Assistant secretary – Athena Site http://athenasite.net/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:46:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://athenasite.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-1-120x120.png Assistant secretary – Athena Site http://athenasite.net/ 32 32 Assistant Secretary Cantor Tours Northern Mariana Islands, Announces $410,974 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-cantor-tours-northern-mariana-islands-announces-410974-in-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-investments/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:49:29 +0000 https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-cantor-tours-northern-mariana-islands-announces-410974-in-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-investments/ Date: Friday, September 16, 2022Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov WASHINGTON — The Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Carmen G. Cantor, today completed her first official visit to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). During her visit, she met with island leaders, highlighted the agency’s commitment to the people of the Northern […]]]>

Date: Friday, September 16, 2022
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov

WASHINGTON — The Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Carmen G. Cantor, today completed her first official visit to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). During her visit, she met with island leaders, highlighted the agency’s commitment to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands, and announced key investments under President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure act.

During her visit, Deputy Secretary Cantor announced a grant of $410,974 to be provided through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to conserve local ecosystems. CNMI’s Department of Lands and Natural Resources will use the funds to continue its campaign to detect, eradicate and implement preventive measures against the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, Rhino Oryctesand the invasive Velvet Bean Vine, Mucuna Pruriens.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act invests $1.4 billion in ecosystem restoration efforts over the next five years, building on proven projects, programs and partnerships that conserve our cherished wildlife and natural resources , essential to supporting local economies, creating jobs and strengthening communities.

Nowadays,$56 million in the bipartisan infrastructure law, funding was announced for CNMI. This year alone, the territory will receive more than $13 million for transportation to invest in roads, bridges, public transit, ports and airports and nearly $21 million for drinking water. More projects will be added in the coming months as funding opportunities become grants and formula funds become available.

Deputy Secretary Cantor joined Chief U.S. District Judge of the District Court for CNMI Ramona V. Manglona, ​​Chief U.S. District Judge of the Federal District Court for Guam Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood, Judge of the Ninth Circuit Richard Clifton and Regional Commissioner of General Services Administration Dan Brown and other local leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new U.S. District Courthouse building.

She spoke at the 25th Annual District Judicial Conference for the Northern Mariana Islands. She ended her trip with a visit to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Saipan’s only hospital, and several sites on Saipan that have received financial support through the Office of Island Affairs.

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Bush visits the Polish Tank Academy – Fort Carson Mountaineer https://athenasite.net/bush-visits-the-polish-tank-academy-fort-carson-mountaineer/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:01:09 +0000 https://athenasite.net/bush-visits-the-polish-tank-academy-fort-carson-mountaineer/ By Sergeant. Tara Fajardo Arteaga Army News Service BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush, left, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Charles Bies, commander of 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Team fighters from the Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division as they begin a tour of […]]]>

By Sergeant. Tara Fajardo Arteaga

Army News Service

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush, left, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Charles Bies, commander of 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Team fighters from the Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division as they begin a tour of the Abrams Tank Training Academy in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 7, 2022. The Abrams Tank Training Academy was established to teach Polish tank crews the operations, tactics, and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, bringing the United States and Poland closer as allies. (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush, right, listens to Capt. Matthew Meissner, company commander of Barbarian Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as he introduces his soldiers assisting at the Abrams Tank Training Academy in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 7, 2022. The Tank Training Academy Abrwams was established to teach Polish tank crewmen the operations, tactics, and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, bringing the United States and Poland closer together as allies.  (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush, right, listens to Capt. Matthew Meissner, company commander of Barbarian Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as he introduces his soldiers assisting at the Abrams Tank Training Academy in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 7, 2022. The Tank Training Academy Abrwams was established to teach Polish tank crewmen the operations, tactics, and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, bringing the United States and Poland closer together as allies. (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

BIEDRUSKO, Poland — Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush visited the Abrams Tank Training Academy at Biedrusko Training Area, Sept. 7, 2022.

He is the Army Acquisitions Manager, Senior Procurement Officer, Scientific Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and Senior Army Research and Development Officer. He also has primary responsibility for all Department of the Army matters related to logistics.

The tour was led by Polish Land Forces Major General Maciej Jabłoński, Polish Army Inspector of Land Forces; Polish Land Forces Maj. Gen. Adam Joks, Deputy Commanding General for V Corps Interoperability; and Polish Land Forces Colonel Krzysztof Kuba, Commander of the Polish Land Forces Training Center.

