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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.

Iran’s Nuclear Program
Secretary Kerry (November  22): "We’ve been, obviously, having difficult talks here – complicated topic. We’re working hard. We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps. We still have some serious gaps which we’re working to close." Full Text»

The Monrovia Medical Unit is Aiding Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against Ebola
Date: 2014 Description: Monrovia Medical Unit Built To Care for Health Workers Infected With Ebola. - State Dept ImageAmbassador Malac (November  22): Constructed by the Department of Defense and staffed by the men and women of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Monrovia Medical Unit is a true representation of the continuing momentum in the fight against the Ebola virus. The U.S. government has already deployed more than 2500 personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. government response to a global health crisis. While the MMU represents only one milestone in the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus, it is a vital piece of the puzzle. The addition of the MMU’s 25-bed field hospital is but one component of a broader effort to protect both international and Liberian healthcare workers who have courageously volunteered to treat Ebola patients in Monrovia and across the country. The MMU is currently treating three Liberian health care workers. These are the true heroes in our battle with the Ebola virus, those who are winning the fight day-by-day and patient-by-patient. Full Text»

Key Outcomes from the Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons
Washington, DC (November  21): The United States was proud to host the third Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons (LGBTI) held in Washington from November 12–14. The conference was the largest such gathering to date, bringing together senior leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to discuss and strategize on how to most effectively protect the human rights of LGBTI persons and promote their inclusion in development programs. Thirty governments were represented from all regions as well as representatives from nine multilateral agencies, including the United Nations and World Bank. Key outcomes of the conference»

United Nations Security Council Meeting on Ebola, November 21, 2014
Ambassador Power (November 22): "We need to invest more in preparing neighboring countries to prevent new outbreaks, and to contain those outbreaks swiftly when they occur. That is why the United States is working with international organizations, including the WHO, and officials from more than 40 nations through the Global Health Security Agenda, which is increasing the preparedness of national health systems to respond to infectious disease threats and making global health security an international priority. As the recent events in Mali make clear, if even a single link in the chain of responsibility is broken, the welfare of an entire country – or region – can be put at risk. Ebola punishes us for every mistake." Full Text»

Government of Sudan Delays Access to Investigate Reports of Mass Rape in North Darfur
Washington, DC (November  12): The United States is deeply concerned by allegations of mass rape by Sudanese military forces in Tabit, North Darfur. While we take note that the Government of Sudan recently allowed access to the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to investigate these allegations, we regret the fact that initial access was denied, and after significant delays, access to potential witnesses and victims was only allowed under close observation of Sudanese security officials. Such behavior calls into question Sudan’s compliance with the Security Council’s call to “remove all obstacles to UNAMID’s full and proper discharge of its mandate including securing freedom of movement in conflict affected areas.” Full Text»

Hailing the Contributions of the Private and Non-Profit Sectors to the Ebola Fight
Washington, DC (November 6):
The United States has allocated considerable resources to the Ebola response — more than any other country — but the President has made clear that we cannot take on this challenge alone. That’s why you’ve seen this Administration reach out to leaders across the globe to build an international coalition that has grown by the day. But beyond the important role that countries large and small play, we’ve been heartened to see the outpouring of support from the private and non-profit sectors. Full Text»

U.S. Department of State Engages African Diaspora Communities on the U.S. Response to the Ebola Crisis
Date: 11/03/2014 Description: Ebola Military Medical Support Team Participates in a Training Exercise on October 24, 2014. - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (November 3): In October, the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs, along with our interagency colleagues, hosted a conference call with over 200 members of the African diaspora community to discuss the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis. Individuals representing Sierra Leone, Liberian, Nigerian, Senegalese and other diaspora communities participated from several states across the country, including Maryland, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Arizona. U.S. government officials provided call participants with an update on the U.S. government’s response and listened to their ideas and suggestions about how the government can coordinate with African diaspora communities across the United States. Full Text»

State Department Hosts Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Washington, DC (November 3):
Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman welcomed to the State Department more than 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries in the global coalition to counter ISIL. This plenary session was an opportunity for coalition partners to reaffirm our shared efforts in the coalition, discuss ways in which we can integrate our contributions to coalition efforts, and review ways to accelerate or increase our joint operations. Full Text»

U.S. Condemns Violence in South Sudan's Unity State
Washington, DC (October 30):
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the latest attacks by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement /Army - In Opposition (SPLM/A - IO) in and around Bentiu, South Sudan. Since last December, thousands of people have been killed and millions have fled their homes due to the senseless man-made conflict in South Sudan. Despite the parties’ recent acceptance of collective responsibility for the crisis, these current attacks demonstrate that the SPLM/A-IO has yet to abandon violence to achieve its goals. We call on both sides – both of whom have committed violations of the agreement that have delayed peace – to ensure their forces refrain from further actions that violate the January 23 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermine the peace process in South Sudan. Full Text»

