Female officers of Pakistan’s National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) stand in front of a new, INL-funded women’s facility at the NHMP Training College in Sheikhupura, Pakistan on March 21. Photos by Mohammad Shaban
By Robert Pickett One of the pillars of Mission Pakistan’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section is to “enhance opportunities for women to access justice and to actively participate in the administration of justice.” INL-Pakistan is helping to overcome barriers to gender inclusion, including in police recruitment. This is...
From left: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr., and Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael Bao Ngirmang cut the ribbon for Embassy Koror’s solar energy project, April 12. Photo courtesy of Embassy Koror
By Evan Lewis and Stephanie Christel Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry joined Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland and the Embassy Koror team in Palau to visit a new photovoltaic installation that will make the embassy the first Net-Zero Energy U.S. diplomatic facility in the world. The new solar power system is...
Ambassador Sheba Crocker, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, hosted the Geneva Hub’s International Gender Champions (IGC) Annual Meeting, March 7. More than 80 gender champions from Geneva missions, civil society, and international organizations attended the event underscoring the collective commitment to breaking down gender barriers...
In March, Special Advisor on International Disability Rights Sara Minkara traveled to Lebanon as part of her first official visit abroad to meet government officials and representatives of civil society and to promote the rights of persons with disabilities ahead of Parliamentary elections scheduled for May. Throughout her engagements,...
Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel (center) was joined by Fijian Permanent Secretary Yogesh Karan (left) and Peace Corps Country Director Kury Cobham (right) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps, Feb. 23. The event served to officially recognize the more than 2,500 Americans who have...
Embassy Ouagadougou recently partnered with Burkina Faso’s Special Olympics Committee on an eighteen-month campaign to promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities through sports. The campaign will introduce Burkinabé journalists and other media influencers to Special Olympics athletes to highlight their stories through media reporting and increased coverage on athletes...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted a town hall with members of the Embassy Kyiv team working in Poland, while visiting the country, March 5. During the town hall, Blinken acknowledged the challenges the community faced in relocating to Poland and commended the Mission on its excellent work advancing...
The cover of State Magazine’s May 1981 issue highlighted the Department of State’s growing interest in using renewable energy at posts abroad. The photo, taken at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M, showed an early vertical-axis turbine with 15-foot blades that could produce 3 horsepower in 20-mile-per-hour winds. Four decades...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at the 16th Annual International Women of Courage ceremony at the Department of State in Washington, March 14. Photo by Freddie Everett
By Katie Zitzer Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted the 16th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards in a virtual ceremony at the Department of State, March 14. First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, joined Blinken at the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the 2022...
The Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of NMAD’s exhibit, #FacingDiplomacy. Illustration courtesy of NMAD
By Maryum SaifeeThe National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of their #FacingDiplomacy series, March 30. The campaign is focused on building and sharing a more complete history of American diplomacy through added stories of diversity and inclusion. This project was introduced in...