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The United States condemns the attack in Erbil today in which a vehicle-born improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated outside the U.S. Consulate and took a number of innocent lives. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who were injured and killed.
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U.S. Delegation Urges Flexibility, Innovation In Preparatory Meeting for ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference
By Julie N. Zoller and Decker Anstrom

As a global leader in the telecommunications and aerospace industries, the United States has shown how adaptability and creativity can breed innovation and economic growth.  So it’s no surprise that, at a recent global meeting of the International Telecommunication Union #ITU, the watchword of the U.S. Delegation was “flexibility.” The message: We can foster the development of new broadband wireless applications and remotely piloted aircraft, while also giving long-standing services such as broadcasting the ongoing protection they need to continue operating successfully.

The result was a successful outcome for the United States at the ITU’s Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM), held March 23 – April 2 in Geneva, Switzerland. The CPM drew national delegations from more than 100 countries in an effort to complete the technical foundation for this November’s World Radiocommunication Conference or “WRC.” Congratulations are due to the ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, and its Director, Francois Rancy, for organizing such a successful preparatory process.

Each WRC, held every 3-4 years, revises the ITU’s global, treaty-level Radio Regulations, which allocate and govern how radio frequencies and satellite orbital slots are used.  Without the Radio Regulations to sort out competing radio-frequency usage, the airwaves would degenerate into a global cacophony of mutual interference.

Successful WRCs give radio spectrum-based industries the freedom and regulatory certainty they need to continue flourishing, expanding and innovating. This is hugely important for driving economic growth here in the United States and throughout the world.  The high-tech mobile applications and devices that define these early years of the 21st century were enabled by the painstaking negotiations of previous WRCs, going back to the 1990s and 2000s.

One of the biggest tasks for this year’s WRC (“WRC-15”) is to identify additional spectrum bands suitable for mobile broadband services. The challenge is that all of the most suitable bands are already being used for things like broadcasting and satellite services. To address this, the United States’ delegates at the CPM worked tirelessly to advance proposals that emphasize sharing of spectrum access with existing services. This will give the United States and similarly innovative economies the ability to proceed with new broadband networks and equipment, while providing flexibility to protect their own and their neighbors' existing services.  Also, countries that are moving more slowly on the broadband development path will have the flexibility to use just a portion (or even none) of the new spectrum until they are fully ready.

Similarly, the United States proposed to use satellite links for command-and-control of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the remotely piloted aircraft that are revolutionizing civil aviation.  The proposal is to identify the spectrum for those links, while empowering aviation authorities to set appropriate operational safety standards. This is the key to freeing up a nascent commercial industry --  worth an estimated $80 billion over the next decade -- for long-range UAS aircraft, which will be instrumental for shipping, disaster relief, meteorology, agriculture and public safety applications.

Another major task for the WRC is to begin addressing the need for global flight tracking technology.  Spurred by the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight nearly a year ago, the ITU has directed WRC-15 to explore how to use the airwaves to track the location of airliners wherever they travel.  Once again, the United States is preserving, for now, our flexibility to explore this issue and potential solutions, while remaining committed to taking action on this important issue at WRC this fall.

As always, NASA is at the forefront -- along with its fellow space agencies from around the world -- in working to ensure the protection and extension of spectrum access for space sciences.  WRC-15 is addressing several items related to the space research service, earth exploration satellite service and communications links for activities supporting the International Space Station.

At the CPM, the U.S. delegation exemplified the highest level of collaboration between technical and policy experts, who were drawn from our high-tech industries and our government.  This has allowed our delegates to lead through their knowledge and creativity, interacting with their colleagues from around the globe.  We will visit every region of the world in the months ahead, seeking to understand the priorities of other nations and gathering support for our proposals to the conference.  As we represent the most vital and dynamic industries in the world, we intend to carry forward our message of flexibility to WRC-15 in November, offering our skills and collaboration to help accelerate the telecommunications and aerospace innovations that have come to mean so much for economic growth in this century.

