COVID-19 Information

Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older (citizens of all nationalities, including U.S. citizens, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated) with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the …

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Statement by President Biden on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, we attempt to fill a piercing silence from our past—to give voice to the six million Jews who were systematically and ruthlessly murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators, and to remember the millions of Roma, Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and political dissidents who were killed during the Shoah. It was a destructive force …

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U.S.-Europe Joint Statement on Afghanistan

Focused on the urgency in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and highlighted necessary steps to help alleviate the suffering of Afghans across the country. Participants recognized steps taken to ease access for humanitarian workers, male and female, while also expressing concern that there are still certain impediments in place, and participants also reiterated the importance of swiftly removing all …

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CDA Thomas Smitham Remarks at the “Transatlantic Forum on Russia”

Thank you to our friends at the Centro Studi Americani, the Aspen Institute, and the European Council on Foreign Relations for the invitation to contribute to today’s discussion. It’s an honor to be here with President De Gennaro and my fellow distinguished speakers, Ambassador Terracciano and President Tremonti. This is a very timely conference, given …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability

Last week in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and I met to discuss the crisis instigated by Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and steps to de-escalate tensions and pursue diplomacy.  Russia had previously outlined its concerns and proposals in writing, and last week I told Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States would do …

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Fact Sheet: A Year Advancing Environmental Justice

The executive order formalized the President and the Vice President’s commitment to ensuring that all federal agencies develop programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse health, environmental, economic, climate, and other cumulative impacts on communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.

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Working Together to Address Human Trafficking

To that end, I convened today the Administration’s first meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  Agencies from across the government shared their initiatives to address this crime, with a special focus on what’s new in those efforts, including through implementation of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

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How Russia conducts false flag operations

Why would the Russian Federation send soldiers in disguise to lead protests in another country? Or order its troops to attack partners of Russia? Russia has long conducted such “false flag” operations to portray itself or its partners as victims, evade responsibility, sow confusion and create a pretext for war. In 2008, Russia sent unmarked …

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One Year Anniversary

One year ago, President Biden and Vice President Harris took office, facing a divided country, a global pandemic and an economy under severe stress. The Administration moved quickly to deliver results for working families and has kept women and families at the center of our agenda.   On International Women’s Day in March, President Biden signed …

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Russia’s Top Five Persistent Disinformation Narratives

Over many years, Russia has fabricated a set of false narratives that its disinformation and propaganda ecosystem persistently injects into the global information environment.  These narratives act like a template, which enables the Kremlin to adjust these narratives, with one consistency – a complete disregard for truth as it shapes the information environment to support …

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Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine

The Department of State, working with the U.S. interagency, is aware of several Russian military and intelligence entities that are engaged in information confrontation targeting Ukraine.  These activities include the spread of disinformation and propaganda attempting to paint Ukraine and Ukrainian government officials as the aggressor in the Russia-Ukraine relationship.  Such measures are intended to …

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Secretary Blinken to Deliver a Speech on the Crisis in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver remarks on the crisis in Ukraine at 9:45 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 20, 2022 (3:45 p.m. CET) from Berlin, Germany.  Atlantik-Brücke in partnership with the American Council on Germany, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Aspen Institute Germany will host Secretary Blinken for …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. The two discussed coordination between the United States, Italy, and the European Union to address Russia’s continued threat to Ukraine. Secretary Blinken emphasized the critical role Italy, NATO, and the EU play in ensuring security on the continent, underscored the …

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Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Russian Aggression Towards Ukraine

President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies. President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They discussed the January 10 Strategic Stability Dialogue, January 12 NATO-Russia Council, and January 13 OSCE Permanent Council meetings. The Secretary stressed the importance of continuing a diplomatic path to de-escalate tensions surrounding the deeply troubling Russian military build-up in and …

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Remarks by Vice President Harris at Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Commemorative Service

Good morning.  Good morning.  Good morning.  Dear Dr. Bernice King, thank you for that introduction and for all that you do every day in your role of leadership.  And thank you for the invitation to address this most distinguished group of leaders.   I also want to thank Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Pastor Sam Collier, …

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How public parks honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

All across the United States, scores of parks and trails honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his remarkable life. Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park includes the civil rights leader’s birthplace; the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as minister and co-pastor until his assassination in 1968; his burial place; and exhibits on him and …

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America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin continues to take an aggressive posture against Ukraine, the United States and its allies are calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “President Biden has made absolutely clear to President Putin: When it comes to questions of European security, there is going to be nothing about Europe without Europe, …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with French, German, Italian, and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA State Secretary Andreas Michaelis, Italian MFA Political Director Pasquale Ferrara, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly, who represented their respective countries at the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with European External Action Service Secretary-General Sannino

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino today in Brussels.  The Deputy Secretary and Secretary-General reaffirmed the United States’ and EU’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  They discussed our united approach to Russia’s unprovoked military build-up along Ukraine’s borders. They also discussed shared concerns about …

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Death of European Parliament President Sassoli

We send our deepest condolences to the people of the European Union on the passing of European Parliament President David Sassoli.  President Sassoli will be remembered as a strong supporter of the U.S.-EU partnership, a voice for democracy and human rights globally, and an advocate for a European Union that serves its citizens and is …

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Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman On the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

This is the third time the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue has convened since President Biden and President Putin met in Geneva last June. The United States came to today’s extraordinary meeting prepared to hear Russia’s security concerns and to share our own.  We came as well with a number of ideas where our two countries …

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U.S. Diplomatic Engagement with European Allies and Partners Ahead of Talks with Russia

The United States, along with its Allies and partners, has underscored its readiness to impose significant costs on Russia if it takes further military action against Ukraine. At the same time, we have stressed our preference for de-escalation through diplomacy. The United States laid out clear principles ahead of talks with Russia. First, we will …

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New U.S. law to combat forced labor in Xinjiang

The United States has prohibited import of all products made in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region unless importers show the products are not made with forced labor. President Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law on December 23, 2021, expanding prohibitions on products made with forced labor in Xinjiang. “We will continue doing everything …

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Remarks By President Biden To Mark One Year Since The January 6th Deadly Assault On The U.S. Capitol

Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: To state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked — simply attacked.  The will of the people was under assault.  The Constitution — our Constitution — faced the gravest of threats. Outnumbered and in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol Police, …

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Working to keep the world safe from nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat. To confront that threat, the United States is committed to working with other nations to prevent nuclear war and strengthen the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In a January 3 joint statement, the United States and the other NPT nuclear-weapon states called efforts to avoid war and reduce strategic risks …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French, German, Italian and UK Counterparts

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with French MFA Secretary General Francois Delattre, German MFA Political Director Tjorven Bellmann, Italian MFA Secretary General Ettore Sequi, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly. They pledged to continue close U.S.-European coordination to deter further Russian aggression against …

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U.S. COVID-19 vaccine donations spanned the globe in 2021

The United States and partner organizations waged a historic vaccination campaign in 2021, delivering millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide. Working with partners, the United States distributed more than 350 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to over 110 countries, supported vaccine manufacturing abroad and rushed lifesaving assistance to hot spots around the world.

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Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

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NASA Webb telescope poised to reveal space mysteries

A NASA telescope began a space mission that will enable astronomers to study distant galaxies previously imagined only in science fiction. Scientists anticipate that the James Webb Space Telescope, launched on December 25, will reveal new insights about the origins of the universe. The telescope is equipped to examine the solar system in detail and …

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U.S. offers Egyptian students English skills and career paths

Eman Abdelmohsen Said, 20, is one of those young leaders. She grew up in Kom, a rural community near Aswan on the Nile River. She originally thought she would stay in her hometown and perhaps become a doctor. After she completed the English Access Microscholarship Program, she discovered her passion: teaching. The program also gave her the …

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Alert: Temporary Suspension of Consular Services at Consulate General Florence, Italy, December 28, 2021

For health and safety reasons, we announce the temporary suspension of consular services at the US Consulate General in Florence.  We will provide an update when public consular services will re-open.  American citizens in need of emergency services may visit/contact one of the other Consular Sections or Consular Agencies in Italy as needed.

