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Award-Winning Chef Jose Andres Joins Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as Culinary Ambassador

Chef Jose Andres joins the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as “Culinary Ambassador,” helping to raise awareness of an issue that causes nearly two million deaths each year: toxic smoke... Read More

July-December, 2010 International Religious Freedom Report

Countries of Particular Concern Burma China (Includes Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau)  Eritrea Iran Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Saudi Arabia Sudan Uzbekistan Front Matter Preface Introduction Executive Summary Addendum ... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe's Response to the Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Thank you, Madame President. The United States welcomes the High Commissioner’s opening statement. At this moment, when the world is witnessing many societies in political upheaval and transition, we appreciate... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Detention of Sub-Saharan African Refugees and Migrants in Libya

The United States is deeply concerned about reports of arbitrary detention and abuse of sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees. We also understand that some Libyans are also being victimized based... Read More

Remarks by David Luna at the APEC Anti-Corruption & Transparency Experts Working Group

Good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us here in San Francisco for the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) of the year and the 13th APEC Anti-Corruption &... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland Offers Condolences on the Killing of Syrian Human Rights Activist Ghiyath Mattar

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Syrian human rights activist Ghiyath Mattar while in the custody of Syrian Security Forces. We offer our deepest... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland Condemns the Mosque Attacks in the West Bank

The United States strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on the mosques in the Palestinian villages of Yatma on September 8 and Qusra on September 5. Such hateful actions... Read More

Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

On the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, we take note of Article 1 of the Charter: "the peoples of the Americas have a right to... Read More

Secretary Clinton on a Smart Power Approach to Counter terrorism

Thank you. Thank you very much, President Travis. And it is, for me, a great personal pleasure to be in this new facility for John Jay. I had the opportunity... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to Statement on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, we remember that 9/11 was not only an attack on the United States, it... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania Ambassador Eugen Wollfarth

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Wollfarth to the Permanent Council, and we thank you for your comprehensive report. We congratulate the people of Albania... Read More

Middle East and North Africa Programs

For more information on programs administered by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), check out the DRL Programs page on State.gov! Algeria DRL's program in Algeria addresses the... Read More

Realizing Work and Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Securing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities continues to be a top priority in the United States. In addition to the federal government’s long-standing and... Read More

Special Advisor Heumann's Remarks on Inclusive Development

Thank you. As Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in the Department of State, I welcome the opportunity to address the Fourth Conference of States Parties. The Obama Administration has... Read More

Ensuring Effective and Full Participation in Political and Public Life for Persons with Disabilities

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to address Article 29’s critical focus on ensuring effective and full participation in political and public life. We are committed to... Read More

The Vital Role of Afghan Women in Peace, Security, and Economic Development Processes

Good morning. It is such a delight for me to be back in the Netherlands. Your country and mine have enjoyed close ties for more than 400 years when Henry... Read More

A Labor Day Message from Special Representative Shailor

Families across the United States are gathering together to celebrate Labor Day this weekend – a time honored tradition that we’ve set aside for over a century – to remember... Read More

Special Envoy Rosenthal's Remarks to the American Leadership Initiative for Muslims

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you’re enjoying the festivities surrounding the end of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak! When my friend Imam Syed Naqvi invited me to speak to you... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on Escalating Violence in Blue Nile State of Sudan

The United States is deeply concerned about the fighting that broke out September 1 between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N)... Read More

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Advancing the Role of Women in Leadership, Diplomacy, and Government

Dean Hudgins, thank you for that introduction. I greatly appreciate this opportunity and want to thank the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, its College of Liberal Arts and Department... Read More


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