Public Schedule Public Schedule: Public Schedule: April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 

ACTING SECRETARY JOHN SULLIVAN

Acting Secretary Sullivan is on travel to Toronto, Canada from April 21-23.  Please click here for more information.

7:50 p.m. LOCAL Acting Secretary Sullivan meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, in Toronto, Canada.
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Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt/2018/04/280674.htm

(@HouseForeign) This bipartisan bill will help ensure our diplomats have the tools to tackle today’s challenges – including North Korean nuclear threats and Iranian aggression https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/chairman-royce-to-introduce-bill-to-strengthen-state-department …

This bipartisan bill will help ensure our diplomats have the tools to tackle today’s challenges – including North Korean nuclear threats and Iranian aggression https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/chairman-royce-to-introduce-bill-to-strengthen-state-department …

Source: https://twitter.com/HouseForeign/status/987473487261417472

(@HouseForeign) A strong @StateDept is essential to advancing America’s many interests overseas https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/chairman-royce-to-introduce-bill-to-strengthen-state-department …

A strong is essential to advancing America’s many interests overseas https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/chairman-royce-to-introduce-bill-to-strengthen-state-department …

Source: https://twitter.com/HouseForeign/status/987444633549660162

Foreign Press Center Foreign Press Center: Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices


Source: http://fpc.state.gov/280672.htm

(@HouseForeign) .@RepEdRoyce statement on 2017 Human Rights Report https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/royce-statement-on-2017-human-rights-report …pic.twitter.com/ctICbtWazA

. statement on 2017 Human Rights Report https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/royce-statement-on-2017-human-rights-report …

Source: https://twitter.com/HouseForeign/status/987435816015319040

(@HouseForeign) Chairman @RepEdRoyce to introduce bill to strengthen @StateDept https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/chairman-royce-to-introduce-bill-to-strengthen-state-department …

Chairman to introduce bill to strengthen https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press-release/chairman-royce-to-introduce-bill-to-strengthen-state-department …

Source: https://twitter.com/HouseForeign/status/987429975975489537

(@CMCMOFA) #FromSaudiArabia | Al Birk Islands, environmental diversity and charming naturepic.twitter.com/nz7Fy2jH3k

| Al Birk Islands, environmental diversity and charming nature

Source: https://twitter.com/CMCMOFA/status/987409688642969600

(@KSAMOFA) القيادة تهنئ الرئيس ميغل كانيل بمناسبة انتخابه رئيساً لمجلس الدولة ومجلس الوزراء في جمهورية #كوباpic.twitter.com/jk8Chnt3Sl

القيادة تهنئ الرئيس ميغل كانيل بمناسبة انتخابه رئيساً لمجلس الدولة ومجلس الوزراء في جمهورية

Source: https://twitter.com/KSAMOFA/status/987408174524325889

(@KSAMOFA) #الذاكرة_الدبلوماسية | الملك فيصل بن عبدالعزيز والرئيس الإيطالي السابق جوفاني ليوني خلال زيارته للمملكةpic.twitter.com/Djbsu7dcAx

| الملك فيصل بن عبدالعزيز والرئيس الإيطالي السابق جوفاني ليوني خلال زيارته للمملكة

Source: https://twitter.com/KSAMOFA/status/987401774159007750

Assemblée nationale N° 901 – Projet de loi, adopté par le Sénat, autorisant la ratification de la convention multilatérale pour la mise en oeuvre des mesures relatives aux conventions fiscales pour prévenir l’érosion de la base d’imposition et le transfert de bénéfices

N° 901 – Projet de loi, adopté par le Sénat, autorisant la ratification de la convention multilatérale pour la mise en oeuvre des mesures relatives aux conventions fiscales pour prévenir l’érosion de la base d’imposition et le transfert de bénéfices

Source: http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/15/projets/pl0901.asp

(@KSAMOFA) #انستغرام_الخارجية | من خلال #حكاية_مكان .. تعرف على #قصر_شدا الذي اكتمل بنائه قبل 91 عاماً بأمر من الملك عبدالعزيز ليكون مقراً لإمارة عسير https://instagram.com/p/BhzNHQdltuS/ pic.twitter.com/3pQ9GsWigI

| من خلال .. تعرف على الذي اكتمل بنائه قبل 91 عاماً بأمر من الملك عبدالعزيز ليكون مقراً لإمارة عسير
https://instagram.com/p/BhzNHQdltuS/ 

Source: https://twitter.com/KSAMOFA/status/987379646437249024

HM Government Press release: African leaders gather in London for illegal wildlife talks

The Duke of Cambridge, the Foreign Secretary and leaders of African Commonwealth countries met on Friday 20 April for high level talks on tackling the illegal wildlife trade in advance of the next international conference in London later this year.

Ambitious proposals to tackle the crime were discussed and debated, including opportunities to boost cross-border law enforcement so that more elephants and other animals can move more freely and safely in Africa.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

Many African countries are already working together and taking robust action to protect and preserve their precious wildlife but this is a serious problem driven by international criminal syndicates.

