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.
U.S. Support for UN Security Council Resolution Authorizing a UN Peacekeeping Operation for the Central African Republic
Press Statement (April 10): The United States commends the United Nations Security Council for its leadership in adopting a forward looking resolution today to address the crisis in C.A.R. Today’s resolution authorizes establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation in September 2014, which will build on the strong work and sacrifices made by the African Union-led International Support Mission in C.A.R. (MISCA) and French forces, as well as the EU forces that will soon join them. The new UN integrated mission in C.A.R. (MINUSCA) will have the responsibility not only to protect civilians and establish a safe environment for delivery of humanitarian assistance, but also to help support the reestablishment of governance, assist in election preparations, facilitate the disarmament and demobilization of combatants, assist in reconciliation, promote and protect human rights, and support the formation of accountability mechanisms for those responsible for human rights abuses. Full Text»
Why Every Girl Should (Literally) Count
U.S. Youth Observer to the UN Tiffany Taylor (Apr. 4): “Every year millions of children around the world are not registered at birth. And considering that approximately one person out of 12 worldwide is a girl or young woman between the ages of 10 and 24, the lack of documentation for one of the fastest-growing segments of the population in developing countries is truly a global issue." Full Text»
U.S. Delegation to the World Urban Forum VII
The Department of State is pleased to announce members of the U.S. Delegation attending the World Urban Forum (WUF) VII, to be held April 5 - April 11, 2014, in Medellin, Colombia.
Acting Assistant Secretary Pittman's Travel to Geneva
Washington DC (April 1): Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs H. Dean Pittman will be in Geneva April 3-4 to co-chair Geneva Group consultations. The Geneva Group consists of sixteen of the largest contributors to the United Nations budget. The group meets regularly to discuss and pursue measures to promote budget discipline and improve transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness across the UN system. Acting Assistant Secretary Pittman also will meet with UN leadership in Geneva, including at the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization. For updates, follow Acting Assistant Secretary Pittman on Twitter @State_IO. Full Text»
Department of State Leads U.S. Delegation to World Telecommunication Development Conference
Washington, DC (Mar. 28): Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the 6th World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 30 - April 10. The WTDC is the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) quadrennial conference scheduled to set the development agenda, guidelines and Action Plans for the ITU over the next four years. Last held in Hyderabad, India in 2010, the WTDC is an important multilateral event for international telecommunication and broadband development policy. Full Text»
Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard Travels to Switzerland and Chad
Washington, DC (Mar. 29): Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard will travel to Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, March 31, 2014 for meetings with officials from United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Assistant Secretary Richard will travel to Ndjamena, Chad, where she will meet with Chadian government officials and representatives of both international and nongovernmental organizations. Assistant Secretary Richard will also travel to southern Chad with representatives from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to visit refugees from the Central African Republic living in camps as well as Chadians who had been living in the Central African Republic but have had to flee the violence there. Full Text»
Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session
Washington, DC (Mar. 28): The outcomes of the 25th 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. The United States successfully led two resolutions at this session: one that renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and another focusing on accountability for human rights abuses and violations in Sri Lanka. More»
Remarks With OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu Before Their Meeting
Launch of Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative
This first-of-its-kind, global program is dedicated to assisting survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence around the world. To mark the launch of this program, the Department of State hosted experts from around the world to discuss the initiative, including activists from India, Mexico, Nepal, and South Africa. This targeted program addresses the immediate security needs of survivors of severe gender-based violence, as well as individuals under credible threat of imminent attack due to their gender or gender identity. The initiative includes provision of short-term emergency grants to cover medical and psychosocial care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other costs. Full Text»
U.S. Support to Regional Efforts to Counter the Lord's Resistance Army
In May 2010, President Obama signed into law the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, which reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to support regional partners’ efforts to end the atrocities of the LRA in central Africa. For nearly three decades, the LRA has murdered, raped, and kidnapped tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. As of December 2013, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) estimated that approximately 326,000 people were displaced or living as refugees across the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.), and South Sudan as a result of the LRA threat. The United States’ comprehensive, multi-year strategy seeks to help the Governments of Uganda, the C.A.R., the D.R.C., and South Sudan as well as the African Union and United Nations to mitigate and end the threat posed to civilians and regional stability by the LRA. Full Text»
The Global Divide: Health Inequalities Among Women and Children
U.S. Youth Observer Tiffany Taylor (Mar. 19): "Research shows that the largest cohort of young people in history are now entering their reproductive years. However, they are being met with limited access to reproductive and sexual information as well as services. If we truly seek to achieve sustainable development, youth must get involved in pushing ahead the United Nations’ agenda on providing reproductive health and education to women and young girls. We must find every opportunity we can to promote the reproductive rights of women and young girls globally." Full Text»
Fact Sheet: Increased U.S. Cooperation with Ukraine
Washington, DC (Mar. 12): Ukraine is facing a moment of historic challenge and historic opportunity. In the coming months, the Government of Ukraine will need to take steps to restore economic stability and to conduct free, fair, and inclusive presidential elections to allow the Ukrainian people to choose their own future.
During Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s visit to Washington today, we discussed specific steps the United States is taking to support Ukraine at this critical time, including the $1 billion loan guarantee we are working with Congress to provide, and the package of technical and other assistance we are preparing, to meet Ukraine’s priority needs. Specific U.S. assistance measures and initiatives discussed today include the following: Full Text»
U.S. Delegation to the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. delegation attending the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held, March 10–21, 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.
International Women’s Day
Secretary Kerry (March 7): "International Women’s Day is a moment to pause and reflect on the contributions of women to the world and to reaffirm our commitment to continued progress on gender equality. It’s also a powerful reminder that women are advancing peace and prosperity around the world in really remarkable ways… So here’s what I’m saying and what we all need to demand: Women must be involved in the decisions that affect us all. They must have a place at the peacekeeping tables and in the tough negotiations following deadly conflict. They must have a seat on the boards of corporations that impact our economies, and they must have a voice in the halls of justice that uphold the rule of law." Full Text»