9/11 Patriot Day 2016 – 15th Anniversary

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

On this day, President Obama asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET and calls upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The Pentagon Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial

Beyond the 11th

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September 11, 2001, sought to do more than hurt our people and bring down buildings: They sought to break our spirit and destroy the enduring values that unite us as Americans. In the years that followed, our capacity to love and to hope has guided us forward as we worked to rebuild, more sound and resilient than ever before. With the hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memories, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour, and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.

The pain inflicted on our Nation on September 11 was felt by people of every race, background, and faith. Though many young Americans have grown up without knowing firsthand the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by it. They hear of the many acts of service that occurred coworkers who led others to safety, passengers who stormed a cockpit, and first responders who charged directly into the fire. Many Americans did everything they could to help survivors, from volunteering their time to donating food, clothing, and blood. And many signed up to don our Nation’s uniform to prove to the world that no act of terror could eclipse the strength or character of our country.

United by a common creed, a commitment to lifting up our neighbors, and a belief that we are stronger when we stand by one another, we must find the courage to carry forward the legacy of those who stepped up in our time of need. By devoting ourselves to each other and recognizing that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves just as heroic patriots did on September 11 we are paying tribute to their sacrifices. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we must ensure that darkness is no match for the light we shine by engaging in acts of service and charity. I invite all Americans to observe this day with compassionate and selfless deeds that embody the values that define our people, and to visit http://www.Serve.gov to find opportunities to give back to their communities.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors, and in the dedication of those who keep us safe. Today, we honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed. In memory of these beautiful souls, we vow to keep moving forward. Let us have confidence in the values that make us American, the liberties that make us a beacon to the world, and the unity we sustain every year on this anniversary. Above all, let us stand as strong as ever before and recognize that together, there is nothing we cannot overcome.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

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Sunday, September 11

 

8:46 AM ET
President Obama, First Lady Michelle and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
White House

8:45 AM ET
9/11 Memorial Remebrance Ceremony
Memorial Plaza, New York, NY

9:30 AM ET
President Obama deliver remarks along with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Memorial Remebrance Ceremony
Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia

10:00 AM ET
Memorial Remebrance Ceremony for the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93
Shanksvillle, PA

10:30 AM ET
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
New York September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

 

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2016 ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

Asean Laos

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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ASEAN Facebook
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ASEAN Flickr
ASEAN LinkedIn
ASEAN Instagram
ASEAN YouTube

 

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

G20 China

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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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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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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U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit

President Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit on May 13, 2016.  This event follows the convening of Nordic leaders during the President’s trip to Sweden in September 2013.

This summit will be an opportunity to continue our close collaboration with the Nordic countries on a range of issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, protecting the environment, coordinating on Arctic issues, promoting the Global Health Security Agenda, advancing sustainable development, enhancing nuclear security, providing humanitarian assistance, and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in a humane and orderly way.

This summit will deepen U.S.-Nordic cooperation while highlighting America’s continued commitment to European security, trans-Atlantic trade, and the promotion of common democratic values.  The President and Mrs. Obama will host the Nordic leaders for a State Dinner on the evening of May 13.

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U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

President Obama welcomes  His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland; Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; His Excellency Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; His Excellency Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and His Excellency Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland to the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
White House

President Obama and the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden hold meetings at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
White House

President Obama the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden delivers remarks at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
White House

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit State Dinner
White House

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May 13, 2016
President Obama hosts U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
White House

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Nuclear Security Summit 2016

Nuclear Security Summit 2016

The United States will host the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in 2016. As President Obama remarked at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, preparations are currently underway.

“I’m looking forward to hosting all of you in the United States, in 2016. We had a good discussion this afternoon about how we should conceive of this summit two years from now. The consensus, based on what I heard, was that we should recognize this next summit will be a transition summit in which heads of state and government are still participating, but that we are shifting towards a moresustainable model that utilizes our ministers, our technical people, and we are building some sort of architecture that can effectively focus and implement on these issues and supplement the good work that is being done by the IAEA and others.