It is only through ambitious African-led initiatives that we will stop this deplorable crime for good, and we are ready to help. Here in the UK we are taking forward our own plans for a ban on domestic ivory sales, and in October I will co-host an international conference in London on combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Together we can stop the decline of the world’s most iconic species and ensure that future generations don’t have to live in a world without wildlife.

During the talks, the Foreign Secretary appealed for ambitious outcomes at October’s conference, which will focus on tackling the illegal wildlife trade as a serious organised crime, building coalitions and closing illegal wildlife markets. The Foreign Secretary and African leaders discussed opportunities for increasing national and cross-border law enforcement programmes to catch poachers and stop wildlife traffickers.

The numbers are horrific: around 20,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year. Savanna elephant numbers have declined by a third from 2007 to 2014 and there has been a 9,000% increase in rhino poaching in South Africa. Wildlife in many parts of Africa is at crisis levels.

Mafias and organised crime gangs are at the centre of much of the illegal wildlife trade, driving animals to the point of extinction and decimating wildlife tourism in communities that rely on it.

The illegal wildlife trade is a serious organised crime with revenues worth up to £17bn a year, more than the combined income of the Central African Republic, Liberia and Burundi. That is why the UK is taking forward plans for a ban on domestic ivory sales and in October will host an international conference in London on combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Notes to editors:

  • Representatives from the following countries attended the meeting: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon & Nigeria.

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/african-leaders-gather-in-london-for-illegal-wildlife-talks

HM Government Speech: Liberia: Important lessons for today’s peacekeeping agenda

Thank you Mr President. Let me also thank our briefers. Let me start with my Swedish colleague and perhaps through her, to all who have done so much on the Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia. I’d like to also thank Assistant-Secretary General Zuev for his impressive and multi-lingual briefing and also to Child Liberty for what I thought was an inspiring and uplifting story. I think your comments show just how important it is that this Council remains very focussed on the impact of conflict on children and on women and I think you really brought that home to us in an inspiring and uplifting way so thank you for that.

Mr President, in 2003, when UNMIL was launched, the then Secretary-General made his first report to the Council based on an assessment mission and he said in his report then:

“Liberia remains highly unstable … as armed groups, militia and criminal elements operate throughout the country … Police officers lack training and have not been paid since early 2002 … Nearly 1 million Liberians, or a third of the population, are displaced. It is estimated that Liberia has some 27,000 to 38,000 combatants, many of whom are children.”

It is clear to us all that the Liberia of today is not the Liberia of 2003 and we in this Council should be united in congratulating Liberia’s leaders and people and in thanking UNMIL for this remarkable achievement.

UNMIL has been able to keep and build the peace since 2003 which a considerable feat given history of exclusion, political instability and cycles of violence and so we pay tribute to all SRSG Zarif, to all UN peacekeepers and staff who have worked in Liberia for their work and their duty. We particularly remember the 202 United Nations Peacekeepers who sadly gave their lives in service to the people of Liberia and in the service of all of us here who send those peacekeepers on those missions.

Mr President, I want to use this moment to reflect on some of the lessons learned for UNMIL, particularly what has gone well but also what could have been done differently. These are important lessons, not only for other peacekeeping missions but also how we sustain peace more generally; a concept that we are all debating in different formats at the moment.

So what has UNMIL done particularly well?

Well, UNMIL encouraged inclusive national ownership and it supported local capacity, which are two key conditions for the sustaining peace. Liberia’s police force –the change wrought in that force from the description by the then Secretary-General in 2003 to what we have now is perhaps an excellent example of this.

UNMIL also coordinated extremely effectively with international and regional actors, especially ECOWAS which remains a shining light in this Council’s engagement and UNMIL’s good offices were very effective at preventive diplomacy. For example, this helped to ensure a difficult election process remained peaceful, in accordance with the constitution and rule of law.

UNMIL demonstrated the strengths of the comprehensive approach to sustaining peace. The joint peacebuilding plan between the Mission, UN Country Team and government set clear and shared priorities to guide the transition. Under Sweden’s leadership, the Peacebuilding Commission has played an invaluable role.

However, we also need to be honest about the shortcomings of the Mission, and learn from those as well.

Arguably, the Mission stayed too long and created an over-dependence on the United Nations. A reluctance to discuss exit meant that transition planning started too late, resulting in funding gaps and UN development actors not stepping up sooner. The mission implementation plan should have included benchmarks and timescales to better focus staffing, resources and effort – and allow the Council to better track progress.

And we perhaps in the Security Council – and I know this is a feature of some of what the Secretary-General has said to us over the last couple of months – perhaps could also have ensured there are more realistic mandates with greater clarity on what a sustainable ‘end state’ was about.

Mr President looking forward, there is a clear role for the UN, through an enhanced Resident Coordinator’s Office, to support the new Government to consolidate stability and promote inclusive development. With its commitment to peaceful, just and inclusive societies, the framework of the SDGs provides a strong basis for this.

The UN will also have a unique role in supporting coordination amongst the international donors in a way which supports the government of Liberia’s priorities.

The UN must be careful that whilst it absolutely must provide that support, must also not to assume the new government’s responsibilities. We would urge the new government to see through the commitments made in the peacebuilding plan.

