White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

02/16/2015



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White House to host summit on extremism

The White House on Tuesday will begin hosting a three-day summit to examine ways to counter violent extremism.

The meeting will put a special emphasis on domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists and their backers from radicalizing young people.

The conference, which has been in the works for months, comes just days after fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed 21 Egyptians and weekend terrorist attacks in Copenhagen left two people dead.

President Obama is slated to address the summit — which will include representatives from over 60 countries – during events at the White House and at the State Department.

For more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/232937-white-house-to-host-summit-on-extremism

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Department of State To Host Ministerial as Part of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 13, 2015

The White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism during the week of February 17 to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence – efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks throughout the world.

As a component of the White House Summit, the Department of State on February 19 will host ministers, senior officials from the UN – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon – and other multilateral organizations, and private sector and civil society representatives to develop an action agenda against violent extremism. This high-level event will include remarks by President Barack Obama, opening remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, and closing remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Panel sessions will feature a broad range of foreign government officials and representatives from civil society and the private sector.

For more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/02/237499.htm

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January 11, 2015

Statement from the Press Secretary on the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris.  This summit will build on the strategy the White House released in August of 2011, Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States, the first national strategy to prevent violent extremism domestically.

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts rely heavily on well-informed and resilient local communities.  Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have taken the lead in building pilot frameworks integrating a range of social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders, with law enforcement agencies to address violent extremism as part of the broader mandate of community safety and crime prevention.  The summit will highlight best practices and emerging efforts from these communities.

At the same time, our partners around the world are actively implementing programs to prevent violent extremism and foreign terrorist fighter recruitment.  The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community.

Through presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state, and federal government; community; and international efforts to better understand, identify, and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home in the United States and abroad.

For more:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/11/statement-press-secretary-white-house-summit-countering-violent-extremis

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February 17, 2015  Countering Violent Extremism Roundtable 

Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with representatives from cities working to address the spread of violent extremism

Representatives from Boston, the Twin Cities, and the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area speak about their best practices, to talk about what’s working, what’s not working, and to share ideas with one another and with some of their international counterparts.

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February 18, 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

President Obama delivers remarks at The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson delivers remarks at The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco delivers remarks at The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Attorney General Holder delivers remarks at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit

Representatives from Boston, the Twin Cities, and the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area delivers presentations on what they’ve learned to date since the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal partners launched local CVE pilot programs

Representatives from cities around the world from the private sector, from NGOs and others will discuss the way that civil society, the private sector and families can play in countering violent extremism.
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February 19, 2015 Department of State’s Countering Violent Extremism Ministerial Summit

Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks at The Summit on Countering on Countering Violent Extremism

Secretary of State Kerry hosts a meeting of representatives from 60 countries’ representatives, High Representative and Vice President of the European Union, the U.N. Secretary-General, senior officials from regional organizations, representatives from the private sector from civil society and other multinational bodies that will hold sessions focusing on:

* Economic opportunities to include expanding professional training for youth, as well as how the private sector can be engaged in a wealth of activities related to countering and preventing violent extremism.

* Weakening the legitimacy and the resonance of the brand of violent extremism, discussion of how non-violent religious issues and education can be elevated as a matter of international and local-level concern and best practices with regard to rehabilitating and reintegrating violent extremists.

* Focus on secure and resilient communities, the role of civil society, particularly youth and women preventing violent extremism, community-police relations and community-security force relations as a critical element of prevention, discussion on how to address social, economic and political marginalization and the effects of integration of minority communities.

President Obama delivers remarks at The Summit on Countering on Countering Violent Extremism

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco meets with French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve

National Security Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice deliver closing remarks of the Department of State’s Countering Violent Extremism Ministerial Summit

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we must stand united internationally and here at home. We know that military force alone cannot solve this problem. Nor can we simply take out terrorists who kill innocent civilians. We also have to confront the violent extremists — the propagandists, recruiters and enablers — who may not directly engage in terrorist acts themselves, but who radicalize, recruit and incite others to do so.

This week, we’ll take an important step forward as governments, civil society groups and community leaders from more than 60 nations gather in Washington for a global summit on countering violent extremism. Our focus will be on empowering local communities.

2/17/15 President Obama 

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White House Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection

02/12/2015

WH Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection

Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

JANUARY 29, 2015 BY 

The White House announced Tuesday that it will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on Feb. 13, convening major stakeholders to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats.

The all-day event will include senior leaders from the White House and across federal government; CEOs from a wide range of industries including financial services, technology, retail and communications companies; law enforcement officials; and consumer advocates. Stanford faculty members and students currently researching cybersecurity issues will be involved throughout the summit.

