VIDEO: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at U.N. General Assembly Meeting on Ukraine

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. 

Happy World Water Day! Technology can help us find solutions to water scarcity and rising demand.  Check out our blog entry about the Department of State’s USTech H2.O exhibit, and why water security and diplomacy go hand-in-hand. http://goo.gl/ADW4kN

Forests provide an estimated one billion people globally with nutritious foods. Their products are consumed directly by people living in and around forests and are also sold, generating income for rural populations. In this way, forests and trees on farms make a major contribution to global food security. However, they have often been given little priority in national policymaking related to food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, emphasizes the importance of forests and argues that in the light of the Milliennium Development Goal to reduce hunger by half by 2015, the contribution made by forests and trees to food security and nutrition deserves urgent consideration.

statedept:

Do you think standing up against gender-based violence should be a global priority? Avon Global Ambassador @Fergie does! She is partnering with @VitalVoices, Avon, and the @StateDept to launch a new initiative to #EndGBV.

Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam
 Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam
 Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli
 Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam
 Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli
 Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli


wfp:

The Central African Republic is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as violence forces more and more people to flee their homes and the national economy edges towards collapse. With local food systems breaking down, WFP and its partners are seeing cases of malnutrition multiply.

Central Africa Republic, Bangui, February 2014

Since mid-February WFP provides extra children rations (Plumpy Sup, Plumpy Doz, Super Cereals Plus) in general food distributions so kids fight malnutrition and keep smiling. Hundreds of children have been diagnosed with moderate or severe malnutrition around sites sheltering people displaced by violence in Bangui.



 

Photo one:

Larissa and her baby, Brenda Alafei, are from the Christian camp, where there were 45.000 people in September 2013.

Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam

 

Photo two:

A Danish Refugee Council emergency monitor explaining to a group of displaced people what food WFP will be distributing at Don Bosco IDP camp.



Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam

 

Photo three:

Juanita (3 year old) eats Plumpy Doz from her mother’s spoon. The supplement will help her fight malnutrition and keep away from disease. 



Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

 

Photo four:

A young mother holding her malnourished child at Don Bosco Church IDP camp


Photo: WFP/Melissa Chemam

 

Photo five:

The community living in PK12 found shelter here after fleeing violence in Bangui or in towns from the interior of CAR. There are many children, women and elderly.



Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

 

Photo six:

IDP women preparing Super Cereals Plus for the first time.



Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

united-nations:

Friday is the Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In his latest LinkedIn Pulse piece, Ban Ki-moon honours Nelson Mandela and urges everyone to fight racism. “On this Day, I call on each one of us to speak out and stand up to racism wherever and whenever we see it happen.”Read more and follow the Secretary-General on LinkedIn.

united-nations:

Friday is the Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In his latest LinkedIn Pulse piece, Ban Ki-moon honours Nelson Mandela and urges everyone to fight racism. 

“On this Day, I call on each one of us to speak out and stand up to racism wherever and whenever we see it happen.”

Read more and follow the Secretary-General on LinkedIn.

The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development (a joint project by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions to poverty and food shortages.  How?  By calling on people around the world to develop and submit technologies that can improve water conservation.  USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes will announce the semi-finalists on Friday at the Department of State’s USTech H2.O event. http://securingwaterforfood.org/

The Global Divide: Health Inequalities Among Women and Children
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