United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants

United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants

March 23, 2016
The UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own. The international community must work together to find durable solutions.

For more:  http://www.un.org/pga/70/2016/03/23/united-nations-summit-on-refugees-and-migrants/

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“We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.

Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all — the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time.

The pursuit of this promise defines our history; with amendments that trace our national journey, the Constitution bears witness to how far we have come. As we celebrate the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, let us remember that upholding our founding principles requires us to challenge modern injustices. Let us accept our responsibilities as citizens, our obligations to one another and to future generations. Let us move forward with the knowledge that in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. “

9/16/13 President Barack Obama 

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Refugees Arriving at Ellis island 1902
  • Castle Island or  Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1830 to 1892, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center for the United States, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.

  • Angel Island is a site of great history, culture, and heritage. The island lies off the coast of the city of Tiburon in Marin County, California, Uniteds States and is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay with an area of 640 acres. The United States War Department provided space to build the immigration center in 1905. Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island was the location of the major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 for those arriving from Pacific routes, especially from Asia.

  • Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Prior to that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934.

     

Statement by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Co-Hosts for President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees

June 03, 2016

On September 20, President Obama will host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power met with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and others representing the co-hosts for the Summit – Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and the UN Secretary General.  The Leaders’ Summit co-hosts pledged to work closely together to advance the objectives of the Summit, not only through direct action but also through concerted efforts to urge and support robust action by other UN Member States.

With 20 million refugees around the world, a comprehensive, collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever.  The co-hosts for the Summit all recognize that the international community must do more to protect and assist refugees.  Humanitarian appeals are at record levels, yet are underfunded. Massive numbers of refugees are turning to dangerous and illegal smuggling networks in search of safety; and millions more face long-term dependency in first asylum countries, without access to lawful employment and education.  In the lead up to the UNGA, the co-hosts and other UN Member States that join this effort will make concrete commitments to address these challenges, and all new and significant commitments made during 2016 will be recognized at the Leaders’ Summit.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/03/statement-national-security-advisor-susan-rice-co-hosts-president-obamas

 

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September 19 – 20, 2016
United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants
71st session of the UN General Assembly
New York, New York

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  1. WH

    Monday, September 19 , 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama Delivers a Statement
    New York, NY

    11:55 AM
    President Obama participates in a fundraiser for Senate Democrats
    New York City, New York

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:20 PM
    Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks on the Cancer Moonshot at the Social Good Summit
    Washington, DC

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Premier Li Keqiang of China
    Lotte New York Palace Hotel, New York City, New York

    4:00 PM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
    Lotte New York Palace Hotel, New York City, New York

    5:00 PM
    5:40 PM
    President Obama meet and greet with staff at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Secretary Kerry and UN Ambassador Power also attend
    U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York City, New York

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:45 PM
    Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks at the Bloomberg Hopkins Gala
    New York, NY

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants

    March 23, 2016

    The UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own. The international community must work together to find durable solutions.

    For more: http://www.un.org/pga/70/2016/03/23/united-nations-summit-on-refugees-and-migrants/

    • September 19, 2016

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Premier Li Keqiang of China

      The President met today in New York with Premier Li Keqiang of China. The two leaders agreed to continue efforts to narrow differences and expand practical cooperation on regional and global challenges in order to maintain sound development in the bilateral relationship. Both leaders condemned North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test and resolved to strengthen coordination in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, including by invigorating cooperation in the United Nations Security Council and in law enforcement channels on North Korea. Noting the important contributions of the economic relationship to the broader bilateral relationship and to the global economy, the President and Premier Li discussed China’s transition toward a more sustainable consumption-driven economic growth model. The President encouraged China to accelerate its continuing efforts to address industrial excess capacity, foster an environment conducive to innovation, and advance an orderly transition to a market-determined exchange rate. The President also urged China to establish a level playing field for all firms to compete fairly in China.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/19/readout-presidents-meeting-premier-li-keqiang-china

    • September 19, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq After Bilateral Meeting

      Lotte New York Palace Hotel
      New York City, New York

      4:46 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me begin by just commenting on the events that have unfolded today. This morning, I talked about the fact that there was a person of interest that the FBI and law enforcement had identified with respect to the bombs that had been planted in the New York and New Jersey area. As everybody is now aware, that individual has been apprehended.

      And I just want to start by commenting on the extraordinary work and coordination that’s taken place between the FBI and local enforcement. For us to be able to apprehend a suspect in just a little over 24 hours after an event takes place like this, it is outstanding police work, outstanding law enforcement work.

