Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the PLO Al-Sheikh

5 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the PLO Hussein Al-Sheikh today in Washington, D.C.  The Deputy Secretary and the Secretary General discussed their commitment to a two-state solution along the pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps and joint efforts to improve the quality of life for the Palestinian people.  They also discussed current tensions in the West Bank and the urgent need to improve the security environment.  The Deputy Secretary called on all parties to restore calm and desist from unilateral actions.

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Cho

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman held a trilateral call today with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo and Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyundong following the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) dangerous and escalatory launch of a long-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan.  The Deputy Secretary and Vice Foreign Ministers denounced the launch as reckless and destabilizing to the region, noting it came after the DPRK had launched seven ballistic missiles in the span of a week.  The three agreed that each of these launches violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

The Deputy Secretary and Vice Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the importance of trilateral cooperation and coordination between the United States, Japan, and the ROK in responding to the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches and holding the DPRK accountable.  The Deputy Secretary reaffirmed the ironclad U.S. commitments to the defense of Japan and the ROK and stressed the United States will work closely with its allies and partners in developing responses to threats posed by the DPRK.  The Deputy Secretary emphasized that the United States will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of our allies, and the three agreed to hold a trilateral meeting in Tokyo in the coming weeks.

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Bayramov and Armenian Foreign Minister Mirzoyan

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan in a trilateral format.  Secretary Blinken expressed our appreciation for the positive steps Armenia and Azerbaijan are taking towards reaching a sustainable peace agreement.  In a week that has been marked by too much violence, including the deaths of Armenian soldiers and Azerbaijani civilians in landmine explosions, he welcomed the meeting between the ministers on October 2 as an important step forward in the peace process.  The Secretary commended the release of POWs and reiterated our commitment to helping Armenia and Azerbaijan resolve issues peacefully and underscored that diplomacy is the only way forward.

Special Representative Dorothy McAuliffe’s Travel to New York City to Attend the UN General Assembly High Level Week

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

Special Representative for Global Partnerships Dorothy McAuliffe traveled to New York City,  September 19-22, 2022, to participate in various events during the UN General Assembly High Level Week. The Special Representative’s activities focused on highlighting the utility of public-private partnerships as a tool to address a range of global challenges such as food security, global health, and climate change.

As part of the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, she participated in the “Practicalities of Partnership Building” strategic dialogue session where she shared her experiences and solutions to common challenges in establishing and expanding partnerships.  During the Summit, the Special Representative also announced the winner of the 2022 P3 Impact Award, which recognizes impactful public-private partnership initiatives that meaningfully advance U.S. foreign policy priorities.

Special Representative McAuliffe spoke during the “Once and For All” Women and Girls Plenary Session at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI) where she announced, alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a renewed U.S. government and private sector commitment to the Office of Global Partnership’s Women in Science (WiSci) program.  In her remarks, the Special Representative recognized new and existing partners and called for additional support from the private sector to host six additional STEAM leadership camps and train more than 600 new girl leaders over the next three years.

Joined by leaders in the battle against food insecurity during the Business Fights Poverty 2022 Global Goals Summit, Special Representative McAuliffe discussed U.S. government efforts to provide record amounts of immediate assistance to food systems around the world to bolster agricultural resiliency.  Furthermore, the Office of Global Partnerships joined investors and venture capitalists to co-host a climate finance-focused roundtable.  Participants in the roundtable discussed joining the Office of Global Partnership’s Connecting Climate Entrepreneurs initiative, under which they would deploy capital and resources to sustainability-focused entrepreneurs and startups throughout the world.

To learn more about the Office of Global Partnership’s current initiatives, please click here or visit https://www.state.gov/s/partnerships.  You may also email partnerships@state.gov for more information.  For press inquiries, please contact Melanie Bonner at BonnerML@state.gov

The Trafficking in Persons Office Announces Recipients of the 2022 Program to End Modern Slavery Awards

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) is pleased to announce seven new awards under the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS).  Starting October 1, 2022, these programs will implement innovative and transformative approaches to combat human trafficking, including a focus on financial inclusion in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; climate and displacement in Bangladesh and Kenya; sex trafficking in Nigeria; and public health in India and South Africa.  PEMS’ commitment to strengthening the field of prevalence research will continue through the funding of a program led by the International Labour Organization, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the University of Georgia, to develop operational definitions, methodologies, and uniform guidance for the measurement of trafficking in persons, including forced labor.