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‘Auld Lang Syne’: New year, same beloved song

Each year, revelers around the world ring in the first moments of the new year with a familiar song. You know the one: “Should old acquaintance be forgot / And never brought to mind? / Should old acquaintance be forgot / And days of auld lang syne?” With several hundred versions on YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify and elsewhere, …

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Which Americans won awards in 2021?

In March, the Recording Academy’s annual Grammy Awards recognized musical artists in a variety of categories. Three female singer/songwriters scored some of the biggest triumphs: Beyoncé took home four trophies, including for Best R&B (rhythm and blues) Performance for her song “Black Parade,” a tribute to Black heritage, pride and solidarity; Taylor Swift won Album of the …

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Dissolution of International Memorial

The United States condemns today’s decision by the Russian Supreme Court to forcibly close International Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and most respected scholarly and human rights organizations. For three decades, International Memorial’s researchers have worked tirelessly to recover the names and stories of the millions of victims of Soviet repression, promoting historical justice. The …

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Time capsules took off in 2021

Perhaps because we live in dramatic times, people worldwide are thinking about their place in history. Many are creating time capsules so that their descendants may one day get a glimpse of life today. The number of time capsules created since the pandemic began equals the number from the previous 350 years combined, according to …

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Joint Statement on Libyan Election Process

France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the United States welcome the statement of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams on 23 December and commend the work of the SASG to engage in broad consultations across Libya over the past ten days. We express our strong support for the ongoing efforts of the …

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U.S. gives global groups $580 million to combat COVID-19

The United States is providing $580 million to seven multilateral organizations fighting COVID-19 around the world. The funding supports U.N. organizations that aid COVID-19 vaccine delivery, strengthen public health capacity and address the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the new funding December 21 prior to a virtual meeting of foreign ministers and …

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Countries step up efforts to protect marine wildlife

Sea turtles, whales, sharks and other marine life can swim safely now that four Latin American nations are forming a massive wildlife protection corridor in the Pacific Ocean. The Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor will preclude industrial fishing fleets in approximately 490,000 square kilometers of waters bordering Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. It extends to islands of …

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Daily life in America moves outdoors

As autumn temperatures grew chillier recently in Rock Island, Illinois, Mara Goodvin’s music students played a festive tune, pounding on xylophones and drums. Notes from contrabass chimes — large metal tubes mounted on 2.4-meter-tall poles — reverberated through the air, steady and deep. Goodvin, who teaches children at Ridgewood Elementary, would play a rhythm, and the students …

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Replica Statue of Liberty reflects the ideals of her famous big sister

A 3-meter bronze replica of New York’s Statue of Liberty reached Washington this year, underscoring the friendship between France and the United States and symbolizing the same ideals associated with the replica’s famous big sister on Liberty Island in New York. The statue, on loan from France’s National Conservatory of Arts and Trades, spent five …

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Issuance of Additional General Licenses and Guidance in Support of Assistance to Afghanistan

The United States is working tirelessly with the international community to ensure humanitarian assistance and other essential support flows to the people of Afghanistan to support those in need. During Fiscal Year 2021, the United States provided nearly $474 million in humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region making us the …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Meeting with European Commission on COVID-⁠19 and Global Health Security

Senior administration officials met today with European Commission counterparts on progress and next steps towards achieving the U.S.-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic Vaccinating the World, Saving Lives Now, and Building Back Better Health Security. Led by Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer and President Ursula von der Leyen’s Head of Cabinet Bjoern Seibert, …

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Supporting Multilateral Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

The United States is providing an additional $580 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to support seven partners who are working tirelessly in our global fight against COVID-19.  With the emergence of the Omicron variant, and continued challenges like equitable access to life-saving care and vaccines, the world is at a critical point in …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong Legislative Council Elections

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, noting the outcome of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong which took place on 19 December 2021, express our grave concern over the erosion of democratic …

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Bidens’ Christmas decorations: ‘Gifts from the heart’

Tinsel, turtledove ornaments, family photos and presents in bright red boxes mark the holidays at the White House this year. One hundred volunteers helped to decorate, using 25 wreaths, 41 Christmas trees, 300 candles, 6,000 feet of ribbon, 10,000 ornaments and nearly 80,000 holiday lights. For the Bidens’ first Christmas in the White House, first lady …

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U.S. companies take on climate crisis challenges

The State Department has recognized two U.S.-based companies for their work on the climate crisis with the Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). “The climate crisis is not an issue that we can solve through government or civil society action alone,” noted Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We need companies to make the investments that will …

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Summit for Democracy: Progress for the future

President Biden closed the two-day Summit for Democracy by highlighting countries’ renewed commitment to protect human rights, combat corruption and ensure fair elections. “The U.S. is committed to strengthening democracy at home and to working with parties around the globe to prove that democracies can deliver for people on issues that matter to them,” Biden said December …

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Travel Advisory: Italy – Level 4: Do Not Travel, December 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.  There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Italy.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific …

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“Restarting the Economy After Covid-19 through the Empowerment of Women”, Remarks by Christina Tomlinson, Minister Counselor for PA

I’m glad to be at this event today, particularly honored to be on this distinguished panel and to meet, although some virtually, the organizers and participants in this ambitious and original project, RECOV-EW.  And I’d like to acknowledge the virtual presence of my good friend and colleague, Kat Fotovat, our senior official in the Secretary’s office of Global Women’s Issues.  Her presence here …

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Commending the European Union’s Sanctions Actions Against Wagner Group and Affiliates

The United States welcomes the European Union’s actions to sanction the Russia-backed Wagner Group and its associates.  These actions underscore our joint commitment to respond to this organization’s destabilizing actions in multiple regional conflicts, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Central African Republic, and the Sahel region.  We applaud the EU for its commitment to promoting respect …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in our condemnation of Russia’s military build-up and aggressive rhetoric towards Ukraine. We call on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and abide by its …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Liverpool. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio discussed their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, underscored their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio Before Their Meeting

So I guess we’re both (inaudible).  (Laughter.)  My friend, it’s great to – it’s always great to be with you.  I think the – we’ve seen over the course of this year the partnership between the United States and Italy on virtually every issue has never been stronger, never been more important.  And I know …

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A Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2021

For decades, World AIDS Day has been recognized as an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in the fight against HIV.  This year on World AIDS Day, we are focused on addressing health inequities and inequalities and ensuring that the voices of people with HIV are at the center of our work …

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International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

On November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day, the United States commemorates the work of women human rights defenders: all women and girls who work for human rights, all people who defend the rights of women and girls, and all people who defend the rights to be free from discrimination and violence on …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Hanukkah

Over these eight nights, Jews in the United States, Israel, and around the globe will proudly celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. They will light the menorah, spin the dreidel, eat latkes, and tell of how the Maccabees, guided by an abiding belief in their Creator and an inextinguishable commitment to their faith, prevailed against all odds.