So I see two tasks before us over the next two years. Number one is we have to set very clearly what are the actionable items that we’ve already identified that we know can get done if we have the political will to do them, and let’s go ahead and get them done so that in 2016 we can report out that we have made extraordinary progress and achieved many of the benchmarks and targets that we had set at the very first Nuclear Security Summit. In other words, I think it is important for us not to relax, but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years, sustain momentum so that we finish strong in 2016.

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 Goals of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

 There are twin goals for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit: advancing tangible improvements in nuclear security behavior, and strengthening the global nuclear security architecture. As was the case at previous Summits, countries will announce significant nuclear security commitments and accomplishments, both through national statements or in association with multilateral Gift Baskets. Action Plans will be endorsed for five key international organizations and institutions (International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, INTERPOL, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction) that will reflect the intent of Summit countries, in their roles as members of these organizations, to strengthen their contributions to nuclear security. The 2016 Summit will provide a forum and the opportunity for leaders to engage with each other and to reinforce at the highest levels our commitment to securing and eliminating nuclear materials, and preventing nuclear smuggling.

For more: http://www.nss2016.org

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31

Heads of Delegation Arrivals to the White House, Greeting by Ambassador Chief Peter Selfridge, Chief of Protocol of the United States
The White House, South Lawn

Heads of Delegation Working Dinner hosted by The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States: Nuclear Security Threat Perceptions
East Room, The White House

Dinner hosted by The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State and The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of State, Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1

President Obama meets with members of the P5+1
Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Opening Plenary: National Actions to Enhance Nuclear Security
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Second Plenary Session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Third Plenary Session
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Heads of Delegation Family Photo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Working Lunch: International and Institutional Actions to Strengthen NuclearSecurity
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Scenario-Based Policy Discussion and Closing Remarks
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Closing Press Briefing by The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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March 31-April 1, 2016
President Obama hosts Nuclear Security Summit 2016
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C

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U.N. Security Council, U.S. & Intl Community Fight against ISIL

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What is the Security Council?

Mandate

The UN Charter established six main organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council. It gives primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security to the Security Council, which may meet whenever peace is threatened.

According to the Charter, the United Nations has four purposes:

  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights;
  • and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

All members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council. While other organs of the United Nations make recommendations to member states, only the Security Council has the power to make decisions that member states are then obligated to implement under the Charter.

Maintaining Peace and Security

When a complaint concerning a threat to peace is brought before it, the Council’s first action is usually to recommend that the parties try to reach agreement by peaceful means. The Council may:

  • set forth principles for such an agreement;
  • undertake investigation and mediation, in some cases;
  • dispatch a mission;
  • appoint special envoys; or
  • request the Secretary-General to use his good offices to achieve a pacific settlement of the dispute.

For more: http://www.un.org/en/sc/about/.

12/17/15 UN Security Council moves to cut off all funding sources for ISIL and other terrorist groups

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“… our strategy to counter ISIL has been a whole-of-government approach, including military, diplomatic, intelligence, law enforcement, as well as financial efforts to address all aspects of this very dangerous threat.

One critical piece has been our work to cut off ISIL’s financing. That is going to be a focus, as Josh noted, of the U.N. Security Council meeting tomorrow, a historic meeting, where Secretary Lew will chair a meeting of finance ministers at the U.N. I believe it’s the first time in the history of the Security Council that finance ministers have sat in the chairs around the table.

The goal of the meeting is to bolster our international efforts to get at ISIL sources of revenue, to isolate them from the international financial system, and to counter-financing of terrorism more broadly, even beyond ISIL. So, first, I want to speak briefly about the work that’s ongoing to target ISIL’s financing both within the U.S. government and with our international partners, and then I want to turn to the resolution that we expect to be introduced tomorrow.

