Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry, President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese participate in Session 2 on Investing in Climate Solutions at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in Washington, April 22. Photo by Adam Schultz

Department prepares for climate crisis conference in Glasgow

By Ryann Howard Scientific findings have made it abundantly clear—all countries must dramatically scale up efforts between now and 2030 to meet the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. The Leaders Summit on...
Joseph Angemi (far right) provides a detailed description of some of the items on display at the exhibition’s opening ceremony. The ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Rabat, representatives of various U.S. armed forces, and national cultural actors, including Mehdi Qotbi, the president of the National Foundation of Museums (center). Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

U.S. Legation in Morocco celebrates bicentennial

By Joseph Angemi An exhibition titled, “Of Voice and Stone: 200 Years of History in the American Legation Building and Morocco,” officially opened, June 9, 2021, in celebration of the bicentennial of the American Legation...
Embassy Yerevan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council members, from left: Ellen Scholl, Jennifer Westervelt, Kelli Long, Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy, Lia Miller, Lilit Antonyan, Melanie Ingalls, Cesar Arias-Gutierrez, and Leila Mendelovici receive a Group Meritorious Honor Award in recognition of innovative leadership and dedication in the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the embassy community and the advancement of those values throughout the U.S. government during the summer 2021 Mission Awards ceremony. Photo by Karen Hovhannisyan

Embassy Yerevan’s DE&I Council celebrates one year

By Leila Mendelovici Embassy Yerevan established its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Council in August of 2020, with a mission to “combat bias, prejudice, and racism, as well as foster and promote diversity and inclusion...
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman (top left) and First Lady of the United States Jill Biden (far right) presided over two separate name unveiling ceremonies, July 2021. Sherman dedicated the Beate Sirota Gordon tower (bottom left photo) with Chargé d’Affaires Raymond Greene (left center) and members of the Sirota Gordon family and Council on Diversity and Inclusion, July 20. Biden (top center photo, far right) unveiled the Irene Hirano Inouye and Senator Daniel K. Inouye room plaque with, from left: Chargé d’Affaires Raymond Greene, U.S.-Japan Council representatives Hiroko Tanaka and Masaaki Tanaka, and Christina Le. U.S.-Japan Council President and CEO Suzanne Basalla, Jennifer Hirano, and Ken Inouye attended virtually. Photos by Kent Jagodzinski

Mission Japan honors diversity through name dedications

By Paula Brainard and Christina Le Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are not simply workplace concepts, they are about creating a culture and environment in which all feel welcome to be their authentic selves. Mission...
Office of Accessibility and Accommodations (OAA) Director Jameela Akbari (right center), with OAA colleagues Rich McCarthy (top left) and David Conner (top second from left), present on the evolution of the Department of State's Access Center at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Education Consortium for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Oct. 7. Photo by Amanda McCarthy

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

By Heidi Howland National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held each October to celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The impact of the work of colleagues with...
New hires participate in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations virtual onboarding course, onboardOBO, August 19. Photo by Evan Lewis

OBO designs virtual onboarding program to welcome new employees

By Tasheika Box, Sydney Arvanitas, Destini Robinson, and Kate Larson At the Department of State, it can sometimes be difficult for a large bureau or office to operate as one team. With multiple departments, international...
From left, front to back: Sgt. Delores Johnson, Sgt. Ricardo Montero-Rincon, Sgt. Austin Foushee, Regional Security Officer John Pelesh, (center) Consul General Joel Reifman, (from right, front to back) Sgt. Bradley Yates, Sgt. Nathaniel LeGros, Sgt. Steven Burgett, Staff Sgt. Andrew Teel, and Assistant Regional Security Officer Michael Lee pose in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, June 25. Photo by Abdul Samad

ConGen Hyderabad welcomes Marine Security Guard Detachment

By John Pelesh Marine Security Guards (MSGs) are a key part of regional security offices (RSO) worldwide. They work with security teams to protect embassies and consulates, allowing American diplomats to safely advance U.S. interests...
Consul General Sue Saarnio (front center) and employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana support Fundación Esperanza de México by building a house during the Day of Service events for the Fourth of July. Photo by Jose Noriega

ConGen Tijuana celebrates July Fourth by giving back to local community

By Angie Gomez Martelli  In lieu of a traditional Independence Day celebration, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana organized community service events to support local nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The consulate’s Community Service...
At Embassy Luxembourg's chief of mission residence, a recent renovation saw the addition of a wheelchair ramp to match the building's facade. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

OBO removes barriers with new housing program

By Victoria Hartke and Ron Tomasso Barrier-free accessibility is a critical part of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) mission to provide safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities abroad. Several programs and initiatives are...
Spanning more than 600 pages, the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report is viewed as the “gold standard” in assessing government efforts to combat human trafficking. Photo by Amanda McCarthy

2021 Trafficking in Persons Report sends strong message

By Ashley Hernandez For more than 20 years, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) has led the Department of State’s efforts to produce the TIP Report—virtually the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental...

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