"Today, the international maritime task force completed the critical mission of removing the last 8 percent of declared chemical weapons precursors from Syria. With this step, 100 percent of the declared chemicals are out of war-torn Syria. We congratulate the OPCW-UN Joint Mission and the entire international coalition, which operated under dangerous conditions to remove more than 1,000 tons of declared chemical weapons materials, a daunting undertaking that grew out of the agreement we reached last year between the United States and Russia."
Young Professionals: Apply to UN Program to Jumpstart Your Career in International Affairs

Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. To learn more about our program and efforts, visit www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn.

Special thanks to Alicia Keys, Amy Brenneman, Anne Hathaway, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, DeAndre Jordan, Denise Richards, Diego Boneta, James Van Der Beek, Jennifer Garner, Joe Manganiello, Josh Duhamel, Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Kelly Osbourne, Lance Bass, Moby, Nick Cannon, Nikki Reed, Paul Wesley, Rita Wilson, Shonda Rhimes, Soledad O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, and Tyler Perry for their participation in the video.

This video was produced by the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and Prime Content in partnership with The Jim Henson Company. Original score by Ryan Perez-Daple (rpdmusic.com).

Why educating girls is so vital!

Why educating girls is so vital!

What stops girls from going to school? Meet the Girls Interrupted, from Sierra Leon.

Tune in at 10:00am and join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Bill Nye The Science Guy for a Twitter Q&A on the #OurOcean2014 Conference! Submit your questions on Twitter to @JohnKerry and @TheScienceGuy using #OceanChat.

Tune in at 10:00am and join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Bill Nye The Science Guy for a Twitter Q&A on the #OurOcean2014 Conference! Submit your questions on Twitter to @JohnKerry and @TheScienceGuy using #OceanChat.

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#SecKerry checks out the backdrop at the #OurOcean2014 Conference that kicked off at the @StateDept today. Watch the livestream and learn how you can help protect the ocean at state.gov/ourocean.

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#SecKerry checks out the backdrop at the #OurOcean2014 Conference that kicked off at the @StateDept today. Watch the livestream and learn how you can help protect the ocean at state.gov/ourocean.

16 facts for Day of the African Child on June 16

Day of the African Child is on June 16 - when events will be held on the continent and around the world. Here are 16 things you should know about this day and why children’s rights in Africa are so vital

Due to U.S. food aid reform, we can now help to feed more people at the same cost as before. How are we able to do it? USAID’s Matthew Nims provides the answer here.

"Just think about it: roughly 168 million boys and girls throughout the world are involved in child labor. That exceeds the entire population of Russia. More than half of these children are laboring in hazardous conditions – sewing shirts in cramped factories, seeding and harvesting cotton fields in oppressive heat, or forced to carry a rifle in a war they don’t understand. Many never get to attend school, adult responsibilities are forced on them at a young age, and many more are forced to grow up too fast, simply to help provide for their families. Combatting these challenges is a major focus of the State Department’s mission. If we’re going to break the chains of poverty and abuse that make children so vulnerable, then we must promote internationally recognized worker rights."
- John Kerry Statement for 2014 International Day of Child Labor
More than three billion people rely on food from the ocean as a primary source of protein. Help us generate momentum for a healthy, sustainable ocean  by participating in the State Department’s Our Ocean conference à http://goo.gl/HDmMMv  #OurOcean2014

More than three billion people rely on food from the ocean as a primary source of protein. Help us generate momentum for a healthy, sustainable ocean  by participating in the State Department’s Our Ocean conference à http://goo.gl/HDmMMv  #OurOcean2014

"As my country’s top diplomat, ending this cycle of violence is a critical mission. The first step is to begin treating sexual violence in armed conflict as a major international crime. It is not and cannot be seen as an inevitable consequence of conflict. Nor is it a simple infraction of a country’s penal code. The next step in this overdue process will be persuading every government to deny safe haven to those who commit these vile acts. That should be a key legacy of the London conference."

YPP 2014 Job Families and Application Period

The following Job Families will be offered for this year’s exam:


For all official information go careers.un.org and click “Young Professionals Exam”

  • Information Systems and Technology & Political Affairs;
  • Economic Affairs & Radio Producer (Arabic, Chinese, Kiswahili, Russian, Spanish)
  • Human Rights and Photography
Photo: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui Photo: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui Photo: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui Photo: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui

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Cameroon, May 2014

Almost 90,000 people have fled across the border between C.A.R. and Cameroon since December 2013.
Up to 2,000 people a week, mostly women and children, reach Cameroon through more than 30 entry points along a 700-kilometre stretch of border. Acute malnutrition rates among refugees are between 20 and 30 percent according to WFP and UNHCR screening, well above the emergency threshold of 15 percent.

“Women and children are arriving in Cameroon in a shocking state, after weeks, sometimes months, on the road, foraging for food. This is the most recent tragedy resulting from the escalating bloodshed that has torn C.A.R. apart. We must all act now or more children will needlessly suffer.  We must intervene to save lives and prevent a worsening situation, ” said Cousin. “After they finally escape the danger they faced in C.A.R., children and women who flee  must not die from malnutrition” she added.
WFP has provided 30-day general food rations to 44,700 refugees and stateless people since 22 May.  In response to the grim condition of many new arrivals from C.A.R., WFP began in early May distributing specialized nutritious food at some entry points and refugee sites. Distribution of highly nutritious food to all children under five is underway at Borgop Lolo, Mbile, Gado Ghiti and Kenzu in Cameroon. All pregnant women and new mothers are receiving fortified porridge.

The second of two WFP-chartered aircraft – with a total of 127 metric tons of WFP high energy biscuits and ready-to-eat especially nutritious foods – has arrived in Cameroon today from the UN’s humanitarian hub in Dubai. The first plane arrived in Cameroon on Sunday.
The 90,000 people who have fled into Cameroon are spread over more than 300 sites across 50,000 square kilometres in the East and Adamawa regions. The logistical challenge of reaching them is compounded  by rains and poor roads, which mean that conditions in camps and host settlements are bound to deteriorate.
More than 226,000 refugees and third country nationals have fled violence in C.A.R. since September. Of the refugees 86,068 are in Cameroon, 14,000 in Chad, 14,141 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and 8,891 in Republic of Congo. All of them are in need humanitarian assistance.
WFP’s operations to help feed the hundreds of thousands or people who have fled C.A.R. to four surrounding countries have an average shortfall of 70 percent or more.

In the Photos: WFP is distributing food rations for a month and provide plumpy sup and super cereal to children and nursing women. Super cereals will be distributed with the next GFD.
Families staying at Gbiti refugees site are receiving food rations for a months. Super cereal to prevent malnutrition will be included in next distributions.

Photos: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui

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