Read more: go.usa.gov/3WAP5
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Supporting Sri Lanka’s Journey Toward a Lasting Peace
By Tom Malinowski

Since the end of #SriLanka’s almost 30-year civil war -- and after the conflict and challenges -- the country has grappled with how to achieve reconciliation and hold on to the traditions of democracy, tolerance and civil society for which it had long been known. Regrettably, the opportunity in 2009 to bring the country together was not realized.

With its recent elections, however, Sri Lanka has arrived at a pivotal moment in its history. The country has a chance now to achieve reconciliation, justice and true peace.

I recently visited Sri Lanka where I had the opportunity to meet with government, military, civil society and other representatives to underscore the United States’ continued support for the Sri Lankan people as they work to achieve these goals.

I stressed that this process will require, in part, looking backward, to acknowledge the suffering of the innocent and account for the wrongdoing of the guilty, on every side of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Sri Lanka’s next steps towards reconciliation will be challenging:  returning land to civilians that was seized by the army; accounting for thousands of missing Tamil prisoners; and establishing a domestic mechanism to hold accountable those responsible for atrocities during the war. The United States will continue to encourages these steps, because experience has taught us that no society can build a better future by burying the past.  But our greatest hope is that Sri Lanka will stay the course and keep moving forward, continuing to build the more democratic, inclusive and open society that its people so clearly desire.

During my visit, I also addressed the Forum on Women's Role in Post-War Reconciliation to underscore the importance of the women of Sri Lanka in the reconciliation process. Women have suffered side-by-side with their husbands and brothers and they have an equal stake in seeking justice. Building peace with only half a nation’s voices at the table is simply not possible.  Sri Lanka direly needs the perspectives, talents, and skills of its women to enlarge the scope of conversations about peace and reconciliation and to draw attention to critical priorities that might otherwise be overlooked.

Experience has shown that a country becomes truly strong not by spending on its military but by investing in -- and empowering -- its women. Supporting women to play a role in peacebuilding is a concept that the United States has emphasized for over a decade now at the United Nations, and it’s an idea that women and men around the world have embraced as a cornerstone of peace and prosperity. We have long supported programs in Sri Lanka to increase women’s political participation at the local, regional, and national levels.

After so much suffering and conflict, the road ahead for Sri Lanka will not be easy.  We know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the vast majority of Sri Lankans want to live in a united and democratic country, not divided between victors and vanquished or Tamil and Sinhalese.  I was struck during my visit that the issues which used to divide Sri Lankans now increasingly unite them.  Whatever their religion or ethnic group, the vast majority of Sri Lankans feel they would benefit from a government that is more accountable and transparent, with less impunity and corruption.

The Sri Lankan people and their new government have taken a great leap already to reclaim their traditions -- and it is our hope that they will stay on that course, to forge a better future for their children.

If you read the headlines from Yemen to Iraq to Afghanistan to Burma, you will see why the international community is rooting for Sri Lanka to succeed. The world needs Sri Lanka to keep showing that a society divided by ethnicity and faith can find peace through democracy and dialogue. And while Sri Lanka alone can make the hard choices necessary to move forward, the international community will remain a partner and stands ready to support its journey toward a lasting peace.

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3WfVZ
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Secretary of State John Kerry: Our nation’s prosperity and security are linked to the entire world. The introduction of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation today in Congress marks an important step in promoting both of those vital interests at the same time we create jobs at home and markets abroad.
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Secretary of State John Kerry: "Teresa and I join all Americans today in observing Yom HaShoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day. We bow our heads as we both mourn and honor the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the most painful and horrific chapter in human history." Read more at: go.usa.gov/3Wm8G #HolocaustRemembrance
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The NAZI genocide was not only of Jews. They got the brunt of it.
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The Fight Against Ebola: Assessing Progress and Looking Ahead
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Since the onset of the #Ebola outbreak incredible losses have occurred in West Africa. More than 10,000 men, women, and children have died from Ebola. Under extraordinary circumstances, the people of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have shown great courage and resolve. The United States has been proud to lead an international effort to work with these three countries in a global response.

