9 ways USAID strengthens democracy [photo gallery]

The U.S. Agency for International Development works with countries and communities around the world to promote democracy and human rights, including advancing protections for the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia (above). This photo gallery captures some of the many ways USAID supports democracy. Programs in Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Iraq, Mongolia and Jamaica are highlighted in these …

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF S TATE On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped …

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How Maduro has destroyed life inside Venezuela

By Noelani Kirschner The misrule, oppression and corruption of the illegitimate regime headed by Nicolás Maduro has caused widespread economic suffering and societal collapse in Venezuela. The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, for Encuesta Nacional de Condiciones de Vida) — published by researchers at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas — details how basic infrastructure, …

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World Wetlands Day

February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day. The United States protects wetlands through restoration, rehabilitation, and re-establishment projects. These ecosystems are critically important for biodiversity, water quality, and flood control. The U.S. works with other countries to protect wetlands through the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as Ramsar for the city in Iran where …

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Biden takes bold steps to fight climate change

On January 20, his first day in office, President Biden signed papers to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. On January 27, he issued an executive order deepening  America’s commitment to combat the climate crisis . “We can’t wait any longer,” Biden said before signing the order. “We see it with our own eyes, we feel it, we know …

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China’s Environmental Abuses

Beijing is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases; the largest source of marine debris; the worst perpetrators of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the world’s largest consumer of trafficked wildlife and timber products.  While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing also threatens the global economy …

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World Ocean Day 2020 (June 8)

Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2020   Our ocean and coastal waterways are essential to our national security, international trade, maritime commerce, global competitiveness, and transportation.  The jobs of more than 3 million Americans depend on our ocean economy, which generates more than $300 billion of economic activity annually.  During National Ocean Month, we reaffirm …

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World Environment Day 2020

World Environment Day 2020 June 5 marks World Environment Day, reminding us that pollution knows no national boundaries; mercury is found in fish from the Gulf Coast to the Arctic, airborne particulates travel thousands of miles, and environmental impacts are felt by people across the globe, from Alaskan Native Villages to urban centers in Kenya …

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U.S. Embassy Earth Day campaign teams up with NGO and private sector (February 24)

U.S. Embassy Earth Day campaign teams up with NGO and private sector (February 24) The U.S. Embassy’s Earth Day campaign continues.  This month our partner CENN/USAID Waste Management Program organized an eco-tour for Tbilisi American Corner students to learn about how to carry out environmentally friendly practices in a workplace setting. The program raised awareness about environmental issues among young …

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The U.S. Embassy begins Earth Day campaign through American Corners activities (January 30)

The U.S. Embassy begins Earth Day campaign through American Corners activities (January 30) In January, the American Corners began a campaign covering several months leading up to Earth Day, with programs teaching youth on the causes and prevention of wildfires, as well as possible solutions. Along with local partners and representatives of CENN and USDA’s …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22)

CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22) Today, on September 22, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participated in World Clean Up Day 2019 Event, which took place at Krtsanisi Park, Tbilisi. Together with the volunteers, USAID representatives, staff members and officials of Wildlife Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the U.S. Embassy Earth Day Event (April 22)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the U.S. Embassy Earth Day Event (April 22) Q-n about the event CDA Rood:  Today we celebrate Earth Day.  This is the day when we take care of our environment, and today I am here together with the Mayor of Tbilisi to celebrate Earth Day.  We know that air pollution is …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media regarding the visit of the U.S. Forestry Service to Georgia (September 15)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media regarding the visit of the U.S. Forestry Service to Georgia (September 15)   Q-n about the assistance USFS provided to the Georgian Government Ambassador Kelly: We are very pleased that our colleagues Andy and Dana came from the U.S. Forestry Service to follow-up on the terrible events of August in …

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