Imperial Valley News
Bogota, Colombia - On April 21 and 22, the Government of the United States and the Government of Colombia co-hosted the Annual Plenary Meeting of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPs Initiative) in Bogota, Colombia. This was the first plenary hosted in a country where the VPs are being implemented, offering a unique opportunity to focus on challenges and opportunities related to implementation, and enhancing our ability to show Latin American countries and other regional stakeholders what can be accomplished through the VPs process. At the meeting, Argentina announced its intent to join the VPs Initiative.
Washington, DC - On behalf of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is soliciting public input for recommendations for this year’s Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). Now in its 17th year, the ACE honors U.S. companies demonstrating leadership in their overseas operations, specifically recognizing U.S. firms that uphold the highest standards of responsible business conduct, and whose operational practices and decision-making exemplify American values and international best practices.
Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 129 projects totaling $16 million for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). SWEEP projects will result in on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and water savings.
Great Lakes - Gameplay begins today for the new interactive Recruit Reboot war game that evaluates the most effective training practices at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp.
Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State launched its fifth annual “Free the Press” campaign today as part of its efforts to mark the importance of a free and independent media in the days leading up to World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
Washington, DC - Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Stengel, will travel to Kuwait City, Kuwait on April 24 where he will lead a meeting of the Countering-ISIL Coalition Messaging Working Group. He will also join Coalition partners to explore new initiatives aimed at developing and coordinating a global anti-Da’esh messaging strategy.