2016 ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

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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 trade was 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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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

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Tuesday, September 6th

President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama attends an official state luncheon
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama delivers remarks to the People of Laos
Lao National Cultural Hall , Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

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Wednesday, September 7th

President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a press conference
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama tours Wat Xieng Thong temple
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama Holds a YSEALI Town Hall
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama tours Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre
Vientiane, Laos

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS welcome dinner and cultural performance
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

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Thursday, September 8th

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama Holds a Press Conference
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama departs Laos en route to Japan
Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama arrives in Yokota, Japan and Air Force One refuels
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama departs Japan en route to Alaska
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama arrives in Achorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama departs Achorage en route to Joint Base Andrews
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to White House

President Obama arrives White House

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ASEAN Summit / EAS Summit
September 6-8, 2016
Vientiane, Laos

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2016 G20 Leader’s Summit – Hangzhou, China

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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://g20.org/about-g20/

 

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Friday, September 2nd

President Obama departs  Honolulu, Hawaii en route to China

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Saturday, September 3rd

President Obama arrives in China
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a meet and greet with Embassy staff and families
JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama delivers remarks at a climate event
West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

President Obama and Chinese President  Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

President Obama attends a private dinner hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping
West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

President Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May hold a bilateral meeting
JW Marriott Hotel, Hangzhou, China

President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan of Turkey hold a bilateral meeting
JW Marriott Hotel, Hangzhou, China

President Obama overnights in Hangzhou
Hangzhou, China

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Sunday, September 4th

President Obama attends a G20 welcome ceremony
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama takes an official G20 family photo
Xizi Hotel, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G20 welscome dinner
Xizi Hotel, Hangzhou, China

President Obama attends a cultural performance
West Lake, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama overnights in Hangzhou
Hangzhou, China

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Monday, September 5th

 

President Obama participates in a G20 session on robust international trade and investment
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch and the fourth G20 session on inclusive and interconnected development
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama holds bilateral meetings with other leaders of the G20 on other issues affecting the world economy
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama attends a G20 session on other issues affecting the world economy
Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a closing ceremony for the G20 Summit
Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

President Obama holds a press conference
JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama departs Hangzhou, China en route to Laos
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

President Obama arrives Vientiane, Laos
Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

11th G20

September 4 – 5, 2016
Hangzhou, China

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WH State Dinner for Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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

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From the Archives: State Dinners at the White House

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

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

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

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

Nov 24, 2009 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
May 19, 2010 Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Jan 19, 2011 Chinese President Hu Jintao
Jun 7, 2011 German President Angela Merkel
Mar 14, 2012 United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Feb 11, 2014 French President François Hollande
Apr 28, 2015 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Sep 25, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping
March 10, 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
August 2, 2016 Sinapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

US Singapore flags

June 01, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Lee of Singapore

President Obama will host Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House for an official visit and State Dinner on August 2. The two leaders will celebrate the bilateral relationship between Singapore and the United States that has served as an anchor for the U.S. rebalance to Asia. Marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the two leaders will highlight the enduring principles that have inspired the tremendous growth in our cooperation, which has attracted more than 3,500 U.S. companies to establish a presence in Singapore, forged strong security ties between our militaries, and led to increased exchanges of college students. As partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the Counter-ISIL coalition, and the Paris Climate agreement, the two leaders will discuss how our relationship can continue to address international challenges and advance a rules-based order for the Asia-Pacific.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  and his wife, Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong to the White House
South Lawn

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong participate in a special performance by students from the Turnaround Arts Summer Program
National Gallery of the Art, Washington, D.C.

President Obama and Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

President Obama and Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hold a joint press conference
East Room

Vice President Biden Hosts a Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Washington, DC

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
North Portico

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take an official photo with Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
Grand Staircase

President Obama and Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong deliver toasts at the State Dinner
State Dining Room

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
State Dining Room

Pres Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sinaporian PM Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
President Obama,  First Lady Michelle Obama with Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
host a State Dinner for
Sinaporian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong
White House

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VP Biden travels to Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

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On July 15, 2016, the Vice President Biden depart Honolulu, Hawaii en route to Melbourne, Australia to demonstrate our close strategic, economic, and cultural ties. In Melbourne, the Vice President will highlight U.S.-Australian cooperation on cancer research at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, as well as tour and deliver remarks at the Boeing factory. On July 18, 2016, the Vice President will depart Melbourne, Australia en route Sydney, Australia. In Sydney, the Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government officials, host a roundtable discussion with Australian and American business leaders, meet with Australian troops, and deliver a major policy speech on the future of the U.S.-Australia relationship.

