"The importance of documentation at birth cannot be overestimated: Without a birth certificate, as a girl grows up it will be difficult, if not impossible, for her to attend school or get a job. She will not be able to own her own land or start her own business. She will not be able to vote. She will likely be confined to the home and left unpaid. She becomes an invisible member of society."
In the vibrant, bustling city of Bamako, Mali, with live music emanating from restaurants and venues, you might be forgiven for not immediately understanding the need for a UN peacekeeping mission in the country. But the situation in Mali’s north is quite different. A 2012 military coup engendered by the army’s collapse in the face of attacks by armed Islamists and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) left the north under the control of armed extremists who imposed harsh Sharia law in an area long-known for its moderate interpretation of Islam. Following the January 2013 French intervention that prevented the extremists’ southward assault and evicted them from cities in the north, the UN Security Council authorized the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, or MINUSMA, in April 2013… Read More
The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held, March 10–21, 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.
They will be accompanied by the following five Public Delegates:
Other members of the U.S. Delegation include technical experts from the Department of State, including the United States Mission to the United Nations and several bureaus and offices; USAID; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security; as well as officials from the White House; the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; and Representative Barbara Lee, a Congressional Delegate to the UN General Assembly.
The theme of this year’s session is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”
"Today, for the first time, Israel participated in one of the core coordinating groups focused on human rights and social policy at the United Nations. Israel’s participation in the “JUSCANZ” caucus in the United Nation’s Third Committee is an important step toward securing Israel’s full participation across the UN system."
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
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
"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."