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USUN Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Afghanistan
Jun 21, 2017 | U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Michele Sison
In the context of these and other challenges Afghanistan continues to face, we strongly support the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, as an essential partner of Afghanistan and the international community. UNAMA plays a critical role in supporting peace and reconciliation, empowering women, defending the human rights of all Afghans, and coordinating humanitarian assistance. We look forward to the completion next month of the Secretary-General’s strategic review and to discussing ways to strengthen the mission’s efficiency, cost effectiveness, and core competencies. ...Read More
USUN at a UN Security Council Briefing on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Dec 19, 2016 | U.S. Representative to the UN for UN Management and Reform, Ambassador Isobel Coleman

Thank you, Mr. President.

Since we last met to discuss Afghanistan in September, we’ve been encouraged by notable progress on a number of fronts.

Perhaps most significantly, President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah are working together to strengthen the cohesion of the National Unity Government. The transparent and consultative process to select the members of the Independent Election Commission, sworn into office on November 22, demonstrates the commitment of both leaders to build a merit-based, ...Read More

USUN Remarks at the 71st Session of the General Assembly Third Committee on Agenda Item 64: Rights of Children
Oct 13, 2016 | Senior Policy Advisor, Kelly L. Razzouk

Thank you, Madam Chair.

In 2016, more than 140 million children will be born around the globe. That gives us 140 million reasons to do more this year to ensure that children around the world grow up in an environment free from violence.

All over the world, children’s rights continue to be violated. In Syria, preliminary reporting from Save the Children indicates that children make up half of the casualties that humanitarian workers in Eastern ...Read More

Ambassador Power on “The Strangers’ Case”: The Power of Empathy in Art and Diplomacy, at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange
Sep 16, 2016 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power
So, I wanted to reflect on Thomas More’s address today for two reasons. The first is because of the enduring relevance of his message. More implores the members of the xenophobic mob to ask themselves: How would you want to be treated if what he calls the “strangers’ case” were to be your own? If the people with “babies at their backs, with their poor luggage, plodding into th’ ports and coasts for transportation” were your loved ones, your community, how would you hope to be received? As More asks, “Whither would you go?” ...Read More
President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea After Bilateral Meeting
Sep 6, 2016 | President Barack Obama
Regarding the human rights situation of North Korean people, I would like to express my appreciation for the efforts made by many in the United States, both in and out of government. And I plan to further strengthen cooperation with the United States and the international community on the basis of our North Korean Human Rights Act, which entered into force on September 4th. The improvement of the human rights situation for North Korean people will be a critical stepping stone for our path toward unification, and unification will provide opportunities for North Korean people to be treated equally. ...Read More
Press Conference
Briefing: Previewing Secretary Kerry's Travel to Bangladesh and India
Sep 1, 2016 | Senior State Department Official Via Teleconference

MODERATOR: Thank you, Operator. And thanks to all of you for joining us. It’s a pleasure today to welcome our senior State Department official, who will preview the Secretary’s trip to Bangladesh and India. For the purposes of this call, our speaker will be known as a senior State Department official. For your information only and not for reporting purposes, we’re pleased to be joined by [Senior State Department Official]. And with that, I’ll turn ...Read More

Press Release
Joint Statement on the Second India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue
Aug 31, 2016 | Office of the Spokesperson
The Sides noted that the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India is rooted in shared values of freedom, democracy, universal human rights, tolerance and pluralism, equal opportunities for all citizens, and rule of law. ...Read More
Press Conference
Secretary Kerry Press Availability with Commerce Secretary Pritzker, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Aug 30, 2016 | Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Indian External Affairs Minister Swaraj; Indian Industry Minister Sitharaman
And to reaffirm our mutual roles as essential players on behalf of security and progress in this region, we will restart trilateral talks between the United States, India, and Afghanistan at the United Nations General Assembly next month. Doing so is going to enable us to determine how best to build on the past gains of securing villages, empowering women, educating students, and promoting good governance across Afghanistan. And I want to thank India for the important contribution it has been making to the efforts in Afghanistan. ...Read More
Time to Abolish Blasphemy Laws, Uphold Freedom of Expression
Aug 24, 2016 | Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein

It is shocking to note that almost half of the world’s countries have laws and policies that criminalize blasphemy, apostasy, conversion, or so-called “defamation of religion.” These “crimes” are sometimes punishable by death, as is the case in 12 countries, or life imprisonment. The impact of such laws, which tend to be vague and poorly defined, tends to drastically limit the exercise of freedom of religion and expression. They all too often lead to the ...Read More

President Obama at Diplomatic Corps Reception
Jul 15, 2016 | President Barack Obama

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I just had the opportunity to greet each of you in person.  And we welcome all of you.  Each year, the diplomatic corps comes so that we can say thank you for the partnership between our nations and our peoples, and reaffirm our shared commitment to promoting security and peace and human dignity around the world.  

Obviously, we come here with heavier hearts than normal.  Overnight in Nice, ...Read More

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