July 14, 2024

Assistant Secretary Witkowsky to Discuss Conflict Resolution in the UK

Assistant Secretary Witkowsky
Assistant Secretary Witkowsky

Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, Anne A. Witkowsky, is set to visit the United Kingdom from February 11 to 14, 2024, to engage in a dialogue on conflict resolution strategies. The discussions, hosted by the Foreign, Commonwealth, & Development Office, aim to explore effective approaches to conflict resolution.

During her visit, Assistant Secretary Witkowsky will represent the United States at Wilton Park, where she will participate in multilateral discussions focused on enhancing collaboration among state actors, multilateral organizations, and the peacebuilding NGO community. She is also slated to chair a panel that will delve into adapting future conflict resolution efforts to address shifting geopolitics and the impact of emerging technologies.

Additionally, Witkowsky will meet with various multilateral and non-governmental organizations to discuss conflict prevention and mediation initiatives worldwide. These discussions will include efforts under the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, highlighting the United States’ commitment to fostering global peace and security.

Special Envoy Kerry to Advance Climate Objectives in Multiple Countries

Washington, D.C. – Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, will embark on a diplomatic tour from February 10 to 19, 2024, visiting Abu Dhabi, Paris, Oslo, and Munich to promote initiatives on climate change and clean energy.

In Abu Dhabi, Kerry will engage in climate diplomacy talks with UAE leaders, building on the outcomes of COP28 and preparing for COP29. His itinerary includes Paris, where meetings with President Emmanuel Macron and other French officials will focus on climate finance and related priorities. Kerry is also scheduled to participate in the International Energy Agency’s 50th Anniversary and 2024 Ministerial Meeting, emphasizing the scaling up of clean energy for achieving global net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Oslo Energy Forum will feature Kerry’s insights on clean energy solutions, including the progress of the Green Shipping Challenge. The tour concludes at the Munich Security Conference, where Kerry will address the climate crisis as a critical security issue alongside global leaders.

USAID Honors Black History Month with Commitment to Diversity

Washington, D.C. – In a statement released by USAID Administrator Samantha Power, the agency commemorated Black History Month, reflecting on the powerful words of Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman to inspire a commitment towards a more equitable future.

The 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” celebrates the contributions of African American poets, actors, authors, and musicians in shaping the American narrative. USAID reaffirms its dedication to diversity, recognizing the importance of reflective hiring and retention practices to embody America’s diverse spirit.

Efforts to improve representation include growing the Payne Fellowship and the Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) Partnership Initiative, along with a memorandum of understanding with the Office of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Development and International Cooperation. Notable partnerships with HBCUs, such as Delaware State University and Tuskegee University, aim to enhance USAID’s connection with the African American community.

Administrator Power expressed gratitude towards the USAID community for recognizing the contributions of Black Americans, emphasizing the role of artists in enriching the nation’s history and future.

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