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Could you be the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations? Created to elevate youth voices i…

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:25

Could you be the next U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations?

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues.

As a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth, the Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates at international organization meetings.

Applications to be the 2018-2019 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations are now open. Apply by Sunday, April 29, 2018. https://goo.gl/FfnbFV

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March was Women’s History Month. As we celebrated the historic contributions of women to society d…

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 15:27

March was Women’s History Month. As we celebrated the historic contributions of women to society despite unprecedented challenges, it was also important to recognize the stories of rising women leaders today who play an integral part in American innovation and productivity for the future generation.
https://go.usa.gov/xQYXn

Celebrating #WomenInDiplomacy in the East Asia and Pacific Region

Throughout March, the Department’s EAP Bureau highlighted some of the amazing women who are making their mark in U.S. diplomatic efforts across the East Asian and Pacific region.

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Did you miss the latest foreign policy developments? Catch up on key moments with "This Week at St…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 22:40

Did you miss the latest foreign policy developments? Catch up on key moments with "This Week at State." More: https://go.usa.gov/xQYgC

This Week at State: March 30, 2018

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The U.S. Mission in #India welcomed the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 20:02

The U.S. Mission in #India welcomed the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy. Our partnership with India on energy is a great example of the United States’ “all of the above” approach to energy, which includes traditional sources like coal, oil, and gas, as well as renewables and nuclear. https://go.usa.gov/xQYxG

U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas: Helping our Friends and Allies while Boosting the U.S. Economy

The U.S. Mission in India was pleased to welcome the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Mumbai as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy.

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When the Department of State began implementing its first department-wide policy on evaluation in …

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:53

When the Department of State began implementing its first department-wide policy on evaluation in 2012, it did not do so in a vacuum. The Department engaged with key congressional and partner stakeholders on how best to advance our evaluation efforts, including participating in early discussions on what was to become the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA). Learn how the Department's evaluation methods have evolved over the years: https://go.usa.gov/xQYar

Establishing, Monitoring, and Refining an Evaluation Policy at the Department of State

When the Department of State began implementing its first department-wide policy on evaluation in 2012, it did not do so in a vacuum. The Department engaged with key congressional and partner stakehold

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Through USAID, scientists are following the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika through t…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:37

Through USAID, scientists are following the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika through the use of mobile technology in order to deliver new data sources to health officials & help communities better understand their environment and mitigate risk.
https://go.usa.gov/xQYcU

Arming Citizen Scientists With an App to Identify Zika Carriers

Part four in USAID's series on Grand Challenge female innovators featuring Rusty Low 's effort to empower students to help reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases.

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As we close #WomensHistoryMonth, the Department of State is proud to shine a spotlight on the wome…

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:35

As we close #WomensHistoryMonth, the Department of State is proud to shine a spotlight on the women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of WMDs and take center stage in policymaking decisions and represent the U.S. government in the international arena.
https://go.usa.gov/xQYck

International Security is a Shared Responsibility

This Women's History Month, the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation spotlights women who work tirelessly to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

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Joint Statement by the United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Republic of Kor…

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 16:00

Joint Statement by the United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Republic of Korea Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).  The nations have also agreed on terms for a country exemption for the Republic of Korea from tariffs imposed on steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 9705, as amended.

At the instruction of the Ministers, negotiators are finalizing the terms of the KORUS FTA negotiations, which are subject to domestic procedures in both nations before provisions can be brought into force.  The revised agreement addresses issues related to investment, tariffs, trade in automobiles, and trade remedies.  Additional progress was made in the areas of pharmaceuticals, customs and textiles to smoothly implement the KORUS FTA. 

The arrangement with respect to steel imports is expected to take effect on May 1, 2018.

This represents important progress in improving U.S.-Korea trade and economic relations, based on their strong and enduring security relationship.

Joint Statement by the United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Republic of Korea Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim | United States Trade Representative

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon delivered remarks at the Tashkent Conference …

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:58

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon delivered remarks at the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Security Cooperation, and Regional Connectivity. Read his full remarks here: https://go.usa.gov/xQryj

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Are you curious about how to make your business more inclusive? In our video series “Diversity in …

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:48

Are you curious about how to make your business more inclusive? In our video series “Diversity in Business” we talk with successful entrepreneurs about how to do well by doing good: https://go.usa.gov/xQrmt

Diversity In Business

Want to learn how to be a successful entrepreneur? Are you curious about how to make your business model broader and more inclusive?

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For the last ten years, Sister Berini has performed extraordinary acts of heroism from her Catholi…

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:47

For the last ten years, Sister Berini has performed extraordinary acts of heroism from her Catholic mission in Bocaranga in the Central African Republic. During the very worst periods of violence, when aid organizations recalled their staff and embassies evacuated their citizens, Sister Berini remained.

In 2014, armed militants entered Sister Berini’s mission, where she sheltered villagers and staff. They threatened to kill her if she did not cooperate, even shooting at her feet. She told them: “I am here. Kill me. I am not afraid.” As the group ransacked the mission, she sent the youngest sisters and staff into the hills and stayed behind to help a villager successfully give birth.