To assess progress and to look ahead in the fight against Ebola, President Obama welcomed Presidents Sirleaf, Koroma, and Condé to the White House for meetings today. The United States has long standing partnerships with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea -- partnerships that President Obama called "critical in the fight against Ebola.”

In Liberia there are currently zero cases and in Sierra Leone and Guinea, last week, there were fewer than 40 new cases combined --  around the lowest number in a year. Although progress has been encouraging, President Obama underscored the need to remain vigilant and for the international community to remain fully engaged in partnership with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone saying, “Now we’re focused on a shared goal, and that is getting to zero. We can’t be complacent. This virus is unpredictable.” He continued, “Health systems also have to be rebuilt to meet daily needs -- vaccines for measles, delivering babies safely, treating HIV/AIDS and malaria.  And with our Global Health Security Agenda, we intend to do more to prevent future epidemics.”

The Ebola epidemic has brought on economic crises in the affected countries. “That’s part of the reason why these three presidents are here," said President Obama. "They’re going to be meeting with a number of the multilateral institutions -- the IMF and World Bank here in Washington. There’s the challenge of restoring markets and agricultural growth, promoting investment and development.”

President Obama underscored that the United States wants to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with West Africa to turn this tragic crises into an opportunity to rebuild even stronger than before, “to strengthen administrative systems, public health systems, to continue the work that they’ve done in rooting out corruption, reinforcing democratic institutions -- all of which will be the foundation stones for long-term progress and prosperity.”

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3WPVz
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"Like me, Prime Minister Renzi is a strong supporter of #TTIP -- the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership -- which would boost both jobs and exports in Europe and the United States, and would include strong protections for workers, and public health and safety and the environment. Now that Congress is considering important bipartisan legislation for trade promotion authority, T-TIP negotiations need to make major progress this year." - President Obama during remarks with Italian Prime Minister Renzi #Italy  

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U.S. to Highlight American Food, Sustainability, Innovation at Milan Expo
By Beatrice Camp

Two weeks from now, the U.S. National Pavilion will open at Milan #Expo2015 -- the finishing touches are being put on this month, including the vertical farm and the giant flag design cantilevered out from the building. With the theme “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” the USA Pavilion will host millions of visitors during the May 1- October 31 world’s fair.

The USA Pavilion for the Milan Expo has been developed by a public-private partnership, the Friends of the USA Pavilion Expo Milano 2015. Led by the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center, in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, this team has created an exciting, entertaining, and educational program for the six-month long Expo. The project is financed entirely by sponsorships from the private sector. 

Ever since President Obama’s announcement of U.S. participation in March 2014, the State Department and this private sector partner have worked to ensure a strong U.S. presence at the Expo.  From the groundbreaking in Milan last July to the appointment of Commissioner General Doug Hickey in December, Secretary Kerry has been at the center of this effort.  As he noted at a reception celebrating the Milan groundbreaking, world’s fairs have always highlighted innovation.  Innovation will be front and center in Milan as well, this time focused on answering a critical question:  how can we feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050?

As a global leader in advancing food security, the United States sees the Milan Expo as a chance to share with the world the work American scientists, chefs, and entrepreneurs continue to do -- day in and day out -- and ultimately to help make even more progress addressing our food security and nutrition challenges.

The USA Pavilion will showcase American expertise and plant the seeds for more trade and investment between the United States and its international partners. With 145 countries participating, the Expo expects over 20 million visitors, with millions more joining online.  Companies helping sponsor the USA Pavilion will reach new audiences in every corner of the globe.  U.S. participation will expand opportunities for American businesses overseas and strengthen trade between the United States and Europe -- the largest trade relationship in the world. 

