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U.S. Welcomes Resolution on Eliminating All Forms of Violence Against Women

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council General Comment: A/HRC/26/L.26/Rev.1 on VAW Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the resolution entitled “Accelerating efforts... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Future Appropriate action on Roma issues at the HRC

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Explanation of Position: A/HRC/26/L.11 on Roma Thank you Mr. President. The United States strongly supports the claimed purpose... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Vote: Human Rights Council Resolution on the Death Penalty

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is disappointed that it was not able to join consensus on... Read More

Transnational Threats and Challenges

Working Session III: Transnational Threats and Challenges As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Mr. Chairman. With its cross-dimensional approach to security based on a common understanding of threats we all... Read More

Working Session IV: Afghanistan

As delivered by Political Officer Daniel Phelps Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We welcome Ms. Shukria Barakzai and Mr. James Appathurai to this session of the ASRC. Thank you both for... Read More

Ambassador Baer Closing Statement to the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference 2014

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. At the outset, I would like to thank the Swiss Chairmanship and Secretariat for hosting the Annual Security Review Conference. It is a pertinent time for... Read More

State of Rights - Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014

Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014 The U.S. Department of State and the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism sponsored a discussion, “Reality Check:  An Examination of... Read More

Ambassador Yohannes at OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Daniel Yohannes will lead a U.S. Government delegation to the OECD’s second annual Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct... Read More

Testimony: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on U.S.-China relations. It is also a great honor to be participating in... Read More

Ambassador DiCarlo at a UN Security Council Meeting on Afghanistan

Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Kubis, thank you for your informative briefing. I also want to thank you, and your entire team at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan,... Read More

If You ‘Let Girls Learn,’ You Save Lives Too

Oppression and prejudice toil in a cage of ignorance and cruelty.  Before the U.S. Civil Rights movement altered the course of history, Jim Crow laws and terror imposed segregation and... Read More

Ambassador Cousens at the ECOSOC General Debate, Humanitarian Affairs Segment

Thank you, Mr. President, The United States welcomes the Secretary-General’s report on “Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations.” We share his alarm over the... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Appointment of Experts to Panel on Sri Lanka Human Rights

Excerpted from Daily Press Briefing June 25, 2014 (transcript) The United States welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s announcement of the distinguished experts who will advise the... Read More

Annual Thematic Discussion on Technical Cooperation – Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Annual Thematic Discussion on Technical Cooperation: “Technical cooperation and capacity-building in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities... Read More

Early Warning, Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation - Lessons Learned and the Way Ahead

Working Session I: Early Warning, Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation - Lessons Learned and the Way Ahead Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I’d like to... Read More

Thailand: A Democracy at Risk (Testimony)

Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Chairman Chabot and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

It’s great to be here, and particularly great to see such a wonderful collection of faith leaders, human rights activists, private sector representatives and colleagues in government all in one... Read More

OSCE Special Session: Ensuring Security and Stability in the OSCE Region in Light of Recent Developments in Ukraine

Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I would like to join others in welcoming Ukraine’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Klimkin. We also welcome Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini and Ms. Elizabeth Spehar. We... Read More

USOSCE Response to the Regular Report of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović

The United States extends a warm welcome to OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović to the Permanent Council. Thank you for your comprehensive report.  As you noted,... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Removal of Declared Chemical Materials from Syria

Today, the international maritime task force completed the critical mission of removing the last 8 percent of declared chemical weapons precursors from Syria. With this step, 100 percent of the... Read More



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