World Press Freedom Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2021 Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Counselor & National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East & North Africa Lead Interagency Delegation to Midd

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 1, 2021 An interagency delegation consisting of U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet and National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk, as well as Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Dana Stroul, will ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

  APRIL 24, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople ... Read More»

Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 23, 2021 Today, I am announcing that Jeffrey Feltman will serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.  This appointment underscores the Administration’s commitment to lead an international diplomatic effort to address the interlinked political, security, and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa.  Having held senior positions in ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East

Rodney Hunter Political Coordinator New York, New York April 22, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you, to you and the other members of the Council, for bearing with us as we’ve dealt with some of these technical issues this morning. And thank you again, Special Coordinator Wennesland and Acting Director Paulsen, ... Read More»

Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 23, 2021 At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for ... Read More»

Leaders Summit on Climate Summary of Proceedings

APRIL 23, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES After fulfilling his promise to bring America back into the Paris Agreement, President Biden convened 40 world leaders in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week to rally the world in tackling the climate crisis and meeting the demands of science. The United States and other countries ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021

APRIL 22, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans rallied together to protect the right of all of us to live free from environmental hazard and harm. On that first Earth Day, they gathered all across America — on college campuses, in public parks, and State capitals — galvanized by a ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Union Jobs and Securing U.S. Leadership

APRIL 22, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Building on Past U.S. Leadership, including Efforts by States, Cities, Tribes, and Territories, the New Target Aims at 50-52 Percent Reduction in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution from 2005 Levels in 2030 Today, President Biden will announce a new target for the United States to achieve a 50-52 percent ... Read More»

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: U.S. International Climate Finance Plan

APRIL 22, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (E.O. 14008, signed January 27, 2021) called for the preparation of a Climate Finance Plan (herein “Plan”). This Plan – the first of its kind in the U.S. government – focuses on international climate finance. ... Read More»

Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PHILIP MERRILL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND APRIL 19, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my brief tenure as Secretary.  And thanks so much ... Read More»
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