Belarus Improperly Diverted Passenger Flight, Endangered Lives, International Civil Aviation Organization Senior Official Tells Security Council

31 Oct
The Government of Belarus’ deliberate diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 under the false pretext of a bomb threat is an act of unlawful interference that deliberately endangered the safety and security of the flight and the lives of those on board, Salvatore Sciacchitano, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), told the Security Council today, citing the report of the agency and the work of its fact-finding investigation team.

Fourth Committee Approves Two Draft Resolutions on Outer Space Cooperation, Spotlighting Global Health, Arms Race, Risks of Space Debris

31 Oct
The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), acting without a vote, approved two draft resolutions on international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, including one that would have the General Assembly urge Member States to work towards averting an arms race in space while also paying more attention to the danger of space objects colliding.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison Holds Get Out the Vote Events Ahead Of Midterm Elections

31 Oct

This weekend, the Democratic National Committee wrapped up a series of get out the vote events for Democrats up and down the ballot ahead of the midterm elections. The bus tour kicked off on Thursday, October 20 in Jacksonville, Florida and made stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

See below for coverage of the events: 

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Release of the 2022 Progress Update for the Department’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

31 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The climate crisis poses a serious threat to the Department of State’s mission to advance the United States’ interests around the world.  With thousands of personnel spread over 270 posts in 190 countries, the Department has first-hand experience with the impacts of extreme weather events and other climate-related disasters.  The Department is committed to enhancing resilience in our workforce, facilities, and operations around the world.

The Department has released its 2022 Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan (CARP) Progress Update.  This document provides a snapshot of our progress on the 2021 Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan, accessible here, which we drafted in response to E.O. 14008 Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.  The 2021 CARP and the 2022 Progress Update commit the Department to assessing our immediate and long-term vulnerabilities to climate hazards through focusing on five priority themes:  enhancing mobility in the workforce; improving emergency planning and preparedness; enabling climate-ready sites and facilities; evaluating climate risks in supply chain and procurement; and improving local infrastructure through host country engagement.

Since the release of the Plan, the Department has completed several actions in these themes to enhance our resilience.  The Department completed reviews of Emergency Action Plans for all posts to evaluate if any additional climate considerations are needed for adequate preparation and completed a risk assessment for all overseas facilities that will inform adaptation priorities.  The Department also completed a supply chain assessment to identify potential disruptions from climate change.  Resilience Innovation Grants enabled over 22 projects that enhance operational resilience with innovative solutions such as new water treatment and recycling systems, new systems controls, and improvements to landscapes to reduce the need for irrigation and attract pollinators to support the local ecosystem.  On host country engagement, the Department is actively supporting the Greening Government Initiative, a community of practice that the White House is co-leading with Canada, with 46 signatory countries, and the Department co-leads the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE).

The Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan complements the agency’s annual Sustainability Plan, which tracks progress and sets strategies to meet federal sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction goals and lead by example.

For additional information, access the 2022 Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan at