Vice President Biden travels to Ukraine

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Kiev June 7, 2014
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Kiev June 7, 2014

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November 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine the week of December 7th, 2015. The Vice President will meet with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, members of the Rada, and representatives of civil society organizations.

This will be Vice President Biden’s fifth trip to Ukraine since taking office in 2009.

The Vice President aims to provide a strong signal of our support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s continued military intervention and support for separatism in the Donbass.  While violence has decreased somewhat in recent months, compared to what it’s been like over the last couple of years, it’s still fairly violent along the line of contact.  And the separatists and their Russian backers are not — the obligation under the Minks Agreements to calm that conflict down.  And we can go into that in more detail if you’re interested.
 
The Vice President will also underscore that we categorically opposed and continue to oppose Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea.  The Vice President will discuss what additional economic, governance, and rule of law reforms are necessary with Ukraine — the Prime Minister and the President.  He’ll discuss Ukraine’s economic and humanitarian needs.  This is something that we’re very focused on, especially as we head into the winter, where some Ukrainians will be increasingly vulnerable to bad weather.
 
The Vice President will emphasize the need to implement recently passed anti-corruption reforms.  Ukraine has made significant strides in this regard, but there is a long history of corruption and of basically Ukraine oligarchs getting their way in the Ukrainian system.  And while the Ukrainians have made good strides, there is still much more that needs to be done.  So we’ll — undoubtedly that will be a major focus of conversation.  The Vice President will discuss more broadly the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which are meant to de-escalate hostilities between the Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government.  And in particular, the Vice President will emphasize the need for Russia and the separatists to live up to their obligations under the Minsk Agreements where they have fallen short.
 
The Vice President will discuss the broader diplomatic strategy to keep sanctions on Russia until Minsk is fully implemented, including the conversations we continue to have with our European allies on that support.  And last but not least, the Vice President will discuss continued U.S.-led training efforts to train the Ukrainian armed forces and our overall security assistance to Ukraine to make sure that they can continue to defend themselves in the face of aggression in the east.

For the entire briefing: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/02/background-press-briefing-senior-administration-officials-vice-president
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12/7/15 FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Vice President Biden departs White House enroute for Kyiv, Ukraine
Vice President Biden arrves Kyiv
Vice President Biden overnights in Kyiv

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Vice President Biden participates in a roundtable discussion with of civil society activists and reformers
Hyatt Regency Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds a bilateral meeting
House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds a working lunch
House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko deliver a joint statement
Conference Hall of the Bankova, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden meet with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Hyatt Regency Kyiv, Kyiv,  Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk holds a bilateral meeting
Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk deliver remarks
Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden overnights in Kyiv

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vice President Biden addresses the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Ukrainian Club Building, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden departs Kyiv, Ukraine en route Washington D.C.

* Support by U. S. & other G-7 members . * Support by NATO
* Support by U. S. & other G-7 members
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* Support by NATO

Vice President Biden Travels to Ukraine December 6 – 8, 2015

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2015 APEC Summit, ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

APEC Manila 2015

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world; to fears that highly industrialized Japan (a member of G8) would come to dominate economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region; and to establish new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe (where demand had been declining). APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries. APEC includes newly industrialized economies, although the agenda of free tradewas a sensitive issue for the developing NIEs at the time APEC founded, and aims to enable ASEAN economies to explore new export market opportunities for natural resources such as natural gas, as well as to seek regional economic integration (industrial integration) by means of foreign direct investment. Members account for approximately 40% of the world’s population, approximately 54% of the world’s gross domestic product and about 44% of world trade.

An annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan (which is represented by a ministerial-level official under the name Chinese Taipei as economic leader). The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies, and a famous tradition, followed for most (but not all) summits, involves the attending leaders dressing in a national costume of the host country.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia-Pacific_Economic_Cooperation

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2015 APEC Phillipines photo
World Leaders 2015 APEC Phillipines family photo REUTERS/Erik De Castro

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Tuesday, November 17th

President Obama arrives the Philippines

President Obama attends a U.S. maritime event aboard the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and delivers remarks
Manila Harbor, Manila, Philippines

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama speaks at the APEC CEO Summit
Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

President Obama overnights in Manila
Manila, Philippines

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Wednesday, November 18th

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC and Columbia
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of TPP countries
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a Pacific Alliance meeting
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance.
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

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Thursday, November 19th

President Obama attends the APEC CEO Summit plenary session on climate change
Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

President Obama attends an APEC sessions
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila, Philippines

President Obama departs the Philippines en route to Malaysia
Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, Philippines

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APEC CEO Summit
November 16 – 18, 2015

Manila, Philippines

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ASEAN Malaysia 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.

For more: http://www.asean.org/

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Friday, November 20th

President Obama arrives Kuala Lumpur
Subang Airbase, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in a town hall meeting with members of the South East Asian Leaders Initiative
Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama Speaks at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in the ASEAN welcome ceremony and family photo
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama attends a EAS gala dinner
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama Speaks at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama tours the Dignity for Children Foundation
Dignity for Children Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Saturday, November 21st

President Obama participates in a civil society roundtable
Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an U.S.–ASEAN session
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in a EAS welcome and family photo
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama attends the EAS dinner and cultural performance
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Sunday, November 22nd

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an EAS Summit meeting
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama holds a press conference
holds a press conference
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama departs Malaysia en route to the Washington DC

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ASEAN Summit / EAS Summit
November 18-22, 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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2015 G20 Leader’s Summit – Anatalya, Turkey

G20 Turkey 2015

The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. Its membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union. Each G20 president invites several guest countries each year.

G20 leaders meet annually. In addition, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet regularly during the year to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy, reform international financial institutions, improve financial regulation and implement the key economic reforms that are needed in each member economy. Underpinning these meetings is a year-long program of meetings among senior officials and of working groups coordinating policy on specific issues.

The G20 started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis. In 2008, the first G20 Leaders’ Summit was held, and the group played a key role in responding to the global financial crisis. Its decisive and coordinated actions boosted consumer and business confidence and supported the first stages of economic recovery. G20 leaders have met eight times since 2008.

The G20 is an apt model for global cooperation in today’s world. Its response to the global financial crisis is a testament to the impact G20 members can make when working together. The G20 introduced trillions of dollars in fiscal stimulus packages worldwide, which saved or created millions of jobs that would otherwise have been destroyed. It also put in place measures to limit the collapse of financial markets and helped maintain consumer and business confidence.

For more: https://g20.org/about-g20/

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G20 Turkey - family photo

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Sunday, November 15th

President Obama arrives in Turkey
Antalya International Airport

President Obama and Turkey President Erdogan hold a bilateral meeting
Regnum Carya Resort, Istanbul, Turkey

President Obama attends a G20 Welcome Ceremony
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatalya, Turkey

President Obama takes an official G20 family photo
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatalya, Turkey

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders working lunch session on development and climate change
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatolia, Turkey

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders session on global economy focusing on growth strategies and employment
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatolia, Turkey

President Obama participates in a G20 working dinner
Regnum Carya Resort, Antalya, Turkey

President Obama overnights in Anatalya
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatalya, Turkey

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Monday, November 16th

President Obama participates in a G20 session on resilience in financial institutions, international tax, anti-orruption and IMF reform
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatolia, Turkey

President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch on trade, energy and the adoption of the communiquė
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatolia, Turkey

President Obama holds bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatolia, Turkey

President Obama holds a Press Conference
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatolia, Turkey

President Obama departs Turkey en route to the Philippines

10th G20

November 15 – 16, 2015
Regnum Carya Resort, Anatalya, Turkey

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G20 Twitter
G20 Instagram
G20 YouTube

Live Stream:

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Jean Jullien - Peace for Paris
Jean Jullien – Peace for Paris

FLOTUS Travels to Qatar & Jordan

November 1-7, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama visits Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan
November 1-7, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama visits Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops in Doha and Amman; the First Lady will also visit US military service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base as part of the Joining Forces initiative

As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady will visit Doha, Qatar and Amman, Jordan from November 1-7, 2015.

