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Office Of The Historian, Bureau Of Public Affairs Release Of Foreign Relations Of The United States, 1917-1972, Volume VI, Public Diplomacy, 1961-1963

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

This volume documents the public diplomacy efforts of the John F. Kennedy administration. A major emphasis of the volume is the role the United States Information Agency (USIA), led by Edward R. Murrow during this period, played in presenting U.S. foreign policy objectives to the world during a time of social change within the United States. The volume illustrates how USIA and the Department of State pursued public diplomacy against the backdrop of crises, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the construction of the Berlin Wall, Laos, Vietnam, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Additional documentation chronicles the Kennedy administration’s attempts to develop a national cultural policy, the importance of overseas polling, and the Department of State’s educational exchange activities.

This volume was compiled and edited by Kristin L. Ahlberg and Charles V. Hawley. The volume and this press release are available exclusively on the Office of the Historian website at https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1917-72PubDipv06. For further information, contact history@state.gov.

U.S. And China Satellite Cooperation Means Better Service For Civilian GPS Users

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States and China have negotiated compatible signal characteristics that will both protect and enhance service for users of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and the equivalent Chinese system. The achievement resulted from several years of discussions between U.S. and Chinese experts in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). The consensus to make the systems compatible and interoperable at the user level will mean better service for users of both systems worldwide.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Office of Space and Advanced Technology represents the United States in the ongoing U.S.-China GNSS Cooperation Dialogue, which began in May 2014 and covers various topics. Compatibility of the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) with GPS has been a core focus of the discussions. The U.S.-China Joint Statement on signal compatibility and interoperability can be seen here: https://www.gps.gov/policy/cooperation/china/2017-joint-statement/

For further information, contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov. Follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at @StateDeptOES.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber Attends The United Nations Environmental Assembly

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, December 4–6, to represent the United States at the third meeting of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-3). The gathering will focus on ways governments, international organizations, and the private sector can work together toward reducing pollution globally. The U.S. delegation will promote U.S. leadership on pollution control and monitoring, and support private sector engagement and innovation within UNEA.

While in Nairobi, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber will engage with youth at an event that will highlight space cooperation, earth observation science, and how travels in space have improved our understanding of environmental challenges and the vulnerability of our planet.

Additionally, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Garber will join the Annual Network of Women Ministers breakfast to discuss the critical role of women in environmental policy decisions, and she will contribute to the UNEA-3 Leadership Dialogue on Practical Solutions for a Pollution-Free Planet.

For further information, contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov. Follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at @StateDeptOES.

Global Engagement In Mexico To Make Drug Abuse Treatment And Prevention More Effective

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

This week, over 2,500 global experts are gathering in Mexico to discuss cutting edge techniques to reduce demand for illegal drugs and improve treatment. Doctors, scientists, academics, policymakers, drug treatment practitioners, and officials from over 65 countries – in addition to the United Nations, Organization of American States, World Health Organization, and other international organizations – will consider best practices and the latest methods to prevent drug abuse and treat users.

Leading the U.S. delegation is Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary James Walsh, of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), who will offer remarks alongside officials including Mexico’s Minister of Health on December 6. Walsh will also meet with Chinese officials at the event to follow up on President Trump’s recent important advances in deepening U.S.-China cooperation on countering the use of, and trade in, dangerous synthetic drugs.

During the week-long event in Mexico, the world’s top researchers in the field of addiction science will train practitioners, share findings, and develop and approve curricula – all with the goal of bringing scientifically-validated research to bear in the fight against substance use disorders. As recent addiction science has shown that these treatment practices work, U.S. policy to disseminate the most advanced and effective research worldwide is a crucial element in reducing drug use globally.

This global gathering represents the third annual workshop of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP), an international NGO, held concurrently with the Government of Mexico’s 19th International Congress on Addictions.

For more information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov or follow INL on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StateINL and Twitter via @StateINL.