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State Dept - Highlights 

Meeting of the Visegrad Four Political Directors

Apr. 23: The U.S. Department of State, led by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, hosted the 2014 annual meeting between the U.S. and the Visegrad Four (V4) political directors.

Export-Import Bank Annual Conference

Apr. 23: Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the Export-Import Bank Annual Conference on Thursday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Under Secretary Stengel's Travel

Apr. 23: Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Malaysia and Burma April 25-29.

Anniversary of Rana Plaza Building Collapse in Bangladesh

Apr. 23: Text of a joint statement released by the Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Labor.

President Obama's Trip to Asia

Apr. 23: The President's Asia trip is an important opportunity to underscore our continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region. President Obama has pursued a strategy of rebalancing to the Asia Pacific given its stature as the world's largest emerging region.

Deputy Secretary Burns' Travel

Apr. 23: Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns is in Tripoli, Libya to meet with senior Libyan officials and to hear from civil society and political leaders on the full range of issues related to Libya's ongoing transition.

Daily Press Briefing: North Korea

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 23): " We obviously remain in close contact with both the South Koreans and the Japanese, and we continue to urge North Korea to refrain from actions that threaten regional peace and security."

Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Launch

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 22): "I want the QDDR to be the blueprint to do exceptional things within an exceptional institution, to chart a course for how we're going to be more creative in our work together and in our engagement with the world."

Special Representative for the C.A.R.

Apr. 22: The Bureau of African Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador W. Stuart Symington as Special Representative for the Central African Republic.

Every Day Is #EarthDay

Apr. 22: Earth Day is an important time to reflect on the environmental challenges we face, but it is also a time to celebrate the progress we, the global community, have made in reducing our environmental footprint. DipNote Secretary Kerry's Stateme

U.S.-Egypt Relationship

Apr. 22: Secretary Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy to inform him that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States.

Vice President Biden's Travel to Ukraine

Vice President Biden (Apr. 22): "The United States supports the rights, the freedoms and the fundamental dignity of the people of Ukraine, all the people of Ukraine." White House Fact Sheet

Daily Press Briefing: South Sudan

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 22): "The United States strongly condemns the recent targeted killings last week of hundreds of civilians in Bentiu based on their ethnicity and nationality."

Deputy Secretary Burns' Travel

Deputy Secretary Burns will travel April 22-23 to London where he will meet with senior United Kingdom Government officials and representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mars Virtual Field Trip

On April 25, middle school students from Argentina, Nicaragua, and the U.S. will connect via Google+ Hangouts to explore the Red Planet and hear from Mars subject matter experts. DipNote

Google+ Hangout for Older Travelers

On April 24, the State Department will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss travel considerations for older U.S. citizens interested in retiring or traveling abroad.

10th Anniversary of Access

From April 20-May 4, English Access Microscholarship Program alumni from 23 countries are participating in a special exchange program in the U.S. in recognition of the Access program's 10th anniversary.

"Our Ocean" Conference

Secretary Kerry: "On June 16 and 17, we're going to bring together government officials, scientists, advocates, business people, and the men and women whose livelihoods and well-being depend on the ocean."

Daily Press Briefing: Syria

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 21): "Staging elections under current conditions … neither addresses the aspirations of the Syrian people nor moves the country any closer to a negotiated political solution."

Working With the Vatican Against Modern Slavery

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 20): "Particularly at Easter, this is a message that can guide people of all faiths. When we embrace our common humanity and stand up for the dignity of all people, we realize the vision of a world that is more caring and more just -- a world free from slavery.

Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 19): "The United States condemns the vicious attack on television journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi today, the latest in a series of worrisome attacks on journalists in Pakistan."

LGBT Rights an Economic Issue

Apr. 18: Along with a coalition of OECD member states, the U.S. is ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues rise to the top of the OECD's agenda. DipNote

Cultural Heritage Preservation

Apr. 18: The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports a broad range of projects to preserve the cultural heritage of other countries, including World Heritage sites. Map

Live Webcast: Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

Apr. 22: Secretary Kerry will announce the public launch of the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development review process for the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Watch live at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Advancing Freedom and Democracy

Apr. 18: The United States uses bilateral and multilateral diplomatic advocacy, foreign assistance programs, and public planning tools to advance human rights and democracy.

Sports Envoys Travel to Sri Lanka

From April 21-25, former WNBA players Tamika Williams and Edna Campbell will teach basketball skills and foster empowerment of girls, teamwork, and cross-cultural communication.

Gender-Based Violence Initiative

Apr. 18: The GBV Emergency Response and Protection Initiative fills a critical gap by providing urgent assistance to threatened individuals with rapid, targeted, short term assistance.

Keystone XL Pipeline

Apr. 18: The Department of State has notified the eight federal agencies specified in Executive Order 13337 we will provide more time for the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project. Briefing

Daily Press Briefing: Ukraine

Spokesperson Psaki (Apr. 18): "It's clear to everyone what steps Russia will need to take in order to de-escalate the situation, and... we will test the proposition of diplomacy over the coming days."

North Korea's Human Rights Violations

Assistant Secretary Malinowski (Apr. 17): "The more we learn about conditions inside North Korea, the harder it becomes for the regime to deny the facts, and the more determined we become to change them." DipNote


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