      I, in particular, want to give a heartfelt thanks to the New Jersey police officers who were able to apprehend this individual. I had a chance to talk to them briefly before I came down to my meetings here. They are going to be fine. They have sustained some modest injuries, but ones that they’ll rapidly recover from. They were in good spirits. And I communicated to them how appreciative the American people were, as well as people in the region. It’s just one more reminder of the extraordinary skill and sacrifice and courage of our law enforcement officers and what they put on the line every single day to make sure that we are safe.

      Beyond that, obviously information is still unfolding about what might have motivated the suspect. I’m going to leave it to the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to discuss those details with you. I will also comment on the fact that, with respect to the Minnesota stabbings that occurred, I had a chance to talk to the off-duty police officer there who undoubtedly saved a lot of lives and prevented further injury because of his quick and effective action. And I told him that, once again, the American people were appreciative of his work and his heroism.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/19/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abadi-iraq-after-bilateral

    • 5:40 PM ET
      President Obama meet and greet with staff at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Secretary Kerry and UN Ambassador Power also attend
      U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York City, New York

    • September 20, 2016

      Address by President Obama to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

      The United Nations
      New York, New York

      10:29 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President; Mr. Secretary General; fellow delegates; ladies and gentlemen: As I address this hall as President for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made these last eight years.

      From the depths of the greatest financial crisis of our time, we coordinated our response to avoid further catastrophe and return the global economy to growth. We’ve taken away terrorist safe havens, strengthened the nonproliferation regime, resolved the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy. We opened relations with Cuba, helped Colombia end Latin America’s longest warm, and we welcome a democratically elected leader of Myanmar to this Assembly. Our assistance is helping people feed themselves, care for the sick, power communities across Africa, and promote models of development rather than dependence. And we have made international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund more representative, while establishing a framework to protect our planet from the ravages of climate change.

      This is important work. It has made a real difference in the lives of our people. And it could not have happened had we not worked together. And yet, around the globe we are seeing the same forces of global integration that have made us interdependent also expose deep fault lines in the existing international order.

      We see it in the headlines every day. Around the world, refugees flow across borders in flight from brutal conflict. Financial disruptions continue to weigh upon our workers and entire communities. Across vast swaths of the Middle East, basic security, basic order has broken down. We see too many governments muzzling journalists, and quashing dissent, and censoring the flow of information. Terrorist networks use social media to prey upon the minds of our youth, endangering open societies and spurring anger against innocent immigrants and Muslims. Powerful nations contest the constraints placed on them by international law.

      This is the paradox that defines our world today. A quarter century after the end of the Cold War, the world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before, and yet our societies are filled with uncertainty, and unease, and strife. Despite enormous progress, as people lose trust in institutions, governing becomes more difficult and tensions between nations become more quick to surface.

      And so I believe that at this moment we all face a choice. We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration. Or we can retreat into a world sharply divided, and ultimately in conflict, along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/address-president-obama-71st-session-united-nations-general-assembly

    • September 20, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama after Bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

      The United Nations
      New York City, New York

      12:09 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: It’s a great pleasure to once again meet with President Buhari of Nigeria, along with his delegation. Nigeria is one of the largest, most populous and most important countries not just in Sub-Saharan Africa but in the world. And I am very pleased that we have been able to build a very strong working relationship with President Buhari as he’s come in and initiated some very bold efforts at reform.

      On the security front, real progress has been made in coordinating regionally to restrict Boko Haram, a brutal organization affiliated with ISIL that has killed an enormous number of people and have decimated communities there. Because of President Buhari’s leadership, he has been able to refocus the Nigerian military. We are coordinating carefully. And we discussed here today additional ways that we can make further progress not only in destroying this branch of ISIL, but also to make sure that the people in this region are able to recover from the devastation of Boko Haram’s occupation.

      That includes making sure that humanitarian aid is getting in. There is real danger of famine and hardship in these areas because farmers were not able to grow crops and engage in traditional agricultural practices. And so we had a discussion about how we would work together to ensure an international response and then move forward to help these communities rebuild.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/remarks-president-obama-after-bilateral-meeting-president-muhammadu

    • 1:00 PM ET
      President Obama holds a courtesy call with UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon
      United Nations, New York, NY

    • September 20, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at Luncheon for Heads of State and Government

      United Nations
      New York, New York

      1:42 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everyone. And thank you, Mr. Secretary General, as always, for your kind words and your welcome. For eight years, this luncheon has followed a long speech by me. For eight years, it’s forced me to be brief and not subject you to a second long speech. And after eight years, I finally figured out the Secretary General’s plan. It keeps me brief and I will follow that plan here today.