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with COVID-⁠19 Response Team on the Omicron Variant

Following up on the regular briefings he had on COVID while traveling, the President met in person today with his Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and members of his White House COVID Response Team. Dr. Fauci and members of the COVID Response Team updated the President on the latest developments related to the Omicron …

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U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

The holiday of Thanksgiving may seem uniquely American, but it echoes fall festivals that have been held throughout the world for centuries. Like its cousins Sukkot, Chuseok, Day of the Dead and others, Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks for the harvest, enjoying bountiful food and spending time with family and friends. Harvest festivals started in an agrarian …

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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

The world recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees tackling violence against women as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets barriers to their potential …

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Statement by President Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year, at least 46 transgender individuals in this country—and hundreds more around the world—were killed in horrifying acts of violence. Each of these lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy. Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, …

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Solving global problems together through multilateralism

Human rights, the climate crisis, public health and many other challenges cross international borders. The solutions must cross them too. “Multilateralism is still our best tool for tackling big global challenges,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said May 7. Multilateralism is an organized relationship among three or more countries. When like-minded nations form alliances, the partnerships …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn the Belarus regime’s orchestration of irregular migration across its borders.  These callous acts are putting peoples’ lives at risk.  We are united in our solidarity with …

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Native Americans’ many contributions to medicine

Many of Native Americans‘ innovations in health and medicine have been around for thousands of years, predating — and contributing to — Western medicine. Native Americans chewed willow bark (shown above) to soothe aches and pains. The active ingredient in the bark is salicin, a chemical that in 1897 formed the basis of the discovery of …

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Bringing fast, affordable internet to Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased people’s reliance on the internet. In part of the world, school and doctor’s visits moved online, businesses shifted to telework and friends and family met virtually. Yet in Africa, only one-fifth of the population, 22%, has internet access, says the World Bank. That leaves 700 million people not connected. U.S. government …

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Calling for Respect for Human Rights and Peaceful Demonstrations in Cuba on November 15

In July, the people of Cuba bravely and spontaneously took to the streets to demand change from their government: respect for human rights, greater freedom of expression, and an end to economic mismanagement by an authoritarian regime that has failed to meet their most basic needs.  The Cuban regime responded with violence, censorship, arrests, and …

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International students thrive at U.S. higher education institutions

The United States is the top destination for students who study overseas. International students come to the United States because of strong academics and institutional support at U.S. schools — and because of the value of a U.S. degree to graduates’ careers. With many options to consider, international students often look for guidance from the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA network of …

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FACT SHEET: Renewed U.S. Leadership in Glasgow Raises Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

On day one at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), President Joe Biden made clear that Glasgow must raise global ambition during this decisive decade of climate action to preserve our shared future. The President reiterated that tackling the climate crisis requires the whole of society – communities, businesses, …

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Chargè d’Affaires Smitham at the Veterans Day Ceremony, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno

The strong partnership between the United States and Italy has helped bring about an unprecedented period of peace and stability in Europe.  Our two countries have stood shoulder to shoulder supporting important NATO operations, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Italian-American military presence along NATO’s southern and eastern flanks.  Through their service now, American and …

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A Proclamation on Veterans Day, 2021

For generations, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve — taking the sacred oath to defend and preserve our Nation’s ideals of liberty and democracy.  These patriots represent the best of us.  On Veterans Day, we honor their service, dedication, and valor and are forever grateful for their sacrifice. 

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Upcoming Virtual COVID-19 Ministerial

As announced on November 5th, Secretary Blinken will host a virtual COVID-19 Ministerial tomorrow, November 10th, starting at 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time.  Today we are joined by Gayle Smith, Global Coordinator for COVID-19 Response and Health Security, who will provide information on tomorrow’s ministerial and take a few of your questions.  As the Secretary …

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Acting Deputy Chief of Mission William Silkworth’s Remarks New Rules on International Flights to the U.S. Fiumicino Airport, Rome

Thank you, Ivan, and thank you to our colleagues from the airlines. And good morning! It is a real pleasure to be here with representatives from United and Delta airlines and with our good friends from the Aeroporti di Roma who, over the past 21 months have done such impressive work under very difficult circumstances …

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U.S. Center at COP26

The United States is committed to making the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) the turning point in global efforts to address the climate crisis. Mobilizing a whole-of-government approach, the United States is scaling up action at home and abroad to put the world on a path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Expanding COVID-19 vaccine production in Africa

The United States and its partners already have donated more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African nations. Now a U.S. pharmaceutical firm plans to build a factory in Africa to produce up to 500 million doses annually, dramatically expanding local vaccine production on the continent. Moderna will invest up to $500 million in a state-of-the-art …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, November 4, 2021

On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States …

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President Biden Renews U.S. Leadership on World Stage at U.N. Climate Conference (COP26)

On day one in office, President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement, restored U.S. leadership on the world stage, and reestablished our position to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad. On day one at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), President Biden will outline the bold steps …

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Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience to Address Near-Term Bottlenecks and Tackle Long-Term Challenges

President Biden has made resilient supply chains a top priority of his Administration since Day One. Today, the President is holding a Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience with the European Union and 14 like-minded countries to foster greater international cooperation on near-term supply chain disruptions and chart a course to strengthen and diversify the …

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United States Advances Shared Interests with G20 World Leaders and Delivers for the American People

At the G20 Summit in Rome, President Biden coordinated with fellow Leaders on shared interests, including the climate crisis, global health and pandemic preparedness, and the global economic recovery, using the power of diplomacy to address key issues that matter to the American people. Together with the European Union, we achieved a major breakthrough arrangement to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today in Rome. Secretary Blinken thanked Foreign Minister Di Maio for Italy’s leadership of the G20 this year and previewed the U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue plenary in Washington on November 10. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio reaffirmed support for a …

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Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on a U.S.-EU Agreement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

We’ll have more detailed information on the precise levels of the tariff-rate quota coming out later.  But we did want to — these are set at, you know, levels that are consistent with — the historically sustainable levels that are consistent with recognizing distortions that have been in place in the market before and taking …

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy to emphasize the strength of the bilateral relationship and the Transatlantic bond. President Biden thanked President Mattarella for Italy’s leadership of the G20 and for bringing together the world’s largest economies to meet shared challenges, including fighting the climate crisis, ending the …

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy to affirm the strength of the U.S.-Italy bilateral relationship and thank the Prime Minister for his personal leadership of the G20 during a year of overlapping global challenges. Both leaders recognized the historic achievement of a global minimum tax, building resilience …

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Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the President’s Upcoming G20 Visit

So, today was a good day in Rome.  President Biden had a one-on-one meeting with His Holiness, Pope Francis.  I know the President shared some thoughts about what the meeting meant to him.  President Biden also met with President Mattarella and Prime Minister Draghi of Italy, and President Macron of France.    In those meetings, …

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

Today, joining us — needs hardly an introduction — our National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, who will be previewing the President’s trip — second foreign trip — later this week.  And he’ll take some questions afterwards, and then I will do a full briefing — or as long as you guys would like to do …

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Updated COVID-19 Travel Guidance Effective November 8

Today, the White House and CDC announced details of the new vaccination policy that will go into effect for international travelers on November 8.  As of that date, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom on October 26, 2021 to continue ongoing discussions with counterparts from the People’s Republic of China on efforts to address the climate crisis ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be …

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A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

The continued spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global threat to our health and safety.  COVID-19 has resulted in more than 733,000 deaths in the United States and more than 4,932,000 deaths worldwide.  New variants of SARS-CoV-2 have also emerged globally, and variants that are more transmissible or cause …

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These countries’ commitments will help our climate

The United States is among the many nations committing to major greenhouse gas reductions ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November. “More and more countries are emboldening their commitments to climate action — and they’re reaping the benefits for their people and their economies,” said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in …

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Reducing these ‘super pollutants’ will protect the planet

It’s a big word for a big problem: hydrofluorocarbons. And the Biden-Harris administration is acting to reduce their production by 85% over the next 15 years. Also called HFCs, hydrofluorocarbons are in refrigerators, building insulation and air conditioning units. These potent greenhouse gases have a global warming potential up to 15,000 times that of carbon dioxide, …

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Fact Sheet: Prioritizing Climate in Foreign Policy and National Security

From Day One, the Biden-Harris Administration has prioritized addressing the climate crisis both at home and as a core element of our national security and foreign policy.  The climate crisis is reshaping our physical world, with the Earth’s climate changing faster than at any point in modern history and extreme weather events becoming more frequent …

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Making Democracy Deliver for the Americas

Let me start if I can by telling you why I’ve come here, to Ecuador, on my first visit as Secretary to South America.  There’s a thread that runs throughout every part of United States policy, domestic and foreign, and that is working to make democracy work for all people. That’s the focus of this …

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The world’s largest library offers digital collections

The Library of Congress’ digital collections are stocked with billions of items. By preserving digitized information on a variety of subjects, the library is protecting important glimpses of history. The materials include papers from 23 American presidents (including Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence), man-on-the-street interviews after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, …

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Makers of modest clothes find a niche in U.S. fashion

Women entrepreneurs in the United States are creating and running companies that produce modest fashion and dispel stereotypes about business and glamour in the process. Sales of modest clothing represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the global fashion industry and total an estimated $283 billion, according to MLC Media, a Chicago-based marketing strategy firm.

