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75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass

On November 7, I represented the State Department at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for its “Kristallnacht: 75 Years Later” program. The Kristallnacht, or “the Night of Broken Glass,”... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Loss of U.S. Vote at UNESCO

Today the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference as a result of legislative restrictions that prohibit the U.S. from... Read More

Honoring Journalists of Exceptional Courage

I spent nearly four decades as a newspaper reporter and editor before coming to the State Department. Some of that time was spent in conflict zones. I thought I’d seen... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Kosovo Elections

The United States joins others in congratulating the people of Kosovo who voted in Sunday’s historic elections. We commend the Republic of Kosovo for the professional, orderly administration of municipal... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the ODIHR Report on This Year's Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador Lenarčič, for your comprehensive report on the 2013 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM). The United States strongly supports ODIHR, which has earned its place as... Read More

Ambassador Baer Second Response to the ODIHR Report on the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

AS DELIVERED I apologize for taking the floor a second time, but a point was raised multiple times about so-called “naming and shaming” at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, and... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the Chairmanship-in-Office’s Three Personal Representatives for Tolerance

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes today’s important discussion of intolerance and discrimination in the OSCE region. We are pleased that the Chairmanship’s Personal Representatives for... Read More

U.S. on the Resolution Strengthening the Role of the UN in Enhancing Elections and the Promotion of Democratization

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, On behalf of the United States as the main sponsor of this resolution and the over 50 member states who have already cosponsored this text, it... Read More

USOSCE on Implementation of the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti

As prepared for delivery by U.S. delegation member Nathan Mick to the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting Moderator, On August 8, the OSCE community lost an icon of the Romani civil... Read More

USUN on the Improvement of the Situation of Women in Rural Areas

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is pleased to co-sponsor this resolution and we thank Mongolia for its leadership as facilitator. In the United States, more women are running... Read More

Ambassador Power on the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards

Hi everybody. You know life has changed when you’re hanging out with Jane Fonda backstage. There is no greater embodiment of being outspoken on behalf of what you believe... Read More

Ambassador Power at the International Rescue Committee Freedom Award Dinner

Thank you so much. It’s a tremendous honor to be here, and a great shame that the lights are down out there – I can’t see old friends and former... Read More

Election in Kosovo

The United States commends the Republic of Kosovo for its historic elections on November 3rd . Despite intimidation and violence aimed at blocking the democratic process, the people of northern... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Security Council Stakeout Following Consultations on Syria

Ambassador Power: Good Afternoon. The Council, as you know, has just heard from the Joint Mission Coordinator Sigrid Kaag regarding progress on the OPCW-UN mission in Syria. We are grateful... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks With Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy

FOREIGN MINISTER FAHMY: (Via interpreter) Good evening, Mr. Secretary. In the beginning, I would like to extend my thanks and welcome to you here in Egypt, especially at a time... Read More

Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights

This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself. In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to... Read More

Partnering With the Caribbean in Support of the Inter-American Human Rights System

Last week marked a milestone in our collaborative partnership with the states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to deepen engagement with, participation in, and awareness of the inter-American human rights... Read More

Progress Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Program

International inspectors have worked with unprecedented speed to accomplish the first milestone in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons and reducing the possibility that they will ever be used again. Now we... Read More

Testimony: Elimination of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Opening Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Corker and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to come and give you... Read More

Vice President Meets with Disabilities Leaders on the Administration’s Strong Support for the Disabilities Treaty

Today, Vice President Biden met with the leaders of 20 disabilities and veterans advocacy groups at the White House to discuss the Disabilities Treaty. In the coming weeks, the Senate... Read More


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