In 2003, the then-Secretary-General concluded in his report that “The road to lasting peace and security in Liberia is still fraught with multiple and formidable challenges”.

Liberia has certainly faced its fair share of challenges in the past 15 years – but we today should celebrate that with the support of the United Nations, Liberia’s people have overcome them.

And perhaps a reflection for us all around this table: Liberia was once an intractable conflict. It once hosted the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping mission. It once saw terrible violence against women and children, including child soldiers. A quarter of a million people died in the second civil war and there were very familiar issues of IDPs, refugees and food insecurity. We can look across some of the issues on our agenda today and there are similarities in that agenda very sadly. But perhaps the ultimate lesson is that with hard work, sustained engagement and determination from us all, we can see more Liberias out of today’s agenda.

Thank you Mr President.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/liberia-important-lessons-for-todays-peacekeeping-agenda

(@HouseForeign) Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Mira Ricardel & @RepEdRoyce recently met to discuss his Export Control Reform Act, which the committee passed earlier this weekpic.twitter.com/asIBQlXq4p

Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Mira Ricardel & recently met to discuss his Export Control Reform Act, which the committee passed earlier this week

Source: https://twitter.com/HouseForeign/status/987336588379283457

(@KSAembassyES) بيان صحفي من سفارة المملكة العربية السعودية في مدريد بشأن فقدان المواطن/ عمر بن سلمان بن عواض المطيري.pic.twitter.com/EBdoC3hm3y

بيان صحفي من سفارة المملكة العربية السعودية في مدريد بشأن فقدان المواطن/ عمر بن سلمان بن عواض المطيري.

Source: https://twitter.com/KSAembassyES/status/987335860092854273

(@IsraelMFA) #Hamas terrorists sent several flying fire bombs, using kites, over the-#Gaza fence, hoping to set fire to nearby Israeli communities & fields. The message on one of these kites, carrying the #Nazi flag, leaves no room for doubt as to Hamas’ objective – Israel’s annihilation.pic.twitter.com/kGBVKjgTEJ

terrorists sent several flying fire bombs, using kites, over the🇮🇱 fence, hoping to set fire to nearby Israeli communities & fields.
The message on one of these kites, carrying the flag, leaves no room for doubt as to Hamas’ objective – Israel’s annihilation.

Source: https://twitter.com/IsraelMFA/status/987324263018434565

(@IsraelMFA) #Hamas terrorists sent several flying fire bombs, using kites, over the-#Gaza fence, hoping to set fire to nearby Israeli communities & fields. The message on one of these kites, carrying the #Nazi flag, leaves no room for doubt as to Hamas’ objective – Israel’s annihilation.pic.twitter.com/kGBVKjgTEJ

terrorists sent several flying fire bombs, using kites, over the🇮🇱 fence, hoping to set fire to nearby Israeli communities & fields.
The message on one of these kites, carrying the flag, leaves no room for doubt as to Hamas’ objective – Israel’s annihilation.

Source: https://twitter.com/IsraelMFA/status/987324263018434565

(@AmbYossi) I’m proud to share with you a tour of our capital #Jerusalem broadcasted by Ana Hickmann on Brazilian TV. http://entretenimento.r7.com/hoje-em-dia/videos/ana-hickmann-mostra-os-segredos-e-curiosidades-da-cidade-antiga-de-jerusalem-17042018-1 …

I’m proud to share with you a tour of our capital 🇮🇱 broadcasted by Ana Hickmann on Brazilian TV. http://entretenimento.r7.com/hoje-em-dia/videos/ana-hickmann-mostra-os-segredos-e-curiosidades-da-cidade-antiga-de-jerusalem-17042018-1 …

Source: https://twitter.com/AmbYossi/status/987317976490749953

(@IsraeliPM) PM Netanyahu: “I thank the world leaders who sent greetings to the 70th Independence Day festivities, especially the president of our strong ally the US, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. These greetings reflect Israel’s rising status among the nations.”pic.twitter.com/RCE5wyyZri

PM Netanyahu: “I thank the world leaders who sent greetings to the 70th Independence Day festivities, especially the president of our strong ally the US, Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. These greetings reflect Israel’s rising status among the nations.”

Source: https://twitter.com/IsraeliPM/status/987317324045783041

(@IsraeliPM) We hear the threats from Iran. The fighters of the IDF and the security services are prepared for any development. We will fight against whoever tries to harm us. We will not be deterred by the cost and we will exact a price from those who seek our lives.pic.twitter.com/qViDrpLHc8

We hear the threats from Iran. The fighters of the IDF and the security services are prepared for any development. We will fight against whoever tries to harm us. We will not be deterred by the cost and we will exact a price from those who seek our lives.

Source: https://twitter.com/IsraeliPM/status/987316794452054016

(@LTCJonathan) Moments ago, terrorist #Hamas sent a Molotov cocktail over the Gaza border into Israel. They flew it with their true colors.pic.twitter.com/LOexWD76lf

Moments ago, terrorist sent a Molotov cocktail over the Gaza border into Israel.
They flew it with their true colors.

Source: https://twitter.com/LTCJonathan/status/987316707516698624

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