Submit Questions on Twitter about the US #YouthObserver at the UN Program

Are you considering applying to become the next US Youth Observer at the UN? Have questions about the program?

Join the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the UN Association of the USA, and 2012-2013 US-Youth Observer Brooke Loughrin for a twitter Q &A on Tuesday,  August 14, 2013 at 2:00pm EDT.  Use #YouthObserver to submit questions about the program, the application process or to ask Brooke about her experience as US Youth Observer last year.

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman pictured with UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng on March 26th, 2013, during consultations in Washington on U.S. and UN efforts on atrocity early warning, prevention and response. State Department Photos

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, addressed the High Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the United Nations High Level Segment February 26. ” If we are to live up to the lofty ambition that the Human Rights Council by its nature represents, all our nations – working together, despite our different histories – must harness that same potential for progress, that same drive to ensure for all the universal human rights that are their birthrights,” assistant Secretary Brimmer said in her statement. “That is the standard by which we all must be judged, not just in this twenty-second Council session, but in future sessions and in the years to come.” Full text

Today, the U.S.-India Joing Working Group on UN Peacekeeping Operations it meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Following their morning meetings, members of the U.S. and Indian delegations took this photo in  the Department’s Ralph Bunche Library.  2/13/13. State Department Photo.

Today, the U.S.-India Joing Working Group on UN Peacekeeping Operations it meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Following their morning meetings, members of the U.S. and Indian delegations took this photo in  the Department’s Ralph Bunche Library.  2/13/13. State Department Photo.

Finding a Lasting Solution to Instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On February 11, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings hosted a conversation with Ambassador Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, on finding a lasting solution to instability in the DRC. Watch Video

Today is the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). An estimated 100 to 145 million women have undergone this brutal procedure, and about 3 million girls are at risk each year. Starting now, watch a live webcast of a panel of experts who will discuss successful efforts and solutions to address this issue. http://goo.gl/wX3xd 

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Announces International Regulators Conference on Nuclear Security

The conference will be held at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, in Rockville, Md., on Dec. 4-6.

Keynote speakers will include Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency; John O. Brennan, assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism; Ambassador Glyn T. Davies, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy; Mark Weatherford, deputy undersecretary for cyber security at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Department of State: Expulsion of U.N. Human Rights Investigator in South Sudan

statedept:

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 6, 2012


We are deeply concerned about the Republic of South Sudan’s decision to order a Human Rights Officer working for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to depart the…

Just how many people does the World Food Program feed each year? How much does that cost and where does it get the money? Find the answers to these questions and more in this infographic about WFP—the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency.

Just how many people does the World Food Program feed each year? How much does that cost and where does it get the money? Find the answers to these questions and more in this infographic about WFP—the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency.

"Indigenous women suffer disproportionate rates of violence, and the U.S. government is working with tribes to address this. The Department of Justice has streamlined the process for tribes to apply for grants for public safety, awarding nearly $120 million to tribes over the past two years. It has set up a national clearinghouse for training and technical assistance concerning sexual assault of Native American women. And it is funding a project to collect and preserve sexual assault evidence in geographically isolated tribal communities. The Indian Health Service (IHS) of the Department of Health and Human Services has recently promulgated its first sexual assault policy and protocol for use in its U.S. health facilities, and the Department of the Interior is working with IHS to coordinate this protocol with law enforcement throughout Indian country in the United States."
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Item 3 and 5: U.S. Country Response to the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, September 18, 2012

LIVE NOW: Preview of U.S. Priorities at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly


Live video for mobile from Ustream

TUESDAY, SEP 18, 2012 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Featuring

Esther Brimmer,
Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs,
U.S. State Department

with introductory remarks by 

Daniel F. Runde,
Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, 
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Since the founding of the United Nations in the wake of World War II, American Administrations have employed that body’s General Assembly to  introduce and strengthen the discourse around new policy ideas and address burning issues. Notable announcements in the past include President Obama’s seminal Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development at the 2010 meeting, which set the agenda for his administration’s development policy priorities.

A large number of global challenges may be on the agenda for this year, including Syria, Iran, food security, and the Horn of Africa. Please join us for remarks by Esther Brimmer, who will outline the priorities and agenda of this year’s UN General Assembly, which will convene on September 18, 2012.

"Native Americans in the United States experience high rates of poverty, illness, substance abuse, suicide, and incarceration, as well as relatively low levels of education. The United States is taking steps to alleviate these problems. President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget allocates $19.4 billion for programs benefitting indigenous communities in education, transportation, and access to justice. The request represents a three percent increase from the amount requested for fiscal year 2012."
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Item 3 and 5: U.S. Country Response to the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, September 18, 2012

"The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its continued diligent and critical work during the past year responding to the grave and escalating situation in Syria. This Council must and will renew the mandate of the COI so it can continue to perform its unique role. The United States strongly urges all States to support the extension of the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry and once again calls for the Commission to be granted access to Syria. The United States also aligns itself with the joint statement read by Turkey."
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Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

Delivered by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, September 17, 2012

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