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NATO Wales Summit: A Family of Nations Committed to Peace and Freedom
With only six days remaining until President Obama and other world leaders gather in Wales, final preparations are in full gear for the NATO Summit. In this two-day event, President Obama and other world leaders will focus on a diverse range of challenges: the Ukraine crisis and the impact of Russia’s actions on transatlantic security; NATO’s evolving mission in Afghanistan; the readiness of Alliance capabilities; and the deepening and broadening of NATO’s partnerships.
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Getting Around Paris: U.S. Diplomats Ride in Diverse Styles
One of the many ways war impacted daily life for all in Paris, including those within the U.S. diplomatic community, was transportation—or lack of it. The Paris Métro closed at 7:30pm to comply with the 8pm curfew imposed in the first days of August 1914. Taxis, much in demand, became scarce and…
The UN Climate Summit takes place during Climate Week NYC (CWNYC) 2014.
"We have to keep our focus on 2014 as the year when most of the work needs to be done, and when we build people’s confidence that we can move to a low carbon economy," said Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the unfccc.
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Information about UN Climate Summit 2014: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/
Today is Bao Bao’s 1st Birthday!
Pandas are an important diplomatic symbol in the U.S.-China relationship. Bao Bao is only the second surviving cub born at the Smithsonian National Zoo since the first pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, arrived in April 1972 to commemorate President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China. Over 20,000 people visited the pandas the first day they were on display, and an estimated 1.1 million visitors came to see them the first year they were in the United States. Since then, pandas have been sent and loaned to the United States as a gesture of good will, to the delight of panda fans all over the world.
Bao Bao’s birthday celebration will take place today at the National Zoo from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT.
On the Frontlines of the Ebola Response: An Inside Look at a Program to Help the Grieving
In Liberia, a country gripped by Ebola, the outbreak has not only taken its toll on health care workers but also on the professionals who comfort the grieving.
“The outbreak of Ebola was very shocking and overwhelming to our country,” said Jestina Hoff, a counselor with the Liberian Red Cross. “It brought a lot fear.”
The outbreak has also hampered Hoff’s ability to do her job.” As a counselor, I talk to parents who lost a child or to someone who has gotten sick with the virus,” said Hoff. “They are feeling so discouraged, and I have to help them accept the situation and comfort them, but without touching them.”
There is evil in this world… Ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil. ISIL is the face of that evil.
— Secretary Kerry on the murder of James Foley, August 20, 2014
Six Things To Know About U.S.-Somalia Relations
- Landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) are scattered throughout Somalia as a result of years of civil war and internal conflicts.
- Al-Shabaab’s access to poorly secured weapons stockpiles aggravates violence, fuels crime, and poses a threat to security in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa.
- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is working with the Somali National Army to successfully curb the control and influence of al-Shabaab.
- The international community, with the strong leadership of the United States, has made great strides in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa, and pirate attacks off the coast Somalia are at the lowest levels since 2006.
- The U.S. is committed to supporting Somalia, providing over $1.5 billion in assistance since 2009 and over $300 million in FY2013 alone.
- In January 2013, the United States recognized the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS).
Read more about the U.S.-Somalia relationship on DipNote!
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