U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson: Remarks at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington Marriott Marquis Washington, DC October 4, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon. And thank you so much, Harry, for that very kind introduction. The work and commitment of the Bill and Melinda – of Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation that they have undertaken across a range of ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

Media Advisory | September 19, 2017 Under this new Strategy, the United States, through PEPFAR, will continue to invest in over 50 countries, including continued substantial investments in South Africa. The U.S. government remains committed to partnering with South Africa and commends the South African government’s continued leadership and increasing financial contribution to its response. ...
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Dr. Jenna Jambeck, U.S. Expert on Marine Waste, Joins South Africa’s Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Media Advisory July 24, 2017 The U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted Dr. Jenna Jambeck, an expert on plastic waste from the University of Georgia, for meetings with environmental leaders, local government officials, academics and members of the public in three provinces along South Africa’s coastline July 9-18, 2017.  She travelled to Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg ...
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Letter From Secretary Tillerson

Dear Reader: Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. ...
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South Africa National Day: Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary TILLERSON South Africa National Day April 27, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate all South Africans as you observe the 23rd anniversary of Freedom Day. On this day commemorating your first democratic elections, we reflect ...
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President Obama on the Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

President Obama on the Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile White House Blog JULY 7, 2016 AT 2:12 PM ET All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and ...
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Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later

Press Release May 30, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov Kerry Kennedy: “Ripples of Hope” Continue to Inspire U.S. – South Africa Relationship 50 Years Later  Johannesburg, May 30, 2016 – Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) and President of RFK Human Rights, is visiting South Africa May 30-June ...
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United States Releases Annual Human Rights Reports

The United States released its 2015 Human Rights Reports today. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. In remarks to the press, Secretary Kerry discussed the reports and stressed the universality of the standards applied in the compiling of the reports, ...
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Statement from Ambassador Gaspard regarding President Obama’s AGOA proclamation

“We are delighted by the proclamation issued by President Obama today and we welcome the recent arrival of American chicken into commerce in South Africa.  The entry of U.S poultry into South Africa was required as a condition for avoiding South Africa’s suspension under AGOA.  Now that the issues involving AGOA have been resolved, we are focused ...
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Statement from U.S. Embassy Pretoria regarding President Obama’s January 11, 2016 Proclamation on AGOA

Media Advisory | Tuesday, January 12, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On January 11, 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation regarding the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), requiring the entry of U.S. poultry into South Africa before March 15, 2016.  This proclamation does not immediately suspend AGOA trade benefits for South Africa.  As has been reported ...
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President Obama Speaks on the Transformative Power of Entrepreneurship at the 6th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit; South African Entrepreneur Wi

Honoring the life’s work of an audience of entrepreneurs from over 120 countries attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi, Kenya July25-26, President Barack Obama stated, “Entrepreneurship creates new jobs and new businesses … It helps citizens stand up for their rights and push back against corruption.  Entrepreneurship offers a positive alternative to the ...
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Young South African Leaders, Part of Obama Initiative, Study at Wagner College in New York City

Press Release | Wagner College | 07/18/2014   STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., USA — For the last 5 weeks, South Africa’s Lalumbe Makuya and Romy Titus have been part of a group of 25 young African leaders from 19 sub-Saharan countries studying community and nonprofit organizations at Wagner College, in the New York City borough of ...
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University of Johannesburg Confers Honorary Doctorate on President Barack Obama – Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Accepts the Degree on the President’s Beh

The University of Johannesburg has conferred an honorary doctorate on President Obama, with UJ Vice Chancellor Prof. Ihron Rensburg saying, “President Obama has demonstrated distinguished social and intellectual achievement related to the University’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals and is thus a worthy recipient of the degree Doctor Legum (Doctor of Laws), honoris causa.”  In ...
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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law. The United States is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. For the four years since the bill was introduced, we have been crystal ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: U.S. Condemns Renewed Violence in Central African Republic

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY The United States is deeply concerned by renewed inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  We condemn attacks by both anti-Balaka and Seleka groups in Bangui and the provinces.  We are also deeply disturbed by reports that some CAR leaders may be supporting attacks by anti-Balaka and Seleka, respectively, instead ...
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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 27, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Krysta Harden – Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture Alejandro Mayorkas – Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Ron Binz – Commissioner, Federal Energy ...
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LiveAtState with Secretary Kerry and Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield

On February 12, 2013 the U.S. Department of State held an online press conference featuring Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Secretary Kerry briefly discussed the importance of the U.S. relationship with Africa and Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield discussed U.S. policy in Sub-Saharan Africa following the African ...
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