      My role is very simple. As President of the host country of the United Nations, it is my pleasure to welcome each and every one of you. The presence of so many world leaders in one place is always an enormous undertaking. New York City always rises to the occasion. And over the last few days this city has been tested again. And on behalf of all of us, I want to salute our police officers, our law enforcement officials, our first responders for hosting us, but also showing the world the true meaning of grit and resolve. So thank you again, New York City and the New York-New Jersey area. (Applause.)

      As I said earlier today, even as we work to uphold our international system, it is the choices of individuals that decides whether our world is defined by confrontation or cooperation. So again today, I want to pay special tribute to those individuals who devote their lives to sustaining the system — the men and women who staff the United Nations and its organizations; those in Syria and elsewhere who risk their lives to deliver aid to people in dire need; those who give their lives as peacekeepers. The entire world is in their debt.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/remarks-president-obama-luncheon-heads-state-and-government

    • September 20, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at Call to Action CEO Roundtable

      United Nations
      New York, New York

      2:36 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: As I discussed in my speech earlier today before the General Assembly, our international system is facing a number of challenges, none of which can be solved by a single country. And for that matter, none of which can be solved solely by governments. Obviously we expect for governments to take the lead on many of these transnational challenges, but for us to be able to mobilize the private sector, NGOs and others is absolutely vital to maximize our impact.

      And that’s why we’re convening today a summit of 50 nations to make new commitments to address a growing refugee crisis, not just in Europe, which has received the most attention, but around the world. And what we have represented here is the results of what we launched what we call A Call to Action, to encourage companies to contribute not just money but their unique expertise. And as you can see, some extraordinary companies and individuals have answered the call.

      I want to thank Secretary Penny Pritzker, Ambassador Power, and my national — my Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, for bringing these leaders together here today. I’m pleased to announce that 50 companies, large and small, have stepped up and committed more than $650 million, including in-kind contributions that are all designed to help empower more than 6.3 million refugees across more than 20 countries.

      Microsoft, TripAdvisor, HP, Google, something called the Clooney Foundation for Justice — I don’t know what that is — (laughter) — among others. They’re going to help children get an education, including in refugee camps — altogether, educational opportunities for more than 80,000 refugees. You have companies like Accenture, Western Union, and LinkedIn that are going to help with internships, skills training and job placement. Newton Supply Company, a small business in Texas that makes handbags, is going to make 90 percent of their bags with local refugees.

      So today’s commitment means that we’re going to be creating employment opportunities for more than 220,000 refugees.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/remarks-president-obama-call-action-ceo-roundtable

    • September 20, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at Leaders Summit on Refugees

      United Nations
      New York, New York

      3:43 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Yusra, we could not be prouder of you — not just for the great introduction, but more importantly, for your courage and your resilience and the great example that you’re setting for children everywhere, including your eight-year-old sister, who I know must look up to you. (Applause.)

      Good afternoon. Mr. Secretary General; Your Excellencies, we are here because, right now, in crowded camps and cities around the world, there are families — from Darfur in Chad, Palestinians in Lebanon, Afghans in Pakistan, Colombians in Ecuador — who’ve endured years — in some cases, decades — as refugees, surviving on rations and aid, and who dream of someday, somehow, having a home of their own.

      We’re here because, right now, there are young girls — like Yusra, like my daughters — who are just as precious and just as gifted — like the 16-year-old refugee from Myanmar that I met in Malaysia — who’ve suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of traffickers, modern day slavery, girls who pray at night that someone might rescue them from their torment. There are boys, fleeing the fighting in South Sudan, violence in Central America, wars in North Africa and the Middle East — who are at the mercy of criminals who pack them into trucks or makeshift rafts, and who die on treacherous seas — like little Alan Kurdi from Syria, lifeless, face down on a Turkish beach, in his red shirt and blue pants.

      We are here because, right now, there are mothers separated from their children — like the woman in a camp in Greece, who held on to her family photographs, heard her children cry on the phone, and who said “my breath is my children…every day I am dying 10, 20, 30 times.” We’re here because there are fathers who simply want to build a new life and provide for their families — like Refaai Hamo, from Syria, who lost his wife and daughter in the war, who we welcomed to America, and who says, “I still think I have a chance to make a difference in the world.”

