President Obama’s Travel to Asia

04/21/2014

PBO Asia Trip Spring 2014

February 12, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April The President will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

In Japan, the President will meet with Prime Minister Abe to highlight the historic steps the United States and Japan are taking to modernize our 54-year alliance, deepen our economic ties, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and expand our cooperation on a range of diplomatic challenges in Asia and globally.

The President will then travel to the Republic of Korea, where he will meet with President Park to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to a strong alliance, review recent developments in North Korea and our combined efforts to promote denuclearization, and discuss our ongoing implementation of the Korea-United States FTA.

In Malaysia, the President will meet with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to showcase the substantial progress made in deepening our diplomatic, economic, and defense ties with such an important partner in Southeast Asia.

The President will then travel to the Philippines, the fifth Asian treaty ally he will have visited during his presidency. He will meet with President Aquino to highlight our economic and security cooperation, including through the modernization of our defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and through our deep and enduring people-to-people ties.

U.S.-Japan Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/japan-korea-apec/japan

U.S.-S. Korea Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/japan-korea-apec/korea

U.S.- Malaysia Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/southeast-asia-pacific/malaysia

U.S.- Phillipine Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/southeast-asia-pacific/philippines

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President Obama’s Asia Travel Itinerary

Japan

April 23

President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan

President  Obama has a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe
Sukibayashi Jiro, Tokyo, Japan

President  Obama overnights in Japan

April 24

President Obama is welcomed in a official arrival ceremony
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama Inspects the Guard of Honor
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama holds a state call with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting
Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
Akasaka Palace,  Tokyo, Japan

President Obama tours the Miraikan Science Expo
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo, a youth and science event with students
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama visits the Meiji Shrine
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama host a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss SelectUSA and KORUS, our free trade agreement
Tokyo, Japan

President Obama arrives to the Imperial Palace
Tokyo, Japan

President Obama participates in a receiving line with guests
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Imperial Family hosts a State dinner for President Obama
Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

President Obama overnights in Tokyo, Japan

April 25

President Obama meets with employees and family members U.S. Embassy to Japan
Tokyo, Japan

President Obama travels to The Republic of Korea

South Korea

April 25

President Obama arrives in The Republic of Korea

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony  to honor fallen soldiers
National War Memorial, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace
Seoul, South Korea

President Obama delivers remarks at Naturalization Ceremony for Servicemembers
The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a bilateral meeting
Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama delivers remarks with President Park of the Republic of Korea on the return of cultural artifacts
Blue House, Seoul, Republic of Korea

President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a joint press conference
Blue House, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea hold a working dinner
Seoul, South Korea

President Obama overnights in Seoul, South Korea

April 26

President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
Seoul, South Korea

President Obama is briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama visits US troops and their families
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama deliver remarks to US service members and US embassy staff
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea

President Obama travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia

April 26

President Obama arrives in  Malaysia

Malaysian King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia hosts a State dinner for Presidnet Obama
Istana Negara Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama overnights in Malaysia

April 27

President Obama visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a bilateral meeting Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a working lunch Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib hold a joint press conference Malaysian
Prime Minister’s Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister participates in an event Malaysian
Global Innovation and Creativity Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama overnights in Malaysia

April 28

President Obama participates in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama travels to the Philippines

Philippines

April 28

President Obama arrives in the Philippines

President Obama participates in the official arrival ceremony held by President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in the guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a expanded bilateral meeting with Philippines President Akino
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama and Philippines President Akino hold a joint press conference
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
Hotel Sofitel, Manila, Philippines

Philippines President Akino hosts a state dinner for President Obama
Malacanang Palace, Manila, Philippines

President Obama overnights in the Philippines

April 29

President Obama views the Comet, a new electric vehicle
Manila, Philippines

President Obama delivers remarks to US and Filipino service memebers and veterans
Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

President Obama departs the Philippines for the White House

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Pres Obama’s European Travel: NS Summit, EU-US Summit & NATO

