Ambassador Power at the Opening Session of UN Department of Public Information’s 65th NGO Conference

Ambassador Power at the Opening Session of UN Department of Public Information’s 65th NGO Conference

You all – civil society in this room and well beyond – can bring citizens, families, and communities more fully into this effort. You have a unique ability to do that. You can help ensure that what is negotiated at the United Nations -- at our United Nations -- speaks your language and gives you a voice; that it meets your most urgent needs; and it gives you the openings on the backend to change lives. That is our most important goal – changing lives, changing the world. And I’m confident that together we can do it.

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Ambassador Power at a Security Council Session on Ukraine

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Session on Ukraine

How can we tell those countries that border Russia that their peace and sovereignty is guaranteed if we do not make our message heard on Ukraine?

Why should they believe it will be different if tomorrow, President Putin decides to start supporting armed separatists and allowing soldiers “on vacation” to fight in their countries?

What message are we sending to other countries with similarly alarming ambitions around the world, when we let Russia violate these rules without sufficient consequences? In the face of this threat, the cost of inaction is unacceptable.

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Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

The citizens of Ukraine celebrated the 23rd anniversary of their independence on August 24. They did so as the Russian Federation’s ongoing violations of OSCE principles and commitments, and its efforts aimed at sowing turmoil, continued to remind the Ukrainian people of how precious independence and individual freedoms—the kinds of freedoms that Russian citizens are routinely denied by their corrupt and repressive government—are.

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Syria: Crimes Against Humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day 2014

Syria: Crimes Against Humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day 2014

World Humanitarian Day (August 19) recognizes the dedication and sacrices of national and international aid workers around the world.

Secretary Kerry On World Humanitarian Day

Ambassador Power On World Humanitarian Day

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Secretary Kerry at the Civil Society Forum Global Town Hall

Secretary Kerry at the Civil Society Forum Global Town Hall

Strong civil society and respect for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights – these are not just American values. They’re universal values. They’re universal aspirations...Why? Because diversity is always a better predictor of success than uniformity; because strong institutions are always more effective, more durable, and more predictable than strong men or women at one particular moment of time; and because good statecraft recognizes that the pendulum of history is moving towards greater liberty and freedom for individuals.

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