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/remarks-president-obama-leaders-summit-refugees

    • 9:15 PM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks at a reception for foreign heads of delegations to the United Nations General Assembly
      Lotte New York Palace, New York

    • September 21, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

      Plaza Hotel
      New York, New York

      11:26 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good morning, everybody! Let me begin by thanking Mayor Bloomberg — not just for the introduction but for the incredible work that Bloomberg Philanthropies is doing, not just in helping this event but for all the work that you’re doing in promoting entrepreneurship and development throughout Africa.

      And I’d also like to thank our co-host, and a tremendous champion of investment and engagement in Africa — my great friend, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

      I also want to welcome our partners from across Africa, including the many heads of state and government leaders who are with us. And I want to acknowledge Senator Chris Coons and leaders from across my administration, who share a profound commitment to expanding opportunity and deepening relationships between our countries.

      Most importantly, I want to thank all of you — the business leaders, entrepreneurs, on both sides of the Atlantic, who are working very hard every single day to create jobs and to grow economies and to lift up our people.

      Now, I gave a long speech yesterday. Some of you had to sit through it. I’m going to try to be a little more concise today. I’m here because, as the world gathers in New York City, we’re reminded that on so many key challenges that we face — our security, our prosperity, climate change, the struggle for human rights and human dignity, the reduction of conflict — Africa is essential to our progress. Africa’s rise is not just important to Africa, it’s important to the entire world.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/21/remarks-president-obama-us-africa-business-forum

    • September 21, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting

      Lotte New York Palace Hotel
      New York, New York

      12:58 P.M. EDT

      PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Mr. President, it’s very good to see you again. First, I want to thank you for the Memorandum of Understanding that we signed last week. It greatly enhances Israel’s security. It fortifies the principle that you’ve enunciated many times that Israel should be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.

      Secondly, I want to thank you for the extensive security and intelligence cooperation between our two countries. I don’t think people at large understand the breadth and depth of this cooperation, but I know it. And I want to thank you on behalf of all the people of Israel.

      Third, I want to thank you for the many meetings we’ve had in which we discussed how to confront common challenges and how to seize common opportunities. The greatest challenge is, of course, the unremitting fanaticism. The greatest opportunity is to advance a global peace. That’s a goal that I and the people of Israel will never give up on.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/21/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-netanyahu-israel-bilateral

    • September 21, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and President Santos of Colombia Before Bilateral Meeting

      Lotte New York Palace Hotel
      New York, New York

      2:10 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is a great pleasure to welcome my good friend, President Santos, and his delegation, so we have a chance to visit again. This is the first time that I’m seeing him in person since the historic agreement that was achieved in Colombia, ending the longest war in Latin America and providing an opportunity for Colombia to open an entirely new chapter of its history.

      I could not be more supportive of these efforts. The American people welcome these efforts. I recognize that there are going to be a lot of challenges involved in implementation, and I recognize that the people of Colombia still have to lend their voice to a referendum in order for it to move forward. But I think this is an achievement of historic proportions. It ultimately will be good for the region, as well as the people of Colombia. It took a lot of courage and a lot of hard work by a lot of people. And we are very proud to have played a modest part in helping the dialogue go forward.

      John Kerry is going to be visiting Colombia on Monday, and my understanding is he’s going to be taking a bipartisan group of congressional members so that they can help to witness the amazing changes that are going to be taking place. And I also want to just thank President Santos and his delegation for the continued cooperation on a wide range of regional issues, including making sure that we don’t slip on the progress that’s been made in stamping out transnational drug organizations.

      So it’s a great achievement, and we’re very proud of you. And congratulations.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/21/remarks-president-obama-and-president-santos-colombia-bilateral-meeting

      • HOMELESS MAN, FRIEND WHO FOUND BOMBS IN ELIZABETH SAY THEY WERE ‘JUST DOING THE RIGHT THING’

        Tuesday, September 20, 2016 06:47PM abc7ny

        ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) — A homeless man and his friend hailed as heroes are speaking out about their discovery of five pipe bombs hidden at a New Jersey train station over the weekend.

        Lee Parker and Ivan White said they were doing what anyone would do, when they spotted the brand new backpack near the Elizabeth train station.

        White said Parker had just said he needed a backpack, so finding this one seemed so perfect.

        “All of a sudden we look on the garbage can and on top of the can there was a pretty new backpack, said White. “Just sitting on top!”

        After picking up the bag, they walked around for a while and then the contents alarmed them.

        “I said we need to go to the police station right now because this is a bomb,” Parker said. “It wasn’t the cartoon bomb with a tick-tock tick-tock clock but it had wires. I had seen enough pictures of pipe bombs and different devices in books, magazines. I knew what I was looking at as soon as I saw it.”

