Secretary Kerry: “challenges like reproductive health care and family planning are bigger than the political boxes that some try to force them into. These are basic human necessities that hundreds of millions of women are forced to go without. For some, it’s because they can’t afford or don’t have access to these services. For others, it’s because their husbands or their communities simply don’t support their use…That’s why the United States and our partners must continue our life-saving work to advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights”.
The #IAEA works to foster the role of nuclear science and technology in sustainable development. This involves both advancing and employing knowledge to tackle pressing worldwide challenges - ensuring access to food, water and energy, fighting poverty and disease and adapting to climate change.
Last week Secretary of State John Kerry met with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (top photo). The Secretary General also met with Acting Assistant Secretary H. Dean Pittman and Representative to the UN Office in Vienna and to the IAEA Joseph MacManus (bottom photo).
“This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself. In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to enjoy the same opportunities as our fellow citizens to study, travel, serve, and work overseas. On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)”.
- Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights
What “should” women do? What “shouldn’t” women do? This powerful new UN Women ad series uses genuine Google searches to reveal the widespread prevalence of sexism and discrimination against women: http://owl.li/q21Vb
Find out more about the UN’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment at: www.unwomen.org
Tens of millions of girls in the world are married while still children, many before puberty and often to much older men. Watch the latest UN Stories video to see how the UN is working with local communities to end the traditional practice of child marriage in Afghanistan: http://j.mp/1fTEs1x
Ambassador Power visited the State Department building in Washington, DC today. She took a photo with IO-Bureau Senior staff after a meeting. [from left to right: Deputy Assistant Secretary Victoria Holt; Acting Assistant Secretary H. Dean Pittman; Ambassador Samantha Power, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Theodore Allegra; Deputy Assistant Secretary Nerissa Cook; and Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Schriefer]
Marking UN Day on Thursday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminds us of the millions of people depend on UN humanitarian personnel for life-saving assistance and says that in a world that is more connected, we must be more united.