Office of the Spokesperson

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 14:23
Following is the text of a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 14:21
The United States is pleased to announce a partnership with the Government of Guinea to strengthen transparency and good governance in Guinea’s extractive industries sector. Guinea is blessed with significant mineral resources, many of which remain undiscovered or undeveloped. It is the world’s largest producer of bauxite (used to make aluminum), and is set to become the third largest source of iron ore. Additional mineral resources include: gold, diamonds, graphite, manganese, nickel, and uranium. Guinea’s mining sector alone generates a significant percentage of all export earnings, and 17 percent of GDP, making transparency and good governance of the mining sector a critical goal to ensure these resources are used to develop the country, strengthen the economy, and lift its citizens out of poverty.
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 14:18
Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Rick Barton will travel to Nigeria June 16-22, 2013.
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 13:49
Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp of the Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State, will visit the Mass Crime Scene Investigations Training in Gaborone, Botswana. The two-week training, hosted by the Department of State-sponsored International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), began today and will focus on critical skill building in the area of rapid law enforcement responses to mass crimes scenes. Ambassador Rapp will visit during the final days of the training.
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 13:28
The 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of U.S. leadership to keep the HRC at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. In this session, the United States ran an important consensus resolution on Freedom of Expression and the Empowerment of Women. As a member of the Council, the United States’ mission remains to highlight key human rights issues while vigorously opposing efforts to shield human rights violators.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 00:00
Secretary Kerry and President Pinera agreed to create a new High Level Bilateral Political Consultative Mechanism, with the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs representing the United States.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 00:00
Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J. Rapp will travel to Guatemala April 24-26 to attend meetings and consultations related to the trial of Jose Efrain Rios Montt.
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 00:00
Pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA), a determination was made to impose sanctions on: one Venezuelan entity [Venezuelan Military Industry Company (CAVIM)].
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 00:00
In 2009, Ms. Victoria worked with a fellow alumnus to co-found the Youth Colombian Leaders, an organization that unites young leaders to increase youth participation in community service and confront Colombia's major social problems.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 00:00
Twenty-six grants will go to 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as two multi-regional projects, and will support women's entrepreneurship by developing and linking existing resources, programs, and infrastructure to create a stronger entre