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Deputy Assistant Secretary Schriefer: Opening Remarks to CERD Committee

AS DELIVERED: Mr. Chairperson, distinguished members of the Committee, esteemed representatives of civil society organizations, ladies and gentlemen: I am Paula Schriefer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of... Read More

U.S. Delegation to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

U.S. MISSION GENEVA Head of Delegation Ambassador Keith Harper U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council David Sullivan Legal Adviser Kevin Whelan Deputy Legal Adviser DEPARTMENT OF STATE Paula... Read More

Ambassador Harper: Opening Remarks at U.S. Presentation to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

AS DELIVERED: Mr. Chair, distinguished members of the Committee, representatives of civil society, ladies and gentlemen: I am Ambassador Keith Harper, the Representative of the United States to the UN... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Important Step in Iraq's Government Formation Process

The United States welcomes Iraqi President Fuad Masum’s charging of the nominee of the largest bloc in the Council of Representatives, Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, with the formation of a new... Read More

U.S. Delegation to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

The United States is pleased to announce a broad senior-level interagency delegation that will appear before the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on August 13 and 14 in... Read More

President Obama on Iraq

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I wanted to provide an update on recent developments in Iraq, including some important steps forward as Iraqis form a new government. Over the past... Read More

President Obama on Iraq

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Over the past two days, American pilots and crews have served with courage and skill in the skies over Iraq. First, American forces have conducted targeted... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks With Afghan Officials After Their Meeting

MR. ABDULLAH: Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to inform our people at this very critical moment of our history that today myself, our teams, and Dr. Ashraf Ghani... Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine

Thank you. Assistant-Secretary-General Simonovic, thank you and your team for the thorough research contained in this report. This is an extremely challenging time for the people of Ukraine. No one... Read More

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Iraq

President Obama has acted expeditiously and appropriately in authorizing targeted military action and providing significant humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq at this very difficult moment when it is... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Verdict from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

More than 30 years after the Khmer Rouge slaughtered some 1.7 million people, Cambodians have received a small measure of justice and a reminder that justice may not be swift,... Read More

Statement of the Principal Donors Group on Verdict in Case 002 of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

The following is the text of a statement of the Principal Donors Group (PDG), a group of key contributing states working with the United Nations to support the Extraordinary Chambers... Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Debate on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thank you, Mr. President. And I would like to thank UK Minister Simmonds for calling together this important event. I’d also like to thank Angolan Defense Minister Lourenço, DRC Foreign... Read More

President Obama at Press Conference After U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  As I think everyone knows by now, this first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit has been the largest gathering we’ve ever hosted with African heads of state and government --... Read More

First Lady Michelle Obama at “Investing in Our Future,” a Symposium for Spouses on Advancement for Women and Girls in Africa

MRS. OBAMA: Good morning. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you so much, everyone. Well, my name is Michelle Obama, and I am an African American woman. (Applause.) On behalf... Read More

President Obama at Opening Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everyone. Michelle and I were honored to host you and your wonderful spouses at dinner last night. I hope people didn’t stay out too late. The... Read More

Statement by the Chair of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

I. Background President Obama welcomed leaders from across the African continent to Washington, D.C., for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first of its kind. The largest event any U.S.... Read More

Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis: The View from Lebanon

On July 30, Secretary Kerry announced the United States would give another $378 million in humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the Syrian crisis.  From the tragic situation in Gaza... Read More

Fact Sheet: Security Governance Initiative

Today the President announced the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a new joint endeavor between the United States and six African partners that offers a comprehensive approach to improving security sector... Read More

Ambassador Power on Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Iraq

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) recent attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Ninewa province that have reportedly led... Read More



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