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.
Secretary Kerry (Aug. 29): "A year ago, President Obama set the goal of welcoming at least 10,000 of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to the United States. Today, by committing additional resources to our refugee admissions process and maintaining our rigorous screening process and commitment to the security of the American people, we have reached that goal. On September 20, President Obama will host the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees – a high-level event on the margins of the UN General Assembly to increase humanitarian assistance and create more long-term, durable opportunities for refugees – not just for the millions of Syrian refugees, but for those fleeing intense strife and persecution in all places." Full Text»
Secretary Kerry (Aug. 19): "On this day we honor humanitarians, both those who have lost their lives in their efforts to aid and protect the most vulnerable people on earth, and those who continue to brave violence and hardship. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “One Humanity.” It asks all of us to stand together, to recognize our shared responsibility to help those overtaken by calamity." Full Text»
Aug 12: Around the world, there are about 1.8 billion people between ages 10 and 24 -- a group now comprising the largest youth population ever. To recognize the increasingly important role of this segment of the population as global leaders and change makers, the international community annually commemorates International Youth Day on August 12. This emphasis on youth as key stakeholders is particularly critical as we enter the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly. Dipnote»
Aug 5: For the first time, 10 athletes from four countries will join together to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as #TeamRefugees. Their participation comes at a time when more people than ever are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict or persecution. They are a powerful tribute to the personal courage and perseverance of all refugees. Dipnote»
Ambassador Power (July 27): "On behalf of the main co-sponsors… the United States has the honor of introducing the decision to grant consultative status to the nongovernmental organization the Committee to Protect Journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists – as its name implies – defends the basic right of journalists around the world to report the news without fear of reprisals, both helping individual journalists targeted for their work, and monitoring the broader treatment of the media by governments." Full Text»
July 21: The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members that have made major non-military contributions met today in Washington at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to build momentum and accelerate the multi-front campaign to defeat Da’esh in Iraq and Syria. The Coalition Small Group also refined its common approach to Da’esh’s affiliates in Libya and other regions of the world, reinforcing the shared determination to disrupt its global terrorist ambitions. Full Text»
July 21: The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), is pleased to announce the selection of the fifth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. The Youth Observer, Ms. Nicol Perez, from California, was chosen from a competitive pool of over 350 applicants. Full Text»