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State Dept - Highlights 

Human Rights in the D.P.R.K.

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 23): "What goes on inside North Korea – systematic repression, collective punishment, arbitrary execution, penal colonies, prison camps – these abuses are actually unfathomable to nearly the entire world, and they should have no place in the 21st century.

Global Counterterrorism Forum

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 23): "The evil that ISIL represents is not something that Iraq or even the region can or should take on alone. We face a common threat, and our response has to be all hands on deck." Fact Sheet

Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians in Gaza

Sept. 22: The U.S. is providing more than $71 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance to help meet emergency needs in Gaza.

Safe From the Start Initiative

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 22): "Our initial $10 million commitment is making a difference … And that's why we're making available an additional $12 million to support this initiative." Remarks Fact Sheet

Equal Futures Partnership

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 22): "The theme of this year's meeting, increasing women's representation in leadership positions, is at the heart of what we can really do to change things on a global basis."

NYC Climate Week

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 22): "Too often climate change is put into an 'environmental challenge' box, when in fact it's a major set of economic opportunities and economic challenges, it's a public health challenge, and it's also unquestionably … an international security challenge.

Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 22): "Ancient treasures in Iraq and in Syria have now become the casualties of continuing warfare and looting. And no one group has done more to put our shared cultural heritage in the gun sights than ISIL."

Meeting With French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 21): "We're very grateful for the conference that was held in Paris a few days ago at which some 30 entities, countries and NGOs, came together to commit to deal with the problem of ISIS."

Secretary Kerry Elevates Climate Change

Sept. 21: Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York.

Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 21): "The United States is gravely concerned about the findings in this report, which point to a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention."

UNGA Event Highlights North Korean Human Rights Abuses

Sept. 23: Secretary Kerry participated in a high-level discussion with foreign government leaders, UN officials, and others to call attention to systematic human rights violations in the D.P.R.K.

U.S. Congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 21): "This was a moment of extraordinary statesmanship. These two men have put the people of Afghanistan first, and they've ensured that the first peaceful democratic transition in the history of their country begins with national unity.

Global Counterterrorism Task Force

Sept. 23: Secretary Kerry co-chairs the Global Counterterrorism Task Force, at approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT. Watch a live broadcast of this event here.

New Health Commitments by PEPFAR and USAID

Sept. 20: Secretary Kerry announced two new initiatives by the U.S. Government to mobilize new sources of financing and use data to deliver greater accountability and more effective development.

Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

Spokesperson Psaki (Sept. 21): "The unique cultural heritage of both Iraq and Syria represent an historical sequence of human development from ancient times to the present day."

Cooperation Understanding Signing

Sept. 20: The U.S. Government's Power Africa initiative and the joint UN-World Bank Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative will sign a Cooperation Understanding during the SE4ALL High Level event at the United Nations on Monday, September 22.

UN 69th General Assembly High-Level Week

Every year at this time, the State Department endeavors to advance U.S. priorities for the new General Assembly, as well as translating U.S. goals and objectives.

Equal Futures Partnership

Sept. 22: Secretary Kerry will deliver opening remarks at the Equal Futures Partnership event, at approximately 4:00 p.m. EDT. Watch a live broadcast of this event here.

U.S. Funding for Safe from the Start

Sept. 22: Secretary Kerry announced that the U.S. is making available an additional $12 million for Safe from the Start to strengthen prevention and response to gender-based violence from the onset of humanitarian emergencies. Fact Sheet

International Coastal Cleanup

While soda cans, disposable diapers, or fishing lines may seem harmless, marine debris is one of the greatest threats to the ocean.

Elections in Fiji

Spokesperson Psaki (Sept. 19): "We congratulate the people of Fiji for the steps they have taken toward restoring democracy, including conducting the historic vote on September 17."

Attack on MINUSMA

Spokesperson Psaki (Sept. 19): "The United States strongly condemns yet another deadly attack against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) yesterday in Mali which killed five Chadian peacekeepers and wounded three others.

Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy

Sept. 19: The Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) will meet on September 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Building.

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Sept. 19: The Honorable J. Brian Atwood will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held in Warsaw, Sept. 22 - Oct. 3.

United Nations Security Council Statement on Iraq

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 19): "The fact that so many countries are represented here from so many parts of the world really underscores the clear need for all of us to come together to welcome and to support the new, inclusive government in Iraq and to put an end to ISIL's unfettered barbarity.

Frontiers in Development Forum

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 19): "This conference is called Frontiers in Development, and the people of USAID are pioneers. You're working on the front lines of some of the world's toughest challenges." Learn

Daily Press Briefing: UNGA

Mr. Rathke (Sept. 19): "There will be numerous activities in New York next week to extend the conversation on Ebola, including the Secretary General's high-level meeting on Thursday."

Meeting With Algerian Foreign Minister Lamamra

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 18): "I want to particularly thank the Government of Algeria for their very prompt and strong support for the coalition to deal with the problem of ISIL. We're appreciative of their efforts in counterterrorism particularly."

The U.S. at the UN: Maximizing the Impact of Collective Action

Acting Assistant Secretary Pittman (Sept. 18): "The UN and its agencies and organizations did not evolve from lesser entities, the nations of the world created them for specific purposes."

New Frontiers in Development Forum

Sept. 18: Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver keynote remarks at the Frontiers in Development Forum at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 19, in the Amphitheater at USAID.


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