exchangealumni:

Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. USAID - US Agency for International Development is one of many groups changing this global dynamic. What programs do you know about that help let girls learn? We’d love to hear about them!

exchangealumni:

Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. USAID - US Agency for International Development is one of many groups changing this global dynamic. What programs do you know about that help let girls learn? We’d love to hear about them!

Each side has powerful feelings about the history and why they are where they are. And what we’re going to work at is how do…we have an ability to provide security for Israel and a future for the Palestinians.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Paris, France, July 26, 2014
Experience of a Lifetime: Young African Leaders Studying in the United States

From the University of California-Berkeley to Yale University, 500 young African leaders from sub-Saharan African countries are studying at academic institutions throughout the United States and gaining meaningful, life-changing experiences that will shape the way they interact with each other and help encourage further advancements in their respective fields. These young Africans are the first wave of participants in the Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. 

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united-nations:

Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday. The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.  Read more here.

united-nations:

Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday.

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.

Read more here.

Secretary Kerry is currently on travel to Cairo, Jerusalem, and Ramallah to meet with Egyptian, Israeli, Palestinian, and other senior officials about a cease-fire in fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. See more pictures from his travel on Flickr.

#SecKerry arrived in Tel Aviv today for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders about a cease-fire in fighting with Hamas in the #Gaza Strip.

#SecKerry arrived in Tel Aviv today for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders about a cease-fire in fighting with Hamas in the #Gaza Strip.

Today’s resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. When 298 civilians are killed, we agree that we must stop at nothing to determine who is responsible and bring them to justice.
Ambassador Power on UNSC vote on resolution concerning downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. 

In Cairo, Secretary Kerry addresses reporters and meets with Egyptian President al-Sisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry to discuss Gaza Ceasefire. 

President Obama Provides an Update on the Situation in Ukraine

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Yesterday, President Obama provided an update on the situation in Ukraine. Read about it here.

We are deeply concerned by the Russia-backed separatists’ refusal to allow OSCE monitors safe and unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17…We urge Russia to honor its commitments and to publicly call on the separatists to do the same.
Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki in statement on lack of access at crash site of MH17