On July 20, 2016, the Vice President will depart Sydney, Australia en route Auckland, New Zealand. In New Zealand the Vice President will participate in official engagements, including a meeting with Prime Minister John Key..

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Vice President Biden’s  Travel Itinerary
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Vice President Biden departs Honolulu, Hawaii en route to Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Joe Biden makes a refueling stopover in Pago Pago, American Samoa

Vice President Biden arrives Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden delivers remarks on U.S.-Australian cooperation on cancer research
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden delivers remarks on US – Australian economic ties
Boeing Factory, Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden attends a flag presentation and meet World War II veterans
Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden meets with employees and family members
United States Embassy to Australia
Melbourne, Australia

Vice President Biden departs Melbourne, Australia en route for Victoria

Vice President Biden arrives Victoria

Vice President Biden attends the Carlton vs West Coast Eagles AFL game
Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vice President Biden attends a dinner with Australian Governor Linda Dessau of Victoria
Victoria, Australia

Vice President Biden departs Victoria, Australia en route for Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden arrives Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden tours the Taronga Zoo
Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden attends an official dinner hosted by Governor General Peter Cosgrove
Governor General’s House, Sydney, Australia

Vice President Bden tours the HMAS Adelaide at Sydney Harbor
Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden  meets with Labor Party leader Bill Shorten
Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government officials
Commonwealth Government Building, Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with Australian and American business leaders
Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, Australia

Vice President Biden meets with Australian troops
Pine Gap Joint Defence Space Research Facility, Alice Springs, Australia

Vice President Biden delivers a major policy speech on the future of the U.S.-Australia relationship
Pine Gap Joint Defence Space Research Facility, Alice Springs, Australia

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Vice President Biden departs Sydney, Australia en route New Zealand

Vice President Biden arrives Auckland, New Zealand

Vice President Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
Auckland, New Zealand

Vice President Biden meets with Members of the New Zealand Labour Party
Auckland, New Zealand

Vice President Biden meets with employees and family members
Auckland, New Zealand

#VPinOz

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Pres Obama travels to NATO Summit Warsaw & Spain

NATO Varsovie 2016

NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

The NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw, Poland will be held on 08–09 July 2016. The meetings will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General.

This first media advisory is intended to provide information about accreditation, visa, accommodation arrangements for media representatives. A second media advisory released closer to the event will provide information on a broader array of media-related topics.

The meetings will take place at the Warsaw National Stadium (al. Księcia J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warsaw – Poland). The Media Centre will be collocated with the Summit venue and will be open from Thursday 7 July until Sunday 10 July. More details regarding the opening hours will be provided at a later stage.

For more:  http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events_132023.htm

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NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

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NATO Summit 2016
8–9 July
Warsaw, Poland

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June 06, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Poland and Spain

The President will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Spain July 7-11. From July 7-9, the President will attend the 2016 NATO Summit, his fifth and final Summit with NATO leaders. The meeting will afford an opportunity to underscore Alliance solidarity, to advance efforts to bolster security to NATO’s east and south, and to project stability through new partnerships beyond the North Atlantic area. The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the Polish President to discuss U.S.-Polish relations, reaffirm the American commitment to Poland’s security, and exchange views on the broader security environment in Europe. While in Warsaw, the President will also meet with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation across a range of shared priorities, including countering terrorism, fostering economic growth and prosperity, and addressing the global refugee crisis. Following the visit to Poland, the President will travel to Spain from July 9-11. The visit to Spain, an important NATO Ally, will highlight robust security cooperation, a strong political and economic relationship, and longstanding people-to-people ties. The President’s agenda in Spain will include meetings with His Majesty the King of Spain and the Acting President of Spain.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/06/statement-press-secretary-presidents-travel-poland-and-spain

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Thursday, July 7

President Obama travels to Warsaw, Poland

President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama delivers a statement on the fatal shootings this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Warsaw, Poland

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Friday, July 8

President Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Warsaw, Poland
Marriot Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama meets with Presidents of European Council and European Commission
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary Stoltenberg
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Alliance Council
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working dinner
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama overnights in Warsaw
Warsaw Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

