Societies where women and girls are empowered are more prosperous and stable - not occasionally, but always.
Secretary Kerry at an Equal Futures Partnership event on the margins of UNGA, September 22, 2014
The 69th United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week started in #NYC today. Apologies to New Yorkers for the traffic as world leaders and representatives from 193 countries converge on your city! #UNGA

The 69th United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week started in #NYC today. Apologies to New Yorkers for the traffic as world leaders and representatives from 193 countries converge on your city! #UNGA

69th United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week

Today marks the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. World leaders and representatives from 193 countries will come together to work on an agenda packed with burning issues: foreign terrorist fighters, Ebola, climate change, and much more.

You can follow along with all the action on Twitter, check out our photos on Flickr, and catch videos from the events on YouTube. You can also watch events live on video.state.gov/live.

Learn about why the United Nations matters more than ever and what you need to know about the U.S. Presidency of the United Nations Security Council on DipNote!

In this photo from @NOAA, marine debris clutters a beach in Kaho’olawe, #Hawaii. Today is International Coastal Cleanup Day and volunteers around the world will spend time picking up debris from our beaches. Are you volunteering today?

In this photo from @NOAA, marine debris clutters a beach in Kaho’olawe, #Hawaii. Today is International Coastal Cleanup Day and volunteers around the world will spend time picking up debris from our beaches. Are you volunteering today?

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Cleaning Up the Ocean, One Piece of Debris at a Time
Picture yourself walking along a stretch of coastline. Maybe you’re on a tranquil island in the South Pacific, or a busy beach along the Atlantic Ocean, or even a remote, icy shore near the Arctic. No matter which location you’re imagining, all of these places can share an unfortunate feature: marine debris.

While soda cans, disposable diapers, or fishing lines may seem harmless, marine debris is one of the greatest threats to the ocean. Plastic bags, for example, look like food to turtles and other marine wildlife – but instead of a good meal, a gulp of marine debris can lead to injury, starvation, and even death. Beachgoers can step on broken glass, cans, needles or other items. Marine debris can also damage or entangle boats, potentially creating safety hazards for passengers and having a serious impact on economic livelihoods.

That’s the problem — now here’s what you can do to be part of the solution. Roll up your sleeves and help clean-up trash on or near shorelines where you live whenever you can, but especially on Saturday, September 20 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, an annual global effort to clean-up marine debris.  You won’t be alone; during last year’s coastal cleanup, 648,015 volunteers in 92 countries picked up more than 12.3 million pounds of trash. U.S. diplomats from Tokyo to Tijuana to Benin teamed up with local communities to clean up their local waterways and beaches as part of the International Coastal Cleanup effort. Visit this website to find a cleanup near you.

You can also visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website to learn more about marine debris and what you can do to help prevent it.  

See you at the beach! 

Secretary Kerry delivered remarks at the 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum. You can watch his full remarks here.

Secretary Kerry delivered remarks at the 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum. You can watch his full remarks here.

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"I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama on the Congressional authorization to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can take the fight to ISIL

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"I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama on the Congressional authorization to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can take the fight to ISIL

We have to decimate and discredit a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement.
Secretary Kerry on ISIL in his testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, September 18, 2014
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Worth sharing: 5 things you should know about our strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.

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Worth sharing: 5 things you should know about our strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.

UNGA 69: Why the UN Matters More Than Ever

September 22 marks the opening of sixty-ninth United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York.  World leaders and representatives from 194 countries will come together to work on an agenda packed with burning issues: foreign terrorist fighters, Ebola, climate change, and much more.

Incredible things can happen at UNGA — diplomacy often breaks out in uncommon and unanticipated ways, and the convening gravity of the United Nations gives Manhattan a decidedly multilateral tilt every September.  In his speech earlier this year at West Point, the President discussed at some length his vision of American foreign policy leadership — leadership that would not shrink from challenges to U.S. interests, but would also seek to seize and employ opportunities for collective action when such a path offered the best chance for realizing U.S. goals. 

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