The pavilion also aims to foster awareness and enthusiasm for American food in all its aspects. The most important trends in American cuisine involve sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship and healthy and delicious dishes. As a nation of immigrants, the United States enjoys a fusion of tastes and ingredients that knows no equal in the world.

In describing his expectations for the world’s fair that opens May 1, Secretary Kerry explained, “What the Milan Expo is going to do is show people from all over the world how we can all come together in order to meet this enormous challenge of feeding 9 billion people in the course of this century.  For many people alive today, this challenge will be within their lifetimes.  So we have a huge amount of work to do, and this Expo is hopefully going to provide people with the knowledge and the access that they need to make it happen.”

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3W7yQ
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This Milan expo, is very good will open more  export overseas. With more new products at home we need more open markets and reach more customers out there.Growing More  food is our aim, keeping agriculture on the move....... Sow & Eat Feed de Nation
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Deputy Secretary Tony Blinken: #Japan and #SouthKorea are two of our closest allies and strongest trading partners. Japan is America’s fourth-largest export market; the Republic of Korea is our sixth. http://go.usa.gov/3Wpex
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken comments on U.S. relations with #Japan and #SouthKorea after his trilateral meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong.
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Embracing the Digital Economy With an Enduring Partner
By Charles H. Rivkin

I recently traveled to Korea and #Japan on a multi-faceted tour to reaffirm our enduring partnerships and cooperation in so many areas of mutual economic interest, including  the support of entrepreneurs, the protection of intellectual property rights, and our commitment to free and open trade and investment, to name a few.

One focus of the trip, particularly in Japan, was to highlight our commitment to a free, safe, and open internet, and to urge even greater cooperation between our two countries towards making that goal a sustainable reality.

As I told an audience at the New Economy Summit, hosted by the Japan Association of the New Economy (JANE), the digital economy isn’t just an essential component of the new economy, it really is the economy.

The internet has become profoundly central in most of our lives, whether we are communicating with those we hold dear, seeking economic opportunity, or addressing the greatest shared challenges of our time, from the effects of climate change to finding cures for chronic diseases.

As two of the internet’s biggest producers and consumers, and strongest advocates, the United States and Japan recognize our roles as its stewards, committed to ensuring the internet remains a source for innovation, broadly shared prosperity and the betterment of life in general.

That is why, in multilateral forums and negotiations, we are active champions and supporters of the decentralized, multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, which we believe to be the most effective way to preserve that continuing viability.

As partners, we are as committed to the protection of our citizens in the virtual space, as we are to preserving the flow of open data, which is so essential to an innovative and vibrant digital economy. We continue to work together to find that balance, and to address other related issues, in those international forums and our forthcoming bilateral meetings this year, the U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue and the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy.
As I also told the New Economic Summit audience, the internet is one of the greatest game changing assets of our time. In many ways, it’s the modern equivalent of the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs in the well-known children’s story: a gift of prosperity to humanity. It is our responsibility to preserve it for those who use it and to expand access to approximately half the world’s population who can’t.

By extending the internet to every corner of the globe, we will see unprecedented economic growth and opportunities for developed, emerging, and developing economies alike. More people will have access to technology. More will be empowered to realize their needs and aspirations. More entrepreneurs and small manufacturers will connect with global supply chains. And no singular group will be excluded due to prohibitively high costs, lack of network connectivity, or social or cultural hurdles.

We believe the first building block to ensure that these and other positive outcomes can occur is a free and open internet. By keeping this precious asset in the hands of those who use it -- humanity in general – we can ensure that the internet remains “our” internet, and retains its extraordinary and positive power to improve, leverage, streamline, enrich, deepen and elevate our lives.

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3WmNH

Follow Assistant Secretary Of State for the Bureau of Economic And Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin on Twitter @AmbRivkin.
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Today, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed #Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to the State Department to brief senior diplomatic representatives from among the 62 members of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
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