U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar visited the Ford Motor Company plant in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico, May 16. Salazar’s visit highlighted the benefits of U.S. companies working in Mexico and underscored the strong ties between the U.S. and Mexican economies. “We celebrate Ford’s efforts to strengthen supply chains with...
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of May, chairs the Security Council meeting on technology and security under maintenance of international peace and security.
The United States used its rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) in May to shine a spotlight on two priority issues: conflict-driven food insecurity and the use of digital technologies in the maintenance of international peace and security. The New York Mission welcomed Secretary of State Antony...
Prior to her retirement, then-Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (third from left) visited the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, May 23. The visit was part of her first overseas trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Perez listened to...
Ambassador Laura Dogu (right) and Honduras Foreign Minister Enrique Reina (left) commemorated the topping out—a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction—of the new U.S. embassy campus in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 27. This ceremony marked the symbolic...
Sandra F. Sheskin, featured on the cover of the July 1962 issue of the Department of State Newsletter (later State Magazine), impresses the Great Seal of the United States on a presidential commission. The Great Seal, which celebrated its 240th anniversary as a symbol of the nation’s sovereignty, June...
Winners, honorable mentions, and nominees of the inaugural Data for Diplomacy Awards came from more than 40 Department of State bureaus and posts across the globe. Image courtesy of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions
By Matthew Graviss The Department of State’s first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) was a paradigm shift toward a data-driven culture, and the strategy implementation phase began in October 2021. Since then, multifaceted efforts to leverage data as a critical instrument of diplomacy have been moving ahead swiftly. The Department’s Office...
Under Secretary for Management John Bass (center) and other Department of State leaders gather with Greening Diplomacy Initiative award winners, April 21. Photo by Robert Stewart
By Peter Brukx At an event celebrating Earth Day, April 21, Under Secretary of State for Management and the Department of State’s Chief Sustainability Officer John Bass announced the winners of the Department’s 2022 Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards. These awards help identify best practices from around the world that...
The American Citizen Welcome Center was set up at the SPA Gloria Hotel in Przemysl, Poland. Photo by Adam Brock
By Michele Giovia In the early hours of Feb. 24, 2022, Mission Poland’s American Citizen Welcome Center in the southeastern border town of Przemyśl received its first visitors—a family who had fled Ukraine as news of Russia’s invasion earlier that day spread. Staff sprang into action, helping the family locate...
Ambassador Larry André Jr. (right center) provides closing remarks at the Somali National Weapons and Ammunition Management Coordination Meeting in Mogadishu, March 20. Photo courtesy of the Somali Office of National Security
By Oznur Alturk Embassy Mogadishu’s interagency participation in Somalia’s National Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) Coordination Meeting reiterated the U.S. government’s strong commitment to increasing security and assisting the Somali government with peacebuilding efforts to save lives. Effective weapons and ammunition management is an essential component of these efforts. Organized by...
From Left: Rebecca Nieves, certified physician assistant at the Kampala Health Unit (HU), Dr. Amy Boore, program director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda Division of Global Health Protection; Dr. Marek Ma of the Kampala HU; Dr. Julie Harris, CDC resident advisor for the Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program in Kampala; Thomas Nsibambi, CDC Uganda Laboratory Systems and Policy Team lead; and Dr. Jennifer Galbraith, sustainability advisor for CDC Uganda. Photo courtesy of Embassy Kampala
By Marek Ma, Julie R. Harris, and Amy L. Boore Results from an Embassy Kampala investigation into COVID-19 breakthrough infections at post were published in the June volume of the scientific journal, “Emerging Infectious Diseases.” The research from Kampala showed the surprisingly high rate of COVID-19 breakthrough infections as well...