeping operations are central to our collective determination to promote peace and security around the world. It is the right time for the international community to come together to ensure that the UN’s blue helmets are as effective as possible, and continue to offer the way to a stable peace for those who have seen conflict. Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Crocker Remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations on Assessing the United Nations at Seventy
Date: 03/12/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker at the Council on Foreign Relations. - State Dept ImageAssistant Secretary Crocker (Mar. 12): "Seventy years ago, the need for an international body to provide a convening authority and a constraint for disputing nations was obvious. And though it is true that since that day in San Francisco there have been few constants on the international stage, it is also true that a body that was conceived primarily as a means to prevent war among the great powers of the world has met that fundamental objective." Full Text»

Our Next 'Beijing Moment': Achieving Gender Equality by 2030
DipNote (Mar. 11):
Twenty years ago, tens of thousands of people gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women, where 189 governments made significant commitments to advance gender equality and the empowerment of all women, everywhere. As we reflect back on the unprecedented progress to translate the Beijing Platform for Action into concrete actions, this year’s 20th anniversary and the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women offer an opportunity for us to look at how far we’ve come to advance gender equality, both here in the United States and around the world. Full Text»

Deputy Secretary Blinken Remarks at the U.S. Institute for Peace on the Future of UN Peace Operations
Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken at the U.S. Institute for Peace. March 10, 2015. © USIP ImageDeputy Secretary Blinken (Mar. 10): "The international community took a meaningful step forward in bolstering peacekeeping capacity in September at the UN Summit. Nearly one-third of the more than 30 countries in attendance announced they were considering new contributions of infantry battalions or force enablers to UN missions. Some nations re-affirmed their long-standing commitments, including Bangladesh and the Netherlands, and others offered to participate for the first time, like Colombia." Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Crocker Remarks at the U.S. Institute for Peace on the Future of UN Peace Operations
Date: 03/10/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker at the U.S. Institute for Peace. © USIPAssistant Secretary Crocker (Mar. 10): "Last September, in New York, I participated in the Peacekeeping Summit co-hosted by Vice President Biden, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Rwanda, Japan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. And the enthusiasm in the room and the commitment of the Summit participants to contribute to UN peacekeeping missions and to help fill key gaps was palpable. Our hope is that today’s event will build off that enthusiasm and that it will be one additional step on the path to strengthening and reforming UN peace operations and UN peacekeeping." Full Text»

ISIL's Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures
Secretary Kerry (Mar. 6): "
I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on the heritage of the Iraqi and Syrian people by an organization with a bankrupt and toxic ideology." Full Text»

Advancing Universal Values at the UN Human Rights Council
DipNote (Mar. 2):
We support the HRC because we strongly believe in its mission and its possibilities. We know that at best the Council can be a valuable means for reminding every nation of its commitments and obligations to human rights and for holding countries accountable when they fail to meet international standards. Full Text»

Secretary Kerry Press Availability in Geneva, Switzerland
Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "
A little while ago, as I think you know, I had the opportunity to address the UN Human Rights Council here in Geneva. And since the United States made the decision to re-engage on the council, we have worked hard to try to drive a number of significant steps to be able to bring new levels of international attention to some of the world’s most egregious human rights violations, and also to focus on some of the worst abusers – particularly, obviously, we have focused on North Korea and Syria." Full Text»

28th Session of the Human Rights Council
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 ImageSecretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "The moral standard that summons us all here and unites us in common action does not belong to any one nation or continent. 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»

Assistant Secretary Crocker Travel to Geneva and Vienna
Date: 02/27/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker and Ambassador Harper at the Human Rights Council - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (Feb. 27): Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker  accompanied Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva, Switzerland for the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Full Text»


Nomination of Dr. Chris Field as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Washington, DC (Feb. 27):
The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Chris Field to serve as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Dr. Field, a director at the Carnegie Institution for Science and professor at Stanford University, has served as co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II since 2008, and has delivered two major assessments during this term. Full Text»

Secretary Kerry Travel to Geneva, Montreux, Riyadh, and London
Washington, DC (Feb. 26):
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, on March 2, to address the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. While in Geneva, the Secretary also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Ukraine and regional issues of common interest. Full Text»

United States Hosts First Ever U.S.-India Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues
Washington, DC (Feb. 18):
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker hosted the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary Vikas Swarup at the Department of State for the U.S.-India Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues on February 18. This dialogue was an opportunity for the two nations to discuss a wide range of important issues. Full Text»

United States Provides $125 Million to the World Food Program for the Syria Crisis
Washington, DC (Feb. 17):
Increasing its commitment to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the United States is providing an additional $125 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP), which feeds nearly six million Syrians and refugees from Syria every month. Full Text»

UN Security Council Resolution 2199 on ISIL
New York, NY (Feb. 12):
Adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, this resolution provides for a range of tools, including sanctions and other binding measures, to degrade these terrorist organizations' ability to carry out brutal attacks. It focuses extensively on terrorist financial support networks, particularly ISIL's raising of funds through oil smuggling, looting of antiquities, kidnapping for ransom and other illicit activities. Fact Sheet»

Submission of U.S. Universal Periodic Review Report
Washington, DC (Feb. 6):
On February 2, the United States submitted its report as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The U.S. Government will present its report in a dialogue with the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on May 11. Full Text»

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 6):
I’ve been Secretary of State for two years now and in all my travels, one of the most horrific and searing things I’ve witnessed is seeing firsthand the destruction to young women’s lives wrought by female genital mutilation and cutting. It has to end. We have to speak out. We cannot be afraid to talk about this and, uncomfortable as it may be, call it by its name: violence, plain and simple. Full Text»

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