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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.

Advancing Universal Values at the UN Human Rights Council
DipNote (Mar. 2):
We support the HRC because we strongly believe in its mission and its possibilities. We know that at best the Council can be a valuable means for reminding every nation of its commitments and obligations to human rights and for holding countries accountable when they fail to meet international standards. Full Text»

Secretary Kerry Press Availability in Geneva, Switzerland
Secretary Kerry (Mar. 2):
A little while ago, as I think you know, I had the opportunity to address the UN Human Rights Council here in Geneva. And since the United States made the decision to re-engage on the council, we have worked hard to try to drive a number of significant steps to be able to bring new levels of international attention to some of the world’s most egregious human rights violations, and also to focus on some of the worst abusers – particularly, obviously, we have focused on North Korea and Syria. Full Text»

28th Session of the Human Rights Council
Date: 03/02/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses delegates in the Human Rights Chamber at the United Nations Palais des Nations on March 2, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Mar. 2): "The moral standard that summons us all here and unites us in common action does not belong to any one nation or continent. The fundamental struggle for dignity has been a driving force in all human history worldwide, and what drives us are a set of universal values and aspirations." Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Crocker Travel to Geneva and Vienna
Date: 02/27/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Crocker and Ambassador Harper at the Human Rights Council - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (Feb. 27): Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker  accompanied Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva, Switzerland for the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Full Text»


Nomination of Dr. Chris Field as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Washington, DC (Feb. 27):
The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Chris Field to serve as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Dr. Field, a director at the Carnegie Institution for Science and professor at Stanford University, has served as co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II since 2008, and has delivered two major assessments during this term. Full Text»

Secretary Kerry Travel to Geneva, Montreux, Riyadh, and London
Washington, DC (Feb. 26):
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, on March 2, to address the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. While in Geneva, the Secretary also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Ukraine and regional issues of common interest. Full Text»

United States Hosts First Ever U.S.-India Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues
Washington, DC (Feb. 18):
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker hosted the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary Vikas Swarup at the Department of State for the U.S.-India Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues on February 18. This dialogue was an opportunity for the two nations to discuss a wide range of important issues. Full Text»

United States Provides $125 Million to the World Food Program for the Syria Crisis
Washington, DC (Feb. 17):
Increasing its commitment to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the United States is providing an additional $125 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP), which feeds nearly six million Syrians and refugees from Syria every month. Full Text»

UN Security Council Resolution 2199 on ISIL
New York, NY (Feb. 12):
Adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, this resolution provides for a range of tools, including sanctions and other binding measures, to degrade these terrorist organizations' ability to carry out brutal attacks. It focuses extensively on terrorist financial support networks, particularly ISIL's raising of funds through oil smuggling, looting of antiquities, kidnapping for ransom and other illicit activities. Fact Sheet»

Submission of U.S. Universal Periodic Review Report
Washington, DC (Feb. 6):
On February 2, the United States submitted its report as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The U.S. Government will present its report in a dialogue with the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on May 11. Full Text»

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 6):
I’ve been Secretary of State for two years now and in all my travels, one of the most horrific and searing things I’ve witnessed is seeing firsthand the destruction to young women’s lives wrought by female genital mutilation and cutting. It has to end. We have to speak out. We cannot be afraid to talk about this and, uncomfortable as it may be, call it by its name: violence, plain and simple. Full Text»

Nomination of 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings to UNESCO World Heritage List
Washington, DC (Jan. 30):
The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of a group of 10 buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage List recognizes the “outstanding universal value” of the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet. Full Text» 

Announcement of Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Washington, DC (Jan. 28):
Mr. Pipa will lead U.S. engagement and negotiations during the intergovernmental process at the United Nations, where the global community will work to define—and agree upon—an ambitious agenda on sustainable development for decades to come. The negotiations will culminate in a presidential summit at the United Nations this coming September. Full Text»

The Future of Agriculture in Mozambique: Entrepreneurs
Date: 01/28/2015 Description: DipNote: Lucas Mujuju with S Soja (Only Soy) his soy-based drinkable yogurt  - State Dept ImageDipNote (Jan. 28): Farmers in Mozambique, like those in other developing countries I have visited, consistently said they want one thing most of all – to move beyond subsistence farming to a modern agricultural economy. They seek business skills to improve and diversify their production, so that they can increase their incomes and provide more opportunities for their families. At almost every stop, I heard about the acute need for the physical and financial infrastructure and commercial environment that will make this possible. Mozambican farmer and entrepreneur Lucas Mujuju is an example of how this can work. Full Text»

