Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Crocker Travel to Geneva and Vienna

On March 2, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker will accompany Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva, Switzerland for the high-level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.On March 4, Assistant Secretary Crocker will travel to … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Nomination of Dr. Chris Field as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Chris Field to serve as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Dr. Field, a director at the Carnegie Institution for Science and professor at Stanford … [Read more...]

Statement by the President on the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice.  Nemtsov was a … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Press Availability With Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

ASSISTANT SECRETARY JACOBSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. Today, February 27th, 2015, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Washington to discuss the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. The foreign ministry’s director general for U.S. affairs, … [Read more...]

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Andrew LaMont Eanes, of Kansas, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for the term expiring January 19, 2019, vice Carolyn W. Colvin, term expired. Mileydi Guilarte, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American … [Read more...]

Statement by the Press Secretary on Reauthorization of the Collection of Bulk Telephony Metadata Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act

In January 2014, President Obama directed an end to the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it then existed, and called for the establishment of a mechanism that would preserve the program’s essential capabilities without the government holding the bulk data.  In March 2014, based on a … [Read more...]

Presidential Proclamation — Irish-American Heritage Month, 2015

IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2015   - - - - - - -   BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA   A PROCLAMATION The vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Irish people shaped many of the earliest chapters of America's story.  Our common values and shared vision for the … [Read more...]

Presidential Proclamation — Read Across America Day, 2015

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY, 2015   - - - - - - -   BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA   A PROCLAMATION As a Nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure every American child can experience the transformative power of reading.  Literacy is the gateway to all … [Read more...]

Presidential Proclamation — American Red Cross Month, 2015

AMERICAN RED CROSS MONTH, 2015   - - - - - - -   BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA   A PROCLAMATION For more than 130 years, the devoted women and men of the American Red Cross have responded to challenges at home and abroad with compassion and generosity.  In times of … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary Countryman Travels to Qatar, Germany, and UK for Nonproliferation Meetings

Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas M. Countryman will travel to Qatar, Germany and the UK for meetings with counterparts March 2-6.On March 2, A/S Countryman will visit Doha, Qatar and deliver remarks on strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) … [Read more...]