International Women’s Day – March 8

Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues As we mark International Women’s Day, we honor the accomplishments and special contributions of women all over the world. The past year has seen new milestones in the struggle for gender equality, illuminating the bravery
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Millions Mark First International Yoga Day

VOA News Millions of people around the world have taken part in a global event honoring Yoga, an ancient practice they say brings them health, happiness and peace. Sunday was the first ever International Day of Yoga, as proclaimed by the United Nations last year. Thousands brought their mats to New York City's (more...)

Treasury Sanctions Target Seven Separatists in Ukraine

The U.S. Department of the Treasury June 20 sanctioned seven separatists in Ukraine responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine, and/or asserting governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the (more...)

NATO Secretary Reports of Escalation of Crisis in Eastern Ukraine

I am concerned about reports that pro-Russian armed gangs are acquiring heavy weapons from Russia, including Russian tanks. We have seen reports that Russian tanks and other armoured vehicles may have crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. If these reports are confirmed, this would mark a (more...)

Mayor Nutter’s Remarks To The Pontifical Council For The Family

Mayor Michael A. Nutter addressed the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome.  His remarks are as follows: “I’d like to recognize Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop Jean Lafitte, Monsignor Carlos Simón Vázquez, leaders of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Bishop John McIntyre, Father Bill Donovan, (more...)

Olympic Truce Wall Unites Athletes In The Name of Peace

The symbolic Olympic Truce Wall opened on February 4 in the Coastal Olympic Village. According to the tradition of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Truce Wall is installed in the Olympic Villages a few days before the opening of the Games in order to let the competitors (more...)

Kerry on Death of Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon

Ariel Sharon's journey was Israel’s journey. The dream of Israel was the cause of his life, and he risked it all to live that dream. I remember reading about Arik in the papers when I was a young lawyer in Boston and marveling at his commitment to cause and (more...)

Half a Century Ago, John F. Kennedy Addressed United Nations

“We meet again in the quest for peace.” On September 20, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy greeted the U.N. General Assembly with those words and outlined his vision for a world moving beyond the shadow of war to a future of hope and peace. “The world has not escaped (more...)

Secretary Kerry on Egypt

The United States strongly condemns today’s violence and bloodshed across Egypt. It’s a serious blow to reconciliation and the Egyptian’s people’s hopes for a transition towards democracy and inclusion. In the past week, at every occasion, perhaps even more than the past week, we and others (more...)

Obama Says Mideast Peace Is “Possible and Necessary”

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer As Israeli and Palestinian officials gather in Washington to discuss meetings about a future final peace status, President Obama says Middle East peace is both possible and necessary, and that Martin Indyk will serve as the U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “The most difficult (more...)

U.N. Treaty Will Set Controls over Global Arms Trade

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed the first global arms trade treaty aimed at addressing the adverse effects of international arms sales on global peace and stability. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the treaty, which he described as “a strong, effective and implementable (more...)

Uzbekistan, U.S. Cooperate for Peace in Afghanistan

Uzbekistan and the United States are working together for peace in Afghanistan, a message underlined during the March 12 meeting in Washington between Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (shown above). Speaking to the press shortly before their meeting, Kerry noted the (more...)

Mayor Nutter Statement On Selection Of A New Pope

Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I: “On behalf of the City of Philadelphia, we are excited that Pope Francis I has been chosen by the College of Cardinals to lead the Roman Catholic Church (more...)

World Reacts to U.S. Presidential Election

Nations around the globe reacted to the re-election of President Obama on November 6. In the village of Kogelo in western Kenya, where President Obama’s father was born, men, women and children sang and danced in the streets. “Kenya, as always, is proud of our association with you," Kenyan (more...)

International Women’s Day – March 8

Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues As we mark International Women’s Day, we honor the accomplishments and special contributions of women all over the world. The past year has seen new milestones in the struggle for gender equality, illuminating the bravery and determination of so many women working on (more...)

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