“We are honored to host this White House summit at Stanford University and are excited to play a pivotal role in convening experts from government, industry and academia,” said Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Stanford is very engaged in studying cyber-related issues, and we look forward to enhancing this work by sharing our expertise on the cybersecurity issues that are so critical for the United States, its consumers and its businesses.”

Topics at the summit will include “increasing public-private partnerships and cybersecurity information sharing, creating and promoting improved cybersecurity practices and technologies, and improving adoption and use of more secure payment technologies,” the White House said in a statement.

For more: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/january/cyber-security-summit-011415.html

“America’s economic prosperity, national security, and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet. Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property. Although the threats are serious and they constantly evolve, I believe that if we address them effectively, we can ensure that the Internet remains an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas.”

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Collaborating on Cyber Solutions

The Summit will bring together leaders from across the country who have a stake in this issue — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who specialize in this field, and students — to collaborate and explore partnerships that will help develop the best ways to bolster our cybersecurity.

From increasing cybersecurity information sharing to improving adoption of more secure payment technologies, here’s a look at the topics that panels at the Summit will address:

  • Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Cybersecurity Practices at Consumer-Oriented Businesses and Organizations
  • Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • International Law Enforcement Cooperation on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password
  • Chief Security Officers’ Perspectives: New Ideas on Technical Security

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The Five Things You Need to Know: The Administration’s Priorities on Cybersecurity

Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives — from the broadband beneath us to the wireless signals around us to the networks that power our hospitals, schools, and our nation. The Obama administration is pursuing five key priorities that will strengthen our approach to cybersecurity threats by:

  1. Protecting the country’s critical infrastructure — our most important information systems — from cyber threats.
  2. Improving our ability to identify and report cyber incidents so that we can respond in a timely manner.
  3. Engaging with international partners to promote internet freedom and build support for an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace.
  4. Securing federal networks by setting clear security targets and holding agencies accountable for meeting those targets.
  5. Shaping a cyber-savvy workforce and moving beyond passwords in partnership with the private sector.

Learn more about the Administration’s cybersecurity priorities at WhiteHouse.gov/cybersecurity

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.2/13/15 FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

2/12/15 FACT SHEET: Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

2/25/15 Presidential Memorandum — Establishment of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

2/25/15 FACT SHEET: Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center
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February 13, 2015
White House Summit of Cyber Security and Consumer Protection
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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VP Biden Travel to Belgium and Germany

02/05/2015

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Vice President Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany starting Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th. This will be the first trip to Brussels at this level for the Vice President; President Obama was in Brussels for a summit with European leaders last March.

The United States and Belgium share a close partnership. The Vice President looks forward to discussing their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda.

On Ukraine, the Vice President will discuss both the current escalation of the conflict by Russia and the need to impose additional costs on Russia for its ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and the economic reforms that Ukraine is undertaking and how the European Union and the United States, along with the international community can continue to galvanize additional financial support for Ukraine.

On energy security, the Vice President will discuss with the EU leadership, plans for diversifying fuel types, sources of energy, and transit routes to reduce the ability of any one country to use energy as a political weapon; and of course, they’ll likely consult on an ongoing negotiations around the world on climate change and our efforts in that respect, as well.

On TTIP, where negotiators are meeting this week, there will be a real opportunity for a fresh start in the negotiations. The Vice President will underscore that this agreement is really in the geostrategic interests of both the United States and Europe and the importance of our efforts to update the rules of the road globally, and set the standards for trade, in addition to bolstering growth and job creation on both (inaudible).

On terrorism, the Vice President will discuss our efforts to counter violent extremism, stem the flow in financing for foreign terrorist fighters to travel, and better share information on such individuals.

In Munich, on Saturday and Sunday of this week, the Vice President will attend the annual Munich Security Conference, where he’ll deliver remarks on European and global security challenges. The Vice President has spoken before at the Munich Security Conference, including in 2009, just after the President and the Vice President took office. And his visit will come just a day after our administration releases President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy as part of our effort to further define America’s foreign policy agenda and vision for U.S. global leadership. Accompanying Vice President Biden will be Secretary Kerry and a number of other senior U.S. officials, including a very substantial congressional delegation.

The Vice President will hold a joint meeting in a trilateral format with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. This will give the three leaders an opportunity to discuss the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and international support for Ukraine’s reform efforts, including through financial assistance.

The Vice President will also meet with the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security and in particular NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, as well as other ongoing efforts to strengthen the Alliance.

The Vice President will meet with a number of other European and international leaders including the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz; the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President Federica Mogherini, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili,  Montenegran Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, among others on the sidelines of the conference.

European Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

Feb 6 @ 15:30 T-TIP Conference 

2/6/15 Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Letter from the President — National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on the 2015 National Security Strategy

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Vice President Biden Belgium and Germany Travel Itinerary

Friday, February 6

Vice President Biden meets European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the European Parliament Conference of Presidents
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden attends a working lunch with European Council President Donald Tusk
Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Egmont Palace, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Brussels, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the U.S. Mission to NATO
U.S. Embassy Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden departs Brussels en route Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden arrives in Munich, Germany
Munich International Airport

Vice President Biden overnights in Munich, Germany

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Saturday, February 7

Vice President Biden attends the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a trilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

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Sunday, February 8

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden departs Munich en route Washington, D.C.

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Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC, German: Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz) is the largest international security policy conference and it held annually. The list of attendees includes Heads of States, Governments and International Organizations, Ministers, Members of Parliament, high-ranking representatives of Armed Forces, Science, Civil society as well as Business and Media.

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international  “strategic community.” Since its foundation in 1963 as “Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung,” the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership. In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world.

Learn more: https://www.securityconference.de/en/

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MSC FaceBook http://de-de.facebook.com/MunSecConf
MSC Twitter https://twitter.com/MunSecConf

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Munich Security Conference
February 6–8, 2015
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

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Congress do your JOB and fund the Government

02/02/2015

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“Now, today, I’m sending Congress a budget that will make sure you’ve got what you need to achieve your mission.  It gives you the resources you need to carry out your mission in a way that is smart and strategic, and makes the most of every dollar.  It’s also a broader blueprint for America’s success in this new global economy.  Because after a breakthrough year for America — at a time when our economy is growing and our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again — we’ve got some fundamental choices to make about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?  Or are we going to build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

And that was the focus of my State of the Union Address a couple weeks ago — what I called middle-class economics.  The idea that this country does best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules.

The budget that Congress now has in its hands is built on those values.  It helps working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid sick leave and childcare as the economic priorities that they are.  It gives Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, and it includes my plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students.  It lets us keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, and infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as expanded access to faster Internet and new markets for goods made in America.

It’s also a budget that recognizes that our economy flourishes when America is safe and secure.  So it invests in our IT networks, to protect them from malicious actors.  It supports our troops and strengthens our border security.  And it gives us the resources to confront global challenges, from ISIL to Russian aggression.

Now, since I took office, we have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  I’m going to repeat that, as I always do when I mention this fact, because the public oftentimes, if you ask them, thinks that the deficit has shot up.  Since I took office, we have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  That’s the fastest period of sustained deficit reduction since after the demobilization at the end of World War II.  So we can afford to make these investments while remaining fiscally responsible.  And, in fact, we cannot afford — we would be making a critical error if we avoided making these investments.  We can’t afford not to.  When the economy is doing well, we’re making investments when we’re growing.  That’s part of what keeps deficits low — because the economy is doing well.  So we’ve just got to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does.

At the end of 2013, I signed a bipartisan budget agreement that helped us end some of the arbitrary cuts known in Washington-speak as “sequestration.”  And folks here at DHS know a little too much about sequestration — (laughter) — because many of you have to deal with those cuts, and it made it a lot harder for you to do your jobs.

The 2013 agreement to reverse some of those cuts helped to boost our economic growth.  Part of the reason why we grew faster last year was we were no longer being burdened by mindless across-the-board cuts, and we were being more strategic about how we handled our federal budget.  And now we need to take the next step.  So my budget will end sequestration and fully reverse the cuts to domestic priorities in 2016.  And it will match the investments that were made domestically, dollar for dollar, with increases in our defense funding.

And just last week, top military officials told Congress that if Congress does nothing to stop sequestration, there could be serious consequences for our national security, at a time when our military is stretched on a whole range of issues.  And that’s why I want to work with Congress to replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America.  And we can do so in a way that is fiscally responsible.

I’m not going to accept a budget that locks in sequestration going forward.  It would be bad for our security and bad for our growth.  I will not accept a budget that severs the vital link between our national security and our economic security.  I know there’s some on Capitol Hill who would say, well, we’d be willing to increase defense spending but we’re not going to increase investments in infrastructure, for example, or basic research.  Well, those two things go hand in hand.  If we don’t have a vital infrastructure, if we don’t have broadband lines across the country, if we don’t have a smart grid, all that makes us more vulnerable.  America can’t afford being shortsighted, and I’m not going to allow it.

