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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.

Welcoming Christiane Amanpour, New Goodwill Ambassador and Voice for Press Freedom
Date: 05/03/2015 Description: Christiane Amanpour speaks at ceremony where she is named UNESCO Goodwil Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.  © [UNESCO PhotoDipNote (May 3, 2015) Seeking to heighten its work advancing human rights, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has appointed internationally recognized CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour as a new Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom participated in the inauguration ceremony in Paris last Wednesday. "The simple fact is that journalists cannot do their jobs if they are threatened or under attack," Deputy Secretary Higginbottom stated during the ceremony. Full Text»

Highlights of State Department and USAID Efforts to Support Press and Media Freedom
Fact Sheet (May 1, 2015)
On World Press Freedom Day, the United States pays special honor to the importance of media freedom – a crucial element of freedom of expression – at home and abroad. A diverse and independent press is crucial to holding governments accountable and sustaining democracy around the world… The U.S. Government has also brought media freedom issues to the fore at the United Nations and in regional multilateral forums. Full Text»

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom Travel to Paris for Jazz Day
Washington, DC (Apr. 28, 2015)
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom will travel to Paris to mark the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) fourth annual International Jazz Day. During an April 29 reception to honor visiting jazz legends, the Deputy Secretary will make remarks highlighting the American origins of jazz and its evolution into an international language of peace, tolerance, and understanding. Full Text»

Remarks at the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference
Date: 04/27/2015 Description: Secretary Kerry participates in the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations. - State Dept ImageSecretary of State John Kerry (Apr. 27, 2015): "I am pleased to stand here today representing a President and an Administration that is committed to the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and to taking the prudent actions that are necessary to one day make that possible. Now, as most of you know, this summer the world marks 70 years since representatives from dozens of countries came together in San Francisco to sign the United Nations Charter. In doing so, they pledged to save humankind from the scourge of war and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom." Full Text»

Remarks on Follow-up and Review of Financing for Development and Means of Implementation
U.S. Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (Apr.  24, 2015)
: "For today, we see no dividing line between the principles that define a strong review framework for Financing for Development, and a follow-up process for the broader Post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Certainly there will be different sources and kinds of data and different layers of reporting at the international, regional and national levels. But this complexity already applies across the agenda, and the fundamental principles of our approach must be consistent throughout. We believe strongly in one, integrated framework for reviewing the post-2015 development agenda and Financing for Development." Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Crocker Travel to Geneva and Copenhagen
Washington DC (Apr. 17, 2015)
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker will be in Geneva April 20 – 22 to co-chair the spring meeting of the Geneva Group. The Geneva Group consists of seventeen of the largest contributors to the United Nations (UN) budget. The group meets regularly to discuss and pursue measures to promote budget discipline and improve transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness across the UN system. Full Text»

Food for Peace Boot Camp Trains Officers To Combat Global Hunger
Date: 04/24/2015 Description: Elizabeth Petrovski poses with farmers that she interviewed as part of a needs assessment during food for peace bot camp in Zimbabwe. - State Dept ImageDipNote (Apr. 24, 2015): Boot camp usually conjures up images of new military recruits being subjected to fiery drill sergeants, endless marching, agonizing calisthenics, and weapons training -- remember Bill Murray’s character in the film Stripes? Preparing soldiers for combat is important for national security. Boot camp at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace also trains officers in security -- but in this case it is food security: making sure people have enough nutritious food to survive. I recently had the opportunity to attend a Food for Peace Boot Camp in Zimbabwe where, as a complement to my policy background, I learned how decisions are made on whether to send U.S. assistance to countries suffering from acute hunger. Full Text»

Don’t Forget About Syria
DipNote (Apr. 15):
In Kuwait on March 31, the international community pledged more than $3.3 billion to alleviate suffering brought on by the crisis in Syria. The pledges, which included $508 million from the United States, will help millions of people affected by the crisis this year, but they did not meet the $8.4 billion dollars needed under UN appeals. This gap between needs and resources raises important issues about the most severe crisis of our time. Full Text»

GPOI Delivers Heavy Engineering Equipment to Nepal for Peacekeeping Missions
Date: 04/15/2015 Description: U.S. military personnel deliver heavy engineering equipment in Nepal. © Nepal Office of Defense CooperationDipNote (Apr. 15): In 2005 the United States established the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), a State Department funded program dedicated to building international capacity to conduct peacekeeping operations. The program works closely with the Department of Defense to develop peacekeeping capabilities in partner countries around the world. Since GPOI’s inception, program implementers have supported Nepal’s ambitious efforts to train and equip its peacekeeping forces. Full Text»

U.S. National Statement to the UN Crime Congress
Remarks (Apr. 13):
Thank you, Mr. President. The United States delegation is grateful to the Government of Qatar for its hospitality this week, and for its leadership in organizing and hosting a meaningful and productive Crime Congress. Mr. President, we are here this week to discuss the linkages between crime prevention, criminal justice, and sustainable development. It is clear that there can be no prosperity without security, and that there can be no security without effective, transparent, and responsive governance under the rule of law. Full Text»

The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report: What Lessons and Challenges Will Shape the Post-2015 Global Education World?
Date: 04/09/2015 Description: Children study and practice writing at a school in India. © AP ImageDipNote (Apr. 9): 2015 is a monumental year for the world's global education goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end this year as do the Education for All (EFA) goals which were adopted during the World Education Conference in Dakar, Senegal in 2000. Today the 12th and final edition of the Global Monitoring Report (GMR), 'Education for All (EFA) 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges' launches charting progress of the six EFA goals. Full Text»

World Health Day: Food Safety and Food Security
DipNote (Apr. 7):
World Health Day serves as an important occasion to recognize the achievements and challenges in the global health community. While health emergencies such as Ebola and polio have taken over the headlines, we must not forget the critical linkages that food and nutrition have with health and other development issues. This year’s World Health Day highlights the importance of food safety -- which directly impacts both food security and the global health agenda. Full Text»

Making Progress on Health Now and Post-2015
Date: 04/07/2015 Description: Woman farmer works in a potato field, © AP ImageDipNote (Apr. 7): While the world has made significant progress, the international community must continue to mobilize action to address malnutrition and pressing global health challenges. We aim at nothing less than a grand convergence in health, where the developing world enjoys health outcomes similar to those in the developed world. As the end date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) rapidly approaches, the United States strongly supports a Post-2015 Development Agenda that addresses the unfinished business of the MDGs: to end preventable child and maternal deaths, realize the promise of an AIDS-free generation, and keep the world safe and secure from infectious disease and emerging threats. Full Text»

UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Secretary of State John Kerry (Apr. 4):
The observance of UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on April 4 allows the United States to take pride in its efforts to address the humanitarian impact of these deadly devices on civilian populations around the world. Nonetheless, landmines and other unexploded ordnance continue to endanger civilians in over 60 countries across the globe. We must make that our focus during the coming year. Full Text»

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