Join a Google+ Hangout on Global Youth Issues April 4

Why are youth-led innovation and entrepreneurship important to diplomacy? Find out Thursday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. EDT during a Google+ Hangout with the U.S. Department of State’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and young innovators from the United States, Ghana, and Egypt. You can watch the hangout on the State Department’s Google+ page or YouTube channel. Join the conversation by submitting questions now on the State Department’s Google+ page or on Twitter to @Zeenat using #GlobalYouth.

Advancing the Fight Against Corruption

Police stop a motorcyclist in Lagos, Nigeria [AP File Photo].

About the Author: Stuart Crampton serves as an Anti-Corruption Advisor in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ Office of Anti-Crime Programs.

Corruption in parts of Africa is deeply entrenched and many citizens view it as uncontrollable. I knew my mission would be challenging when I traveled to Accra, Ghana to participate in a five-day workshop to help advance the fight against corruption. I also knew, however, that there are fearless activists across the continent who are rising up with more determination than ever to fight corruption. These are the people I would have the honor to work with and learn from during my visit. 

The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Ghana, sponsored the workshop which took place on March 11-15. This workshop offered training for more than 30 law enforcement officials from five countries—Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, and Tanzania—on subjects like how to more effectively investigate and prosecute allegations of public corruption and pursue the recovery… more »

A Champion in the Fight Against Child Labor

Fishermen work together to haul in a net in the fishing community of Chorkor in Accra, Ghana, Dec. 11, 2008. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Carol Pier serves as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

The warm waters of Lake Volta in eastern Ghana support local fishermen from the small town of Kete-Krachi, which is perched on the edge of the lake. If you were to stand upon the shore, you would see numerous wooden boats bobbing on the waters with two or three fishermen in each, trolling for the day’s catch.

The lake is where local fishermen earn a living for their families, but it is also a destination for thousands of trafficked children. Sold by their parents in exchange for food, these children work 20 hours a day casting nets. Many are forced to dive into the lake’s dangerous waters to wrestle nets free from trees; far too often, they dive in but never resurface.

Dismayed by the plight of these children, a schoolteacher in Kete-Krachi named George Achibra took action. He began to keep track of the children he saw working on the lake, befriending them… more »

Reporting on the U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

Villagers in Mtanga, Malawi, where U.N.-backed development projects are helping farmers grow maize and start fish farming, April 16, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

Our journey started with an early morning flight into the Tanzanian city of Arusha, where we were greeted by the impressive sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, whose snow covered peak dominates the landscape.

I was on my first media tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome. Accompanying me was a group of talented reporters from five African countries — Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Niger, and Tanzania — plus two Europeans from France and Italy.

The U.S. Mission I lead — to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International… more »

A New Dawn in Ghana

About the Author: Gene A. Cretz serves as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.

A new year means new challenges and new opportunities. In my corner of West Africa, both were on display this week. On Monday, January 7, as I drove through the red, yellow, and green clad streets of Accra towards Independence Square, I reflected on how privileged I was to witness history in the making as Ghana’s fourth president of the Fourth Republic was on his way to the Square to be sworn in, after successfully concluding a hard-fought political campaign. Unfortunately, my previous diplomatic postings did not afford me an opportunity to see a peaceful assumption of power after a democratic election.

Witnessing the on-time arrival of dignitaries and convening of the new Parliament alongside a stage full of political leaders from across Africa and notably, Ghana’s former presidents John Kuffour, Jerry Rawlings and former Secretary General Kofi Annan was an unforgettable… more »

Cooperatively Observing Ghana Decide

Voters wait in line at a polling station in Sunyani, Ghana, December 7, 2012. [U.S. Embassy photo by Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Gene A. Cretz serves as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.

While many Americans experienced long lines when voting in our 2012 elections, by and large, they faced these inconveniences with patience and determination. Ghanaians displayed the same kind of determination, patience, and pride this past weekend when exercising their right to vote in their sixth presidential and parliamentary elections. Ghana’s commitment to democracy stands unrivaled on the African continent and is a lesson to all who take seriously our civic duties to vote, be it through volunteering as poll watchers, serving as election workers, or engaging in “Get Out the Vote” efforts.

Recognizing the strength of Ghana’s democratic traditions, as demonstrated in its five previous elections and two inter-party transitions of power, U.S. Embassy Ghana mapped out a strategy to observe Ghana’s first biometric election process while coordinating effectively with other… more »

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Ghana

Ghana's Foreign Minister Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni speaks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she arrives to attend the funeral of Ghana President John Atta Mills, Aug. 10, 2012, in Accra, Ghana. [AP Photo]

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On August 10, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Accra, Ghana, where she attended the Ghanaian State Funeral of the late President John Atta Mills. In a statement on the passing of President Mills, Secretary Clinton said, “President Mills made a significant contribution to Ghana’s democracy and development, and forged a strong and positive partnership with the United States. As the third president of modern Ghana, he worked to strengthen his country’s democratic institutions and to expand prosperity for all of its people. He promoted regional peace and reinforced… more »

Statement by the President on the Death of President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 24, 2012

It was with great regret that I learned of the passing of President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana. I will always remember my trip to Ghana in 2009, and the hospitality that President Mills and the people of Ghana showed to me, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and our entire delegation. I was also pleased to host President Mills in the Oval Office earlier this year.  President Mills tirelessly worked to improve the lives of the Ghanaian people.  He helped promote economic growth in Ghana in the midst of challenging global circumstances and strengthened Ghana’s strong tradition of democracy. Under his leadership, the United States and Ghana deepened our partnership in the promotion of good governance and economic development. He was also a strong advocate for human rights and for the fair treatment of all Ghanaians.  On behalf of the American people, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the people of Ghana, and reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between our democracies that President Mills helped to strengthen.

Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative Launch

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 22, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much. Let me start by thanking Todd Stern, our Special Envoy for Climate Change. I want to introduce to you who you will hear from in a minute, Elizabeth Littlefield, the President and CEO of our Overseas Private Investment Corporation, known as OPIC. Also, Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of our Environmental Protection Agency and an extraordinary advocate on behalf of sustainable development and energy and the environment. 

There are so many distinguished guests here from across the world, but I particularly want to welcome the UN representatives and the delegations from South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Rwanda. It is – and Burundi. It is an excellent demonstration of your commitment to the goal of clean energy and the project that we are announcing today. And to all our other partners – especially those of you in the private sector, I thank you for your commitment. MORE.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]