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Meet 4 education ‘changemakers’ in Africa

That’s why the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Trevor Noah Foundation teamed up to fund Education Changemakers. The program is implemented by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa. Meet four Changemakers alumni. Each in their own way seeks to improve education in communities across the African continent. Their creative …

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Announcement of Transition in Leadership on Afghanistan Diplomacy

As Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad steps down from his role, I extend my gratitude for his decades of service to the American people.  Thomas West, who previously served as the Deputy Special Representative, will be the Special Representative for Afghanistan.  Special Representative West, who served on then-Vice President Biden’s national security team and …

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Nobel honors journalists with peace prize

Two journalists won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their reporting on increasingly authoritarian regimes, highlighting the vital role of free expression in protecting peace and democracy. Maria Ressa, chief executive of the website Rappler, won for exposing abuse of power, violence and growing authoritarianism in the Philippines, the Nobel Committee said October 8. Dmitry …

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Mom told you to wash your hands. She was right

It’s one of the first things mothers teach children: Wash your hands with soap and water. But experts, like Mom, say most of us are not doing it right. Believe it or not, poor hand-washing habits are a big problem, especially in hospitals, where doctors and nurses fail to wash their hands properly half the time. …

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Update on U.S. travel policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination

As announced by the White House today, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8.  The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and …

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Election of the United States to the UN Human Rights Council

Since the earliest days of this Administration, President Biden has made clear that our foreign policy would be grounded in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms, respecting the rule of law, and treating everyone with dignity.  He also promised to restore American engagement internationally and renew …

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The Department Announces Construction Award for the U.S. Consulate General in Milan

The Department of State has awarded Caddell Construction Company LCC of Montgomery, Alabama the construction contract, managed by Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), for the new U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy. SHoP Architects of New York is the architect. The approximately 10-acre campus will provide a secure, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in …

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The importance of an independent press

Free, independent media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions — all free of government influence. Journalists in the United States can report on public health questions, question elected officials — sometimes aggressively — and raise controversial issues without fear of reprisal. “Information and knowledge are …

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These countries’ commitments will help our climate

The United States is among the many nations committing to major greenhouse gas reductions ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November. “More and more countries are emboldening their commitments to climate action — and they’re reaping the benefits for their people and their economies,” said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry in …

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Key Outcomes at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), September 13 – October 11, the United States advanced country-specific and thematic actions to promote greater respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls, LGBTQI+ persons, indigenous persons, members of ethnic and religious minority groups, older persons, and other marginalized …

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The American people are helping Cubans in crisis

Private citizens and faith-based groups in the United States are getting desperately needed food, medicine and medical equipment to the Cuban people during a historic crisis. The humanitarian exemptions built into the U.S. embargo on Cuba mean that food donations to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or individuals in Cuba help the Cuban people.

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with G20 Leaders

President Biden met virtually with G20 Leaders today to discuss Afghanistan. The G20 Leaders were joined by Leaders of G20 guest countries and international financial institutions. The Leaders discussed the critical need to maintain a laser-focus on our enduring counterterrorism efforts, including against threats from ISIS-K, and ensuring safe passage for those foreign nationals and …

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Giving a million girls ‘their days back’

During a visit to an orphanage in Kenya in 2008, Celeste Mergens, a humanitarian aid worker from Washington state, learned that girls were sitting on cardboard for several days each month, often going without food unless someone would bring it to them. That is when Mergens said she first learned that many women and girls …

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Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms speech — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of …

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U.S. and Haiti work to address migration challenges

The United States is working with Haitian leaders to address the root causes of the Haitian migration crisis. Brian A. Nichols, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, traveled to Haiti September 30 to October 1. He met with political and civil society leaders to discuss solutions to benefit all Haitians.

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Release of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

The climate crisis poses a serious threat to the Department of State’s mission of advancing the interests, health, safety, and economic prosperity of the American people.  With thousands of personnel spread out over 270 posts in 190 countries, the Department understands the urgency of frequent extreme weather events and other climate impacts taking place around …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today in Paris. Secretary Blinken thanked Foreign Minister Di Maio for close coordination on Afghanistan, including Italy’s support for the temporary transit of thousands of Afghans through Naval Air Station Sigonella.

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio Before Their Meeting

Well, good morning, everyone.  Just a special pleasure to be with my good friend and colleague, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.  We have been working very, very closely together these past nine months, and in particular, besides our work here at the OECD, Luigi, very much looking forward to continuing to work on the Italian …

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U.S. Leads Effort to Press Russia on Chemical Weapons Use

Today in The Hague, the United States and 44 other countries submitted questions to the Russian Federation regarding the poisoning of Mr. Aleksey Navalny on Russian soil last year.  The presentation of these questions coincides with the Ninety-Eighth Session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council, a 41-member policy-making body charged …

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To support democracy, fight corruption

The United States is stepping up efforts to combat corruption and support honest governance around the world. President Biden, in a June 3 memorandum, elevated the fight against global corruption to a national security priority. Anti-corruption efforts are one of three pillars of the Summit for Democracy that Biden will host December 9-10. The other two …

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Celebrating the 2021 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ innovators (video)

A technology designer, a landscape ecologist and a radio producer for Spanish-speaking communities in the Americas are among the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur Foundation fellowships, often called “genius grants.” “As we emerge from the shadows of the past two years, this class of 25 fellows helps us reimagine what’s possible,” said Cecilia Conrad, …

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The Quad: Advancing peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific

Australia, India, Japan and the United States are strengthening cooperation through their Quad partnership to tackle pressing challenges in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. “We are four major democracies with a long history of cooperation,” President Biden said while hosting the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit at the White House September 24. “We know how to …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at UN Security Council Meeting on Climate and Security

Thank you very much, Taoiseach.  Secretary-General Guterres, thank you for your presence, thank you for your leadership on climate.  And Taoiseach, thank you so much for convening today’s discussion, for putting the connection between climate and security on the Security Council’s agenda.  And thank you as well, together with our colleagues from Niger, for the important work …

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A U.S.-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic

Vaccination is the most effective response to the COVID pandemic. The United States and the EU are technological leaders in advanced vaccine platforms, given decades of investments in research and development. It is vital that we aggressively pursue an agenda to vaccinate the world.  Coordinated U.S. and EU leadership will help expand supply, deliver in …

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Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, my fellow delegates, to all those who dedicate themselves to this noble mission of this institution: It’s my honor to speak to you for the first time as President of the United States.  We meet this year in a moment of — intermingled with great pain and extraordinary possibility.  We’ve lost …

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Joint US-EU Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

The United States and European Union announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow.  President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged countries at the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and …

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U.S. supports vaccinations in hard-to-reach communities

The United States and international partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach people in remote and traditionally underserved communities around the world. The United States is providing more than 600 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses — with no political strings attached — to developing countries and economies. Most donations are through COVAX, an international partnership designed to …

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Readout of the Sixth National Climate Task Force Meeting

Today, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy convened the sixth National Climate Task Force meeting where she was joined by Cabinet members and senior leadership from across the federal government. The Climate Task Force discussed the President’s recent travel to New York, New Jersey, Idaho, California, and Colorado, which demonstrates the mounting costs of the climate …

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Want democracy? Keep the press free and active.

