President Obama is holding his final press conference at The White House today at 2:15pm ET. Tune in here: [ Link ]

President Obama Holds his Final Press Conference
"We all have to play our part in reforming the organization so that it remains relevant for the future, and remains focused on the key issues of our time."– What reforms should the new United Nations Secretary-General’s agenda include? Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker discusses on FoggyBottom on Medium:

Five Ways to Make the United Nations Even More Effective – Foggy Bottom
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on "Diplomacy in an era of disruption" at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, January 17, 2017. Read the full transcript at: [ Link ]
U.S. State Department Spokesperson John Kirby comments on the U.S. announcement of additional funding for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), during the Daily Press Briefing, January 17, 2017. More on the announcement at: [ Link ]
U.S. State Department Spokesperson John Kirby extends condolences to those affected by a plane crash on Sunday outside of Bishkek, during the Daily Press Briefing, January 17, 2017.
Watch live: Ben Rhodes addresses the press and gives a look back on the Obama Administration’s foreign policy at the Foreign Press Centers, January 17, 2017. Watch at:
Secretary Kerry sat with CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour at the CNN London Bureau for an interview as he visited the British capital for meetings with the Archbishop of Canterbury and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in London, U.K., January 16, 2017. Read the full interview at: [ Link ]
Watch live today at noon→ U.S. Mission to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power will deliver her last major speech as USUN Ambassador today at the Atlantic Council. Watch live at 12 p.m. at: [ Link ]
U.S. and #Cuba signed a bilateral Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding to deepen law enforcement cooperation and information sharing. [ Link ]

United States and Cuba To Sign Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding
"I am always amazed how many countries in the world really look at the United States as a beacon for democracy, human rights, and hope. Our growth as a nation –- our continued effort to value inclusion and service --allows our increasingly diverse corps of foreign and civil servants to represent the best of the United States to nations around the world." –Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto, member...
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Diversity and Service in Diplomacy – A Distinctly American Story
Since 1993, successive U.S. Presidents have proclaimed January 16 as Religious Freedom Day. Religious freedom involves the right of every person to follow the dictates of one’s conscience; to believe or not to believe; speak about one’s beliefs; teach one’s beliefs to one’s children; and manifest one’s beliefs through activities such as gathering for worship or building houses of worship. It...
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International Religious Freedom – Why Does It Matter, Why Care?
“The #JCPOA resolved a major #nuclear threat without firing a shot or sending a single soldier into combat. It was endorsed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council and earned the support of more than 100 countries across the globe.” –U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on January 16, 2017. #Iran [ Link ]

On the One Year Anniversary of Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in #London today to speak about world reconciliation efforts.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departs #Paris, arrives in #London today to meet with Archbishop of Canterbury and U.K. Foreign Secretary.
Read the latest from the #DipNote blog: In a farewell address to the nation on January 10, 2017, President Obama mentioned a number of interconnected global issues.

President Obama Highlights Foreign Policy Achievements In Farewell Address
"The United States cares about what is happening here, and we want to continue to build a stronger and stronger partnership between our countries." –U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in #Vietnam, January 13, 2017. More on the Secretary's visit at: [ Link ]
The State Department's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs traveled to Burma Valley in Zimbabwe to see firsthand how U.S. efforts to help #Zimbabwe safely clear landmines and unexploded munitions make a life-changing difference for area residents. [ Link ]

With U.S. Support, 'Life is Now Safe' for Communities in Zimbabwe’s Burma Valley
"This vast new demand for renewables will continue to drive down the cost of electricity, making it easier for businesses — in America and abroad — to compete at home and in the global marketplace."Environmentally beneficial but now also increasingly cost competitive now, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment discusses the multiple benefits of renewable energy. → [...
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Renewable Energy’s Low Costs and High Returns
"The United States has decided to issue a general license lifting the sanctions on U.S. trade and investment in #Sudan.”– Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner discusses the progress made in Sudan and the decision to lift sanctions, during the Daily Press Briefing, January 13, 2017. Read the full press statement on progress in Sudan at: [ Link ]
"Yesterday’s actions were important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy." Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner commenting on the Cuban immigration policy change issued by the White House, during the Daily Press Briefing, January 13, 2017.