We pay tribute today to the world’s humanitarians – those unsung heroes who, despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities.
Secretary Kerry on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2014
Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. Last year alone, 155 aid workers were killed, 134 were kidnapped and over 170 were seriously wounded. World Humanitarian Day commemorates the aid workers who have lost their lives helping others in need – and recognizes the commitment to the life-saving work humanitarians carry out around the world every day.

Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. Last year alone, 155 aid workers were killed, 134 were kidnapped and over 170 were seriously wounded. World Humanitarian Day commemorates the aid workers who have lost their lives helping others in need – and recognizes the commitment to the life-saving work humanitarians carry out around the world every day.

We continue to see important progress across different parts of our strategy to support the Iraqi government and combat…ISIL.
President Obama as he provided an update on the situation in Iraq on August 18, 2014
With the UN Security Council, Ambassador Power traveled to South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya last week. Read more about their trip on DipNote: http://go.usa.gov/Ef8H.

With the UN Security Council, Ambassador Power traveled to South Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya last week. Read more about their trip on DipNote: http://go.usa.gov/Ef8H.

united-nations:

Take a look at this video on the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to the outbreak of #‎Ebola virus disease in Guinea and neighbouring countries.

Ebola can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.

Find out more: http://j.mp/VcLQxi

Five Things You Need To Know About South Sudan

 
1.     South Sudan celebrated its third year of independence on July 9, 2014.

The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011 following a 2005 peace agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.  South Sudan, the world’s 195th country and the 193rd member state of the United Nations, is also Africa’s first newly independent country since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993.

2.     As a former part of Sudan, South Sudan has experienced the adverse effects of conflict since 1956, with more than two decades of internal strife.

These conflicts displaced millions of South Sudanese and left the country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, a weak economy, contamination from landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and an abundance of unsecured small arms and light weapons (SA/LW).  The violence that reignited in December 2013 forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, increasing their vulnerability to cholera outbreaks, widespread famine, landmines, and other unexploded munitions.

Read More

Today, Iraqis took another major step forward in uniting their country.
Ambassador Susan Rice on Prime Minister Maliki’s decision to step aside and support Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, August 14, 2014
World War II historian John Innes tells #SecKerry about the famed 1942 “Bloody Ridge” battle that took place on the land in front of them on the #SolomonIslands. #WWII

World War II historian John Innes tells #SecKerry about the famed 1942 “Bloody Ridge” battle that took place on the land in front of them on the #SolomonIslands. #WWII

Children wave flags as they wait to greet Secretary Kerry as he arrives in the Solomon Islands on August 12, 2014.  
While in the Solomon Islands, Secretary Kerry met with government officials, saluted local residents who assisted U.S. forces in World War II, and toured the famed battlefield on nearby “Bloody Ridge” during the Guadalcanal campaign.

Children wave flags as they wait to greet Secretary Kerry as he arrives in the Solomon Islands on August 12, 2014.  

While in the Solomon Islands, Secretary Kerry met with government officials, saluted local residents who assisted U.S. forces in World War II, and toured the famed battlefield on nearby “Bloody Ridge” during the Guadalcanal campaign.

Secretary of State John Kerry receives a traditional necklace upon his arrival in Solomon Islands.

Secretary of State John Kerry receives a traditional necklace upon his arrival in Solomon Islands.