A strong democracy encourages a free press — one that keeps the public informed, enables a diversity of voices, and holds leaders accountable. There’s so much news around us — on the internet, television and radio and in newspapers — it’s easy to forget what an important role reporters play. In the U.S., the press …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world over. Our commitment is firm and …

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Secretary Blinken to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join the Department of State workforce in honoring the lives and memories of those we lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Secretary Blinken will host the ceremony at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 10, at the Department of State. Under Secretary for Arms Control and …

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The United States Conducts Unprecedented Relocation Effort

The United States mobilized an unprecedented, global effort through our diplomatic channels to evacuate U.S. citizens, personnel from partner nations, and at-risk Afghans from Kabul.  In total, the United States and our partners relocated more than 124,000 people to safety, including 6,000 U.S. citizens.  With support from partners and allies, the United States put together a global network – consisting of more than …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks on Afghanistan at a Press Availability

First, our new team in Doha is up and running. Second, we’re in constant contact with Americans who remain in Afghanistan and may still wish to leave.  We’ve assigned case management teams to each remaining American citizen who has expressed an interest in leaving.  As you know, starting in March, we sent 19 separate notices …

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U.S. Flights Take Afghan Evacuees from Italy to the United States

“The United States has successfully evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of over 100,000 people and their families on U.S. military and coalition flights. The departure of planes bound for the United States is the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of American citizens and Afghans who have undergone much hardship,” said Thomas Smitham, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today.  Secretary Blinken extended the United States’ deep appreciation for Italy’s support for evacuation and relocation operations from Afghanistan and discussed with Foreign Minister Di Maio plans for diplomatic, security, and humanitarian engagement in Afghanistan.

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Vice President Harris outlines ‘optimistic vision’ for Indo-Pacific

The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific, with security and prosperity for all nations, Vice President Harris said. In a major speech in Singapore August 24, Harris outlined an “optimistic vision” for the Indo-Pacific region based on partnerships between nations committed to freedom of navigation, trade, human rights and sustainable growth. “The …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

Eighteen days ago, the United States and our allies began our evacuation and relocation operation in Kabul.  As you just heard from the Pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed. More than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of Afghanistan.  That includes about 6,000 American citizens.  This has been a massive military, …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan.  We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries …

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U.S. airlifts Haitians to safety after earthquake

U.S. emergency workers are rushing to assist Haiti after a massive earthquake, searching for survivors, airlifting them to hospitals and delivering urgent humanitarian assistance. President Biden authorized an immediate response after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14. The earthquake killed at least 2,200 people and injured more than 12,000 as of August …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport

Been a tough day.  This evening in Kabul, as you all know, terrorists attacked — that we’ve been talking about and worried about, that the intelligence community has assessed has [was] undertaken — an attack — by a group known as ISIS-K — took the lives of American service members standing guard at the airport, and wounded …

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On Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

Today’s bombings around the Kabul airport were a devastating reminder of the dangerous conditions in which our servicemembers and diplomats are operating as we conclude the United States’ 20-year military mission in Afghanistan. As the President said, the servicemembers who were killed and wounded today are heroes. They put their lives on the line to …

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A Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be …

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Vaccines save lives

Vaccines have helped limit the spread of many deadly diseases and enabled us to eradicate smallpox. Innovators in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries have developed safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 that are helping fight the pandemic. U.S. pharmaceutical firm Moderna and German-based BioNTech, in partnership with U.S.-based Pfizer, have …

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U.S.-Italy Cooperation to Assist Evacuees from Afghanistan

As the United States mobilizes an unprecedented, global effort to evacuate Americans, personnel from partner nations, and vulnerable Afghans, we are working closely with our allies to ramp up evacuation/relocation operations. Our focus right now is getting people out of harm’s way. To do that, the United States is working with the government of Italy …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Phone Call With Italy’s Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan.  He expressed appreciation for the continued close coordination between Italy and the United States to safely evacuate our citizens, at-risk Afghans who supported the coalition war effort, and vulnerable Afghan nationals. 

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Meeting with G7 Leaders

President Biden will virtually meet with G7 leaders on August 24, 2021. The leaders will discuss continuing our close coordination on Afghanistan policy and evacuating our citizens, the brave Afghans who stood with us over the last two decades, and other vulnerable Afghans. They will also discuss plans to provide humanitarian assistance and support for Afghan refugees. The …

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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy talked today about the latest developments in Afghanistan. They discussed the importance of continued close coordination between their military and civilian personnel in Kabul, who are working together tirelessly to safely evacuate their citizens, Afghans who courageously supported us and NATO in the war effort, …

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Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Good afternoon.  I’ve just met with the Vice President, Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, National Security Advisor Sullivan, and other members the national security leadership team in the Situation Room to discuss our ongoing efforts to evacuate American citizens, third-country civilians, Afghan allies, and vulnerable Afghans.  And I want to provide the American people with a …

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Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

Good afternoon. I want to speak today to the unfolding situation in Afghanistan: the developments that have taken place in the last week and the steps we’re taking to address the rapidly evolving events. My national security team and I have been closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Afghanistan and moving quickly to …

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State Department honors Muslim frontline worker Younes El Sharkawy’s service in Brescia during the COVID pandemic

In commemoration of Eid al-Adha, we honor Muslim frontline worker Younes El Sharkawy, who embodies the universal values of service, selflessness, and compassion in service to bettering the lives of others. During the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, Younes El Sharkawy, a medical student at the University of Brescia, volunteered with Bresciasoccorso’s ambulance service and worked …

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USAID makes hand-washing more accessible

Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but access to soap and water is a challenge for some 3 billion people worldwide. That’s why the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Water for the World (PDF, 171 KB) programs, provides water and hygiene products and promotes the …

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Partners bolster Africa’s fight against COVID-19 and poverty

The United States and international partners are investing $80 billion in Africa’s private sector to help end the COVID-19 pandemic and spur sustainable growth. The commitment that the Group of Seven (G7) nations and international development banks announced in June will support renewable energy and infrastructure development, as well as Africa’s manufacturing, agriculture and technology …

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A united world can beat back climate change

Preserving our planet requires the collective action of every nation on earth. Each country must do its part, even if its contribution is small, said Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. “We have to make choices — together. Life is about choices,” Kerry said at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London on July 20. “So is …

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Promoting peace in the age-old Olympic Truce tradition

The Olympics are about more than dazzling feats of athletic prowess, stirring pageantry and how often a country’s anthem is played during gold medal presentations. They also sound a clarion call for world peace. It’s a tradition dating back to the first games in 776 B.C.E., when the kings of three warring Greek city-states struck a …

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CDA Smitham welcomes Harvey Keitel to Villa Taverna

On July 28, Charge d’Affaires Thomas Smitham hosted an event in honor of American actor Harvey Keitel who was in Italy as Honorary President of the Filming Italy Sardinia Festival.  CDA Smitham gave remarks expressing solidarity with the people of Sardinia who are suffering from devastating fires.  The CDA also highlighted the power of culture …

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Contributing to the United States’ Comprehensive Approach to Migration

Today, the United States is launching a plan to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America and to manage migration humanely throughout North and Central America.  As President Biden announced shortly after taking office, the United States is committed to a multi-year, $4 billion, comprehensive, regional strategy to improve people’s lives throughout …

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The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

It’s the oft-asked question of impatient children going on a vacation. Last year, for 237 million people during the COVID-19 pandemic, “there” referred to one of America’s national parks. The National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, controls 423 national parks and employs 20,000 people, including park rangers, to look after them.