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Saturday, July 9

President Obama attends North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit on Afghanistan
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the NATO Alliance Council
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on NATO Ukraine Commission
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a press conference
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama travels to Madrid, Spain

President Obama overnights in Madrid, Spain

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Sunday,  July 10

President Obama is greeted by Spanish King Felipe VI  and Queen Letizia in an official arrival ceremony
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Spanish King Felipe VI
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and Spanish King Felipe VI hold a joint press conference
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama meets with employees and family members
United States Embassy to Madrid, Spain

President Obama visits the U.S. military service-members
Naval Station Rota, Spain

President Obama departs Spain to return to the White House

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FLOTUS Travels to Liberia, Morocco & Spain

http://www.whitehouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn
http://www.whitehouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn

Working together to open the doors of education for girls around the world.

To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. Unfortunately today, more than 62 million girls around the world are not in school—half of whom are adolescents. We know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDS, and better child nutrition.

But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future by the circumstances of her birth or the customs of her community and country.

We know that a girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her community. That is why President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

Learn more and how you can take action at letgirlslearn.gov.

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WHY LET GIRLS LEARN?

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

On Her Family:

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

On Society:

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

ACT

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

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

Let Girls Learn Twitter
Let Girls Learn Facebook 
Let Girls Learn Peace Corps initiative
Let Girls Learn: Fact Sheet 
WhiteHouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn

FLOTUS daily travel diary on HelloGiggles

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

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

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

3/3/15 FACT SHEET: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Announce New Whole of Government Initiative, Let Girls Learn

9/24/15 Updated Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative

10/13/15 FACT SHEET: First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New Commitments To The U.S. Government’s Let Girls Learn Initiative

11/2/15  First Lady Michelle Obama Op Ed: Let Girls Learn 

11/8/15 U.S. Government Announces Continued Commitment to Jordan’s Education Sector

6/28/16 FACT SHEET: First Lady Announces New Let Girls Learn Committment in Liberia

6/28/16 FACT SHEET: As part of the First Lady’s Visit to Morocco, the U.S. Government Announces New Programming to Help Address the Barriers that Prevent Adolescent Girls from Attaining an Education

7/1/16 Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama For Girls, A Heartbreaking Loss — And An Opportunity

White House Council on Women and Girls

WOMEN AND GIRLS OF COLOR: ADDRESSING CHALLENGES AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY

 

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June 15, 2016

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the Republic of Liberia,
the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Spain for Let Girls Learn
As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops outside Monrovia and in Marrakech to highlight the US Government’s work to help adolescent girls go to school and stay in school; in Madrid, the First Lady will speak to girls and young women about the power of education and urge them to do their part to help girls worldwide fulfill their promise.

As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady – joined by Malia and Sasha Obama and Mrs. Marian Robinson – will visit Margibi County, Liberia; Marrakech, Morocco; and Madrid, Spain from June 27- July 1, 2016. The First Lady and her family will return to Washington, D.C. on July 1.

For more: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/spain/164311/home/white_house_michelle_obama_trip0616.pdf

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s  Travel Itinerary 

Sunday, June 26th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart  Joint Base Andrews en route to Monrovia, Liberia

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Monday, June 27th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson are welcomed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Obama meets with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp at the Peace Corps Training Facility
Kakata, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education moderated by actress Freida Pinto
Unification Town, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson overnight in Monrovia, Liberia

Tuesday, June 28th

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Monrovia, Liberia en route to Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Monrovia are welcomed by Moroccan King Mohammed VI
Marrakech, Morocco and Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma

First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto to participate in a conversation with adolescent girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson attend an Iftar hosted by Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson over night in Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

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Wednesday, June 29th

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama,delivers a speech on Let Girls Learn
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Marrakech, Morocco
en route to Madrid, Spain

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Thursday, June 30th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson are welcomed by Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech on Let Girls Learn
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Her Majesty Queen Letizia following the Let Girls Learn event
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters

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Friday, July 1st

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Madrid, Spain en route to the White House

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive the White House
South Lawn

http://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn
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CNN Films will be filming a documentary featuring the stories of girls in Liberia and Morocco who have overcome barriers to going to and staying in school to air in the fall of 2016.

