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Global Peace Operations Initiative

Washington, DC - The Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) is a U.S. Government-funded security assistance program working to meet the growing global demand for specially trained personnel to conduct international peace operations by building the capabilities of U.S. partner countries to train and sustain peacekeepers; increasing the number of capable military troops and police units available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of peacekeepers.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Steps Forward as a Contributor to International Peacekeeping, in Partnership with the Global Peace Operations Initiative

Washington, DC - The United States congratulates Bosnia and Herzegovina for becoming the first European partner in the U.S. Department of State-led Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) to achieve the significant milestone of Full Training Capability, establishing the country’s certified self-sufficiency to train peacekeeping personnel for UN and regional peace operations.

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TechWomen 2014: Creating a Network of Female Innovators in the Middle East and Africa

Washington, DC - As part of the U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen exchange program, companies in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley will host 78 women from the Middle East and Africa from September 30 - November 5. The TechWomen program supports the United States’ global commitment to provide women the access and opportunities needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and build a network of mentors in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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U.S. Pledges $83 million Additional Emergency Assistance for the People of South Sudan

Washington, DC - Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. The additional funding was announced at the annual meeting of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ governing Executive Committee in Geneva.

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United States Congratulates President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Today we congratulate President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on this historic inauguration. I have known both of them for many years, and they are both patriots committed to the success of their country. Never has that been more evident than in the spirit of cooperation and partnership that united them in establishing a government of national unity to fulfill Afghan aspirations for peace, prosperity and stability.

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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Ashraf Ghani, President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Ashraf Ghani, President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on September 29, 2014.

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Fifth Anniversary of Massacre at Pro-Democracy Rally in Guinea

Washington, DC - Today marks the fifth anniversary of the 2009 massacre in Conakry, Guinea, when security forces killed more than 150 people, injured thousands more, and publicly raped more than 100 women at a pro-democracy rally. The victims were simply exercising their fundamental freedom to assemble and to protest a repressive military regime that had stifled democratic reform and perpetrated human rights violations and other crimes with impunity.

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Ongoing Aggression Against the Government of Yemen

Washington, DC - The United States condemns ongoing hostile and aggressive actions against the Yemeni government and political targets and calls for all parties to implement all aspects of the Peace and National Partnership agreement, in particular the turning over of all medium and heavy weapons to the State.

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