Press Releases: Remarks at the International Women of Courage Ceremony

STAFF: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 2015 International Women of Courage award recipients, the Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell. (Applause.)AMBASSADOR RUSSELL: Well, welcome, everybody. We’re so happy … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Daily Press Briefing – March 6, 2015

1:14 p.m. ESTMS. HARF: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to the daily press briefing. I have a couple toppers and then we will get your questions. A trip update first. Yesterday in Riyadh, the Secretary had meetings with foreign ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council countries. He also had meetings with King … [Read more...]

Press Releases: ISIL’s Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures

I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on the heritage of the Iraqi and Syrian people by an organization with a bankrupt and toxic ideology.The Iraqi government … [Read more...]

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region

Today, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice announced that Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region will be stepping down, and will be succeeded by Rob Malley, currently NSC Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Melia Visit to Budapest, Hungary

During his March 1-2 visit to Budapest, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) Thomas O. Melia met with a range of Hungarian government officials, political analysts, representatives from civil society, and Hungarian opposition party representatives. He also … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to New York

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell will co-head the U.S. delegation attending the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held March 9–20 at UN Headquarters in New York. Ambassador Samantha Power will also co-head the delegation.During her … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Department of State Resources Encouraging Spring Break Safety

Student safety is a priority for the Department of State. Regardless of the destination, we encourage students to stay safe this Spring Break and read our tips for traveling abroad on travel.state.gov.Of course, even well-prepared travelers may face an emergency, like a lost passport or an injury. In those … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin Travel to Paris

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel on March 9 to Paris, France, where he will meet with Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) officials to discuss advancing U.S. economic priorities in the work of the organization.He will also … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Celebrating Ghanaian Independence

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Ghana as you celebrate 58 years of independence on March 6.The United States has stood by Ghana’s side ever since you peacefully earned independence and Kwame Nkrumah declared Ghana free forever. When the … [Read more...]

NASA Launches 2015 Space Apps Challenge to Spark Innovation

[image-36]NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the fourth annualInternational Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide, including New York, host of the event’s Global Mainstage.During this three-day code-a-thon, participants are … [Read more...]