Secretary Kerry Visits Istanbul

Posted by Gabrielle Price / April 08, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks during a news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 7, 2013. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Gabrielle Price serves as Information Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey.

Early in the morning of Sunday, April 7, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Istanbul, which marked his second visit as Secretary of State to Turkey. Secretary Kerry met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whom President Obama will host at the White House in May. Secretary Kerry and the Turkish officials discussed a range of issues, including the crisis in Syria and regional peace and security.

Amidst these meetings,… more »

World Health Day: Meeting the Challenges That Affect Us All

Posted by Eric Goosby / April 07, 2013

A child is administered polio vaccine in Kolkata, India, Jan. 20, 2013. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and leads the Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State.

As we recognize World Health Day today, we are reminded that disease knows no borders and that we share a common interest in global health concerns including seeing a generation without AIDS, ending preventable child deaths, and building and strengthening sustainable health systems to meet the health challenges that affect us all. The U.S. government has been and will continue to be a leading contributor to achieve these goals, and the investment of the American people is having enormous impact.

We also know, that as the world reduces the burden of infectious disease and child deaths, new… more »

Deadly Attack in Zabul Province, Afghanistan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers / April 06, 2013

The outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, as seen on March 31, 2013. [AP File Photo]

On April 6, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement about the attack in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. The Secretary said:

"Our State Department family is grieving over the loss of one of our own, an exceptional young Foreign Service Officer, killed today in an IED attack in Zabul province, along with service members, a Department of Defense civilian, and Afghan civilians. Four other State Department colleagues suffered injuries, one critically.

"Our American officials and their Afghan colleagues were on their way to donate books to students in a school in Qalat, the province's capital, when they were struck by this despicable attack.

"Just last week in Kabul, I met our fallen officer when she was selected to support me during my visit to Afghanistan. She was everything a Foreign Service Officer should be: smart, capable, eager… more »

Aid to Internally Displaced Persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted by Darlene Mauldin / April 05, 2013

A internally displaced Congolese child sits in the church where he and others found refuge on the outskirts of Goma, eastern Congo, Aug. 3, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Darlene Mauldin serves as Senior Disaster Operations Specialist in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nearly two decades of fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between government forces and armed groups have forced millions of people to flee their homes countrywide. Over the past year, humanitarian conditions have continued to worsen due to escalating violence that has displaced even more communities and renewed safety and security concerns. Tensions and large-scale displacement have affected the southeastern Katanga and North Kivu provinces especially hard in recent months. In Katanga, the UN recorded a more than five-fold increase of internally displaced persons (IDPs) over the past year, from approximately 55,000 IDPs in January 2012 to more than 358,000 in December 2012. To make matters worse, people in Katanga are facing the worst cholera epidemic in the area since 2007.

USAID has responded to urgent needs by airlifting more than $270,000 worth… more »

More Work To Bring War Criminals to Justice

Posted by John Kerry / April 03, 2013

Displaced children sit in the Kituku displaced camp in Goma, eastern Congo, Nov. 10, 2008. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: John Kerry serves as the U.S. Secretary of State.

Imagine for a moment that you are a child growing up in central Africa. Instead of sleeping at home with your family each night, you take shelter with dozens of other children. You hope you'll find safety in numbers. You pray that you will not be pulled out of your bed and abducted in the night by an armed militia -- conscripted into a life of violence, forced to brutalize your own family members, used as a sex slave, condemned to a life on the run from the authorities.

It's a living nightmare -- but thanks in part to last year's Kony video about the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), it's a reality that millions of Americans now know that for almost 20 years has tormented and terrorized children across Uganda, the DRC, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan.

It has to stop.

Last April at this exact time, I came to the Huffington Post and… more »

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