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Diplomacy in Action

Vietnam War Summit

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 27): "The true measure of our partnership is not just whether our economies grow, but it is how they grow. And we are working very carefully on all of those issues with respect to freedom and human rights." Full Text»

A Celebration of Jazz

April 30 is International Jazz Day, a day designated to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. This year its official celebration takes place at the White House. DipNote» More»

Date: 04/29/2016 Description: Graphic with colored bars and reading 'International Jazz Day'. - State Dept Image

Paris Climate Change Agreement

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 27): "Last week we saw some 200 nations come to the United Nations, and 100 and, I think, 90 or so signed the agreement itself that will put the world on the road towards sustainable energy production, sustainable energy use; towards clean energy." Full Text»

Date: 04/27/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry and University of Texas at Austin President Fenves Stand in Front of a Solar Field as They Deliver Remarks Following a Business Roundtable on Clean Energy in Austin - State Dept Image

In Other News

Daily Press Briefing: Belarus

Deputy Spokesperson Toner (Apr. 29): "We are going to extend temporary sanctions relief ... as an incentive for the Government of Belarus to take additional steps in terms of respect ... for human rights." Full Text»

Charges in Ethiopia

Apr. 29: The U.S. again urges the government to discontinue its reliance on the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation law to prosecute journalists, political party members, and activists, as this practice silences independent voices. More»

Western Sahara

Ambassador Power (Apr. 29): "We consider Morocco's autonomy plan serious, realistic, and credible. ... Our goal has been and remains securing a return to the full functionality of the MINURSO mission." Full Text»

Fighting in Syria

Senior State Department Official (Apr. 29): "We've been working to secure a general recommitment to the cessation by all the parties in Latakia and in Eastern Ghouta ... and hopefully to do this elsewhere, including Aleppo." Full Text» Trip Announcement»

Travel to Los Angeles

Special Envoy Berry travels to Los Angeles May 2-5 for meetings and discussions on advancing the human rights of LGBTI persons and contributing to economic prosperity. More»

South Sudan Peace Process

Apr. 29: The members of the Troika (U.S., U.K., and Norway) welcome the long-awaited formation of South Sudan's transitional government of national unity, and expect the transitional government to honor its commitments. More»


Date: 04/29/2016 Description: 2016 Public Service Recognition Week. - State Dept Image
Valuing Public Service

Public Service Recognition Week (May 1-7) honors the men and women who serve our nation as government employees. More»

Date: 2016 Description: Emerging Young Leaders Awards - State Dept Image
Emerging Young Leaders

Visit to learn more about our exciting new award for young leaders, and this year’s inspiring group of awardees. 

Date: 04/04/2016 Description: Capitol building of Palau - State Dept Image
Building Partnerships

The Freely Associated States – Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Micronesia – are important partners to the U.S. More»

Date: 03/28/2014 Description: Department of State by State Map - State Dept Image
State by State Map

The State by State Map details the work of the Department in each U.S. State, and all for about 1% of the Federal budget. More»

Date: 02/21/2013 Description: BusinessUSA Logo © GSA Image
BusinessUSA is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.

Date: 05/29/2015 Description: A man receives an interim care kit and is now able to better protect himself from Ebola. © USAID Image by Paloma Clohossey
Ebola Response

The United States continues to work with international partners to respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus. More»


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