03/22/2014

2014 Nuclear Security Summit The Netherlands, the organising country, will focus on the following achievable and visible goals:

  1. Optimal security for and, if at all possible, a reduction in the use of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.
  2. Ratification of the amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material by more countries to ensure that the amendment enters into force as soon as possible.
  3. More frequent reviews of state security structures by IAEA advisory missions.
  4. National registration and protection of highly radioactive sources (e.g. medical equipment).
  5. Greater role for industry in nuclear security, to enhance the security culture and existing regulations.States should provide information to their own people and the international community to demonstrate that they are taking appropriate measures to maintain the security of their nuclear material and facilities.
  6. These confidence-building measures will increase trust in the international protection system.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Nuclear_Security_Summit http://youtu.be/IA-iJtNNir0

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2014 NSS Family Photo

2014 Nuclear Security Summit
24-25 March 2014
World Forum Convention Center The Hague, Netherlands

Website: https://www.nss2014.com

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President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

March 24, Monday

President Obama arrives in the Hague, Netherlands

President Obama meets with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte
Amsterdam, Netherlands

President Obama tours the Rijksmuseum with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

President Obama and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte hold a bilateral meeting
U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte deliver remarks
U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama attends opening Nuclear Security Summit sessions
World Forum Convention Center , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama attends first plenary Nuclear Security Summit sessions
World Forum Convention Center , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama attends Nuclear Security Summit scenario-based policy seasons
World Forum Convention Center , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama attends a G-7 meeting
Dutch Prime Minister Rutte’s residence, Catshuis, The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama meets with Dutch King Willem-Alexander
Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

President Obama participates in a family photo
Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

President Obama and Dutch King Willem-Alexander hold a working dinner
Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 25, Tuesday

President Obama meets with Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev
U.S. Ambassador’s residence, The Netherlands

President Obama holds a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama attends plenary Nuclear Security Summit sessions
World Forum Convention Center , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama attends additional Nuclear Security Summit sessions
World Forum Convention Center , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama speaks at the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit 
World Forum Convention Center , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan hold a bilateral meeting
United States Ambassador’s residence, The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe hold a trilateral meeting
United States Ambassador’s residence , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama meets with U.S. Embassy members
United States Ambassador’s residence , The Hague, Netherlands

President Obama travels to Brussels, Belgium

March 26, Wednesday

President Obama meets with Belgian King King Philippe and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo
Flanders Fields Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama attends a wreath laying
Flanders Fields Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama tours battlefield
Flanders Fields Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium

President delivers remarks
Flanders Fields Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama attends the US-EU Summit
Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama meets with European Commission Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy – US-EU Summit
Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama attends a US-EU Summit working lunch
Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama, European Commission Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy hold a press conference – EU-US Summit
Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama meets with employees and family members of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Belgium
The Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
The Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama in Address to European Youth
The Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) aka Paleis voor Schone Kunsten (PSK) The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama departs for Rome

March 27, Thursday

President Obama meets with His Holiness Pope Francis
The Holy See Vatican City, Italy

President Obama meets with Cardinal Secretary of State Parolin
The Holy See, Vatican City, Italy

President Obama participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy
Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy

President Obama participates in a extended bilateral meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy

President Obama and Italian President Napolitano hold a working lunch
Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy

President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy participates in a bilateral meeting
Villa Madama, Rome, Italy

President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi hold a press conference
Villa Madama, Rome, Italy

President Obama tours the Colossum
Rome, Italy

President Obama meets with members of The Holy See,The Holy See, and the UN Agencies in Rome
U.S. Ambassador’s residence, Rome, Italy

March 28, Friday

President Obama and His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of His Majesty hold a bilateral meeting
Rawdat Khuraim,  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama spends the night
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

March 29, Saturday

President Obama Presents to Dr. Maha Al Muneef the State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama departs Saudi Arabia for the White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travels To China

03/18/2014

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Michelle Obama is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama. She was born on January 17, 1964 under the Chinese horoscope of the Rabbit 兔 癸 卯 on the South Side of Chicago. She attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters will travel to China and she’s inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.

