[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

Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Cambodia from December 9–13, 2013. He will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses and government officials to improve food security and promote agricultural development in Cambodia.
The Ambassador will be accompanied by a group of journalists from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia. They will visit a variety of projects run by the U.S. Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Progress in agriculture is key to the country’s future! Read more: http://goo.gl/vPQDm

Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Cambodia from December 9–13, 2013. He will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses and government officials to improve food security and promote agricultural development in Cambodia.

The Ambassador will be accompanied by a group of journalists from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia. They will visit a variety of projects run by the U.S. Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Progress in agriculture is key to the country’s future! Read more: http://goo.gl/vPQDm

United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL): A Day in the Life of a UN Military Observer

Lt. William Abbott was driving along a highway southeast of Zwedru when he noticed a woman who had just given birth on the side of the road. She was almost 10km from the nearest clinic and desperately needed assistance. The peacekeeper did not think twice about helping her. For Abbott, a UN Military Observer based in Zwedru, it was all part of a day’s work.

“If you tell me there are problems, we’ll come here and fix them.” That’s what he told one local, and that’s the motto he works by.

Abbott, from the US Navy, is checking out this month after having completed a six-month mission in Zwedru. Read More

“This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself.  In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to enjoy the same opportunities as our fellow citizens to study, travel, serve, and work overseas.  On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)”.
 - Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights

Read Full Blog Post: Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights

This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself.  In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to enjoy the same opportunities as our fellow citizens to study, travel, serve, and work overseas.  On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)”.

- Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights

Read Full Blog Post: Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights

"Ultimately, the success or failure of the transition depends on the choices made by Yemen, by Yemen’s government and by Yemen’s people; that is both appropriate and it is a challenge for all of us to work as diligently as we can to attain the goal we all seek: a Yemen that is stable, confident, at peace with itself and its neighbors, and moving in the right political and economic direction."
- Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum

This afternoon, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman joined UN Foundation President and CEO and Representative Mark Meadows for a discussion about U.S. goals and priorities at the 68th UN General Assembly.  

Tomorrow at 1pm ET Acting Assistant Secretary Dean Pittman, the Enough Project's John Prendergast, UN Dispatch's Mark Goldberg, and the new US Youth Observer at the UN Tiffany Taylor will host a Google+ Hangout on why the #UNMatters. Post your questions now and tune in tomorrow at http://goo.gl/1wilaj.

Tomorrow at 1pm ET Acting Assistant Secretary Dean Pittman, the Enough Project's John Prendergast, UN Dispatch's Mark Goldberg, and the new US Youth Observer at the UN Tiffany Taylor will host a Google+ Hangout on why the #UNMatters. Post your questions now and tune in tomorrow at http://goo.gl/1wilaj.

Great News: US Youth Observer to the UN General Assembly Selected!

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA, is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s U.S. Youth Observer to the 68th UN General Assembly. The Observer, Ms. Tiffany Taylor, was selected from among more than 700 applicants nationwide. Ms. Taylor graduated from the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing joint Masters Degrees from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of Public Health at Columbia University. She originally hails from Mississippi.

Sacramento’s Mayor Johnson announces 10 point anti-discrimination plan adopted by 50 U.S. cities. U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism & Discrimination: 10-Point Plan of Action can be found here -> http://www.usmayors.org 

Sacramento’s Mayor Johnson announces 10 point anti-discrimination plan adopted by 50 U.S. cities. U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism & Discrimination: 10-Point Plan of Action can be found here ->

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.

Apply to Become the Next US Youth Observer at the United Nations

If you are age 18 to 25, and have an interest and passion for international affairs, civic engagement, and youth issues, you could qualify for this once in a lifetime chance to see the United Nations in action — in person.  The U.S. Youth Observer will travel to New York, interact with the U.S. delegation and other youth representatives from around the world — and then share their experiences to their peers and the rest of the world. Read More

Do you have a passion for international affairs? Think the voices of American youth should be heard at theUnited Nations? Apply today to be the next U.S. Youth Observer at the ‪#‎UN‬ General Assembly! Learn more and apply » http://bit.ly/RqEC2s

Do you have a passion for international affairs? Think the voices of American youth should be heard at theUnited Nations? Apply today to be the next U.S. Youth Observer at the ‪#‎UN‬ General Assembly! Learn more and apply » http://bit.ly/RqEC2s

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York, NY on July 25, 2013. Read Text

Tune in for a live Jazz concert in Istanbul at 2:00PM EDT today. Learn More Here

Tune in for a live Jazz concert in Istanbul at 2:00PM EDT today. Learn More Here

"International Mother Earth Day is a chance to reaffirm our collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature at a time when our planet is under threat from climate change, unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and other man-made problems. When we threaten the planet, we undermine our only home – and our future survival. On this International Day, let us renew our pledges to honour and respect Mother Earth."
- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Message for the International Mother Earth Day 2013
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