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»

"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

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.

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
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/

"Disapproval of homosexuality by some can never justify violating the fundamental human rights of others. This law will institutionalise discrimination and is likely to encourage harassment and violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. It is formulated so broadly that it may lead to abuse of power and accusations against anyone, not just LGBT people."
- UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay [more]
"After three years of slaughter and savagery, people rightfully will question whether progress is possible, but this resolution holds the promise of something real. The proof is on paper. By naming the areas in Syria where sieges must be lifted, demanding that hospitals, schools and other places where civilians gather must be demilitarized, insisting that aid must be allowed to cross borders and follow the most direct routes to the suffering, and by underscoring that attacks against civilians, including barrel bombing, must end, the international community hasn’t minced words. This is a resolution of concrete steps to answer the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on the UN Resolution on Syria (Feb 22)
"There is only one measure of success of a comprehensive agreement with Iran, and that is if an agreement means that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon and that the international community will have assurance in the exclusively peaceful nature of a nuclear program in Iran. That is our objective. We have begun very tough negotiations that will go on through July. We hope to get to a successful end and to a comprehensive agreement at that time. We have set a framework and a timetable for the negotiations."
- Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman’s remarks on Iran (Feb 22)
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