2022 Program to End Modern Slavery Award Recipients Include:

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) received $2.3 million to develop an evidence lab rooted in high-quality data collection in Nigeria. This program will support the Nigerian government, and specifically the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), to increase efficacy in anti-trafficking programming within the country.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) received $2 million to develop operational definitions, methodologies, and uniform guidance for the measurement of trafficking in persons based on the definitions in the United Nations Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons and the United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and on the definition of forced labor based on the definitions in International Labour Organization Conventions on Forced Labour. This guidance will help facilitate prevalence estimation and allow both researchers and practitioners to better understand the nature of human trafficking with a coordinated set of research tools.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) received $2.3 million to address human trafficking in Kenya that exists due to vulnerabilities and displacement exacerbated by climate change. IOM will employ a variety of livelihood support models in order to build economic resilience in communities facing economic insecurity due to climate change. Additionally, IOM will work to create awareness of human trafficking among specified populations.  The program will pilot a range of interventions through a phased approach and refine program activities based on the outcomes of randomized interventions.  

The $5.5 million, five-year intervention implemented by New York University (NYU) Marron Institute in India will leverage Community Health Workers to identify trafficking victims among members of the Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) and assist them in accessing support, including access to identity documents, legal advice, alternative income and vocational training, as well as social services. The project will use a cluster-based randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of the proposed interventions.

The University of Georgia Research Foundation received a $2.2 million award to address financial inclusion of labor trafficking survivors and those at risk of labor trafficking in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi. Through a phased approach, the program will create and strengthen financial savings groups for survivors returning from South Africa and vulnerable youth considering moving to South Africa by first focusing on a robust research framework.

Washington University received $1.5 million to address trafficking through the lens of public health in South Africa by developing locally adapted core standards of care as well as a toolkit for service providers. Washington University will use heatmaps to better understand risk vulnerabilities and resource allocation in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Winrock International was awarded $7.9 million to study how climate change in Bangladesh has heightened vulnerability to human trafficking, particularly within the farming and fishing industries. Winrock will integrate anti-trafficking policies into existing government plans to address climate change, while also building the capacity of vulnerable communities. The program will conduct research to better understand the link between climate change and human trafficking and use a phased approach for activities in order to determine their effectiveness.

Counselor Chollet’s Travel to the United Kingdom, Finland, and Iceland

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet will travel to London and Belfast, United Kingdom, from October 5-11.  In London, he will meet with United Kingdom government officials to discuss continued cooperation on a range of security and defense priorities, including Russia’s war on Ukraine, and the Indo-Pacific.  In Belfast, he will meet with political leaders, Northern Ireland Office officials, and the business community to discuss the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol and the importance of restoring the devolved government.

Counselor Chollet will travel to Helsinki, Finland, from October 11 to 12 for consultations with our Finnish partners about their pending membership in NATO, the Arctic, and other regional issues, and support for Ukraine.

Counselor Chollet will then travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 13-14 to participate in the Arctic Circle Assembly, and will also meet with Icelandic partners to discuss Arctic cooperation, continued support for Ukraine, and bilateral issues.

Under Secretary Jenkins Travel to Georgia, October 5-7

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia from October 5-7. While in Tbilisi, she will deliver opening and keynote remarks at the Biosafety Association Central Asia and the Caucasus Region Conference on COVID-19 lessons learned. The Under Secretary will also attend bilateral meetings.

Follow @UnderSecT on Twitter for the latest updates.

Secretary Blinken Travels to Chile to Advance our Enduring Partnership

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

On October 4, Secretary Blinken will travel to Santiago, Chile to meet with President Gabriel Boric and Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola to discuss democratic governance, bilateral opportunities for trade and investment, regional security, migration management, climate change, and social inclusion.  Secretary Blinken will also visit Chile’s National Electric Coordinator’s control room, where U.S.-owned companies advance our mutual goal of increasing reliance on renewable energy sources.  The Secretary will also meet with a group of alumni of the U.S.-sponsored Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative to discuss how their innovations spur economic growth and positive change in their communities.

