Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks today at 11:00 a.m. EDT celebrating the groundbreaking for the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. 
The USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase American leadership on global food issues, including food security and policy, science and technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture. The United States is among 147 nations participating in Expo Milano 2015, a world’s fair in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015. With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Milan Expo will promote a global dialogue about the future of our food system.More»

Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks today at 11:00 a.m. EDT celebrating the groundbreaking for the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. 

The USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase American leadership on global food issues, including food security and policy, science and technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture. The United States is among 147 nations participating in Expo Milano 2015, a world’s fair in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015. With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Milan Expo will promote a global dialogue about the future of our food system.More»

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).

"If, together, we can make it safer for girls to go to school, and keep them there, then we will knock down one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of their collective destiny, and we will help them seize their rightful place as the leaders of Africa’s very, very bright future."
- Ambassador Samantha Power, Remarks at UNICEF Executive Board Special Sessionon Sustainability and Development in Africa, June 3, 2014
Today’s veto is just the latest in Russian obstructionism of UN Security Council action on Syria. 

Today’s veto is just the latest in Russian obstructionism of UN Security Council action on Syria. 

On April 29, 2014, the US Department of State hosted its 11th Annual Model United Nations Conference with the United Nations Association.  700 middle and high school students from the Washington metro area and from Liberia and Ghana visited the Department for a day of negotiations on global issues.  Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom delivered keynote remarks at the opening ceremony.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Sudan this morning. He is expected to meet President Salva Kiir, displaced people, community leaders and UN staff and peacekeepers. We shall post pictures throughout the day as activities happen. Stay tuned! Photos from UNMISS.

Universal Periodic Review: US Interventions

This week in Geneva:  19th session of Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review. View all US Statements here.

"The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia’s continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine’s democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. At the contact group meeting in Geneva on April 17, 2014, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union decided on a number of steps to deescalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, including refraining from further violence or provocative acts. Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis. Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable."
Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Happy World Health Day, world!  Find out how #Just1Bite can cause serious diseases and how to protect yourself [Source: World Health Organization]

Report of the Secretary-General on South Sudan

Today the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations will breif the UN Security Council in South Sudan. Check out the Secretary-General’s latest report.

Ambassador Samantha Power's Remarks at a UN Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine
"This is about accountability. It’s about ending impunity. And it’s about a fight that has gone on for centuries, as long as human beings have been able to think and write and speak and act on their own. The struggle for rights and dignity couldn’t be more relevant to what we are seeing transpire across the globe. The places where we face some of the greatest national security challenges today are also places where governments deny basic human rights to their nations’ people, and that is no coincidence."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks at the release of the State Department’s 2013 Human Rights Report
Secretary Kerry will release the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices today at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST. Watch a live broadcast of this event here http://video.state.gov/live/

Secretary Kerry will release the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices today at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST. Watch a live broadcast of this event here http://video.state.gov/live/

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