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13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

18 Nov 2016 description

To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2016

25 Jul 2016 description

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 25, 2016

On July 25, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Ninth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Established at the July 2009 ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) annual meetings, LMI seeks to narrow the development gap between the five Lower Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, and the rest of ASEAN.

05 Mar 2016 description

Posted by Stan Brown

Just 15 years ago -- in many places around the world -- landmines and other explosive remnants of war killed or injured scores of men, women, and children every year. Back then, the number of deaths and injuries caused by these hidden hazards left behind in communities struggling to recover and rebuild from conflict reached nearly 10,000 per year, more than 25 each and every day. Today, thanks to a concerted international effort, that figure has now dropped by more than 60 percent.

03 Nov 2015 description

This MOP presents a detailed implementation plan to be implemented with FY 2016 funds in the Greater Mekong Subregion. This document reviews the current status of malaria control policies and interventions, describes progress to date, identifies challenges and unmet needs, and describes planned activities under PMI.

15 Oct 2015 description
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Executive Summary

On October 14, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. Now in its 17th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of, the right of every person to freedom of religion or belief. The Report is available at www.State.gov and www.HumanRights.gov.

Key Developments

06 Aug 2015 description

As the United States and Vietnam mark twenty years since re-establishing diplomatic ties, the relationship between our two countries continues to grow. One area of this growing partnership might surprise you. Through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), the United States is a key supporter of Vietnam’s efforts to build its capabilities to contribute to international peacekeeping.

03 Apr 2015 description

Posted by Rose Gottemoeller

April 4 is International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, when we mark the international effort to reduce dangers posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war on men, women and children in post-conflict countries around the world. The United States is proud to be the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction programs and to partner with the UN on the international effort to address the humanitarian effects of these weapons on civilian populations.

21 Sep 2014 description

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered keynote remarks yesterday morning at the second Frontiers in Development Forum convened by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

27 Feb 2014 description
Secretary's Preface


19 Apr 2013 description
Introduction to the 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Fact Sheet


April 19, 2013

26 Sep 2012 description

In honor of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ second anniversary, the United States is pleased to announce that total investment in support of the Alliance and clean cookstoves has reached up to $114 million. This investment represents a nearly $10 million increase over the past year and will help the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.

24 May 2012 description
Introduction to the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 24, 2012

06 Apr 2012 description

HUE, March 6, 2012 – Forty seven Vietnamese Red Cross training instructors have received certificates in disaster and emergency response following a rigorous 12-day skills course supported by the U.S. Government to help communities in disaster prone provinces to better cope with crises. These Vietnamese instructors can now pass along these new skills to hundreds of others before the end of the year.

11 Mar 2012 description

Charles Stonecipher, Vietnam Program Officer at the U.S. Department of State visited Hanoi, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri March 4 to 11 to review ongoing U.S. assistance programs aimed at dealing with unexploded ordnance (UXO) and land mines contamination in Vietnam. Meeting with Quang Tri People's Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Chinh, Mr. Stonecipher, a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who served in Vietnam, said "Vietnam and the U.S. share a complex history and a special interest in resolving the problem of UXO contamination in Vietnam." During 2011, the U.S.

02 Nov 2011 description

HANOI, October 21, 2011 – Following a disaster declaration by U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear, the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is making available $100,000 to support emergency relief efforts in response to weeks of devastating flooding in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region.

08 Apr 2011 description

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, with a population of approximately 88.6 million, is an authoritarian state ruled by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), led by General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and President Nguyen Minh Triet. The most recent National Assembly elections, held in 2007, were neither free nor fair, since the CPV's Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), an umbrella group that monitored the country's mass organizations, vetted all candidates. Security forces reported to civilian authorities.