STEMatState: Saving Lives through Advanced Engineering
Did you know that the Department of State uses 3-D printing technology to create models of landmines and military ordnance to train demining technicians on how to safely clear explosive remnants of war in post-conflict countries around the world?
Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine
Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine.
Russia Claims: Russia ordered a “partial drawdown” of troops from the Ukrainian border.
Fact: No evidence shows significant movement of Russian forces away from the Ukrainian border. One battalion is not enough. An estimated 35,000-40,000 Russian troops remain massed along the border, in addition to approximately 25,000 troops currently in Crimea.
Did you know that U.S. Embassy Nairobi has an onsite wetland that treats wastewater? Did you know that U.S. Consulate General Tijuana incorporates local and drought-resistant plants into its landscaping to drastically reduce its monthly water use? Learn more about how our embassies around the world are using science and technology to become more eco-friendly on DipNote!
This post is one of a series showcasing the application of science, technology, engineering, and math fields to the Department mission. The Department will have an exhibit in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 26-27, where K-12 students can talk to Department scientists and see first-hand some of the technologies referenced in the series. To learn more about the Department of State’s efforts in STEM, visit www.state.gov/stem.
“As free nations, we will continue to stand together in defense of international law, our mutual security, and the right of nations and people everywhere to freely choose their own destiny.”—Secretary Kerry at NATO, April 2, 2014
MLB Opening Day 2014 Marks Another Year for 'Diamond Diplomacy'
Today is Opening Day of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season! This day provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the international appeal of this quintessential American game, and showcases how the culminating event that decides the MLB champion each October is truly a “World Series.” Read more about what the Department of State is doing in sports diplomacy on DipNote!
“With time, so long as we remain united, the Russian people will recognize that they cannot achieve security, prosperity and the status that they seek through brute force.”—President Obama on the situation in Ukraine, March 26, 2014
Raising the Profile of Women’s Issues in Papua New Guinea
"I am a woman, hear me roar," could have been the informal motto of the Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum — a two-day powerhouse event organized by the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the Papua New Guinean Ministry of Community Development. You can read more about this forum on DipNote.
Did you know that 50% of Papua New Guinea women have experienced sexual assault? How can we better support women leaders and empower rural women, particularly in an environment with cultural norms that foster gender inequality?
World TB Day: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Is Vital to a Future Without Tuberculosis
Did you know that tuberculosis is 2nd only to HIV/AIDS in global deaths due to infectious diseases and that at least 1/3 of the nearly 36 million people living with HIV/AIDS are also infected with TB?
Today, Monday, March 24, 2014, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) joins the international community in commemorating World TB Day and those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease.
Learn more by reading DipNote and visiting PEPFAR.gov, and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #AIDSFreeGen and #WorldTBDay.
“Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship. It is 21st Century book burning — and it doesn’t make anyone stronger.”—Assistant Secretary Doug Frantz on DipNote, March 21, 2014
“What Russia has done is wrong as a matter of law, wrong as a matter of history, wrong as a matter of policy, and dangerous… We must stand together denying recognition and imposing consequences for this illegal act.”—Ambassador Samantha Power at a Security Council Meeting on Ukraine, March 19, 2014
“The future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. That means Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and international law must be upheld.”—President Barack Obama, March 17, 2014
“Russia prevented adoption of a resolution today. But it cannot change the aspirations and destiny of the Ukrainian people. And it cannot deny the truth displayed today that there is overwhelming international opposition to its dangerous actions.”—U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, After a UN Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Ukraine, March 15, 2014