In Doha, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), addressing an audience of education leaders from the region and around the world about global girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative.  Since 2009, WISE has brought together leaders annually to explore concrete steps to improve education worldwide.

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will also visit service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base.

For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/first-lady-michelle-obama-travel-state-qatar-and-hashemite-kingdom

FLOTUS @ WISE15

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travel Itinerary

Doha, Qatar 

First Lady Michelle Obama visits service members stationed at Al Udeid Air Base
Doha, Qatar

First Lady, Michelle Obama visits HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
The Diwan, Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Roundtable
Doha, Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Doha, Qatar

Amman, Jordan (First Lady Michelle Obama headed home from the Middle East two days early after being grounded by 36 hours by a brutal sandstorm)

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official meetings
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits a school constructed with USAID funding and technical support
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with adolescent girls attending the school
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks and commends Jordan for its generosity and commitment to educating all children living within its ‎borders.
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with Embassy staff
Amman, Jordan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the historical and archaeological city of Petra that is famous for its rock-cut architecture
Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

http://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn
http://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn

Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. In support of the effort, USAID also announced over $230 million for new programs to support education around the world.  Then, even if they can reach a school, they may not have the trained teachers, adequate materials, or support they need to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Recent events in Nigeria focused the world’s concern on their plight. It’s time to Let Girls Learn.

Let Girls Learn is an effort by the United States Government to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. It is led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. Government Agency working to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. In support of the effort, USAID also announced $231.6 million for new programs to support primary and secondary education and safe learning in Nigeria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Jordan, as well as support for Guatemala’s ongoing, successful efforts to improve quality of education for under-served populations.

WHY LET GIRLS LEARN?

When girls are educated, their families are healthier and they have more opportunities to generate income in adulthood. An educated girl has a ripple effect:

On Her Family:

  • One more year of education increases a woman’s income by up to 25 percent.
  • A girl who has a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
  • Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5.

On Society:

  • If all women in sub-Saharan Africa had a secondary education, 1.8 million lives would be saved each year.
  • Simulations using data from women farmers in Kenya suggest that crop yields could increase by 25 percent if all that country’s girls attended primary school.
  • After looking at 100 countries, the World Bank found that increasing the share of women with a secondary education by 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percentage points.
  • Countries where women hold more than 30 percent of seats in political bodies are more inclusive, egalitarian and democratic.

ACT

Learn what organizations around the world are doing
to help girls learn and how you can help .

LEARN

An educated girl has a ripple effect. Explore how giving a girl the tools to learn can
impact families, communities, and the world – for generations.

SHARE

Tell us about the creative and inspiring ways you are working to help educate

girls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: #LetGirlsLearn.

Let Girls Learn Peace Corps initiative

Let Girls Learn: Fact Sheet 

WhiteHouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn

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8/26/14 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Record for Women and Girls

11/13/14 Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color

1/16/15 Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

White House Council on Women and Girls

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November 1-7, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama
Travel to the State of Qatar and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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White House State Dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping

December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai'i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
Great Seal of the United States
Great Seal of the United States
Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawai'i
Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawai’i

From the Archives: State Dinners at the White House

King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on December 12, 1874 by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.  In the years that have followed, State Dinners have come to signify the utmost respect for visiting heads of state.  Each State Dinner is an historic event with the power to cement friendships with allies and foster cooperation with warming relations.

Months of meticulous planning go into a State Dinner and thorough research is conducted to celebrate the guest of honor’s country, culture, and favored preferences.  Hallmarks of American culture are also chosen, often by the First Lady.  Together, these considerations are translated into details both large and small, including invitations, menus, guest lists, and entertainment.  The results can be a form of diplomatic dialogue between the host and guest cultures.

