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Ambassador Baer at Opening Session of the Gender Equality Review Conference

On occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 OSCE Gender Action Plan Thank you, Madam Chair and esteemed panel members, Gender equality and advancing the status of women and... Read More

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

Hello, everybody. Welcome to New York. Totally energized to be here with you. I gather there are people from 117 countries who signed up for this conference – 900 NGOs.... Read More

Central African Republic: Announcement of New Government

The United States welcomes the announcement of the formation of a new transitional government in the Central African Republic.  We call on all members of this newly appointed government to... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Women's Equality Day 2014

WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was... Read More

Joint Statement on United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Policy Consultations

Media Note The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the... Read More

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, giving American women the fundamental right to vote.  Today, on this important anniversary, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and all of the... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Productive 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council – Organizational Meeting Thank you, Mr. President, The United States would like to make a comment about the proposal to limit speaking times. We understand that... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Peter Theo Curtis

Particularly after a week marked by unspeakable tragedy, we are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of... Read More

U.S. on Death of Mykola Zelenec, Lithuania's Honorary Consul in Luhansk

Today we were shocked to hear reports that Lithuanian Honorary Consul Mykola Zelenec was abducted and murdered by separatist groups operating in Luhansk. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family... Read More

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko informed the Vice President that most of the Russian military trucks that... Read More

Op-Ed: Iraqis Must Rise Above Their Differences to Rout Terrorists

This opinion piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)... Read More

Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call with Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari

Secretary Kerry spoke with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari today to discuss the situation in Iraq. The Secretary expressed his strong support for the formation of a new government... Read More

NSC Spokesperson on Russian Convoy in Ukraine

Today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine. While a small number of these... Read More

U.S. Condemns Attack on Worshippers in Iraq

The United States strongly condemns the vicious attack today on innocent men, women, and children inside a mosque in the village of Imam Wais in Diyala province. The United States... Read More

USUN Remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on Conflict Prevention

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for convening this important discussion and thank you Mr. Secretary-General and Madame High Commissioner for your insightful and informative briefings. And also thank you,... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Murder of James Foley

James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on... Read More

President Obama on the Murder of James Foley

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a... Read More

Ambassador Dunn at a Briefing on the UN Security Council Trip to Europe and Africa

Thank you, Mr. President, for scheduling today’s briefing and for initiating this very worthy mission by the Council. On behalf of Ambassador Power, let me thank all of you for... Read More

Ambassador Power on World Humanitarian Day

Each August 19, I remember with sadness the great humanitarian diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose violent death in Baghdad eleven years ago, alongside 21 others, prompted the UN to... Read More

Secretary Kerry on World Humanitarian Day

We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of... Read More


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