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Africa: U.S. Applauds Signing of Roadmap for Mali Peace Talks

U.S. Applauds Signing of Roadmap for Mali Peace Talks
Press StatementMarie HarfDeputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 25, 2014

The United States applauds the agreement reached in Algiers on July 24 establish…

Africa: U.S. Dismayed by Harsh Sentence for Swazi Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist

U.S. Dismayed by Harsh Sentence for Swazi Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist
Press StatementMarie HarfDeputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 25, 2014

The United States is deeply dismayed by the sentencing of…

Africa: Secretary Kerry To Deliver Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Secretary Kerry To Deliver Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesman

Washington, DC
July 24, 2014



Secretary Kerry will provide welcoming remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 28, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington.

The three-day conference, July 28-30, will bring together 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.

The event will feature plenary sessions with Members of Congress, leaders in international development, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

The Presidential Summit follows six weeks of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States as part of the Washington Fellowship.

The Secretary will highlight the U.S. commitment to Africa and the recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans are playing in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

For more information and to request credentials for open-press events, please visit http://www.irex.org/content/washington-fellowship-presidential-summit-media-credential-application and submit the online form.

The remarks will be streamed live on www.state.gov. Follow @StateDept, @StateDeptLive, and @JohnKerry for tweets from the event using the hashtag #YALI2014 and #USAfrica.

Media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

For further information from the Department of State, please contact YALISummitMedia@state.gov.

Monday, July 28, 2014

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Opening remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
This session will be streamed live at www.state.gov.
Preset for video cameras: 3:00-4:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Congressional Forum on Investing in the Next Generation of Africa, moderated by Cokie Roberts with remarks by U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (DE), U.S. Senator John Boozman (AR) and U.S. Representative Karen Bass (CA)
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.
Preset for video cameras: 3:00-4:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Young African Leaders Town Hall with President Obama
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
The town hall will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Preset for video cameras: 3:00-4:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Plenary session on Entrepreneurial Approaches to Activism, moderated by Sonal Shah, Georgetown University, with remarks by Sipho Moyo, the ONE Campaign, Bill Carter, Ashoka, and Washington Fellow Alain Kaposo Chirwisa.
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.
Final access time: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo with remarks by Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development.
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.
Final access time: 3:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary session on Enabling Inclusive Economic Development, with remarks by Steve Case, Revolution, LLC, Alexa von Tobel, LearnVest.com, and Washington Fellow Tchegoun Adebo Koba.
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.
Press timing forthcoming.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors.
Press timing forthcoming.
This session will be streamed live at www.irex.org.

Closing Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power with an introduction by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors
Press details forthcoming.


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Africa: Threat of Famine Looms in South Sudan

Threat of Famine Looms in South Sudan

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC
July 25, 2014



South Sudan now faces the worst food security crisis in the world. Violence has forced over 1.5 million people from their homes since mid-December, while more than 50,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition this year. This is not a crisis caused by drought or flood: it is a calamity created by conflict. Unless the fighting ends and a peace agreement is concluded, the number of those at risk of starvation — now as many as 3.9 million people, fully one-third of the population – will reach even more catastrophic levels.

South Sudan’s leaders need to make choices and they need to make them now if they’re going to pull their country back from the brink of famine. In the last months, I’ve traveled to Juba and Ethiopia to press on the cease-fire. I’ve had call after call with both leaders in South Sudan, pressing them to work closely with regional partners in support of mediation efforts. The United States has spoken out against ongoing fighting, obstruction of humanitarian access and failures to resolve the conflict.

But in the end, the leaders have to make decisions. President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar share responsibility for triggering this man-made crisis and they share responsibility for ending it. I call on them to end the fighting immediately and negotiate in good faith under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

The Government of South Sudan and the opposition must put the safety and wellbeing of the South Sudanese people first by immediately implementing the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, ensuring the security of humanitarian workers and goods, and dismantling unofficial checkpoints that impede the delivery of aid. International and South Sudanese humanitarian workers have saved lives at great personal risk. They must be able to do their jobs without the threat of violence, informal “taxation” or other arbitrary impediments.

The United States remains committed to the people of South Sudan and has provided more than $456 million in humanitarian aid this year alone. We call on fellow donor countries to make additional contributions. The people of South Sudan deserve the opportunity to begin rebuilding their country, and to develop the national and local institutions they need to put South Sudan on a path towards stability.


The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.
External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.

Africa: Liberia National Day

Liberia National Day
Press StatementJohn KerrySecretary of State
Washington, DC
July 25, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and all Americans, I congratulate the people of Liberia as you observe 167 years of independence on July 26.
Liberia and the…

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