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#Liberia

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Pres Obama Travels to Vietnam & G7 Japan 2016

Japan Vietnam mapMay 10, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Vietnam and Japan

The President will travel to Vietnam and Japan May 21-28, on what will be his tenth trip to Asia. This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region.

The President will first visit Vietnam, where he will hold official meetings with Vietnam’s leadership to discuss ways for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, people-to-people, security, human rights, and global and regional issues. In Hanoi, the President will deliver a speech on U.S.-Vietnam relations. During meetings and events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the President will discuss the importance of approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. The President also will meet with members of civil society, the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, entrepreneurs, and the business community.

In Japan, the President will participate in his final G-7 Summit in Ise-Shima. This gathering will enable the G-7 leaders to advance common interests across the full range of economic and security priorities and to address pressing global challenges. The President and Prime Minister Abe will meet bilaterally to further advance the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our cooperation on economic and security issues as well as a host of global challenges. Finally, the President will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

G7 2016 Japan

The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary FundCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom, and the United States meeting to discuss primarily economic issues. The European Union is also represented within the G7. The G7 are the seven wealthiest major developed nations by national net wealth, representing more than 64% of the net global wealth ($263 trillion) according to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report October 2014. The IMF’s Managing Director usually participates. Recent G7 meetings include that of May 2013 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom with an emergency meeting in The Hague, Netherlands on March 24, 2014. Most recently, there was a meeting in Brussels on June 4, 2014.

The G7’s precursor was the ‘Group of Six’, founded ad hoc in 1975, consisting of finance ministers and central bank governors from FranceWest GermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom and the United States, when Giscard d’Estaing invited them for an “informal gathering at the chateau of Rambouillet, near Paris […] in a relaxed and private setting”.  The intent was “to discuss current world issues (dominated at the time by the oil crisis) in a frank and informal manner”.  Canada became the seventh member in 1976, after which the name ‘Group 7’ or G7 was used.  During 1986–87 the G7 with its finance ministers and central bank governors superseded the G5 as the main policy coordination group, particularly following the Louvre Accord of February 1987, agreed by the G5 plus Canada and endorsed by the G7.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7

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G7 Summit 2016

Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

On May 26 and 27, Japan will convene the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Mie Prefecture.

In Ise-Shima, the stage for the G7 Summit, you can find not only Ise Jingu Shrine with a history dating back to time immemorial, but also marvelous natural beauty including the rich sea spreading out before your eyes, islands large and small, and countless inlets. It is a perfect example of our heartland – a place dear to many, away from the bustling cities.

Today, the international community faces numerous challenges. A slowdown in the growth of the global economy, terrorism threatening people’s lives, a surge of refugees, and unilateral changes to the status quo through the use of coercion are all among the challenges affecting the peace and prosperity we enjoy in our daily lives.

The G7 members, which share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and human rights, must take a global perspective to provide the most appropriate roadmap for solving these challenges with a clear vision.

The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will be meeting at

Key issues they will be addressing include:

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Pai Quang
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama attends a State Luncheon hosted by Vietnamese President Tran Pai Quang
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Pai Quang hold a joint press conference
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Nguan
International Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama attends a state luncheon
International Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with U.S. Embassy Staff
JW Marriott, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with civil society and business members
JW Marriott, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama delivers remarks
National Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama travels to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Noibai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama arrives Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama tours the Jade Pagoda
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama tours DreamPlex
DreamPlex Coworking Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama participates in a Business and Entrepreneurship Event
DreamPlex Coworking Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama delivers remarks to the Vietnamese people
DreamPlex Coworking Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama meets with U.S. Consulate Staff and family members
InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama participates in a town hall with Vietnamese youth
GEM Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama departs Vietnam en route for Japan
InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama arrives Japan
Chubu Centrair International Airport,  Tokoname, Aichi, Japan

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Japan

President Obama tours the Ise-Jingu Shrine
Ise, Mie, Japan

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 session
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working lunch
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama and other world leaders hold a bilateral meetings
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama holds a press conference
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working dinner
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in attending a cultural performance for the leaders
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama departs Shima, Mie Prefecture for Hiroshima
Chubu Centrair International Airport,  Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
President Obama arrives Hiroshima, Japan
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama tours the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama deliver remarks Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama meets with U.S. Service members
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama departs Japan enroute for Washington DC
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

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G7 2016
May 23–27, 2016
Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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