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National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness

January 11 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness. The United States Congress designated this day in 2007 with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging people to take action to combat human trafficking.

Four Worthy Multilateral Investments for 2017 and Beyond

For over seven decades, the United States has played a leading role in constructing and adapting multilateral institutions to promote peace, advance shared values, and save lives. 

We Must Never Accept the Use of Chemical Weapons Anywhere, Under Any Circumstances

Over the last six years, Bashar al-Asad and his regime have murdered hundreds of thousands of Syrians.

Six Cyber Diplomacy Milestones of 2016

Five years ago the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues was created to promote the U.S. vision for an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet where all stakeholders can experience its economic and social benefits.

Secretary Kerry Highlights the Role of Innovation in Addressing Climate Change

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to highlight the continued importance of climate change, innovation, and the global transition to a clean energy futu...

President Obama Recognizes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month -- a month in which we we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms.

A Conversation on Gender Equality and Disability Rights with Silvia Quan

As one of the most tenacious leaders in her generation of disability rights advocates, Silvia Quan has faced down the forces of discrimination and fought for expanding the rights of all persons with disabilities, in her native Guate...

Exchanges Are Strengthening Communities Today More Than Ever

So many of the challenges we face, especially those that seem the most intractable, are deeply rooted in cultural and societal values, in beliefs and traditions -- think about such complex global issues as the destruction of humanity’s cultural heritage or the threat of violent extremism.

Developing Morocco’s Industrial Zones to Spur Investment

Many developing countries look to the manufacturing sector to diversify their economies and reduce their reliance on the export of agricultural products and raw materials.

Exit Memo: Secretary Kerry Underscores the Impact of U.S. Global Leadership

As we look back on the past eight years, President Barack Obama asked each member of his Cabinet to write an Exit Memo on the progress we’ve made, their vision for the country’s future, and the work that remains in order to achieve that vision.

The United States and Sudan Talk Wildlife Trafficking

Shortly after arriving in Sudan, I quickly noticed that the Sudanese bills have images of many of Africa’s iconic species -- elephants, rhinos, giraffes and Cape buffalo -- yet many of these species are disappearing at alarming rate...

Sowing Seeds of Resilience, Progress, and Dreams

Let’s face it: The news headlines often paint a bleak picture of the world around us. Television screens and websites flash images of conflict, complex crises, hunger, disease, and disasters. It can be overwhelming.

Confronting Human Traffickers, Helping Those Who Are Victimized

#EndTrafficking isn’t just a hashtag -– it’s the very real objective behind National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

2016 in Review: Building Partner Counterterrorism Capacity and Countering Violent Extremism

Throughout 2016, the U.S. Department of State continued its leadership in shaping the global response to terrorism and violent extremism. The Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (‘CT Bureau’) hasShow More Summary

2016 Highlights from the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

If you had told me at the beginning of 2016 that I’d be taking on the role as the new U.S.

2016 in Review: Advancing Counterterrorism Diplomacy

Efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism were at the forefront of the diplomatic engagements of the U.S Department of State throughout 2016. The Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (‘CTShow More Summary

“Localize It” - A Voice from the Field

“Localize it” is a phrase that increasingly resonates in the world of development. It echoes the growing voice from the field calling for greater local involvement, locally based solutions, and empowerment of local communities.

Digital Health: Moving from Silos to Systems

From health officers conducting contact tracing with mobile phones in Ebola-affected countries to TB patients using apps to fulfill their treatment regimen, digital technology is playing an increasingly central role in global health...

A Big Year for the U.S.-Africa Partnership

It has been an encouraging year for the Bureau of African Affairs. Alongside our African partners, we have made significant progress advancing democracy, peace, and prosperity throughout the continent, though challenges, of course, remain. Let me share some of the highlights:

Religious Communities: Partners in Countering Wildlife Trafficking

Combating wildlife trafficking likely brings to mind images of park rangers confronting poachers, customs officials scrutinizing goods being transported across borders, law enforcement officers monitoring illicit financial transactions or identifying organized criminal networks, or wildlife

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