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Regimes target free press with ‘economic strangulation,’ report says

Violence against journalists is blatant repression. However, authoritarian regimes are finding that less obvious, nonviolent tactics like freezing assets, revoking licenses or blocking access to ink can shutter newspapers without provoking international outcry, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders. “Someone not paying close attention may assume that the newspaper was the victim of …

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The world is at a turning point for a cleaner future

22 luglio 2021 La seguente intervista è apparsa sul quotidiano “La Repubblica” del giorno 22 luglio 2021 di Maurizio Molinari “By protecting the environment we have a real possibility of making life better for people; we are on the verge of the greatest change since the industrial revolution”. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John …

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Remarks on the Urgency of Global Climate Action

John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London July 20, 2021 Thank you Robin for a remarkably generous introduction. Ladies and gentlemen I accept the nomination. [laughter] I really appreciate Robin being here and I’m a great admirer of the incredible work of Chatham House, so thank you very, very much for being …

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U.S. Announces Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

The United States is pleased to announce nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq as well as Iraqi refugees in the region and generous communities hosting them. With this additional funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. humanitarian support for Iraq amounts to …

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2021 Investment Climate Statements

The U.S. Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements provide country-specific information on the business climates of more than 170 countries and economies. They are prepared by economic officers stationed in embassies and posts around the world and analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses of all sizes.

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Call with Russian President Putin

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry had a phone call on July 14 with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss U.S.-Russia cooperation on combatting the climate crisis.  Special Presidential Envoy Kerry emphasized that the United States and Russia have important roles to play, including on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this critical decade, aiming …

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How does the U.S. census affect Congress?

Every 10 years, the United States redraws the lines that decide legislative districts at the federal and state levels. In the federal government, each state has two senators, but the 435 House of Representatives seats are divided among the states based on their population. That means the census, which happens every 10 years in years …

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Secretary Blinken Remarks on the Release of the 2021 Wiesel Report

The Biden Administration is committed to promoting democratic values that underpin a stable international system critical to freedom, prosperity, and peace.  This Administration will defend and protect human rights around the world, and recognizes the prevention of atrocities is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility.  This report highlights countries of concern and whole-of-government …

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Remarks by President Biden Discussing His Administration’s Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Gun Crimes

Folks, I want to start by recognizing the remarkable protests that are taking place in Cuba, with the Cuban people demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime.  And I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this protest in a long, long time — if, quite frankly, ever. The United States stands firmly with the people …

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Fight for a world without human trafficking

In 2020, as governments focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, human traffickers found new ways to perpetrate their crimes, a new State Department report says. Traffickers targeted vulnerable families with fraudulent offers that led to exploitation. And more time online left some more vulnerable to trafficking. Meanwhile, lockdowns and social distancing requirements limited victims’ access to …

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U.S. reaffirms trans-Atlantic and NATO ties with Europe

The United States is working with allies across Europe to counter human rights abuses, preserve democracy and tackle climate change. On his trip to Germany, France, Italy and the Vatican, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the United States’ long-lasting relationships with each of the countries and the United States’ commitment to strengthening the NATO …

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U.S. emphasizes legal pathways for migration

The United States is working to develop more avenues for legal migration while also developing efficient, effective and humane ways to enforce current immigration policies. “The President and I are absolutely committed to ensuring that our immigration system is orderly and humane,” said Vice President Harris on a June 25 trip to the U.S.-Mexico border …

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U.S. system will alert millions to earthquakes

When an earthquake begins, a few seconds’ warning can mean the difference between life and death. New U.S. technology will give millions that warning. Already in domestic use, it’s being tested in countries such as Chile, Greece, Israel, the Republic of Korea and Turkey, among other nations. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) partnered with …

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The U.S. responds to COVID-19 [video]

The U.S. is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing safe, effective vaccines to as many people as possible while increasing supply. Nations need strong health systems that are able to deliver vaccines. Because COVID-19 disrupted health, education, jobs and the fight against HIV and AIDS in many nations, the U.S is providing humanitarian aid worldwide. By working with partners, the …

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Happy Independence Day!

CDA Smitham It is our custom/tradition to celebrate United States’ Independence Day here in Villa Taverna. Unfortunately, this year it was not possible. However, we are honored to be able to host Minister Di Maio and Secretary of State Blinken to commemorate July 4th in the spirit of friendship between our countries. Secretary Blinken Thank …

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2021 Trafficking in Persons Report

This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report sends a strong message to the world that global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and enduring discriminatory policies and practices, have a disproportionate effect on individuals already oppressed by other injustices.  These challenges further compound existing vulnerabilities to exploitation, including human trafficking.  We must break this …

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Release of the 2021 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Report

Women are a powerful force for peace and essential partners in advancing international security.  The United States has long championed the safe, meaningful participation of women in our diplomatic, development, and defense efforts.  As underscored by the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and our support of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and …

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Secretary of State Blinken to Host the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will release the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 1, 2021, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat …

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Reinforcing the U.S. Commitment to Multilateralism at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Secretary Blinken travels to Bari and Matera, Italy, June 28-29, to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where he will reinforce the United States’ commitment to strong coordination with partners and allies to address global challenges, including combating the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening global health security, supporting democracy and human rights, addressing the climate crisis, preventing famine and acute food insecurity, and fostering a sustainable and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian President Mattarella

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome. Secretary Blinken and President Mattarella emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Italy partnership in the global effort to combat the climate crisis and recover from COVID-19.  They also discussed our shared values, including in the context of human rights in China and around the globe, as well as our collective support for Libya’s plan to hold national elections in …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio At a Joint Press Availability

I am particularly delighted that we’re meeting so soon after the G7, NATO, the U.S.-EU leader summits.  Italy and the United States did significant work together in the leadup to those meetings, and that helped lay the groundwork for the real commitments the countries made at the summits themselves.

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The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

At the Global Coalition Ministerial in Rome on June 28, the U.S. Department of State wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the Coalition and its goals. The 83-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has worked diligently since 2014 to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands.

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Joint Communiqué by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

The Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS, reconvening in-person after two years, met today in Rome at the invitation of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. The Ministers reaffirmed their shared determination to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS, and to create conditions for the enduring defeat of the terrorist …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid Before Their Meeting

In the past few years, mistakes were made.  Israel’s bipartisan standing was hurt.  We will fix those mistakes together.  In the past few days I spoke with a series of American leaders, both Democrats and Republicans.  I reminded them all that we share America’s most basic values – freedom, democracy, free markets, the constant search …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Rome-Based Food Security Agencies

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the heads of the Rome-Based Food Security Agencies today in Rome, including UN World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu. Secretary Blinken affirmed the importance of combating global hunger as well as addressing the main drivers …

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Acting U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Godfrey Travels to Iraq, Syria, and Rome

Prior to his arrival in Rome, Acting Special Envoy Godfrey travelled to Erbil on June 22 for meetings with senior officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. On June 24, Acting Special Envoy Godfrey led a delegation of officials to northeast Syria to visit the Al-Hol camp for displaced persons, where they heard updates from …

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The United States-Italy Relationship and Transatlantic Unity

Secretary Antony J. Blinken will travel to Rome and Matera, Italy, June 27-29, where he will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to discuss the importance of Transatlantic unity and our strong bilateral relationship. They will also discuss the economic and security ties that strengthen …

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G7 leaders commit to countering climate change

The United States joined other leading industrialized nations in the Group of Seven to announce new measures to tackle climate change, both at home and abroad. Through the new Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership, the G7 nations — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — will work together …

