"This could be a hinge-point in the tortured three years of a Syria crisis bereft of hope. This overdue resolution, if fully implemented, will ensure humanitarian aid reaches people in Syria whose very lives depend on it. This is all about saving innocent lives and relieving the burden on Syria’s neighboring countries."
- Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on UN Security Council Resolution on Syria (Feb 22)

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

White House Blog: Making the World Safer from Pandemic Threats: A New Agenda for Global Health Security

Lisa Monaco (Feb 13): ”Today, I joined Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives of more than 25 nations, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to launch the Global Health Security Agenda, an international effort to enhance our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease threats. This is not just a health challenge – it is a security challenge as well. Infectious diseases have the potential to cause enormous damage in terms of lives lost, economic impact, and ability to recover, just as with nuclear, chemical, or cybersecurity attacks. In today’s interconnected world, they emerge and spread faster than ever before.” Full Text»

UNVIE Ambassador Joseph Macmanus and Tanzanian Minister of Communication, Science, and Technology Makame Mbarawa discuss U.S. support for IAEA technical assistance projects employing nuclear techniques to address agriculture and health care development challenges here in Tanzania.

UNVIE Ambassador Joseph Macmanus and Tanzanian Minister of Communication, Science, and Technology Makame Mbarawa discuss U.S. support for IAEA technical assistance projects employing nuclear techniques to address agriculture and health care development challenges here in Tanzania.

Podcast: Ambassador Joseph Macmanus on IAEA Technical Cooperation Program projects in Africa

At IAEA there is a department or division that is responsible for technical cooperation. This isn’t exactly development assistance, but it is very similar. And the technical cooperation programs that take place, which occur here in South Africa and other countries in Africa, are meant to assist those countries in activities related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Of course South Africa has a large nuclear energy sector, and also a great deal of familiarity with peaceful uses techniques.

Sustainable Development: A Prerequisite for a Life of Dignity

Check out US Youth Observer Tiffany Taylor’s latest blog post.

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital mutilation.  An estimated 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.  If current trends continue, some 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030.  Learn More

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital mutilation.  An estimated 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.  If current trends continue, some 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030.  Learn More

"Did you know that 57 million primary-aged children worldwide do not have the opportunity to attend school?  Additionally, 69 million adolescents are not able to get a quality education.  And of the many children who are fortunate enough to have some formal education, 250 million do not have basic literacy and math skills.  These are alarming figures, because data shows that a good education can lead to a better life and a stronger economy. 

Last July on Malala Day, the UN’s call to action for governments, donors, organizations and individuals to support education was made stronger by the voices of youth from around the world.  Their message was very clear: education must be at the forefront of the public agenda for both individual nations and the international development community.

The United States is answering this call and has formally joined the UN Global Education First Initiative through its new role as a Champion Country.  We pledge to serve as an advocate and leader in promoting equitable access to quality education in order to achieve national and international development goals — particularly in crisis and conflict environments”.

- Latest from statedept blog; IO Deputy Assistant Secretary Nerissa Cook discusses the U.S. formally joining the united-nations Education First Initiative. 

Read the blog here: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/02/04/us-formally-joins-un-global-education-initiative#sthash.lMnQxTJ2.dpuf

"Did you know that 57 million primary-aged children worldwide do not have the opportunity to attend school?  Additionally, 69 million adolescents are not able to get a quality education.  And of the many children who are fortunate enough to have some formal education, 250 million do not have basic literacy and math skills.  These are alarming figures, because data shows that a good education can lead to a better life and a stronger economy.

Last July on Malala Day, the UN’s call to action for governments, donors, organizations and individuals to support education was made stronger by the voices of youth from around the world.  Their message was very clear: education must be at the forefront of the public agenda for both individual nations and the international development community.

The United States is answering this call and has formally joined the UN Global Education First Initiative through its new role as a Champion Country.  We pledge to serve as an advocate and leader in promoting equitable access to quality education in order to achieve national and international development goals — particularly in crisis and conflict environments”.

- Latest from statedept blog; IO Deputy Assistant Secretary Nerissa Cook discusses the U.S. formally joining the united-nations Education First Initiative.

Read the blog here: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2014/02/04/us-formally-joins-un-global-education-initiative#sthash.lMnQxTJ2.dpuf

USAID ANNOUNCES RISE: A NEW INITIATIVE TO BUILD RESILIENCE IN WEST AFRICA’S SAHEL

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort to build resilience to recurrent crisis in West Africa’s Sahel, a region where chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, and violent extremism collide—and some 18.7 million people faced food insecurity in 2012 due to severe drought for the third time in a decade. Learn More

U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors

This week is an important milestone in the international community’s efforts to resolve concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program.  On Monday, January 20, implementation of the Joint Plan of Action began.  This marks the first time in a decade that Iran has committed to take specific steps that halt progress on its nuclear program and roll back key parts of that program.”

Signing ceremony, between IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. MacManus, for the Third Amendment to the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA Photo, 21 January 2014.

Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

Signing ceremony, between IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. MacManus, for the Third Amendment to the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA Photo, 21 January 2014.

Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and US Ambassador Joseph E. MacManus, shake hands after a signing ceremony for the Third Amendment to the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency. IAEA Photo, January 21, 2014 Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

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