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State Dept - Highlights 

LGBT Rights an Economic Issue

Apr. 18: Along with a coalition of OECD member states, the U.S. is ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues rise to the top of the OECD's agenda. DipNote

Cultural Heritage Preservation

Apr. 18: The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports a broad range of projects to preserve the cultural heritage of other countries, including World Heritage sites. Map

Advancing Freedom and Democracy

Apr. 18: The United States uses bilateral and multilateral diplomatic advocacy, foreign assistance programs, and public planning tools to advance human rights and democracy.

Sports Envoys Travel to Sri Lanka

From April 21-25, former WNBA players Tamika Williams and Edna Campbell will teach basketball skills and foster empowerment of girls, teamwork, and cross-cultural communication.

Gender-Based Violence Initiative

Apr. 18: The GBV Emergency Response and Protection Initiative fills a critical gap by providing urgent assistance to threatened individuals with rapid, targeted, short term assistance.

Keystone XL Pipeline

Apr. 18: The Department of State has notified the eight federal agencies specified in Executive Order 13337 we will provide more time for the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project. Briefing

Daily Press Briefing: Ukraine

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 18): "It's clear to everyone what steps Russia will need to take in order to de-escalate the situation, and... we will test the proposition of diplomacy over the coming days."

North Korea's Human Rights Violations

Assistant Secretary Malinowski (Apr. 17): "The more we learn about conditions inside North Korea, the harder it becomes for the regime to deny the facts, and the more determined we become to change them." DipNote

Attacks in South Sudan

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 17): "We reiterate our call upon the Government of South Sudan to end the violence and to fulfill its primary responsibility to maintain law and order and provide full support for the UNMISS mission to protect civilians.

Ukraine's Future

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 17): "The Ukrainian people now deserve a right to choose their own future. The international community remains firmly by their side as they travel the difficult, democratic path to prosperity and to peace." Joint Statement Trip

U.S. Policy in South Asia

Assistant Secretary Biswal (Apr. 16): "While the prosperity agenda in South Asia is critically important, so too is enhancing political stability and regional security."

LGBT Rights

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoagland (Apr. 16): "It is the duty of American diplomats to shape foreign policy to promote human rights for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Travel to China and Vietnam

Special Advisor Heumann's visits to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hanoi on April 18-30 will include meetings and discussions on issues related to the rights of persons with disabilities.

Daily Press Briefing: Syria

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 17): "We remain committed to the diplomatic process and to all diplomatic efforts to find a political solution as the only way to a lasting, sustainable end to this conflict."

Advancing U.S. Economic Policy

Assistant Secretary Rivkin (Apr. 15): "I've inherited a vast and diverse portfolio but all of our activities coalesce towards the same goal: bringing jobs and economic opportunity to Americans at home and abroad."

Swearing-in Ceremony for Rick Stengel

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 15): "The modes of communicating are changing at a lightning pace ... and that means that public diplomacy has to change with it ... so that we can say we are providing really groundbreaking public diplomacy for a groundbreaking era.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Apr. 15: Read the joint statement issued at the conclusion of the P5 Beijing Conference: Enhancing Strategic Confidence and Working Together to Implement the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Outcomes.

Elections in Guinea-Bissau

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 15): "We urge the country's leaders, both civilian and military, to hear the voice of their people and bring the political transition period to a successful conclusion."

Additional Assistance for Ukraine

Apr. 14: The United States and Ukraine have signed a loan guarantee agreement intended to unlock $1 billion in financing for the Government of Ukraine and bolster its ability to provide critical services as it implements necessary reforms.

Secretary Kerry's Travel to Geneva

Secretary Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in meetings with Ukrainian, Russian, and European Union officials about the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine. Trip Page

Daily Press Briefing: South Korea

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Apr. 16): "We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives on board the South Korean ferry, the Sewol. The United States is ready to provide any assistance needed."

Libya's Transition

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 14): "At a time when Libya most needs political consensus to move forward its democratic transition, extortion by physical attack must not hijack the process of peaceful dialogue."

Arrests by Peruvian Government

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 14): "The United States congratulates the Government of Peru for last week's arrests of at least 28 leaders and members of a front organization for the Shining Path terrorist group."

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Ceremony

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 14): "I can't think of anything that unifies people as much, brings out the best, and shows our commonality, the common spirit of sportsmanship, the common spirit of competition, the common spirit of great athleticism." Sports E

Daily Press Briefing: Iran

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 15): "Given his role in the events of 1979, which clearly matter profoundly to the American people, it would be unacceptable for the United States to grant this visa."

Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine

On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Fact Sheet DipNote

Announcement of June 16-17 "Our Ocean" Conference

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 15): "We're going to bring together government officials, scientists, advocates, business people, and the men and women whose livelihoods and well-being depend on the ocean in order to discuss three key issues."

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 3 Report

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 13): "This report is a wake-up call about global economic opportunity we can seize today as we lead on climate change."

Daily Press Briefing: Nigeria

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 14): "We condemn today's attack on Nyanya Motor Park south of Abuja which killed over 70 people. ... We also condemn the attacks in three villages in Borno State that took the lives of nearly 100 people over the weekend."

U.S.-Ukraine Working Group Meeting

Apr. 12: The working group discussed ways of moving President Obama and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk's economic agenda forward, focusing on U.S. assistance efforts, increasing bilateral trade and investment flows, combating corruption, and carrying out economic reforms.


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