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Daily Press Briefing: North Korea
SPOKESPERSON KIRBY (JAN. 8): “What we most want to see, though, is increased international pressure applied on North Korea. And that is best pursued through the UN.” Full Text»

New Center for Global Engagement
JAN. 8: The center will focus more on empowering and enabling partners, governmental and non-governmental, who are able to speak out against these groups and provide an alternative to ISIL’s nihilistic vision. Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose Travels to Western, Nordic and Baltic European Countries
Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose travels to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and Lithuania from January 9-27. Full Text»

Meeting on Foreign Terrorist Fighters
JAN. 11: Ambassador Thomas Shannon leads the U.S. delegation at a joint meeting in The Hague of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL and Foreign Terrorist Fighters Working Group of the Global Counterterrorism Forum. Full Text»

Anniversary of the Attacks in Paris
SECRETARY KERRY (JAN. 7): “On the one-year anniversary of the January 7-9, 2015, attacks that took the lives of 17 people, we honor the victims of this tragedy and share the sadness of their loss.” Full Text»

U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences
The State Department and the National Institutes of Health host a reception to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Programon January 11. More»

  • Date: 02/04/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry displays his first diplomatic passport, while delivering welcome remarks to U.S. Department of State employees in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2013.  - State Dept Image

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency for International Development. On February 1, 2013, John Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.

President’s Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons

Date: 01/05/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry chairs the annual meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House. © [White House screenshot]Secretary Kerry (Jan. 5): “It is estimated still that there are more than 20 million people who are enslaved, but regrettably, only a fraction of them, perhaps 1 percent, are identified on an annual basis. So we are living … with a form of slavery that is even hard to identify.” Full Text» More»

U.N. Security Council Meeting on Syria

Date: 12/18/2015 Description: Secretary Kerry Chairs the UN Security Council Meeting on Syria - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Dec. 18): “By approving Resolution 2254 today, this council is sending a clear message to all concerned that the time is now to stop the killing in Syria and lay the groundwork for a government that the long-suffering people of that battered land can support.” Full Text»

Historic Agreement to Combat Climate Change

Date: 12/12/2015 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a group of reporters on December 12, 2015, after delegates to the COP21 climate change conference approved a sweeping environmental agreement during a meeting at LeBourget Airport in Paris, France. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Dec. 12): “The world has come together around an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet – a smart and responsible path, a sustainable path.” Full Text» Trip Page» More»

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Secretary Kerry on Twitter 

Building on 2015 as We Look AheadSecretary Kerry (Dec. 29): “The demands of leadership are relentless and, as one calendar is replaced by the next, we must prepare — and, indeed, we are preparing — for the new tests that await.” Full Text»

Source: U.S Department of State

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