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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.

You represent some of the brightest minds that are aiming at the brightest stars in the sky… Be the next women to take the reins and succeed!
Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan on girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Coping with Conflict: Helping Syrians Overcome the Trauma of War

As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.

Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.

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Take this World Food Programme (WFP) quiz and save a child from hunger!For every person who takes this quiz, a child will receive a warm meal thanks to an anonymous donor to WFP.Test your hunger IQ now.

united-nations:

Take this World Food Programme (WFP) quiz and save a child from hunger!

For every person who takes this quiz, a child will receive a warm meal thanks to an anonymous donor to WFP.

Test your hunger IQ now.

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Want to improve your English language skills online? Check out our blog on DipNote to learn how 55,000 students have done just that. The next five-week module of the course begins on January 16. We hope you will join us!

Tune into our Google+ Hangout on Wednesday at 9AM ET on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” with Special Adviser Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush.
The Hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.

Tune into our Google+ Hangout on Wednesday at 9AM ET on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” with Special Adviser Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush.

The Hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.

Empowered girls grow up to be empowered women… They grow up to move their communities forward and make the world a better place.
Secretary Kerry on the International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2013

Secretary Kerry listens to a student explain an entrepreneurial project. Later, the Secretary attended an ASEAN Young Leaders meeting in Brunei. His opening remarks included the following message to the region’s youth:

“Sixty-five percent of ASEAN is under the age of 35 years old, so when you think about that, the future really belongs to you. You’re going to define it, and you’re going to live it, and what happens - whether it’s issues like human trafficking or environmental degradation or climate change or economic growth – are fascinating, challenging, and they are really the heart of public life and of the social fabric of each of your countries. … I’m here for a U.S.-ASEAN Summit today, and tomorrow we have an East Asia Summit. We’re going to be talking about the future and talking about the security concerns. So what do you see? I’d like to know what you see now as the greatest challenges. What do you want people in my position to be thinking about? What should we be trying to achieve together?”

This is our demand, our request to all the responsible people – that instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries that are suffering from terrorism, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. This is the only way we can fight for education.

Education activist Malala Yousafzai at today’s #UNGA event on Global Education First.

For more on the event see here.

(via united-nations)