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Biden: U.S. will donate 500 million vaccine doses for global COVID-19 fight

The United States is purchasing a half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries around the world through COVAX. President Biden announced the “monumental commitment by the American people” on June 10, saying the donation lays the foundation for democratic nations’ sustained efforts to rid the world of COVID-19. “We’re …

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U.S. is working with Central American leaders to manage migration

The United States is collaborating with Central American leaders — in the government, private sector and civil society — to address the root causes of irregular migration. “Our goal is to work with the people of Central America to create safe, prosperous, democratic societies where citizens can build their own lives with dignity,” said State …

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Secretary’s Travel to Germany, France, Italy, and the Vatican

In Rome, Secretary Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will co-chair a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. On the margins of the D-ISIS meeting, the Secretary will participate in a Syria Ministerial to discuss the crisis in Syria and underscore the importance of meeting humanitarian needs. He will also have …

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Bees, bats, butterflies and why they matter

Bees, bats and butterflies aren’t pests. They’re hardworking pollinators, supporting plant life, ecosystems and agriculture. They also are important enough for the Obama administration to take notice, calling pollinators “critical to the nation’s economy, food security and environmental health.”

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U.S. researchers help advance promising malaria vaccine

Malaria kills more than 400,000 people each year, most of them children under age 5. That may change soon, thanks to a promising vaccine developed by U.S. and other researchers. Malaria is spread by mosquitos and infects more than 200 million people annually. The new vaccine, called R21, has proven 77% effective in preventing malaria …

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Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker

I think obviously, as you know, President Biden recently took part in both the NATO and the U.S.-EU summits just last week.  And his participation obviously underscored the U.S. commitment to a strong transatlantic partnership.  And it’s a partnership based on shared interests and values, and as the Secretary travels, as Ned just mentioned, in …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day

Today, I join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving …

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Commemorating World Refugee Day 2021

World Refugee Day presents an opportunity to recognize the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the united global response of humanitarian partners that help them.  We mark today with news that the immense global forced displacement …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Germany, France, Italy, and the Vatican

In Berlin, the Secretary will attend the Second Berlin Conference on Libya to support national elections in December and the withdrawal of foreign forces. While in Berlin, Secretary Blinken will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to highlight the importance of the U.S.-Germany relationship in addressing common challenges and priorities.

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In Commemoration of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of freedom was received across our country. …

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U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability

We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed …

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How the U.S. uses trade to deter forced labor

The United States works to stop forced labor around the world. That’s why it won’t import seafood from a fishing fleet based out of the People’s Republic of China. A yearlong U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation found evidence that PRC-based Dalian Ocean Fishing Company demonstrated all 11 of the International Labour Organization’s indicators of forced …

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U.S. scientists work to stave off desertification

U.S. scientists are developing technologies and new approaches to reduce desertification and in some cases return harmed land to its earlier fertile condition. A classic example of desertification is the 1930s Dust Bowl period in the United States, which devastated Midwestern states. It was a time when severe droughts combined with poor land-management practices to …

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Remarks by President Biden at the U.S.-EU Summit Expanded Plenary Session

I’m happy to have with me today the members of my Cabinet: Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken; he suffers from the problem of having worked with me for years.  And also Trade Representative, Ambassador Katherine Tai, who has made some real progress already.  And Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, who was a first-rate governor and …

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U.S.-EU Summit Statement

The United States and the European Union represent 780 million people who share democratic values and the largest economic relationship in the world. We have a chance and a responsibility to help people make a living and keep them safe and secure, fight climate change, and stand up for democracy and human rights. We laid …

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy on the margins of the G7 Summit. President Biden pledged to further deepen our strong bilateral ties, highlighting this year’s 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Italy. The President and the Prime Minister pledged to …

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These sea turtles face peril

Of the seven species, three — the green, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles — are listed as endangered or critically endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species, issued by the nonprofit International Union for Conservation of Nature. Another three — the leatherback, olive ridley and loggerhead sea turtles — are listed as “vulnerable,” …

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USAID and vaccines: Helping save 9.3 million children in the last 10 years

The U.S. Agency for International Development is committed to immunizing people everywhere. Immunization is cost-effective, slows or halts preventable disease and gives children a healthy start in life. Most importantly, it saves an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives each year, cutting child deaths globally by at least half. During the last decade, USAID’s child health …

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Love is love: How same-sex marriage became a right in the United States

The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ensured a nationwide right to same-sex marriage was a significant milestone on the path to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people. The ruling came after many years of activism by individuals, organizations and lawmakers whose work changed hearts, minds, and — eventually …

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Opening Statement Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Thank you, very much Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Risch, all the members of the committee here today.  Very much appreciate this opportunity to talk about the proposed budget and how it will help us achieve our national security priorities and deliver results for the American people, which is our common responsibility and common cause. We …

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Growing the global economy at the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The United States is open for business. Together with its international partners, it continues to spur global economic growth. From June 7 to June 11, the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit will illustrate just how and give entrepreneurs from around the world the opportunity to make valuable business connections with American partners. Hosted virtually this year by the …

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United States announces worldwide vaccine donations

The United States has promised to send a projected 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations. On June 3, President Biden announced how the first 25 million will be distributed. In his statement, the president said that at least 75% of the vaccines will go to COVAX — the international partnership working to distribute vaccines to …

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How the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protects public health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that food produced in the United States is safe to eat, benefiting consumers at home and abroad. The FDA, the U.S. government’s oldest consumer protection agency, regulates 78% of the U.S. food supply and has conducted international inspections since 1955. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees meat, poultry and egg …

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President Biden’s Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the Italian Republic

On behalf of the American people, I send my heartfelt congratulations to you and the people of Italy as you celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic. This year also marks the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States.  The deep, longstanding ties between …

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A Proclamation: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2021

On Memorial Day, we honor and reflect upon the courage, integrity, and selfless dedication of the members of our Armed Forces who have made the greatest sacrifice in service to our Nation.  Whether in the waters of the Pacific, on the beachheads of Europe, in the deserts of the Middle East, or in the mountains of Afghanistan, American …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed next month’s NATO Summit as well as NATO’s importance to the security and prosperity of the Transatlantic community and the world.  The Secretary and the Secretary General stressed that adapting and modernizing NATO to …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Belarus

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented action by the Belarusian authorities in arresting independent journalist Raman Pratasevich and his companion, Sofia Sopega, after forcing flight FR4978 …

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Africa Day: U.S. partnerships with African nations endure

The United States is a strong partner with African nations, supporting public health and economic growth across the continent. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Akunna Cook told an Africa Day celebration May 25 that the Biden administration is committed to advancing America’s long-standing partnerships with African nations. “We believe in the nations of …

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Joint Statement by the Secretary of State Blinken, Foreign Secretary of UK, and Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and Italy

We, the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America wish to make clear that Syria’s May 26 presidential election will neither be free nor fair. We denounce the Assad regime’s decision to hold an election outside of the framework described in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Statements to the Press

And let me start by conveying the deep condolences of the United States to the families who’ve lost loved ones in the recent violence – the children, the women, the men whose lives were lost.  I say this as a father.  No child, whether Israeli, Palestinian, or American, is a statistic.  We know the human …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

President Biden asked me to come here today, really, for four reasons:  First, to demonstrate the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security, to start to work toward greater stability and reduce tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, to support urgent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for Gaza, to benefit the Palestinian people, and …

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From Civil Rights to Racial Justice: Understanding African-American Social Justice Movements

The Summer of 2020 saw the United States’ biggest protests for racial justice and civil rights in a generation, when deaths of African Americans in police custody brought a national reckoning with systemic racism.  As we near the one year anniversary of some of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history, Dr. Alvin Tillery,  Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, discusses: what …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

In my conversation with President [Prime Minister] Netanyahu, I commended him for the decision to bring the current hostilities to a close within less than 11 days.  I also emphasized what I have said throughout this conflict: The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks from Hamas and other …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Intervention at Arctic Council Ministerial

Foreign ministers, permanent participant heads of delegation, working group representatives, Arctic Council observers and guests, it really is an honor to join you for this meeting of the Arctic Council.  And I’m especially pleased to be here today with Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, a longstanding leader and expert on Arctic issues.

