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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.

U.S. Priorities at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Assistant Secretary Crocker (Sept. 17): "Since this is the 70th anniversary year of the UN that it would be interesting to take a step back for a minute and talk about the continued salience of the UN system that was established and launched in San Francisco in June of 1945, including a little discussion of where that system is fraying or not meeting today’s needs and challenges. Today’s most urgent diplomatic needs, I think, clearly remind us of the continued relevance of the United Nations and the larger international system." Full Text» More»

Top Reasons To Care About #UNGA This Year
Date: 09/16/2015 Description: DipNote: UNGA: United Nations, 70 Years Strong © UN ImageDipNote (Sept. 15): Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracey A. Jacobson outlines U.S. priorities for the 70th UN General Assembly, focusing on U.S. commitment to four key areas: strengthening multilateral peace operations, countering terrorism and violent extremism, sustainable development, and climate change. More»

U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Syria
Charge d'Affaires, Ambassador Henry S. Ensher (Sept. 10):
"The Board found Syria to be in noncompliance with its NPT safeguards agreement more than four years ago. As confirmed in the Director General’s latest report, it has been more than seven years since Syria last engaged substantively with the Agency regarding these issues. Meanwhile, Syria has also disregarded the Board’s call for it to sign and bring into force an Additional Protocol. In fact, the Asad regime’s continued refusal to cooperate with the Agency is cause for increased attention and urgency, not less." Full Text»

U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Iran
Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew J. Schofer (Sept. 9):
"The IAEA continues to perform its verification mission in Iran with characteristic professionalism, commitment, and impartiality. The IAEA's work, including efforts to address concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program, is a critical component in the process of ensuring that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful." Full Text»

Outcome of the Climate Finance Ministerial
Secretary Kerry (Sept. 6):
"This weekend in Paris, the United States and Switzerland hosted senior officials from 18 developed countries to discuss our collaborative efforts to scale up climate finance for developing nations, and to provide increased transparency on our progress… The ambitious and durable agreement we aim to conclude later this year in Paris must be consistent with economic realities in the next decade and beyond." Full Text»

Selection of the Fourth Annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations
(Sept. 4):
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 fourth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. The Youth Observer, Ms. Donya Nasser, hails from Florida, and was chosen from a competitive pool of over 600 applicants. Full Text»

Remarks at the FreeThe20 Campaign Launch
Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (Sept. 1):
"Twenty years ago, 189 governments and approximately 30,000 nongovernmental organizations – activists from around the globe convened in Beijing for a world conference to advance gender equality and women’s rights. The U.S. delegation was led by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, who set the tone not only for the conference, but also for a generation of advocacy on women’s rights when she declared that, “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights." Full Text»

IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Bank Agreement Signing Ceremony
Assistant Secretary Countryman (Aug. 27):
"Establishing the IAEA Fuel Bank is an important and a complex achievement. It is important that we recognize the many people who made it possible." Full Text»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on ISIL's Targeting of LGBT Individuals
UN Ambassador Power (Aug. 24):
"ISIL does not try to hide its crimes against LGBT persons – it broadcasts them for all the world to see. Many of us have seen the videos. ISIL parading a man through the streets and beating him – for being gay. Today, we are coming together as a Security Council to condemn these acts, to demand they stop, and to commit to one day bringing the perpetrators to justice." Full Text»

UN Security Council Holds Inaugural Meeting on LGBT Issues
Department Spokesperson Kirby (Aug. 24):
August Today, members of the UN Security Council held their first Arria-formula meeting on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues, particularly in the context of ISIL’s crimes against LGBT individuals in Iraq and Syria. This historic event recognizes that the issue of LGBT rights has a place in the UN Security Council. Full Text»

WSIS+10: A Look Back To Move Forward
Date: 06/10/2014 Description: DipNote: WSIS+10 Opening Ceremony, Geneva, Switzerland, June 10, 2014  © [ITU Photo/C. Montesano CasillasDipnote (Aug. 24): For the last few months (though, to be fair, the hard work really took place over the last 10 years), my colleagues and I have been taking part in a global review process that will culminate at the high-level meeting at the UN General Assembly in December. This event marks an important milestone in the history of the global digital economy -- the culmination of the 10 year review of the World Summit on the Information Society or “WSIS.” Full Text»

