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Gender-Based Violence: Partnering To Respond, Assist and Protect

“Sexual violence destroys lives. It fuels conflict, forces people to flee their homes, and is often perpetrated alongside other human rights abuses, including forced marriage, sexual slavery, and human trafficking.... Read More

Witness to an Historic Ukrainian Election

Elections are generally the single largest civilian mobilization that any country undertakes. In a country the size of Ukraine this effort involves hundreds of millions of dollars of local resources... Read More

USUN at a UN Security Council Briefing on an ICC Report on Darfur

Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, Prosecutor Bensouda, for your briefing today. The United States appreciates your efforts to bring justice to the people of Darfur. We look forward... Read More

Fact Sheet: The U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Relationship

Vice President Biden traveled to Brazil to attend the first United States World Cup game and to meet with President Dilma Rousseff and Vice-President Michel Temer to discuss our countries’... Read More

President Obama at a DNC LGBT Gala

THE PRESIDENT:  Edith, Robbie, thanks for the wonderfully brief introduction.  (Laughter.)  I mean that sincerely.  The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a... Read More

Vice President Biden Remarks to the Press at U.S. Embassy Brasilia

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s good to be back in the embassy. I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the embassy in a few moments. Look, before I begin, on... Read More

WSIS +10 HLE: Multistakeholder Consensus With Multilateral Affirmation

One of the issues at the center of discussions over the future of Internet governance is how multilateral and multistakeholder institutions with an interest in working on Internet-related issues can... Read More

U.S. Statement on Women’s Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Annual Full-Day Discussion on Women’s Rights: Women’s Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda As Delivered by Lisa... Read More

Ambassador Harper on Syria at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue on the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Mr. President, Mr. President. We welcome... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.

Commentator: Hi, everyone. Ambassador Power: That’s all for you, so I’m feeling a little… she got way more applause than I did. Moderator: So welcome to the 2014 Girl Up... Read More

U.S. Embassy Statement on Aluthgama & Beruwela Violence

The U.S. Embassy Colombo condemns the violence that has spread over the weekend in Aluthgama and Beruwela. We urge the government to ensure that order is preserved and the lives... Read More

Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons in Partnership With the Private Sector

Last week during a reception held in the Treaty Room of the Department of State, I was proud to address a group of America’s leading corporations and encourage them to... Read More

U.S. Statement on Dialogue on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice and on the Right to Education

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in... Read More

How Criminal Entrepreneurs are Confiscating the Economic Potential of Communities and Corrupting Governments and the Integrity of Markets

Buon giorno! On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank the Government of Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Elections in Afghanistan

The United States congratulates the people of Afghanistan on the completion today of the second round of voting in their historic presidential elections. These elections are a significant step forward... Read More

Fact Sheet: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence in Conflict

The United States has a longstanding commitment to support the prevention of, and accountability for, sexual violence in conflict. We have been a key partner in the United Kingdom’s Preventing... Read More

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. William, thank you very, very much. Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests all, and particularly my colleagues in government, I know that we all... Read More

Secretary Kerry Joint Press Availability with UK Foreign Secretary Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie

FOREIGN SECRETARY HAGUE: Well, thank you very much. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for coming to this, the concluding press conference of the Summit on Ending Sexual... Read More

Ambassador Power Remarks to Press in Gaziantep, Turkey

Bringing a stop to the horrific atrocities being carried out by the Assad regime is a top priority of the U.S. government, and a consistent focus of my efforts as... Read More

One Hundred Sixty-Eight Million Good Reasons To End Child Labor

Child labor is not unique to a particular country, ethnicity, culture, or ideology. Today, there are about 168 million child laborers around the world, with 85 million involved in hazardous work.... Read More


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