During her trip to China, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

First Lady Michelle will meet with Madame Peng, the spouse of China’s President Xi Jinping. She will  visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu as well as visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture — emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

First Lady Michelle Obama is inviting young people across America to join her. During her trip, Mrs. Obama will meet with students at the Stanford Center at Peking University, Beijing Normal School and Chengdu No. 7 High School to discuss the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries. She’ll also visit historical and cultural sites, from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors, and will be sharing it all with you!

Here’s how people in the U.S. — and around the world — can participate and follow along:

  • The First Lady’s travel journal: Each day, the First Lady will post a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos (and you can sign up to get the latest entries delivered to your inbox).
  • First Lady Michelle Obama’s  “100,000 Strong” China Study Abroad Initiative  (2011 Video here)
  • Ask the First Lady: In the weeks leading up to the trip, hundreds of young people submitted questions for the First Lady. During the visit, Mrs. Obama will record video responses and engage directly with young people on social media. Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinChina to discuss the trip and ask questions on Twitter or Instagram.
  • Read all of the First Lady’s posts at WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip.
  • Follow on social media: You can follow along through the First Lady’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

More ways to engage online:

  • “Exchange for a Day” with Discovery Education: From Peking University in Beijing, the First Lady will answer questions submitted by classrooms around the country, as part of Discovery Education and the White House’s “Of the People” webinar series. Jeff Wood, an American student from D.C. who is currently studying abroad in China, will pose questions to the First Lady on behalf of Discovery Education’s online audience. You can ask questions and watch the event on Tuesday, March 25th at 1:30 p.m. ET.
  • PBS Global Learning and Diplomacy Collection: As part of a new collection of resources, students and classrooms around the U.S. can access educational resources and collections about the history and culture of China. Leading up to the visit, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen participated in a special webinar to answer questions from young people about the trip and China’s rich history and culture.
  • CNN iReport Assignment: iReporters in the U.S. and around the world have submitted questions for the First Lady about study abroad. Stay tuned to watch Mrs. Obama answer questions from Beijing.
  • Q&A with Youth in China: The U.S. Embassy has invited their social media followers on Chinese microblogging websites Sina and QQ Weibo to post questions for the First Lady. While in China, Mrs. Obama will answer questions about her visit. The First Lady’s responses will be posted in Mandarin on the Embassy’s social media platforms.

US – China Trade

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s China Itinerary

Beijing, China

March 20

  • First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Beijing

March 21

March 22

  • First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to students at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Speaking to an audience of American students studying abroad at Peking University and Chinese students who have studied abroad in the United States, Mrs. Obama will discuss the importance of study abroad and other cultural exchanges as well as the stake our two countries have in one another’s success.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a virtual discussion with American youth. During the conversation, Mrs. Obama will highlight the role of technology in enabling students in the United States to connect and collaborate with students around the world.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Summer Palace.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama meets with staff and families of the United States Embassy in Beijing.

March 23

  • First Lady Michelle Obama hosts an education roundtable.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Great Wall of China.

Xi’an, China

March 24

Chengdu, China

March 25

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits Chengdu No. 7 High School. During remarks to students, Mrs. Obama will highlight the importance of education in her own life and in the lives of students in both the United States and China.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama meets with staff and families of the United States Consulate in Chengdu.

March 26

  • First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Chengdu Panda Base. The Chengdu Panda Base is currently home to approximately 50 pandas, ranging in age from infancy to full-grown adults. Chinese scientists spend their days working to increase the panda population through research, conservation, and breeding.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama departs Chengdu and returns to Washington D.C.

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The World Supports Ukraine’s Freedom

03/15/2014

March 12, 2014

Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law.  We call on the Russian Federation to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea regarding its status, in direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine.