Strong Partners for 200 Years

  • The United States works closely with Chile to promote security, prosperity, and good governance within our hemisphere and across the globe.
  • During the last 200 years, the United States and Chile have formed a deep and enduring relationship based on shared values. We take pride in working closely with Chile to promote security, prosperity, human rights, and democratic governance within our hemisphere and across the globe.
  • Throughout 2023, we will commemorate everything we have achieved together and the challenges we have overcome while also looking forward to opportunities to continue to strengthen U.S.-Chile collaboration as regional leaders and “partners for a better future.” We will also recognize the 20th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, and 68th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Chile, the oldest Fulbright Program in Latin America.
  • The U.S.-Chile Council on Science, Technology, and Innovation has expanded bilateral scientific collaboration and public-private partnerships to boost both economies. The Council has since been replicated in the United States with the Chilean Embassy and USG inter-agency partners.
  • The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy have jointly invested more than $1 billion in astronomy facilities in Chile. The NSF also invests more than $400 million in Antarctic research through the U.S. Antarctica Program, including joint research activities with the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH).
  • Through an ongoing partnership between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Chilean Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science, and Institute of Public Health. The CDC provides over $1.5 million in funding in Chile to support vaccine effectiveness, border health, genomic sequencing, and address respiratory diseases.  In 2022, the CDC and the Ministry of Health launched the Field Epidemiology Training Program in Chile to equip epidemiologists with the necessary skills to collect, analyze, and interpret data and contribute to evidence-based decisions.
  • We support social and economic inclusion through our Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program, Agricultural Accelerator and Exchange Program for Under-Served Women in Drought-Stricken Areas, and an Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs program. These programs promote entrepreneurship and support business and network expansion
  • The United States and Chile play important regional leadership roles combating climate change. Chile tookover the COP25 presidency in 2019, hosted the Clean Energy Ministerial in June 2021, and launched the “Americas for the Protection of the Ocean” coalition at the 9th Summit of the Americas in June 2022 – all great examples of Chile’s leadership role.

Expanding our Robust Economic Relationship

  • Our robust economic relationship has brought prosperity and benefits to both countries. The United States remains Chile’s top source of foreign direct investment.  S. investments span a variety of sectors, benefitting a broad spectrum of Chile’s economy and society.
  • Bilateral trade in goods has more than quadrupled since we signed our Free Trade Agreement in 2003 and stands as a cornerstone of our outstanding and prosperous $32.8 billion trade relationship in goods.

Ambassador Hussain Travels to Utah and Tennessee

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain will travel to Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 4-5 and Nashville, Tennessee, on October 6.

On October 4, Ambassador Hussain will attend and deliver keynote remarks at the 29th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium in Provo, Utah. Ambassador Hussain will also meet with civil society leaders from a diverse range of belief traditions.

On October 5, Ambassador Hussain will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate in a tour of the International Humanitarian Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following the tour, the Ambassador will meet with Brigham Young University President Kevin Worthen and senior leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On October 6, Ambassador Hussain will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to deliver keynote remarks at the National Association of Evangelicals. The Ambassador will also meet with civil society representatives on the margins of the event.

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Secretary Blinken’s Calls with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Park and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi

4 Oct

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken held separate calls on October 3 with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Park Jin and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa immediately following the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) reckless and dangerous launch of a ballistic missile overflying Japanese territory, posing an unacceptable threat to the Japanese public.  Secretary Blinken, Foreign Minister Park, and Foreign Minister Hayashi strongly condemned the launch and its blatant disregard of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and its deeply destabilizing implications for the region.  Secretary Blinken underscored that the U.S. commitment to the defense of the ROK and Japan remains ironclad.  He also reaffirmed the importance of continuing close trilateral cooperation with the ROK and Japan to hold the DPRK accountable for its unacceptable behavior.