For more: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/index.php?s=%27state+dinner%27

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List of White House State Dinners given by President Barack Obama:

Nov 24, 2009 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
May 19, 2010 Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Jan 19, 2011 Chinese President Hu Jintao
Jun 7, 2011 German President Angela Merkel
Mar 14, 2012 United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Feb 11, 2014 French President François Hollande
Apr 28, 2015 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Sep 25, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping

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September 15, 2015
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

President Obama will host Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House for an official State Visit on September 25, 2015. This reciprocates President Obama’s State Visit to China in November 2014.

President Xi’s visit will present an opportunity to expand U.S.-China cooperation on a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest, while also enabling President Obama and President Xi to address areas of disagreement constructively.

The President and Mrs. Obama will host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at an official State Dinner on the evening of September 25

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Chinese State Dinner

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Thursday, September 25, 2015

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi Sa and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House
South Lawn

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a press conference
Rose Garden

First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan accompanied by students from The Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Washington D.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan delivers remarks
Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C.

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver toasts at the State Dinner
East Room

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan
State Dining Room

Friday, September 25, 2015
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
host a State Dinner for
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan
White House

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House for a State Dinner, North Portico, White House
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House for a State Dinner, North Portico, White House

#XiUSAVisit

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Pres. Obama & First Lady Michelle welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis

First Lady Michelle, His Holiness Pope Francis and Pres Obama
First Lady Michelle, His Holiness Pope Francis and Pres Obama

March 26, 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope.

For more: http://go.wh.gov/PopeVisit

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June 18, 2015

Statement by the President on Pope Francis’s Encyclical

I welcome His Holiness Pope Francis’s encyclical, and deeply admire the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action on global climate change.

As Pope Francis so eloquently stated this morning, we have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children’s children, from the damaging impacts of climate change. I believe the United States must be a leader in this effort, which is why I am committed to taking bold actions at home and abroad to cut carbon pollution, to increase clean energy and energy efficiency, to build resilience in vulnerable communities, and to encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We must also protect the world’s poor, who have done the least to contribute to this looming crisis and stand to lose the most if we fail to avert it.

I look forward to discussing these issues with Pope Francis when he visits the White House in September. And as we prepare for global climate negotiations in Paris this December, it is my hope that all world leaders–and all God’s children–will reflect on Pope Francis’s call to come together to care for our common home.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/18/statement-president-pope-francis’s-encyclical

Pope Francis on politics

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His Holiness Pope Francis in the USA

September 22, 2015

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr Biden welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis, Joint Base Andrews, Washington DC

September 23, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis speaks with the U.S. Bishops, St. Matthew’s Cathedral Washington, D.C.

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr Biden welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House, South Lawn

 President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis holds a bilateral meeting, Rose Garden, Washington, DC

 President Obama and His Holiness Pope Francis tour the Ellipse and parts of the National Mall, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis holds mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

September 24, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis holds Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops, Saint Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis visits St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, DC

His Holiness Pope Francis has lunch with  200 people who are homeless or living in poverty, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Washington DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis visits St. Patrick’s Catholic Church  and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, DC

 His Holiness Pope Francis holds evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY

September 25, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis addresses the United Nations, New York, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis attends an interfaith service at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York City, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis rides in the Papal motorcade through Central Park, NY

His Holiness Pope Francis holds mass in Madison Square Garden,  New York, NY

September 26, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis holds mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis addresses the crowd, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis attends The Festival of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

September 27, 2015

His Holiness Pope Francis meets with international bishops, St. Martin’s Chapel, Philadelphia, PA

 His Holiness Pope Francis visits prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis holds a Papal Mass at World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

His Holiness Pope Francis visits with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families at Atlantic Aviation,  Philadelphia, PA

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#PopeInDC

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International Day of Peace 2015

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The UN invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

To learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

#PeaceDay