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Release of the 2021 Arctic Council Joint Declaration and Strategic Plan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Today, at the 12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, foreign ministers from all eight Arctic States signed onto the 2021 joint declaration reaffirming the Council’s commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic region, emphasizing Arctic States’ unique position to promote responsible governance in the region, and asserting the importance …

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Reinforcing the U.S. Commitment to the Arctic at the Arctic Council Ministerial May 19-20, 2021

Secretary Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council May 19-20, in Reykjavik, Iceland.  The United States will join the seven other Arctic States and six Permanent Participants at this biennial gathering to ensure the region remains free of conflict and to strengthen cooperation on issues such as …

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Artic Council Ministerial, Reykjavik, Iceland

The 12th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council will mark the end of the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship term. The meeting will be held on 20th May 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland. It provides an opportunity to review the Council’s activities and accomplishments under Iceland’s Chairmanship. It will also see the Russian Federation assume the role for …

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Preview of Secretary Blinken’s Trip to the Arctic Council

Senior Official for the U.S. Department of State E Under Secretariat and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Ambassador Marcia Bernicat previews Secretary Blinken’s participation at the Arctic Council Ministerial meetings this week. The United States commends Iceland on their productive Chairmanship these past two years.

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be sure, we have encountered challenges and …

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U.S. supports the human rights of transgender people around the world

“While progress has been made, human rights abuses against transgender persons, particularly trans women of color and non-binary persons, remain all too common in many countries around the world,” said the State Department’s Scott Busby at a virtual event to honor the Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. “Governments have an obligation to protect, …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

President Biden spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to convey the U.S. commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. President Biden updated …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional …

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Joint Statement on Working Together for Global Climate Action

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, May 13-19, 2021, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on enhancing global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.  In Rome, Special Presidential Envoy …

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2020 Report on International Religious Freedom

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, May 13-19, 2021, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on enhancing global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.  In Rome, Special Presidential Envoy …

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NASA readies its best asteroid punch

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s real. NASA scientists will soon launch a mission to change the course of a distant asteroid in a test of technology that could one day save planet Earth from disaster. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spaceship could launch as early as July. It …

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U.S. supports prosperity in the Western Hemisphere

The United States stands with partner nations and civil society to ensure the Western Hemisphere remains free and democratic. “The Western Hemisphere is our home,” Vice President Harris said on May 4 during the virtual 51st Washington Conference on the Americas. “And because it is our home, because the people within it are our neighbors, it is imperative …

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Vice President Harris: ‘We will do everything possible to help India’

The U.S. government, the private sector and the American people are rallying together to deliver emergency assistance as quickly as possible to India as it battles COVID-19. “We will do everything possible to help India,” Vice President Harris told an audience of Indian diaspora communities May 7. Speaking of her Indian heritage and her family members in …

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Blinken: America stands for peace and cooperation

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says the United States will work with other nations to uphold the rules and values that support international peace and cooperation. In May 7 remarks to the U.N. Security Council, Blinken defended a rules-based international order that ushered in the most peaceful and prosperous era in modern history and remains essential …

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State Department honors its forgotten heroes

The U.S. Department of State is commemorating forgotten heroes who gave their lives decades ago advancing America’s diplomatic mission. An ambassador born into slavery, a hero of the War of 1812, and diplomatic envoys to the Republic of Texas stricken with yellow fever are among the 71 historical names recently added to the memorial to …

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Meet the woman who represents the United States in trade

Tai is the 19th person sworn in as U.S. trade representative since an act of Congress created the position in 1962. Before then, the U.S. Department of State conducted U.S. trade and investment diplomacy. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative was created 13 years later. Today, the agency employs 200 professionals with specialized experience in …

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Reducing vehicle emissions in the U.S. (infographic)

In the United States, government policies, innovations from the American auto industry and consumer interest in clean air have combined over recent decades to reduce emissions from passenger vehicles. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes a $15 billion investment for a national network of 500,000 charging stations to give electric vehicle drivers charging options where they need …

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A beginner’s guide to America

Hakakian and her mother had arrived — as Jewish Iranian refugees — in the U.S in 1985, after Hakakian had come of age during the upheaval and aftermath of the 1979 revolution in her home country. Hakakian is a human rights activist, poet and author whose new book is A Beginner’s Guide to America. On a day …

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World Press Freedom Day

Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and hold governmental officials accountable.  The United States advocates for press freedom …

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How the U.S. supports workers’ rights around the world

The United States partners with other countries and international organizations to protect and empower workers around the world. By supporting international labor groups and leveraging trade and development projects, the United States contributes to the protection of workers’ rights and better working conditions for many of the world’s workers.

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What do U.S. religious leaders say about vaccination? (photo gallery)

Throughout the United States, religious leaders are urging their followers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, dispelling myths and misinformation about the vaccines. Some leaders participate in public health campaigns or offer houses of worship as vaccination sites. And many are getting vaccinated in public or sharing photos of their jab.

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Ceremony for the donation of medical equipment to the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome

On Tuesday, April 27, CdA Thomas Smitham participated in a ceremony at the Emergency Medicine Unit at Policlinico Umberto I for the donation of medical equipment worth approximately 259 thousand euro.   The donation to the Policlinico Umberto I’s ICU consisted of 10 tilting beds, with integrated scales and anti-decubitus mattresses; 10 central multi-parameter monitors, equipped …

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World leaders pledge to cap global emissions

Leaders from around the world committed to reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy at President Biden’s virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. “We made great progress,” Biden said on April 23, the second day of the summit. “I’m grateful to all the leaders who have announced new commitments to help us meet the existential …

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Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).  The goal of AIM …

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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America, April 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers. In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad. As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has updated its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control …

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A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021

On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans rallied together to protect the right of all of us to live free from environmental hazard and harm.  On that first Earth Day, they gathered all across America — on college campuses, in public parks, and State capitals — galvanized by a vision of a healthier, more prosperous …

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Earth Day 2021

Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone.  Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United States joins this wave of action. This morning, President Biden will welcome leaders from around the globe to the …

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Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

As President Biden and Vice President Harris have made clear, this administration intends to do more than any in U.S. history to meet the climate crisis.  What the United States can do at home can make a significant contribution toward keeping the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  That’s why we’re raising our ambitions, as …

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Italy Travel Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel, April 20, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in country. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Italy. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Italy.

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For Earth Day 2021, download this free poster

April 22 was established as Earth Day in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to encourage Americans to protect the environment. Since then it has become a global day of of action to restore our Earth. For Earth Day 2021, President Biden will convene a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. On U.S. plans to address climate issues, the …

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Secretary Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy Kerry at Leaders Summit on Climate

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will join President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and several U.S. cabinet secretaries and private sector and civil society leaders at the Leaders Summit on Climate. President Biden will host leaders from around the world in discussions highlighting the urgent need …

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U.S. rallies support for global vaccine distribution

Many citizens of developing world nations will receive COVID-19 vaccines thanks to funds being raised by the United States and partner organizations. The recently launched COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility Advance Market Commitment (AMC) aims to raise $2 billion to procure and distribute up to 1.8 billion safe and effective vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.

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Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership

Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my brief tenure as Secretary.  And thanks so much to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for your lasting commitment to save the …

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