Washington, DC - The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary of Defense are co-hosting annual Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Worldwide Consultations at the State Department on June 11–15, 2018. Participants from the Department of State, Department of Defense, other key U.S. government organizations, and the United Nations are discussing the evolving nature of peacekeeping; ways to strengthen performance and operational readiness of peacekeeping units; and efforts to address sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Participants will also review ongoing GPOI activities, share implementers’ best practices, and discuss program priorities for the years ahead.

Washington, DC - In early 2018, Cape Town, South Africa, became the first major city to come face-to-face with something unthinkable in the modern world: It nearly ran out of fresh, drinkable water. Around the world, aquifers that took millions of years to fill are being emptied as populations increase and new cities emerge. Changing weather patterns are drying out regions that have never had to struggle with water security. While heavy rains temporarily delayed the emergency in South Africa, the time when many parts of the world will no longer have adequate stores of drinkable water to sustain their populations, ominously referred to as “Day Zero,” may be coming sooner than we think.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 3,633 checks totaling more than $969,000 to people who lost money to a deceptive telemarketing scheme that promoted business coaching services to people who wanted to start internet businesses.

Washington, DC - We’re living in a time of unparalleled scientific advancement. Innovative medical treatments continue to be developed at an astonishing pace and are delivering increasingly targeted and meaningful benefits. More patients have more opportunities to benefit their health. But to realize the potential of these scientific advances, American patients must be able to gain access to these innovations. That means they must be able to afford the resulting medicines. And the rising list prices of drugs can create an obstacle to access. This is especially true for patients who find themselves underinsured or uninsured for medicines.

Washington, DC - The increase in serious antimicrobial drug resistant infections is a critical public health concern and a growing threat to patients. According to our colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S. at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

Sentosa Island, Singapore - President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.