The budget I’ve sent to Congress today is fully paid for, through a combination of smart spending cuts and tax reforms.  Let me give you an example.  Right now, our tax code is full of loopholes for special interests — like the trust fund loophole that allows the wealthiest Americans to avoid paying taxes on their unearned income.  I think we should fix that and use the savings to cut taxes for middle-class families.  That would be good for our economy.”

2/2/15 Exceprts from President Obama’s 
remarks on the FY2016 Budget

Each year, after the President’s State of the Union address, the Office of Management and Budget releases the Administration’s Fiscal Year budget, offering proposals on key priorities and newly-announced initiatives. This year, we did things a little differently, from our expanded and enhanced State of the Union coverage to our interview with YouTube creators — and we wanted to do the same with the budget.

That’s why we’re releasing all of the data included in this year’s budget in an easy, machine-readable format on GitHub, a website for hosting open-source repositories. The budget process should be a reflection of our values as a country, and we think it’s important that members of the public have as many tools as possible at their disposal to review the President’s proposals — and to have an opportunity to give feedback. And, if you’re motivated to create your own visualizations or products from the data, you can do that too.

Explore the budget in a new way:

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GOP holds security hostage to immigration

February 1, 2015 By Washington Post Editorial Board

HOW FAR will Republicans in Congress take their reckless flirtation with undermining government this time?

Will they, as seems increasingly likely, fail to pass a bill that the president can sign ensuring adequate funding for the Department of Homeland Security and its 280,000 employees before the agency’s support expires Feb. 27? Are they ready to let funding lapse, secure in the knowledge that Border Patrol officers, Secret Service agents, airport security personnel and other so-called essential employees would still have to report to work — even though they would not be drawing paychecks?

A number of prominent Republican lawmakers clearly believe that denying funding to the nation’s premier organ of domestic security is no big deal, as long as the move expresses the GOP’s anger about President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gop-holds-security-hostage-to-immigration/2015/02/01/55776ae8-a8d3-11e4-a06b-9df2002b86a0_story.html

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2014 G20 Leader’s Summit – Brisbane, Australia

11/13/2014

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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://www.g20.org/about_G20

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11/15/14 FACT SHEET: The G-20 Brisbane Summit

11/15/14  G20 Leaders’ Communiqué

11/15/14 Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Leaders Meeting Joint Media Release

11/15/14 G20 Leaders’ Brisbane Statement on Ebola

11/15/14 FACT SHEET: United States Support for Global Efforts to Combat Carbon Pollution and Build Resilience

11/15/14 United States and Japan Announce $4.5 Billion in Pledges to Green Climate Fund (GCF)

11/15/14 United States and Japan Announce $4.5 Billion in Pledges to Green Climate Fund (GCF)

11/15/14 Statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

11/16/14 Russian ‘Aggression’ In Ukraine Takes Center Stage At G20

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9th G20

Nov 15-16, 2014
Brisbane, Australia

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Live Stream: https://www.g20.org/news/live_streaming

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President Obama’s Australia Travel Itinerary

Saturday, November 15th

President Obama arrives Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley
Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley

President Obama attends a G20 leaders lunch
Parliament House, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama delivers remarks
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama attends a G20 Welcome Ceremony
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama takes an official G20 family photo
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama attends a G20 reception
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 working dinner
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama attends a cultural performance
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama overnights in Brisbane

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Sunday, November 16th

President Obama holds a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 plenary session
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 plenary session
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama holds a Press Conference
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Australia

President Obama departs Brisbane en route Washington, DC.

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Pres Obama Travels to Asia: APEC CEO/Leaders Summit, EAS & U.S.-ASEAN Summit

11/08/2014

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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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APEC CEO/Leaders Summit 2014 - Beijing

APEC CEO/Leaders Summit 2014 – Beijing

APEC CEO Summit – November 10 – 11, 2014
China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

Website: http://www.apec-china.org.cn/en/

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11/10/14 FACT SHEET: Supporting American Job Growth And Strengthening Ties By Extending U.S./China Visa Validity for Tourists, Business Travelers, and Students

11/10/14 Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders’ Statement

11/10/14 FACT SHEET: The U.S.-Australia Alliance

11/10/14 Statement by the President on Net Neutrality

11/11/14 2014 APEC Leaders’ Declaration

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: 22nd Annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: APEC Efforts to Support Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Resilienc

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: APEC Leaders Commit to Protect the Environment

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: Key Infrastructure Initiatives Supporting U.S. Economic Priorities Work in the G20 and APEC

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: APEC Breaks Down Barriers to Women’s Economic Participation

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: Promoting Energy Security and Clean, Efficient, and Sustainable Energy Development in the APEC Region

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: Fulfilling Leaders’ Instructions on Quality in Higher Education

