To improve accessibility and increase the number of lactation rooms for nursing mothers, the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in coordination with the Bureau of Administration opened a new lactation room on the second floor of the Harry S. Truman building. A joint ribbon cutting ceremony commenced with remarks by DGHR Carol Z. Perez and Assistant Secretary Carrie Cabelka, Oct. 30. “Opening one more lactation room is important for our nursing mothers. Thank you to all who helped to make this happen,” said Perez. Currently, there are 29 lactation rooms at domestic facilities, in addition to 109 designated lactation spaces at posts worldwide. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez

New lactation room unveiled in Main State

To improve accessibility and increase the number of lactation rooms for nursing mothers, the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in coordination with the Bureau of Administration opened a new lactation room on the second...
The U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) co-hosted a seminar, Conflict and Stabilization: Best Practices, Challenges, and New Approaches, in Geneva, Nov. 7. As many parts of the world today are impacted by violent conflict, stabilization has become a topic of increasing importance for individual countries, the U.N., and regional and global coalitions. Nearly 100 attendees representing governments, NGOs, academia, and international organizations, participated in an exchange on contemporary approaches to stabilization, including the U.S. government’s Stabilization Assistance Review, and its intersection with other disciplines, such as humanitarian assistance, human rights, and long-term peacebuilding. Panelists included Senior Advisor for CSO Eythan Sontag, President of Interpeace Scott Weber, and the Head of the European Union’s Division for the Integrated Approach to Security and Peace Madeleine Majorenko. Jason Aplon, peacebuilding and post-conflict advisor for the International Organization for Migration moderated the event, and U.S. Mission Geneva’s Chargé d’Affaires Mark Cassayre delivered welcome remarks. The event was broadcast on Facebook Live and can be watched online. Photo by Eric Bridiers

Geneva Peace Week examines approaches to conflict stabilization

The U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) co-hosted a seminar, Conflict and Stabilization: Best Practices, Challenges, and New Approaches, in Geneva, Nov. 7. As...
A member of the Latvian State Police receives touch-ups to his realistic wounds during the SWORD exercise. Photo by Edgars Grundšteins

Duck and Cover

By Chad Twitty Not many regional security officers (RSOs) would welcome the opportunity to have hostile protesters gather at the gates of an American embassy and force their way onto the compound, but Embassy Riga’s...
The Office of Casualty Assistance team (from left) Deputy Director Shannan O’Bryan, Director Kirk Leach, and Program Specialist Tonyia Warren. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

The Office of Casualty Assistance

by Kirk Leach The Office of Casualty Assistance (OCA) was established within the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in 1999 in the aftermath of the 1998 terrorist attacks at the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and...
The Work Life Wellness Fair at the Foreign Service Institute, Oct. 4, gave attendees the opportunity to obtain resources from more than 20 different vendors and service providers. Photo and Video by Amanda J. Richard

Work Life Wellness Month highlights workplace flexibilities

By Marjorie Bucknor The Bureau of Human Resources (HR) and the Bureau of Medical Services (MED) kicked off Work Life Wellness Month (WLWM) with motivational speaker Wendy Wollner who was introduced by the Director General...

IRM hosts appreciation event to share resources with employees

The Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) hosted a customer appreciation day in the Harry S. Truman building Exhibit Hall, Oct. 24. IRM employees spread the word on new services such as Self Service...
Embassy Kathmandu’s spokesperson Andie De Arment welcomed the new cohort of the U.S Embassy Youth Council (USYC) in Nepal. The group of 55 exceptional Nepali youth leaders from across the country was selected from an application pool of more than 2,300 individuals. This year’s gender-balanced group represents the ethnic and geographic diversity of Nepal. The USYC promotes democracy, inclusion, accountability, transparency, and youth civic participation among the next generation of Nepal’s leaders and now has a network of 400-plus alumni across all sectors of Nepal. Photo by Punya Prajapati

Embassy welcomes Nepali youth leaders

Embassy Kathmandu’s spokesperson Andie De Arment welcomed the new cohort of the U.S Embassy Youth Council (USYC) in Nepal. The group of 55 exceptional Nepali youth leaders from across the country was selected from...
One of the 60 Gold Award Girl Scouts in attendance, takes notes during the question and answer session of Women in Leadership, Oct. 11. Photo by Candice Helton

Investing in Future Female Leaders

By Rachel Ingal and Nayab Khan The International Day of the Girl is a United Nations effort to draw the international community into a dialogue on how to empower and equip girls globally. In recognition...
Center: Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster shows appreciation for dancer Lalitha Sindhuri and accompanying musicians (from left) M. Chandrakanth, D.S.V. Sastry, V.B.S. Murali, and K.L.N. Murthy by presenting Sindhuri with flowers after her performance. Photo by Rakesh Malhotra

Celebrating 225 years of U.S.-India ties

By Rosemary Higgins Artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists, and other friends of the U.S. Embassy in India gathered at the Roosevelt House—the residence of U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster—to celebrate the 225th anniversary...

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