World Humanitarian Day
Secretary Kerry (Aug. 19):
"Today we salute the unsung heroes who venture out to some of the most dangerous places on earth and risk their lives to save others. Through dark days, aid workers find ways to bring light to communities all over the world – and they do it with grace and grit, fearlessness and determination." Full Text»

Alleged Abuses by UN Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic
Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner (Aug. 14):
"The United States is profoundly shocked and dismayed by allegations and incidents of serious misconduct by UN peacekeepers serving in the UN Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The most recent of those allegations includes rape and civilian casualties during an arrest operation in early August. These allegations raise serious concerns about the mission’s discipline and command. They must be investigated immediately and thoroughly, with appropriate punishment and accountability for the perpetrators." Full Text»

Remarks at the Security Council Stakeout following Consultations on Alleged Abuses by Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (Aug. 13):
"We just had an exceptional meeting of the Security Council, an unusual meeting of the Security Council, with the Secretary-General to discuss sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse that is alleged to be occurring in peacekeeping missions… It was a meeting in which a great deal of horror, outrage, a sense of collective failure, were all expressed. We were horrified by the allegations of rape and killing of civilians by members of MINUSCA. And it should of course go without saying that these allegations need to be investigated swiftly and impartially and that any perpetrators of such crimes have to be punished." Full Text»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ebola
Date: 08/13/2015 Description: Ambassador Samantha Power delivers remarks in the UN Security Council. - State Dept ImageU.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (Aug. 13): "Let me begin with what we all know: we have made tremendous progress toward stopping this deadly outbreak. According to WHO, in the week that ended August 9th, only three new cases of Ebola were reported in the affected countries – one in Sierra Leone and two in Guinea. Three cases in a week – across three countries… But it would be a serious mistake to take our eye off the current outbreak, or to think that, when we end it, our job will be done. So today, I want to briefly set out three steps the region and the international community must take to address this outbreak and help prevent future ones from reaching such devastating proportions." Full Text»

Closing Keynote Remarks at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations
U.S. Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues Andy Rabens (Aug. 7):
"Now I’m excited to have the chance to talk with you all today, nearly 600 delegates from over 30 countries, about the opportunities in front us to put our stamp on the Sustainable Development Goals and to embrace a collective vision of the world as it could be – a world that we will shortly inherit and a world that we have a historic opportunity to help shape." Full Text»

Syrian Crisis: U.S. Efforts and Assistance
Fact Sheet (Aug. 7):
For those affected by the crisis inside Syria and in neighboring countries, the United States is providing healthcare, shelter, food, clean water, protection – including activities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and educational opportunities for refugee children. U.S. assistance supports the activities of UN agencies – including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – and numerous non-governmental organizations, in Syria and neighboring countries. Full Text»

Remarks by the President and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon After Bilateral Meeting
Date: 08/04/2015 Description: President Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon After Bilateral Meeting - State Dept ImagePresident Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Aug. 4): "As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can take great satisfaction in the success of the institution in resolving conflicts, in moving forward through its agencies on a whole range of development issues that are helping vulnerable peoples around the world. At the same time, we are in a period in which the demands placed, the burdens on the United Nations have never been greater." Full Text»

New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq
Media Note (Aug. 3):
Secretary of State John Kerry announced today at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Qatar that the United States is providing nearly $62 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence and are in urgent need of assistance from the international community… A range of UN and international non-governmental agencies are receiving the funding, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other international and nongovernmental organizations. Full Text»

Conclusion of Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 2): "The goals and aspirations conveyed through these negotiations expand on the successes seen under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established by the global community 15 years ago…This bold new agenda of sustainable development goals features transformative objectives for the next 15 years: eradicating extreme poverty; ensuring environmental sustainability and conservation; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls; and building peaceful, well-governed, and economically prosperous societies to ensure that we leave no one behind." Full Text»

U.S. Statement at the Closing of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
U.S. Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa (Aug. 2): " We are pleased to join consensus on this visionary, transformative and ambitious agenda. Like any effort such as this, we recognize that it represents a fine political balance and includes compromises – and like others, we think there are things in this document that can be improved. At a later date, we will provide additional views on the text…The ambition reflected in this outcome and the conclusion of these deliberations reaffirms the transformative nature of the multilateral system, and underscores the power of what is possible through collective endeavor." Full Text»



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