“Madiba’s ‘long walk to freedom’ gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity. Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives on.”—Secretary Kerry, December 5, 2013
“On World AIDS Day, we come together as a global community to honor the many lives we have lost, and to reaffirm our support for the millions of individuals and families who are still living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.”—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
“As the first Hanukkah candle is lit, we are reminded that our task is not only to secure the blessing of freedom, but to make the most of that blessing once it is secure. …From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.”—Statement by President Barack Obama on Hanukkah
“Nearly 1/3 of women worldwide have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence… We commit to doing our part to make the world free from brutal acts that deprive our fellow citizens of a life of equality and human dignity.”—Secretary Kerry on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25, 2013
“With this first step, we have created the time and the space in order to be able to pursue a comprehensive agreement … to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.”—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
'Heartbeat' Shares Message of Peace Through Music at the State Department
On November 8, 2013, I met with members of the musical group and interfaith organization Heartbeat, before their concert at the George C. Marshall Center at the State Department. These young Israelis and Palestinians are working together to build trust between their communities by creating music that calls for peace and understanding from both sides.
Are you interested in starting your own business? Find out government and the private sector are working together to promote global entrepreneurship in an exclusive Q&A with Priceline cofounder Jeff Hoffman Thursday at 11:00 EST: www.facebook.com/usdos Start asking your questions now!
“The United States Government expresses our most sincere condolences to the people of the Philippines”—Join U.S. Embassy Manila in support of typhoon relief efforts. For more information on how you can help, watch this video.
Today’s teenagers are the next generation of leaders and innovators; they will be called upon to find solutions to global problems and challenges. They will need to be confident problem-solvers and know how to work effectively across cultures and borders. Study abroad provides these essential skills and so much more.
On my very first trip to Kabul as secretary of state, I met Roya Mahboob, and she’s changing Afghanistan. Roya is chief executive of the software development firm Citadel. Roya is chief executive of the software development firm Citadel. She’s one of Afghanistan’s most successful Internet entrepreneurs.
“You have to show everybody that men and women are equal,” Roya told Newsweek last year. “Women can do something if you allow them. Give them opportunity and they can prove themselves.”
“I am proud to carry forward my father’s legacy of public service. He had hoped to be the first United States President to visit Japan, so it is a special honor for me to be able to work to strengthen the close ties between our two great countries.”—Ambassador Kennedy Remarks Upon Arrival in Japan on November 15, 2013. Watch full remarks here.
Today, in Denver, the Department of the Interior is destroying the United States’ entire stock of confiscated contraband ivory — totaling nearly six tons. With this action, the United States is sending a simple but powerful message to the sadistic poachers who kill elephants and other animals, and to all the traffickers who transport illicit cargo and the consumers who purchase these illicit goods: “You cannot and must not mistake our seriousness.” MORE.
A Filipino Girl Rests With Her Family Inside Their Damaged Home
Since the start of this calamity, the United States has been working closely with our partners in the Philippines to provide rapid and effective relief. Our embassies in the Philippines and Palau are in close and constant contact with their partners in local governments to direct aid to the right places. When I spoke with Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario, I assured him of our full commitment to providing all necessary assistance.
How You Can Help
U.S. wireless subscribers can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the mGive Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund. MORE.
A Tribute to Marine Security Guards on Veterans Day
In Baghdad, Secretary Kerry Meets With U.S. Marines
The United States Marine Corps and the Department of State have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship for nearly 65 years. The Marine Security Guard program was formally established in December 1948, and since that time, the two organizations have faced many challenges together. MORE.
75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass
The Kristallnacht, or “the Night of Broken Glass,” occurred in Germany and Austria November 9-10, 1938, when Nazi party officials, Storm Troopers, the SS, and Hitler youth, joined by some civilians, carried out a wave of anti-Jewish violence throughout these countries. The term Kristallnacht refers to the untold number of broken windows in synagogues, stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed during the violence. Learn more about the Kristallnacht on it’s 75th anniversary on DipNote.
If you aren’t in Warsaw, don’t worry, there are tons of great events lined up over the next two weeks that you can join virtually. Our web stream schedule is available at: uscenter.tumblr.com/webstreamschedule