Working at the United Nations: Insider Application Tips
Date: 10/30/2014 Description: UN Flag Flutters Outside a Building in Germany - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (October 30): Interested in working with the UN or other international organizations (IOs), but wondering how to strengthen your application? Competition is stiff with applicants from across the globe competing for some very attractive positions. So what can you do to get your application into the hands of a hiring manager and ace that interview? Just last month we had the opportunity to meet with HR officials from several UN agencies who shared their insight into the hiring process along with the following application tips. Full Text»

Sheba Crocker Sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

Washington, DC (October 29): Sheba Crocker was officially sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs at a ceremony in the George C. Marshall Center at the U.S. Department of State. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns presided over the ceremony. Ms. Crocker most recently served in several positions at the Department of State, including as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State, as the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, and as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. About Assistant Secretary Crocker»

Presidential Proclamation, United Nations day, 2014
Washington, DC (October 23): On United Nations Day, we recognize the important role the United Nations continues to play in the international system, and we reaffirm our country's commitment to work with all nations to build a world that is more just, more peaceful, and more free. The United Nations fosters international cooperation and enables progress on the world's most immediate threats and critical long-term challenges. From addressing climate change and eradicating poverty to preventing armed conflict and halting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the work of the United Nations supports our shared pursuit of a better world. Full Text» DipNote»

United States Deeply Concerned by DRC's Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer
Washington, DC (October 20):
The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC because of a report the UNJHRO released alleging serious violations by some members of the DRC security forces that resulted in 9 deaths and 32 enforced disappearances. We strongly urge the DRC Government to reverse its decision. Full Text»

Ambassador Scheinman Travels to New York for Meetings on NPT RevCon
Washington, DC (October 17):
Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Ambassador Adam Scheinman will travel to New York on October 20 - 21 to meet with UN officials and Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) parties in preparation for the 2015 NPT Review Conference (RevCon). For more information about the NPT RevCon or the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, please visit our website: Full Text»

U.S. Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea
Secretary Kerry (October 16):
In today’s world everyone is connected. With the touch of a button – or the swipe of a finger – we can talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, about anything. And we can do it instantly. The communications revolution has radically changed how we live our lives, do business, choose our leaders, provide health care, and interact with other cultures. Almost 150 years after its creation, the International Telecommunication Union remains critical to overseeing and advancing the extent and the efficiency of international communications. The Republic of Korea will host the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan from October 20 to November 7. This international gathering is an important opportunity for ITU Member States to review the work of the Union and prioritize programs, improve working methods, and increase collaboration with other institutions. Full Text» U.S. Delegation to ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan»

Launch of Model UN Landing Page
Washington, DC (October 16)
: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs is pleased to announce the release of its Model United Nations landing page. On the landing page, visitors will find two short Model UN simulations, a link to our Model UN mobile app, and a number of other resources to develop successful youth activities. Model UN helps youth around the world understand the collaborative process of the UN as well as gain the confidence and tools that very well may lead them to be leaders in their own countries. Full Text»

ISIL's Dehumanization of Women and Girls

Date: 2014 Description: Iraqi woman walks at the site of the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. © AP Image

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 14): "Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, we again confront the worst of inhumanity in ISIL. No one needed a reminder of ISIL’s depravity and evil. But now we have the latest example. ISIL now proudly takes credit for the abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage, and sale of several thousand Yezidi and other minority women and girls—some as young as 12 years old. Just as despicably, ISIL rationalizes its abhorrent treatment of these women and girls by claiming it is somehow sanctioned by religion. Wrong. Dead wrong." Full Text» DipNote: U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq»

Reducing Disaster Risk for All Generations

Date: 2014 Description: Elderly man wades through flood waters in Pakistan. © AP Image

Impact Blog (Oct. 13): Today is International Day for Disaster Reduction -- a day to reflect on the importance of reducing disaster risks around the globe. This year we pay special attention to the global aging population and how we must include all generations in our disaster planning, preparedness and mitigation efforts. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the population age 60 or over is the fastest growing demographic globally, and is expected to more than triple to nearly 3 billion by 2100, representing about 28 percent of the projected 10.9 billion people worldwide. Full Text»

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients - Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 10): "There is no greater purpose than a life lived in service to those whom society has forgotten. Today, I congratulate Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for winning the 95th Nobel Peace Prize. Their efforts to promote the rights of children have benefited millions of young people around the world….This award is also a reminder that there are still millions of children around the world being exploited and barred from school every day. That’s why Kailash and Malala’s work is so important. While they come from different countries and religious backgrounds, they share the same passion for protecting the most vulnerable among us. I am inspired by these two leaders. The United States will continue to support all efforts to ensure a bright future for all the world’s children." Full Text»

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Ongoing Violence in the Central African Republic

Press Statement (Oct. 10): The United States is deeply concerned by ongoing incidents of violence in the Central African Republic. This violence must stop immediately. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and Government of Pakistan for the Pakistani peacekeeper killed in the recent violence, as well as to the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Bangladesh for their injured peacekeepers. We thank the personnel and leadership of MINUSCA, EUFOR, and the French forces for their crucial work to calm the violence and reiterate our call on the United Nations to make every effort to ensure the rapid and full deployment of MINUSCA’s military, police, and civilian staff. Full Text»


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