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.
Apr. 28: Throughout the 20th century, the appeal and impact of jazz spread to all corners of the globe, in part through groundbreaking jazz diplomacy programs sponsored by the United States government. Those early jazz diplomats would have been hard-pressed to imagine that jazz would one day be accorded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the status of international cultural treasure. International Jazz Day was established in 2011, and this year its official celebration will take place at the White House, where performers will include Aretha Franklin and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. Dipnote» Remarks by the First Lady» More»
Apr. 27: The United States today announced more than $86 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help conflict-affected people in South Sudan, as well as South Sudanese refugees in the region. This new funding will provide much-needed safe drinking water, emergency health care, nutrition services, shelter, improved sanitation facilities, agricultural training, and seeds, tools, and fishing supplies for the most vulnerable families and communities. These include internally displaced persons both within and outside of UN Protection of Civilians sites, refugees seeking asylum in South Sudan, and South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries. Media Note»
Secretary Kerry (Apr. 22): "Paris was a turning point in the fight against climate change. Paris marked the moment when the world finally decided to heed the ever-rising mountain of evidence that had been piling up for years. It marked the moment that we put to rest once and for all the debate over whether climate change is real – and began instead to galvanize our focus on how, as a global community, we are going to address the irrefutable reality that nature is changing at an increasingly rapid pace due to our own choices. For sure, the agreement that we reached in Paris is the strongest, most ambitious global climate pact ever negotiated." Full Text»
Apr. 20: During a visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria yesterday, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker presented a letter of contribution to IAEA Deputy Director General Aldo Malavasi for $3 million to bolster IAEA’s efforts to combat Zika in Latin America using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). Full Text»
Apr. 19: During a trip to the Lake Chad Basin region to highlight the growing threat of Boko Haram, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power announced from Cameroon nearly $40 million in new humanitarian assistance to support people whose lives have been affected by Boko Haram violence. Approximately 7 million people are suffering displacement, deprivation, and disease from the consequences of armed conflict in Nigeria, including 2.2 million internally displaced. Media Note»
Apr. 14: Ahead of International Jazz Day hosted at the White House by Presidnet and First Lady Obama, the Department of State hosted a conversation with Lena Seikaly, Mark G. Meadows, and Harvey Averne. Moderated by Dr. John Edward Hasse complete with two live performances.
Apr. 12: Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba N. Crocker will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Vienna, and Geneva from April 13-21. Media Note»
Apr. 8: For more than a decade, the Bureau of International Organizations has partnered with the UN Association-National Capital Area Global Classroom DC program to host the Department’s signature annual Model UN Conference. On Friday, April 8 the Department hosted its 12th annual Model UN Conference. This event brought over 600 Washington area students (grades 5-12), teachers and other guests to the historic Harry S. Truman for a day of mock-debates and negotiations in an attempt to resolve world problems and conflicts. This year's conference featured keynote speaker Andy Rabens, the Department's Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues.
Spokesperson Kirby (Apr. 14): "The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of nearly $421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global appeal for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This brings the total U.S. Government contribution to UNHCR to nearly $698 million to date in FY 2016. Additional U.S. contributions in support of UNHCR’s invaluable work on behalf of refugees will be forthcoming over the course of this year." Full Text»
Apr. 8: Today the Department of State extends a warm welcome to more than 600 Washington, D.C. metropolitan area students, teachers, and guests for a day of speeches, ceremonies, and mock-debates during our annual Model United Nations (UN) Conference. The Bureau of International Organization Affairs is proud to host this event in partnership with the National Capital Area chapter of the United Nations Association. Over the last dozen years, this program has brought more than 7,000 area students to the Department. Dipnote»