On our ISIL efforts, of course ISIL presents an extremely challenging financial target because of its ability to extract revenues from the territory that it controls. But ISIL’s need to control territory is also a vulnerability. ISIL requires large and steady streams of income to pay salaries, procure weapons, maintain infrastructure and a semblance of government. And ISIL needs access to the international financial system. They are not entirely self-reliant. They need to be able to move money, whether that’s with respect to importing oil infrastructure, oil pieces; whether it’s with respect to procuring weapons or communications equipment, or whether it’s with respect to moving money to their off-shore affiliates.

We’ve targeted both ISIL’s ability to generate funds and its ability to use and transfer funds through the international financial system. On the revenue side, the most important pieces, of course, are military — working with coalition partners to target the entire oil supply chain, from the oil fields and wellheads, to the refineries and processing plants, to the tanker trucks themselves. And we’ve all seen the impact that that’s been having over recent weeks.

Second, in terms of accessing the international financial system, we’ve been targeting, using our sanctions tool, to get at ISIL’s key financial facilitators and their leaders and companies. We’ve designated more than 30 of their senior leaders and financiers this year alone. We’re working through international forums, like the Counter-ISIL Finance Group, which is co-chaired by Saudi Arabia, Italy and the United States. It includes more than 30 jurisdictions worldwide, and it’s a platform for us to be sharing information, both targeted and more systemic, about ISIL’s revenue streams and flows, and then work together to collaborate to cut them off.

And we’re working, of course, very intensively with our regional partners. In Iraq, we saw the central government cut off over 90 bank branches that were in ISIL-controlled territory from the Central Bank, and therefore from access to any international financial platform. And we’ve also worked with the governments in Jordan, the governments in Turkey to intensify the scrutiny and the oversight of less formal financial channels, like money service businesses and exchange houses, which we believe ISIL is using to smuggle cash to and then place them in order to move the funds. All of this work will only intensify in the coming months.

Let me now turn to the upcoming U.N. Security Council meeting that, as I said, will take place in New York tomorrow. We expect that the Security Council will be adopting a new resolution to focus its longstanding al Qaeda sanctions regime equally on the threat posed by ISIL. As a word of background, the al Qaeda sanctions regime has been the principal U.N. sanctions tool to direct asset freezes against terror groups. And what we’ll be doing is elevating ISIL, putting it on that same level, and turning those tools and that same experience that we’ve built up internationally against ISIL.

The resolution will add a designation prong, making it a sanctionable offense as it were to associate with ISIL, and giving us more flexibility to go after those who are helping ISIL, whether to move funds, to store funds, or to earn funds. The resolution will also include a number of new broader measures to strengthen our international efforts against terror groups across the board. Specifically, we’ll be calling on all countries to fully criminalize the financing of terrorism and terrorist fighters for any purpose, even in the absence of a link to a specific terrorist act.

And further, we’re going to be calling on countries to expand and intensify information-sharing, both across governments, within governments, and with the private sector. That last piece may sound mundane, but I can tell you, having worked in the counterterrorist financing arena basically since 2002, that’s where the rubber meets the road. It’s about when banks see a suspicious transaction, are they flagging that for financial authorities. And if they are, and that system is working well, is that information then accessible to law enforcement, and can it married with travel data, can it be married with intelligence data so that we can have the best possible chance of disrupting the next attack.”

12/16/15 Adam Szubin – Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), White House Press Briefing.

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US Leads 65 Partners to destroy ISIL terrorists

President Obama has a strategy to defeat ISIL, fight terrorism, and protect the homeland

The President is pursuing a comprehensive strategy that draws on every aspect of American power. Here’s an up-to-date look at what we’re doing to combat the threat of terrorism abroad and here at home:

Relentlessly Pursuing ISIL’s Leadership and Shrinking ISIL’s Safehavens

Since the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the United States, along with our 65 partners in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, have intensified our efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Here are some of the actions we’ve taken:

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/isil-strategy

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