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Ambassador Power at a Roundtable Strategy Session on International LGBT Rights

I’d like to welcome you to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and I’d like to begin if I could with just a few remarks before handing the floor... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Human Rights Day 2013

Around the world, the fundamental struggle for dignity for economic justice, political freedom, and personal expression — continues every day and in many forms. I’ve seen firsthand what can happen... Read More

Ambassador Power on Human Rights Day 2013

In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly established Human Rights Day so as to honor the newly drafted Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its new global standard of... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Events in Ukraine

The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv's Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Struggle for Democracy

Thank you so much, Madam Secretary, and greetings to everyone. I have always loved birthday parties and I’m very honored to be invited to yours. But before I begin, I’d... Read More

Excerpts from Testimony: The Transition in Afghanistan

Read full transcript on state.gov SECURITY TRANSITION AND PARTNERSHIP The Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), signed by President Obama and President Karzai in May 2012, codified the terms of our... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Anticorruption Day

The United States joins the international community today in saluting individuals, governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and international organizations dedicated to preventing and combating the scourge of corruption. It is... Read More

U.S. Denounces the Murder of Kawa Garmiany

The U.S. Mission in Iraq condemns the recent murder of journalist Kawa Garmiany.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues. We are deeply concerned about the circumstances... Read More

Readout of Ambassador Power's Call with Central African Republic Transitional President Michel Djotodia

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke by phone this morning with Central African Republic Transitional President Michel Djotodia to convey the U.S. government’s deep concern over the... Read More

Ambassador Power on International Anticorruption Day

This year marks one decade since the United Nations adopted the Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the first legally binding international agreement to fight corruption in all of its forms. Corruption... Read More

President Obama's Message to the People of the Central African Republic

In recent weeks, government affiliated armed groups and independent “self-defense” militias have committed shocking and horrific atrocities against innocent civilians in the Central African Republic. The United States is actively... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Detention

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Nobel laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo’s detention. The United States is deeply concerned that Chinese authorities continue to imprison Liu Xiaobo, as well as... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013

Six and a half decades ago, delegates from around the world convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rejecting the notion that individual aspirations should be subject to... Read More

Shining a Light on the Dark Ways of Corruption

The international community has come a long way from the days when corruption was a “necessary evil” --mentioned in hushed tones or accepted as an immutable cultural practice. Yet, much... Read More

Ambassador Baer Closing Statement at the OSCE Ministerial Council

At this significant moment for Ukraine, you have hosted and led us through a productive Ministerial. Allow me to comment on some of the progress we’ve made together, as well... Read More

Release of U.S. Citizen from the DPRK

This positive decision by the DPRK throws into sharper relief the continuing detention of Mr. Kenneth Bae, who has been in DPRK custody for over a year. We call on... Read More

U.S. Support of French Military Actions in the Central African Republic

The United States commends yesterday’s actions by French military forces, in coordination with regional forces, to begin the process of restoring security to the people of the Central African... Read More

Mandela Was an Inspiration and a Model

You don't meet a lot of people in this world who leave you with a feeling that can only be described as awe. He was a hero to my wife... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Stakeout on the Central African Republic

Ambassador Power: Hi, everybody. Today’s UN resolution marks a very important moment in the Council’s response to the crisis in the Central African Republic. It reflects our shared belief that... Read More

U.S. on Deteriorating Situation in the Central African Republic

The United States is appalled by today’s reports of the murder of innocent women and children outside of Bangui. This horrifying account is the latest in a string of reports... Read More


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