Any such referendum would have no legal effect.  Given the lack of adequate preparation and the intimidating presence of Russian troops, it would also be a deeply flawed process which would have no moral force.  For all these reasons, we would not recognize the outcome.

Russian annexation of Crimea would be a clear violation of the United Nations Charter; Russia’s commitments under the Helsinki Final Act; its obligations to Ukraine under its 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership; the Russia-Ukraine 1997 basing agreement; and its commitments in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994.  In addition to its impact on the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea could have grave implications for the legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states.  Should the Russian Federation take such a step, we will take further action, individually and collectively.

We call on the Russian Federation to de-escalate the conflict in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine immediately, withdraw its forces back to their pre-crisis numbers and garrisons, begin direct discussions with the Government of Ukraine, and avail itself of international mediation and observation offers to address any legitimate concerns it may have.  We, the leaders of the G-7, urge Russia to join us in working together through diplomatic processes to resolve the current crisis and support progress for a sovereign independent, inclusive and united Ukraine.  We also remind the Russian Federation of our decision to suspend participation in any activities related to preparation of a G-8 Sochi meeting  until it changes course and the environment comes back to where the G-8 is able to have a meaningful discussion.

Situation in Ukraine

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A chronology of events taken by the United States and the other members of the G-7

A chronology of events taken by NATO


#UnitedForUkraine

Vice President Biden to Travel to Poland and Lithuania

Vice President Biden travels to Poland and Lithuania next week, March 17-19th, to meet with regional partners to discuss events in Ukraine and other regional issues. In Warsaw and Vilnius, the Vice President will meet with the Polish President Komorowski and Prime Minister Tusk and Estonian President Ilves, Latvian President Bērziņš, and Lithuanian President Grybauskaitė.

During his meetings, the Vice President will consult on steps to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and affirm our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for all of our allies and partners in Europe.

VP Biden Warsaw

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014

03/13/2014

WH_St_Patricks_Day_Fountain The United States and Ireland share a strong bilateral relationship; deep cultural, historic, and people-to-people bonds; and a shared commitment to advancing peace, security, and prosperity in the world.

March 14

President Obama welcomes Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny to the White House.

Vice President Biden hosts the Taoiseach for breakfast at the Naval Observatory

President Obama meets with the Taoiseach in the Oval Office

President Obama and Vice President Biden attends the traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol

Vice President Biden meets with First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Northern Ireland

President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts a reception to celebrate their sixth St. Patrick’s Day at the White House.

President Obama and the Taoiseach participates in the annual Shamrock ceremony started under President Truman.

lá sona naomh Pádraig

Shamrock

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 

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North American Leaders’ Summit 2014

02/16/2014

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Canada's Prime Minister Harper, President Obama and Mexico's President Pena Nieto hold a press conference

Canada’s Prime Minister Harper, President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference

On February 19. 2014, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto will host President Obama and  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 2014 North American Leader’s Summit (NALS) to be held in Toluca, Mexico.

This meeting  built on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic competitiveness, energy and the environment, and defence and security cooperation. They will also have the opportunity to exchange views on a number of important regional and global security issues.

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have a successful history of cooperation on environmental issues. This cooperation includes efforts to safeguard North America’s natural resources and ecosystems, as well as efforts to address the global challenges posed by climate change.

The United States, Canada and Mexico celebrate the 20th anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Other successful cooperative agreements like the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) , the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) safeguard the natural resources of North America.

U.S.-Canada Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/canada

U.S.-Mexico Trade  http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/mexico

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North American Leaders’ Summit 2014
February 19, 2014
Toluca, Mexico

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President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a bilateral meeting
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a working lunch
Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Peña Nieto meet with North American Business, Civil Society and Education Leaders
Salon del Pueblo, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto participates in the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting
Courtyard, Palacio de Justicia, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold trilateral meetings
Courtyard, Palacio de Justicia, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference
Patio Cental, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

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US-Jordan Sunnylands Meeting & CA Drought 2014

02/13/2014

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President Obama  meets with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, CA.