Sister Berini’s incredible devotion to human dignity is born simply out of her faithful desire to serve.
https://go.usa.gov/xQrmF

Women Religious: The Unsung Heroes of the Catholic Church

During Holy Week and at the conclusion of Women's History Month, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich reflects on women religious efforts to advance peace and stability in our world.

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Today marks the beginning of baseball season in the United States. Major League teams across the c…

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:45

Today marks the beginning of baseball season in the United States. Major League teams across the country are stepping up to the plate and playing their first regular season games of the year, and for many Americans that crack of the ball hitting the bat is the true herald of spring.

Luckily, Americans aren’t the only ones basking in the sunshine during baseball season -- they’re also sharing this time-honored tradition with new friends from around the world through exchange programs. In honor of Opening Day, here are some stories of how America’s favorite pastime has impacted exchange participants and broadened their understanding of American culture and values. https://go.usa.gov/xQrmA

Exchange Participants and Alumni Experience the Best of America Through Baseball

In honor of Opening Day, here are some stories of how America’s favorite pastime has impacted exchange participants and broadened their understanding of American culture and values.

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The U.S. welcomes today’s signing of an agreement concluding Phase I of Poland’s purchase of the P…

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 21:32

The U.S. welcomes today’s signing of an agreement concluding Phase I of Poland’s purchase of the Patriot missile defense system. This agreement will strengthen the security and capabilities of the U.S., #Poland, and #NATO, and it will create jobs in the U.S. and Poland. https://go.usa.gov/xQr4G

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Violent extremism is on the rise in Africa. The number of violent events linked to African extremi…

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:31

Violent extremism is on the rise in Africa. The number of violent events linked to African extremist groups increased by more than 16 percent in 2017. Throughout the year, groups like Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, ISIS, and AQIM continued to terrorize civilian populations, undermine effective governance, and threaten American interests.

Nowhere has the rise of violent extremism been more devastating than in Africa’s Sahel. This semi-arid scrub land south of the Sahara Desert is home to violent extremist organizations (VEOs) that prey on community marginalization, lack of government presence, and lack of accountability for security force human rights violations and abuses to recruit vulnerable followers.
https://go.usa.gov/xQCug

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The Readout: A Conversation With the Producers of 'Last Men in Aleppo' In the latest episode of "T…

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:02

The Readout: A Conversation With the Producers of 'Last Men in Aleppo'

In the latest episode of "The Readout", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert talked with the producers of the Oscar nominated documentary "Last Men in Aleppo" in Washington, DC.
https://go.usa.gov/xQCEK

The Readout: A Conversation With the Producers of 'Last Men in Aleppo'

In the latest episode of "The Readout", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert talked with the producers of the Oscar nominated documentary "Last Men in Aleppo" in Washington, DC.

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What the Color Blue Can Reveal About Pathogens and Contamination Part three in USAID's series on G…

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 16:01

What the Color Blue Can Reveal About Pathogens and Contamination

Part three in USAID's series on Grand Challenge female innovators spotlighting Katherine Jin and her team's design “Highlight” which aims to protect health care workers from infectious diseases.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xQCE8

What the Color Blue Can Reveal About Pathogens and Contamination

Part three in USAID's series on Grand Challenge female innovators spotlighting Katherine Jin and her team's design Highlight to protect health care workers from infectious diseases.

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Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi today i…

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:53

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi today in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister Marsudi reaffirmed the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership and mutual commitment to deepening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region for the benefit of regional security, prosperity, and a rules-based international order.
https://go.usa.gov/xQCTs

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During their meeting today, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Malaysian Foreign Minister…

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:52

During their meeting today, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Malaysia Comprehensive Partnership and pledged to continue to strengthen diplomatic, economic, and security ties. The Deputy Secretary and the Foreign Minister also discussed the South China Sea, to include ensuring freedom of navigation and over-flights, as well as upholding a rules-based maritime order. The two leaders also pledged to strengthen cooperation to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
https://go.usa.gov/xQCTw

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By spreading diseases such as Zika, dengue and malaria, mosquitoes kill more than one million peop…

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:21

By spreading diseases such as Zika, dengue and malaria, mosquitoes kill more than one million people annually and make countless others sick or debilitated. A grant from USAID's Grand Challenge is enabling Molly Duman Scheel, a professor at Indiana University, to accelerate innovative approaches to fight Zika and strengthen the world’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks.

Targeting Mosquito Genetics to Combat Zika

Part two of USAID's series on Grand Challenge female innovators highlights Molly Scheel’s novel use of baker’s yeast could improve mosquito control efforts.

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On March 23, the U.S. Department of State hosted the 2018 International #WomenofCourage Awards, ho…

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:20

On March 23, the U.S. Department of State hosted the 2018 International #WomenofCourage Awards, honoring 10 extraordinary women from around the world. This prestigious award pays tribute to emerging women leaders from around the world who have championed #humanrights, women’s equality, and social progress. See the highlights from the ceremony.

Honoring the 2018 International #WomenofCourage

Key moments and highlights from th 2018 International Women of Courage Award ceremony and a look at what's next for the award recipients.

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