"The importance of documentation at birth cannot be overestimated: Without a birth certificate, as a girl grows up it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to attend school or get a job. She will not be able to own her own land or start her own business. She will not be able to vote. She will likely be confined to the home and left unpaid. She becomes an invisible member of society."
- Tiffany Taylor, U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; Huffington Post: Why Every Girl Should (Literally) Count [Full Text]
The World Health Organization and partners support #Ebola outbreak response in #Guinea by mobilising international expertise, such as on contact tracing and data management, clinical care, infection prevention and control including isolation services, surveillance and epidemiology, reference laboratories, laboratory diagnosis, logistics and social mobilization.
WHO is also supporting countries in mobilizing financial and human resources as well as supplies such as personal protective equipment. More on #Ebola: http://goo.gl/4WhdbD #AskEbola
President Obama’s message to youth: “The success of our ideals comes down to us” “In the end, the success of our ideals comes down to us — including the example of our own lives, our own societies. . . That’s what will make Europe strong. That’s what makes us who we are.”
The United States and over 40 countries stood with Ukraine in a joint statement of support at the Human Rights Council March 26.
The text of the statement as delivered by Paula Schriefer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, is available here: https://geneva.usmission.gov/2014/03/….
List of countries who joined the statement: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America.
"While the human rights situation has improved over the past year, Mali remains a fragile country facing numerous challenges relating to transitional justice, security reform, economic recovery, peace building, and reconciliation."
- US Human Rights Council Head of Delegation Paula Schriefer at Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Mali [Full Statement]
Jazz Appreciation MonthTribute to John Coltrane & “A Love Supreme”
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11 AM – 12 PM
The National Museum of American pays tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and the 50thAnniversary of his iconic composition A Love Supreme with a music celebration by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) and donation ceremony with reflections by Ravi Coltrane – son of John Coltrane – and photographer Chuck Stewart who photographed the recording session in 1964. Coltrane’s original music score of A Love Supreme and handwritten notes reflecting his thoughts are on display at the museum through June 17.