Looking Beyond Kiir and Machar for Solutions in South Sudan

South Sudan marked its third year of independence on July 9, but this year there seemed little for the people of South Sudan to celebrate.  I was just in South Sudan, from June 30 to July 2, and saw firsthand the destruction, dislocation and death wrought by several months of pointless conflict between forces aligned with President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.  I remember a particularly vivid moment in the trip — at a UN displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Juba — where I sat face to face with ten camp leaders, all representatives of a burgeoning South Sudanese population seeking refuge from war, violence, hunger, and insecurity.  

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peacecorps:

The President wants YOU to consider becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer! 

We’ve made it easier than ever with our new application and selection process http://1.usa.gov/WeLyXM

The U.S. is missing opportunities because too many U.S. ambassadors have not arrived to fill vacant posts. A Senate backlog in confirming ambassadorial candidates has left the U.S. without permanent ambassadors in 40 countries and a total of 58 State Department nominees still awaiting confirmation.
This logjam in the Senate is hampering America’s role in the world. Read more here.

The U.S. is missing opportunities because too many U.S. ambassadors have not arrived to fill vacant posts. A Senate backlog in confirming ambassadorial candidates has left the U.S. without permanent ambassadors in 40 countries and a total of 58 State Department nominees still awaiting confirmation.

This logjam in the Senate is hampering America’s role in the world. Read more here.

usengageun:

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

usengageun:

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. 

Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

united-nations:

UN climate expert Selwin Hart recently spoke to Daily Development - a non-profit organisation - about why combating climate change is a UN priority and how everyone can step up and take climate action.Read his interview here.Find out how you can take action at:www.un.org/climatechange/takeaction

united-nations:

UN climate expert Selwin Hart recently spoke to Daily Development - a non-profit organisation - about why combating climate change is a UN priority and how everyone can step up and take climate action.

Read his interview here.

Find out how you can take action at:www.un.org/climatechange/takeaction

exchangealumni:

Want to Hangout with #WashingtonFellows on July 15? We do! They will be joined by the Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan and Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Do you have a question for the fellows? Join the conversation by posting your questions on Google+ or Twitter using #USAfrica. Watch the Google+ Hangout here.See you soon!

exchangealumni:

Want to Hangout with #WashingtonFellows on July 15? We do! They will be joined by the Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan and Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield. 

Do you have a question for the fellows? Join the conversation by posting your questions on Google+ or Twitter using #USAfrica. Watch the Google+ Hangout here.

See you soon!

The Department of State has 58 nominees pending before the U.S. Senate, which has left us without permanent ambassadors in over 40 countries. That means we’re going without our strongest voice on the ground in more than 25 percent of the world.
Read Secretary Kerry’s personal plea to the Senate to confirm our Ambassadors at http://go.usa.gov/XyQj.

The Department of State has 58 nominees pending before the U.S. Senate, which has left us without permanent ambassadors in over 40 countries. That means we’re going without our strongest voice on the ground in more than 25 percent of the world.

Read Secretary Kerry’s personal plea to the Senate to confirm our Ambassadors at http://go.usa.gov/XyQj.

U.S. continues to operate without a complete diplomatic toolbox to exert our leadership and advance our security and economic interests across the globe, because a broken Senate confirmation process has left us without permanent ambassadors in 40 countries.
Secretary Kerry, Politico, July 9, 2014

After a People-to-People Exchange event in Beijing, China’s Vice Premier Liu talked Secretary Kerry into playing some guitar. And learn more about our exchanges here!

ourplanetourocean:

This is why we should care about our ocean. 

ourplanetourocean:

This is why we should care about our ocean