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: Leading the Fight Against Corruption and Bribery

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: APEC Leaders Agree on Actions to Promote Regional Economic Integration and Trade

11/11/14  FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

11/11/14 U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

11/11/14 FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Visit to China

11/12/14 FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations


ASEAN Myanmar 2014

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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November 12-14, 2014
East Asia Summit (EAS) and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit
Nay Pi Taw, Burma

Website: http://www.asean.org/news/asean-secretariat-news/item/asean-leaders-gather-in-myanmar-for-a-historic-summit

11/13/14 FACT SHEET: 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit

11/13/14 FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Burma

11/13/14 Opening of a Peace Corps Program in Burma

11/13/14 U.S. and India Trade Facilitation Agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

11/13/14 FACT SHEET: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in Burma

11/13/14 FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

11/13/14 Joint Statement by The The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United States of America, Japan, Denmark and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar

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President Obama’s Asia Travels Itinerary

President Obama travels to China and Burma from November 10-15.  In China from November 10-12, President Obama will attend the APEC Leaders Meeting and APEC CEO Summit.  Upon the conclusion of the APEC Leaders Meeting, the President will participate in a state visit with President Xi Jinping of China.  In Burma from November 12-14, President Obama will attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Nay Pi Taw, and hold a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein.  In Rangoon on November 14, the President will participate in a town hall event with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Monday, November 10th

President Obama arrives in Beijing

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting Indonesian President Widodo
Westin Beijing Chaoyang, Beijing, China

President Obama participates in a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Leaders Meeting
Embassy of the United States, Beijing, China

President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
Embassy of the United States, Beijing, China

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Abbott
Embassy of the United States, Beijing, China

President Obama delivers remarks at the APEC CEO/Leaders Summit
China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

President Obama arrives at the Beijing National Aquatics Center for an APEC Welcome Banquet
Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing, China

President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
Beijing National Aquatics Center

President Obama attends an APEC welcome banquet
Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing, China

President Obama overnights in Beijing

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Tuesday, November 11th

President Obama attends an official APEC summit a welcoming ceremony
International Convention Center, Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China

President Obama attends the APEC CEO Summit plenary session
International Convention Center, Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China

President Obama participates in an official APEC family photo
International Convention Center, Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China

President Obama participates in an official APEC tree planting ceremony
Friendship Lawn, Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China

President Obama attends an  APEC working lunch with leaders
International Convention Center, Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China

President Obama attends the APEC CEO Summit plenary session 2
International Convention Center, Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China

President Obama participates in a walk and talk with Chinese President Xi
Zhong Nan Hai, Beijing, China

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
Zhong Nan Hai, Beijing, China

President Obama attends a private dinner with Chinese President Xi
Zhong Nan Hai, Beijing, China

President Obama overnights in Beijing

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Wednesday, November 12th

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a additional bilateral meeting
Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver remarks and hold a press conference
Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China

President Obama attends a State Visit Welcome Ceremony with hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping
Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China

President Obama holds a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China

President Obama travels to Burma

President Obama attends the East Asia Summit (EAS) welcome ceremony
Myanmar International Convention Center, Naypyitaw, Burma

President Obama attends an East Asia (EAS) Summit Gala Dinner
Myanmar International Convention Center, Naypyitaw, Burma

President Obama overnights in Naypyitaw

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Thursday, November 13th

President Obama participates in an U.S.–ASEAN session
Myanmar International Convention Center – Naypyitaw, Burma

President Obama attends a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam
Myanmar International Convention Center, Naypyitaw, Burma

President Obama participates in a Roundtable at the Parliamentary Resource Center
Parliamentary Resource Center, Naypyitaw, Burma

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Burmese President Thein Sein
Myanmar International Convention Center, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama overnights in Naypyitaw

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Friday, November 14th

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi Residence, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama holds a press conference with Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi Residence, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama meets with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Regional Director Keri Lowry
U.S. Embassy, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama holds a civil society roundtable
U.S. Embassy, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama participates in a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative town hall meeting
Yangon University, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama departs Rangoon en route Brisbane, Australia

President Obama overnights on Air Force One

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Saturday, November 15th

President Obama travels to Brisbane, Australia for the G-20 Leaders Meeting

US – China Trade 

US – Burma Trade

US – Australia Trade

Trans-Pacific Partnership

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United Nations Day 2014

10/22/2014

In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

“UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.  More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

For more: http://www.un.org/

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October 23, 2014 Presidential Proclamation — United Nations Day, 2014

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7/8/14 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that The United Nations now recognizes the gay marriages of all its staffers


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