"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."

Today, UN Security Council hosts an open debate on rule of law. This video explores relationship between rule of law and sustainable peace. 

Tiffany Taylor, United States Youth Observer to the UN, A Day in the Life of a Peacebuilder
"The United States is deeply concerned by recent sectarian attacks against both Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). Clashes during the past few days in the town of Boda reportedly left over 75 dead, most of whom were Muslims. In late January, a convoy carrying mostly Muslims, including ex-Seleka militias, fired on the largely Christian residents of the town of Bocaranga, forcing many to flee. Many Muslim families have fled from their homes and some 50,000 third-country nationals have left the country. In the last year, approximately one million people have been displaced across the country, including some 85,000 new refugees that have fled to neighboring countries. This sectarian violence must end."
- Jen Psaki, statedept Spokesperson [Full Text]

Ambassador Samantha Power and the United Nations Security Council recenty made a 2-day visit to Mali to support the people as they stand up to extremists and pursue democracy. [Source: US Mission to the UN Facebook Page]

"The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is dangerous and it is deadly. The United States reaffirms its commitment to the people of CAR, many of whom are living in mortal fear of attack, and to bringing relief to the nearly 2.6 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance."
- Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2134 on the Central African Republic
Global Contributions to United Nations Peacekeeping
The U.S. airlifts over 800 Rwandan Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic in a new peacekeeping mission. [Source]

The U.S. airlifts over 800 Rwandan Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic in a new peacekeeping mission. [Source]

[via @StateDept] Congratulations to #Malaysia for becoming the firstGPOI - Global Peace Operations Initiative nation to achieve self-sufficiency training for their UN peacekeepers! Last week Acting Asst. Sec. Kelly visited Malaysia to see for himself: http://go.usa.gov/ZrK4

[via @StateDept] Congratulations to #Malaysia for becoming the firstGPOI - Global Peace Operations Initiative nation to achieve self-sufficiency training for their UN peacekeepers! Last week Acting Asst. Sec. Kelly visited Malaysia to see for himself: http://go.usa.gov/ZrK4

Watch live now: Happening now at the UN - Security Council debate on ‘Women, Peace & Security’ - Watch live at http://webtv.un.org 

Live Now: Secretary of State John F. Kerry chairs UN Security Council Minesterial Debate on the Great Lakes Region: http://webtv.un.org/

Live Now: Secretary of State John F. Kerry chairs UN Security Council Minesterial Debate on the Great Lakes Region: http://webtv.un.org/

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. -Nelson Mandela

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. -Nelson Mandela

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Learn  More

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Learn  More

Nearly 70 years ago, on January 17, 1946, the UN Security Council met for the first time in London, England. Today, it will convene for the 7000th time and discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria. Watch this historic moment at http://webtv.un.org/. Photo: The first session of the United Nations Security Council held on January 17, 1946. (UN Photo/Marcel Bolomey)

Nearly 70 years ago, on January 17, 1946, the UN Security Council met for the first time in London, England. Today, it will convene for the 7000th time and discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria. Watch this historic moment at http://webtv.un.org/

Photo: The first session of the United Nations Security Council held on January 17, 1946. (UN Photo/Marcel Bolomey)

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