The United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are close friends and historic partners that have worked together to promote peace, prosperity, and reform. President Obama and King Abdullah will hold in depth discussions on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues. They look forward to discuss the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic, and security cooperation.

U.S.-Jordan Trade http://www.ustr.gov/trade-agreements/other-initiatives

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Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17

President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold bilateral meetings

President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold a press conference

President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold working dinners

California Drought

In February 2014 the California drought reached for the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project to shortages of water supplies. The California Department of Water Resources planned to reduce water allocations to farmland by 50%. The California drought had continued 13th months. California has 38 million residents. Agricultural industry is worth of $44.7 billion. California produces nearly half of all U.S.-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables and it is the leading dairy state.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_in_California#Drought

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California Institute for Rural Studies:  SURFACE WATER STORAGE AND DELIVERY INFRASTRUCTURE IN CALIFORNIA

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January 29, 2014

Readout of the President’s Call to Governor Brown

Today, the President called Governor Jerry Brown to receive an update on the situation in California and express his concern for the citizens impacted by the historic drought conditions facing the state – conditions that are likely to have significant impacts on the state’s communities, economy and environment in the coming months.

The President reinforced his commitment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local efforts. The agencies are working together to target resources to help California and other impacted states prepare for and lessen the impacts of the drought. USDA is also working with farmers and ranchers to increase their irrigation water efficiency, protect vulnerable soils from erosion, and improve the health of pasture and range lands. And the Bureau of Reclamation is working closely with federal and California state authorities to facilitate water transfers and provide operational flexibility to convey and store available water, and facilitate additional actions that can conserve and move water to critical areas.

The National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) will help coordinate the federal response, working closely with state, local government, agriculture and other partners. The NDRP is already helping to enhance existing efforts that federal agencies are working on with communities, businesses, farmers and ranchers to build resilience where drought is currently an issue across the country.

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Friday, February 14 

President Obama takes part in a roundtable with community leaders
San Luis Water Facility, Firebaugh, California

President Obama tours a local farm
Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Los Banos, California

President Obama delivers remarks on California’s drought
Los Banos, California

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USDA Disaster and Drought Information http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=DISASTER_ASSISTANCE

White House Drought Response  http://www.whitehouse.gov/drought

FACT SHEET: President Obama Leading Administration-wide Drought Response
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Senate drought bill offers $300 million, no waiving of environmental laws

2/12/14 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

California’s and Oregon’s Democratic senators offered a drought relief bill Tuesday that stands in stark contrast to the Republican bill the House approved last week, setting up a tough battle when lawmakers eventually try to merge the two.

The Senate bill would grant $300 million in emergency aid and require federal agencies to do all they can to boost water supplies, while the GOP bill had focused more on lifting environmental restrictions [such as the  Endangered Species Act] to allow more water to be pumped from the Delta south to San Joaquin Valley farms.

The stakes grow higher as water levels recede. Recent rains made no significant dent in California’s huge water deficit, leaving the state still looking at its worst drought in more than half a century. The Golden State’s $45 billion agricultural sector is at risk of devastation, some smaller water districts might run dry in the next few months, and delicate ecosystems hang in the balance.

President Barack Obama will speak about drought relief Friday in Fresno, most likely with this new bill as rhetorical fodder. Obama, like California leaders and House Democrats, had blasted the House GOP bill as a water grab for agriculture at the environment’s expense and a political power play that would undermine years of difficult negotiations. Agricultural and environmental groups alike praised the senators’ bill Tuesday, if only as a first step.

“This bill provides operational flexibility to increase water supplies and primes federal agencies to make the best use of any additional rain,” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a news release. “With so little water available, we must focus on streamlining federal programs and provide what assistance we can to those farmers and communities being hit the hardest.”

For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25116906/senate-drought-bill-offers-300-million-no-waiving

Contact your legislator Contact your Congress person to TELL THEM TO PASS THE SENATE’S VERSION OF THE DROUGHT BILL!!

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