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The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs is headed by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who is responsible for managing and promoting U.S. interests in the region by supporting democracy, trade, and sustainable economic development, and fostering cooperation on issues such as citizen safety, strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law, economic and social inclusion, energy, and climate change. More about WHA»

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Citizen Safety
Date: 10/27/2010 Description: Policeman and policewoman in Mexico City. - State Dept Image
Social Equity
Date: 10/27/2010 Description: Garifuna women holding award for entrepreneurship in Honduras - State Dept Image
Economic Opportunity
Date: 10/27/2010 Description: Smiling woman working in textile factory. - State Dept Image
Clean Energy
Date: 10/27/2010 Description: Solar panels generating electricity. © Dept of Energy Image

U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 28): "We can also look to the future by deepening our partnership in areas that are critical in a more interconnected and competitive global economy." Full Text» More» Fact Sheet»

Haiti: Transitioning from Reconstruction to Long-Term Development

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 5): "It is a great pleasure for me to welcome President Michel Martelly from Haiti, and really with great respect for the road that he has put Haiti on and the enormous commitment that he has made to transition from reconstruction into a long-term development program." Full Text»

100,000 Strong in the Americas

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 17): "I'm proud to announce today that the State Department, with our partners in the private sector, have already raised ... a total of $3.65 million to promote study abroad and cross-cultural learning across the Americas." Full Text»

North American Trilateral Ministerial

On January 17, Secretary Kerry hosted the North American Ministerial with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade. Press Availability» More»


Caribbean Basin Security Initiative

Deputy Secretary Burns (Dec. 6): "The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative offers a vivid example of what that kind of partnership can yield. It is a partnership based on shared responsibility and mutual respect." Full Text» More» Joint Statement»


Cooperative Efforts With Panama

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 13): "We have a lot of cooperative efforts with Panama, obviously a critical nation in terms of both its interests, its values, our work we do together, as well as its location." Full Text»

Date: 04/2012 Description: President Obama participates in a land titling ceremony with a group of Afro-Colombians at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. - State Dept Image

World Summit of Afro-descendant Mayors and World Leaders

Assistant Secretary Jacobson: "I and my colleagues at the State Department are pleased to acknowledge and salute the 3rd World Summit of Afro-descendant Mayors and World Leaders … Your effort to assemble this group of talented leaders and public servants from across the Americas underscores the importance of social inclusion practices so that we all benefit from the human capital that is present in all our peoples." Full Text»


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