The United States and Brazil are working together with UNESCO on anti-racism education,  Last week the Teaching Respect for All guide was released. Find out what it’s all about here.

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»

Young Professionals: Apply to UN Program to Jumpstart Your Career in International Affairs

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).

Tune in at 10:00am and join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Bill Nye The Science Guy for a Twitter Q&A on the #OurOcean2014 Conference! Submit your questions on Twitter to @JohnKerry and @TheScienceGuy using #OceanChat.

Tune in at 10:00am and join US Secretary of State John Kerry and Bill Nye The Science Guy for a Twitter Q&A on the #OurOcean2014 Conference! Submit your questions on Twitter to @JohnKerry and @TheScienceGuy using #OceanChat.

"Just think about it: roughly 168 million boys and girls throughout the world are involved in child labor. That exceeds the entire population of Russia. More than half of these children are laboring in hazardous conditions – sewing shirts in cramped factories, seeding and harvesting cotton fields in oppressive heat, or forced to carry a rifle in a war they don’t understand. Many never get to attend school, adult responsibilities are forced on them at a young age, and many more are forced to grow up too fast, simply to help provide for their families. Combatting these challenges is a major focus of the State Department’s mission. If we’re going to break the chains of poverty and abuse that make children so vulnerable, then we must promote internationally recognized worker rights."
- John Kerry Statement for 2014 International Day of Child Labor

YPP 2014 Job Families and Application Period

The following Job Families will be offered for this year’s exam:


For all official information go careers.un.org and click “Young Professionals Exam”

  • Information Systems and Technology & Political Affairs;
  • Economic Affairs & Radio Producer (Arabic, Chinese, Kiswahili, Russian, Spanish)
  • Human Rights and Photography
"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

Whether you live on the coast or hours from the closest beach, we all depend on the ocean. The ocean is critical to maintaining life on Earth, contributing to our livelihoods and our well-being. Yet, the ocean is facing significant challenges, such as unsustainable fishing practices, marine pollution, and ocean acidification. The good news is that there are solutions. 

Watch Secretary John Kerry explain what you can do to create a healthier ocean.

You can also sign up for the Department of State’s first Thunderclap to bring awareness to what each and every one of us can do to protect our ocean. Sign on at thndr.it/1tP7rrQ.

Join Star Wars & UNICEF Innovation to be a “Force for Change”

Today, Disney, Lucasfilm, Bad Robot, Omaze.com, and UNICEF are kicking off the “Star Wars: Force for Change” campaign whereby fans can enter to win a visit to the Star Wars set in London, meet cast members, and for the opportunity to be filmed as a Star Wars character in a scene in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII movie! More Information

What do the elections in Ukraine have to do with the cause of worldwide democracy?  Join us for a special Google+ hangout this Friday and find out.  Representatives from the U.S. and Ukrainian governments will be joined by election monitors on the ground in Ukraine in a discussion moderated by the BBC’s Ian Pannell.  Don’t miss it. http://goo.gl/f7Hmz9

What do the elections in Ukraine have to do with the cause of worldwide democracy?  Join us for a special Google+ hangout this Friday and find out.  Representatives from the U.S. and Ukrainian governments will be joined by election monitors on the ground in Ukraine in a discussion moderated by the BBC’s Ian Pannell.  Don’t miss it. http://goo.gl/f7Hmz9

U.S. Youth Observer

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.

“You can’t understand America without understanding jazz.” — President Barack Obama
In the coldest days of the Cold War, the State Department launched an effort to tell the American story in a new, powerful way to inspire the hearts and minds of people in all corners of the world.  To voice the promise and possibility of that story, thoughtful leaders of the time needed something uniquely American, boundlessly creative, and deeply rooted in individual expression.  That voice was jazz. 
- See more on statedept's blog, DipNote: International Jazz Day: Living Legacy of the U.S. Jazz Ambassadors

“You can’t understand America without understanding jazz.” — President Barack Obama

In the coldest days of the Cold War, the State Department launched an effort to tell the American story in a new, powerful way to inspire the hearts and minds of people in all corners of the world.  To voice the promise and possibility of that story, thoughtful leaders of the time needed something uniquely American, boundlessly creative, and deeply rooted in individual expression.  That voice was jazz. 

- See more on statedept's blog, DipNote: International Jazz Day: Living Legacy of the U.S. Jazz Ambassadors

Kenneth Bryant, high-school student at Caesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy was the Secretary-General for the 2014 Global Classrooms Model UN Conference in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of State. Kenneth delivered very inspiring remarks to almost 700 student delegates at the conferences opening ceremony on April 29, 2014. Watch to learn more about the power of Model UN and in this case, how it helped to transform a student and make him comfortable speaking in public and debating challenging global issues.

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