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Our digital economy is paving the way for a new, more connected, and more prosperous world. Perhap…

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:51

Our digital economy is paving the way for a new, more connected, and more prosperous world. Perhaps now more than ever, people across the globe are turning on lights, gaining access to clean water, finding new and exciting ways to learn, and joining the global marketplace for the first time. The power of technology is the power of real change.

Women and girls especially stand to gain from the tech revolution. Because of the progress we’ve made in information and communications technology (ICT) accessibility and affordability, a young girl in a developing country can pick up a smartphone and use it to apply for a career as a programmer or, for that matter, to start her own business. But there are still challenges ahead of us.

Closing the Digital Gender Divide

Our digital economy is paving the way for a new, more connected, and more prosperous world. Perhaps now more than ever, people across the globe are turning on lights, gaining access to clean water, finding new and exciting ways to learn, and joining the global marketplace for the first time. The power of technology is the power of real change.

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"On behalf of the U.S. government, I strongly condemn today’s suicide attack on a voter registrati…

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:20

"On behalf of the U.S. government, I strongly condemn today’s suicide attack on a voter registration center in Kabul that killed approximately 60 people and wounded over 100 others. I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who have suffered an immeasurable loss. This senseless violence targeting innocent civilians exercising their fundamental democratic rights exposes the savagery and inhumanity of terrorists.

"The United States, along with our Afghan and international partners are committed to destroying ISIS in Afghanistan, which has claimed responsibility for this vicious attack. We stand with the people and government of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism.

"The United States reaffirms our support for the Afghan government, Afghan security forces, and the Independent Electoral Commission in their efforts to ensure that the elections process is transparent, credible, and safe. We remain committed to supporting the Afghan people’s efforts to achieve peace, security, and democracy for their country."

-- Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan, April 22, 2018

Attack on Voter Registration Center in Kabul

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April 22 marks Earth Day. This Earth Day, the United States highlights the need to curb the dramat…

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:36

April 22 marks Earth Day. This Earth Day, the United States highlights the need to curb the dramatic growth in the world's mismanaged waste and marine debris and end plastic pollution.

Earth Day 2018: Managing Mismanaged Waste and Marine Debris

On April 22, the United States joins countries around the world in celebrating the 48th annual Earth Day. Earth Day began in the United States in 1970 as a response to public concern over rising pollution levels.

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The State Department released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as …

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 22:41

The State Department released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as the Human Rights Reports. The Human Rights Reports document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories.

State Department Releases Annual Human Rights Reports

Today, the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as the Human Rights Reports. The Human Rights Reports document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. They are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters rangin...

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"Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, …

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00

"Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another."

Remembering Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs.

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This week, Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to the Su…

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:30

This week, Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, President Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan at Mar-a-Lago, and the Department of State released the annual Human Rights Report. Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xQW6g

This Week at State: April 20, 2018

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Last month in Vienna, countries met during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to tackle the…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:02

Last month in Vienna, countries met during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to tackle the world’s most pressing drug-control challenges. These include, as we in the United States know all too well, the great threats posed by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogues. During this important global gathering, the United States called on countries to implement innovative options for combating the opioid crisis at the international level.

At the CND, the United States made great strides in our efforts to address the deadly new drugs paradigm. But there is much more to be done, and we will continue working diligently with our international partners to mobilize and implement the international response to the threats posed by synthetic opioids.
https://go.usa.gov/xQWjz

Making Progress in Vienna Against a Crisis Facing America

Last month in Vienna, countries met during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to tackle the world’s most pressing drug-control challenges.

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The Summit of the Americas is a triennial gathering where leaders from around the hemisphere come …

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:00

The Summit of the Americas is a triennial gathering where leaders from around the hemisphere come together to focus on shared challenges and create opportunities for citizens. Since the Summit of the Americas began in 1994, it has led to landmark achievements in the hemisphere. Thanks to recent Summits, we have seen partnerships on energy security, cooperation on poverty --fighting strategies, regional networks that expanded economic opportunities, and joint efforts to strengthen democracy, citizen security, and expand educational opportunities.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xQWjJ

The Summit of the Americas Advances U.S Leadership in the Western Hemisphere

At the 2018 Summitof Americas, Ambassador Trujillo shares how he worked with Vice President Pence and his team to advance President Trump’s agenda: namely, our shared objectives on security, prosperity, and democratic governance in the Western Hemisphere.

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USAID empowers youth to solve some of the biggest challenges facing their communities and the worl…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:57

USAID empowers youth to solve some of the biggest challenges facing their communities and the world. Watch our latest Snapchat story to see how USAID is engaging youth as partners in innovation for sustainable development outcomes. #USAIDYouth
https://snapchat.com/s/statedept

U.S. Department of State on Snapchat

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President Trump has approved a new policy on the export of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This pol…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:45

President Trump has approved a new policy on the export of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This policy updates and replaces the previous policy announced February 17, 2015. This policy will apply to all U.S.-origin UAS transfers, whether under the authority of the United States Munitions List (USML) or the Commerce Control List (CCL).

This policy advances five primary objectives with respect to UAS transfers:

--Increases trade opportunities for U.S. companies: We will remove barriers to the global UAS market and avoid ceding export opportunities to competitors where such self-imposed restrictions are unwarranted.