        Joe and Don are two local guys who work with a charity that has set up a GoFundMe page for the two Elizabeth bomb-finding heroes.

        “A third to Ivan White, a third to Lee Parker and the other third to the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, because that’s one of the organizations that’s been on the forefront of helping homelessness,” explained Don Gonclaves with At Heart’s Length.

        Gonclaves explained that what Parker and White did was something most people would not do – go into a garbage can or open up a backpack.

        For more: http://abc7ny.com/1519370/

  3. End of DADT 5th Anniversary

    “When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed. Gay and lesbian service members — brave Americans who enable our freedoms — will ,” “The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.”

    12/18/10 President Barack Obama after DADT was struck down in Congress

    • September 19, 2016

      Statement by the President on the Explosions in New York City and New Jersey

      Lotte New York Palace Hotel
      New York City, New York

      11:23 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I want to say a few words about the explosions that occurred here in New York City and New Jersey and the other devices that have been found in New Jersey. I’ve been monitoring the situation closely and receiving frequent updates from my team. And I’ve just been briefed again by FBI Director Comey. In addition, I’ve had a chance to speak with Governors Cuomo and Christie, as well as Mayor de Blasio.

      We’ve seen what was apparently a pipe bomb go off in New Jersey, in Seaside Park, where it could have seriously injured our U.S. Marines and spectators who were there for a race. The bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood, here in New York, injured more than two dozen people. We are extremely fortunate and grateful that nobody was killed. And our prayers go out to all those who have been injured. We want to wish them a speedy recovery.

      I especially want to commend all the outstanding police and first responders in both New York City and New Jersey for their extraordinary professionalism and their quick response, which surely prevented even more people from being hurt, and ensured that people got assistance quickly.

      The investigation is moving rapidly, and as is my practice, I’m going to leave it to the FBI and law enforcement to provide details. I think everybody is aware at this point that there is a person of interest who is the focus of the investigation. And the FBI can give you further details in terms of how that is proceeding.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/19/statement-president-explosions-new-york-city-and-new-jersey

  4. WH

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the UN General Assembly
    United Nations, New York, NY

    11:00 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
    United Nations, New York, NY

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    President Obama holds a courtesy call with President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson of Fiji
    United Nations, New York, NY

    1:00 PM
    President Obama holds a courtesy call with UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon
    United Nations, New York, NY

    1:20 PM
    President Obama attends a United Nations Luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon
    United Nations, New York, NY

    2:00 PM
    2:25 PM
    President Obama participates in a CEO Roundtable
    United Nations, New York, NY

    3:00 PM
    3:35 PM
    President Obama attends a Refugees Summit
    United Nations, New York, NY

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnests briefs the press
    United Nations, New York, NY

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:15 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a reception for foreign heads of delegations to the United Nations General Assembly
    Lotte New York Palace, New York

    10:00 PM

    President Obama overnights in New York

  5. Barack Obama: Self-driving, yes, but also safe

    New technologies and regulations will be explored at a White House conference in Pittsburgh

    September 19, 2016 8:00 PM post-gazette

    Things are a little different today than when I first moved into the White House. Back then, my watch told me the time. Today, it reminds me to exercise. In my first year, I couldn’t take pictures with my phone. Last year, I posted on Instagram from Alaska.

    Of course, American innovation is driving bigger changes, too: In the seven-and-a-half years of my presidency, self-driving cars have gone from sci-fi fantasy to an emerging reality with the potential to transform the way we live.

    Right now, too many people die on our roads – 35,200 last year alone – with 94 percent of those the result of human error or choice. Automated vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives each year. And right now, for too many senior citizens and Americans with disabilities, driving isn’t an option. Automated vehicles could change their lives.

    Safer, more accessible driving. Less congested, less polluted roads. That’s what harnessing technology for good can look like. But we have to get it right. Americans deserve to know they’ll be safe today even as we develop and deploy the technologies of tomorrow.

    That’s why my administration is rolling out new rules of the road for automated vehicles – guidance that the manufacturers developing self-driving cars should follow to keep us safe. And we’re asking them to sign a 15-point safety checklist showing not just the government, but every interested American, how they’re doing it.

    For more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/09/19/Barack-Obama-Self-driving-yes-but-also-safe/stories/201609200027

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    9/20/16 Fact Sheet: Encouraging the Safe and Responsible Deployment of Automated Vehicles

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