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Date: 04/12/2011 Description: Cote d'Ivoire © UN Image

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.


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: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/. 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»


Calling All Innovators To Help Fight Ebola

Date: 10/09/2014 Description: Health care worker removes her glove after training for those who intend to provide medical care to patients with Ebola. - State Dept Image

DipNote Blog (Oct. 9): As the United States and the international community work to contain the worst Ebola epidemic on record, courageous men and women are performing critical tasks every day to save lives and prevent the spread of the virus. Personal protective equipment (PPE) -- the suits, masks and gloves the health care worker wears -- is their primary protection, but it is also the greatest source of stress. In these hot and uncomfortable suits, health workers must administer to the patients and remove contaminated materials. Together with the White House Office of Science and Technology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense, Fighting Ebola seeks new practical and cost-effective solutions to improve infection treatment and control and provide better care to those who need it most. Full Text»


Opening the Doors to Education

Date: 2014 Description: Students learn storytelling skills at a school in Pennsylvania. © AP Image

DipNote Blog (Oct. 8): Two weeks ago, outside the United Nations in midtown Manhattan, there were lights, cameras, and a lot of action buzzing around the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as government officials from the 193 UN member nations made their way in and out of the doors to attend UNGA sessions. I was there to meet with South African government leaders about a way to open another kind of door -- access to education. Open educational resources (OER) are openly licensed learning materials that are free for anyone to use and adapt. They create a platform for students and teachers to connect and to share their best innovations with the world. Full Text»


The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Date: 10/06/2014 Description: U.S. assistance to fight Ebola is delivered in Liberia. AP image from October 6, 2014 DipNote blog post. © AP Image

DipNote Blog (Oct. 6): Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures at home. The President last month outlined a stepped-up U.S. response, leveraging more thoroughly the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to support the civilian-led response in West Africa. Domestically, we have prepared for the diagnosis of an Ebola case on U.S. soil and have measures in place to stop this and any potential future cases in their tracks. Specifically, our strategy is predicated on four key goals…Full Text»


Fact Sheet: Syrian Crisis: U.S. Assistance and Support for the Transition

Washington, DC (Sept. 29): The United Nations estimates that more than 191,000 people have been killed since the unrest and violence began three years ago. The number of civilians fleeing Syria and seeking refuge in neighboring countries has increased sharply as violence has escalated. More than 3 million people are now refugees in neighboring countries while, inside Syria, nearly 6.5 million people are displaced and nearly 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite the improved UN access following adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2165, the UN and others in the humanitarian community continue to face significant challenges reaching many people in need in Syria. Obstruction and ongoing violence by the regime, opposition, and terrorist groups are continuing to hinder the delivery of urgent, life-saving assistance to those in need inside Syria. All parties to the conflict in Syria must allow safe, unfettered access to all in need. Full Text»


Fact Sheet: Global Peace Operations Initiative

Washington, DC (Sept. 29): The Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) is a U.S. Government-funded security assistance program working to meet the growing global demand for specially trained personnel to conduct international peace operations by building the capabilities of U.S. partner countries to train and sustain peacekeepers; increasing the number of capable military troops and police units available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of peacekeepers. GPOI promotes international peace and security, helping to save lives while reducing the burden on U.S. military forces, and furthering post-conflict recovery around the world. Launched in 2005, GPOI currently partners with 69 countries and regional organizations. Full Text»


Remarks by the President at UN Security Council Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

President Obama (Sept. 24): "Thank you, His Excellency, the Secretary-General, for his statement. I'll now make a statement in my capacity as President of the United States.] Mr. Secretary-General, heads of state and government distinguished representatives, thank you for being here today." Full Text»


Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly

President Obama (Sept. 24): “ Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.” Full Text»


 

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