--Bolsters partner security and counterterrorism capabilities: We will facilitate international partners’ access to U.S. UAS in situations where it will enhance those partners’ security and their ability to advance shared security or counterterrorism objectives.

--Strengthens bilateral relationships: We will use UAS transfers as a means to strengthen U.S. security relationships when stronger bilateral ties and greater interoperability serve broader U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.

--Preserves U.S. military advantage: We will work to prevent state or non-state actors from gaining capabilities that would undermine the safety and security of the United States and our allies and partners.

--Prevents the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) delivery systems: We will protect the integrity of international nonproliferation agreements and arrangements that prevent proliferators, non-state actors, and other programs of concern from acquiring missile technology and other technologies that would substantively advance their ability to deliver WMD, or otherwise lead to a transfer to potential adversaries of capabilities that would threaten the superiority of the U.S. military or the shared security or counterterrorism objectives of our allies and partners.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xQWTq

U.S. Policy on the Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems

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On April 18, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe participated in a working lunch, and later a p…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:41

On April 18, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe participated in a working lunch, and later a press availability. During the press conference, President Trump addressed a range of issues from the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea and U.S.-Japan security cooperation, to the U.S.-Japan trade relationship.

A Strong U.S.-Japan Alliance: President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Abe for Official Working Visit

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On April 17-18 at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their t…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:28

On April 17-18 at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their third meeting and affirmed their strong determination to strengthen our shared resolve on North Korea, and increase the capability of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to confront all emerging threats to peace, stability, and an international order based on the rule of law. The two leaders expressed their joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and an enhanced U.S.-Japan economic relationship.

President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of Japan

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When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. If mothers die in childbirt…

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:23

When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. If mothers die in childbirth and newborns do not make it to their fifth birthday, nations suffer because they are deprived of their most important asset: their people.

Let’s face it: In the 21st century, no one should die of preventable causes, let alone because of childbirth or an infectious disease that can easily be treated. And being poor should not be a barrier to accessing quality health services.

For these reasons, USAID works with countries to ensure that populations, especially the poor and marginalized, have access to safe, effective and quality health care services and that the burden of out-of-pocket health care spending is minimized.

Strong Health Systems Increase Access to Quality Health Care for All

When people are healthy, nations have a chance to prosper and develop. USAID supports health care systems that meet people’s needs for services at prices they can afford.

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President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush On this…

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:35

President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
https://goo.gl/ciSWVQ

President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, …

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On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds …

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:21

On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds of TNT near the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission to date, and changed the way the U.S. Department of State secured its resources and executed its missions overseas.
https://go.usa.gov/xQDE5

Remembering the 1983 Suicide Bombings in Beirut: The Tragic Events That Created the Diplomatic Security Service

On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber detonated a one-half-ton pickup truck laden with 2,000 pounds of TNT near the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans.

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Join us for a Facebook Live with U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Tru…

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:56

Join us for a Facebook Live with U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Trujillo on U.S. Engagement at the Summit of the Americas on Friday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Submit your questions now. https://goo.gl/PZowJc #SummitPeru

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Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge…

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:50

Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Georgia Compact is shaping the next generation of Georgian and U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders. The compact offers the opportunity for Georgia’s best and brightest young adults to pursue U.S. bachelor’s degrees in subjects such as chemistry and computer engineering without leaving their home country, positioning them to enter the workforce with the skills needed to make Georgia, a key U.S. strategic partner in the region, a more prosperous and stable country. An exchange program allows U.S. students to study abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, and Georgian students to study abroad at SDSU’s main campus in California, affording them an opportunity to gain important global experience.

Shaping the Next Generation of Georgian and U.S. STEM Leaders

Through an innovative partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Georgia Compact is shaping the next generation of Georgian and U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders.

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In the latest edition of "The Readout," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.…

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:48

In the latest edition of "The Readout," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Zygmunt Rolat, a Polish Jewish citizen who survived the Holocaust, immigrated to the United States, and became a founding donor of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Mr. Rolat served as the keynote speaker at the State Department event observing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018. The event was cosponsored by the State Department and the embassies of Israel and Poland on April 11, commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and honored the memory of Mrs. Irena Sendler, a Polish citizen who defied the Nazis to save thousands of victims -- including an estimated 2,500 Jewish children -- by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
https://goo.gl/2Ls4HE

The Readout: A Conversation About the Holocaust by U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert has a conversation with Holocaust Survivor Zygmunt Rolat and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas Yazdgerdi.

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Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones, and t…

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:07

Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones, and the gap between men and women’s uses of the Internet has grown steadily over the past three years. This digital gender divide is reinforcing existing socioeconomic gaps between women and men.

On International Women’s Day 2018, USAID convened many of our U.S. Government colleagues who are working to empower women globally, including Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. We had a fruitful discussion on the importance of closing the digital gender divide, and I had the pleasure of officially opening the call-for-solutions for USAID’s newest initiative aimed at bridging this gap: the WomenConnect Challenge. https://go.usa.gov/xQDqK

Three Women Who Are Bridging the Digital Gender Divide

Meet entrepreneurs who bring women into the digital world through empowerment and innovation. Their innovative businesses are examples of the types of divide-closing solutions USAID is looking for in the WomenConnect Challenge.

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Read Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward's remarks to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weap…

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:35

Read Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward's remarks to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 58th Meeting of the Executive Council: https://go.usa.gov/xQjGA

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