Ambassador Power’s Remarks at a General Assembly Meeting on Anti-Semitism
Ambassador Power (Jan. 22):
Today we are taking a historic step by holding the first-ever meeting in the General Assembly on tackling this long-standing and growing problem. The United States is proud to have joined 36 other nations in calling for this meeting last October. But unprecedented as this step may be, and in addition to the commitments that we hope countries will announce today, we urge everyone in this room to return to their capitals with the urgency and energy this monstrous global problem demands, to turn words into long overdue actions. Governments cannot do this alone; we have to rally civil society partners around this effort, including diverse religions and ethnicities, human rights groups and civil rights groups. Full Text»

2015 is the UN International Year of Light
DipNote (Jan. 22):
By proclaiming 2015 the International Year of Light, the UN endeavors to raise awareness of the centrality of light and light-based technologies to our lives, our future, and to the overall benefit of society. Activities on national, regional, and international levels have been planned for IYL 2015, and people of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate. A consortium of hundreds of worldwide partners including scientific societies, educational and research institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector have actively coordinated to promote and celebrate the significance of light, and light based technologies, to human health, art, scientific inquiry, and development. Full Text»

Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom Hosts Youth Roundtable on the Future of Development with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah as Part of action/2015 Global Campaign
Date: 01/14/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and USAID Administrator Shah With Action/2015 Participants - State Dept ImageWashington, DC (Jan. 14): The 15-year-old students will meet with Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to discuss their hopes for tackling some of the world’s biggest development challenges, their vision of what the world will look like in 2030, and their ideas for a successful Post-2015 Development Agenda, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. Discussion topics will center on tackling global development challenges in energy access, global health, hunger and food security, and opportunities for women and girls. These teens were born in 2000, the year that the UN launched the Millennium Development Goals, and they will be the generation for which the Sustainable Development Goals developed later this year will have the largest impact. Full Text»

Ambassador Power’s Remarks at the University of Louisville McConnell Center
Ambassador Power (Jan. 12):
While this isolationist view exists, President Obama, Leader McConnell, and millions of Americans recognize that we must work together to ensure continued U.S. leadership in the world. We understand that we cannot retrench. We cannot back down from these great challenges around the world today, in which our security and our principles are on the line. And we know we need to make this case to the American people. You see evidence of our shared commitment to engage with the world in the way America has responded to three foreign policy challenges of our time: bending the curve of a deadly Ebola outbreak; confronting violent extremism; and advancing freedom and democracy in a decades-long military dictatorship, Burma. In all three of these instances, our ability to marshal America’s unparalleled strength behind a single goal has changed and saved lives, and advanced both our national security interests and our values. Full Text»

U.S. Government Contributes $1 Million to IAEA in Ebola Fight
Washington, DC (Jan. 8):
The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA. The IAEA’s project will provide high-quality training and cutting-edge equipment based on nuclear science applications to teams of virologists in 11 African countries—Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Uganda—to help them more quickly and safely diagnose emerging diseases, including Ebola. Full Text» 

Feed the Future: Progress in the Goal of Ending Hunger
DipNote (Jan. 8):
For generations, the United States has been a leader in providing development assistance across the globe to alleviate suffering. But global food price spikes and resulting instability in 2007 and 2008 were a wake-up call: More needed to be done to break the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. The answer: Unlock the potential of agriculture as the key to reducing hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition through an initiative that became Feed the Future. In just a few short years, Feed the Future is already changing the face of hunger and poverty for some of the world's poorest families. Full Text» 

U.S. Welcomes Robust UN Electoral Observation Mission to Burundi
Washington, DC (Jan. 7):
The United States welcomes the start of the UN Electoral Observation Mission to Burundi (MENUB) on January 1. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as it once again becomes a stand-alone entity within the UN system. Although much has been accomplished in Burundi since the end of its civil war, much remains to be done. With national elections in Burundi beginning in May, MENUB has an important role to play in supporting a peaceful and inclusive electoral process that enables the people of Burundi to continue to build a more stable and prosperous society. Full Text» 

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