“Biedrusko tanks have a 108-year history and the Polish Land Forces are excited to see another 100 years with the continuation of the Abrams Tank Academy,” Kuba said.

A briefing was held by a civilian instructor who leads the training on a daily basis followed by a tour of the training facilities, tanks, fleet and wash rack.

U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were awarded ASA-ALT coins for their role in supporting and securing the Abrams Tank Training Academy.

“The American soldiers at the BTA have the important task of keeping the tanks safe so that the Polish Army can focus one hundred percent on training its soldiers on the platform,” Capt. Matthew said. Meissner, commander of Bravo Company, 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg. “This is only a small part of the great operation between the United States and our Polish allies. It’s a privilege to be able to see it all come together.

“The presence of the Honorable Douglas Bush and the receipt of an update was critical,” said Major Travis Shaw, public affairs officer assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Air Force Division. infantry. “The visit illustrated the translation from a behind-closed-doors plan at the Pentagon to a realization on the ground.”

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Col. Stephen E. Capehart, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, talks about the Abrams Tank Training Academy and the leading role his brigade plays during 'A briefing in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 29, 2019. 7, 2022. The Abrams Tank Training Academy was established to teach Polish tank crews the operations, tactics and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, bringing the United States and Poland together as allies.  (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Col. Stephen E. Capehart, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, talks about the Abrams Tank Training Academy and the leading role his brigade plays during ‘A briefing in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 29, 2018. 7, 2022. The Abrams Tank Training Academy was established to teach Polish tank crews the operations, tactics and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, thus bringing the United States and Poland together as allies. (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush speaks with Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, after he presented them with a coin during a tour of the Abrams Tank Training Academy in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 7, 2022. The Abrams Tank Training Academy was established to teach aircrews Polish tank operations, tactics, and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, bringing the United States and Poland closer as allies.  (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

BIEDRUSKO, Poland – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas R. Bush speaks with Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, after he presented them with a coin during a tour of the Abrams Tank Training Academy in Biedrusko, Poland, Sept. 7, 2022. The Abrams Tank Training Academy was established to teach aircrews Polish tank operations, tactics, and maintenance of M1 Abrams tanks, bringing the United States and Poland closer as allies. (Photo by Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga)

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DVIDS – News – Assistant Secretary of the Army Reviews Arizona Civil Works Projects https://athenasite.net/dvids-news-assistant-secretary-of-the-army-reviews-arizona-civil-works-projects/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:58:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/dvids-news-assistant-secretary-of-the-army-reviews-arizona-civil-works-projects/ PHOENIX – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor led a team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to survey several civil works project sites from Aug. 31 through Sept. 31. 1 in northern and central Arizona. Los Angeles District Commander Col. Julie Balten and District Civil Works Chief Darrel Buxton […]]]>

PHOENIX – Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor led a team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to survey several civil works project sites from Aug. 31 through Sept. 31. 1 in northern and central Arizona.

Los Angeles District Commander Col. Julie Balten and District Civil Works Chief Darrel Buxton accompanied Connor to provide details on flood mitigation, ecosystem restoration, water resiliency water and the economic impact the projects would have in their local communities.

“I wanted to highlight the projects, better understand the communities they benefit, and highlight the Corps’ support in this area,” Connor said. “This trip was to look at the various projects the Corps is involved in, ranging from pure flood risk management to ecosystem restoration.”

Connor is the Secretary of the Army’s primary adviser on the Civil Works Program. His responsibilities include setting policy direction and overseeing Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the Corps civil works program.

THE LITTLE COLORADO RIVER AT WINSLOW

The team met at Winslow Town Hall before visiting the Winslow Flood Control project. The project area includes approximately 4.3 miles of levees and flood risk reduction improvements, located along the Little Colorado River near Winslow.

Approximately 5,000 people who live, work and reside in Winslow – along with critical infrastructure including hospitals, schools, nursing homes and utilities – are located in a floodplain and are at potential risk of flooding. flood.

“Completing this project will be a win for this community – not only reducing the potential flood risk associated with the river, but also creating stability, economic vitality and future growth for the region,” said Balten in an earlier statement. year.

Funding of $65 million for the project — announced by the military in January — is being received through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, also known as the bipartisan Infrastructure and Investment Act. The bill will provide full funding to the project to complete both its design and construction.

“We will reduce flood risk, protect supply chains and eliminate invasive species to protect Winslow people and infrastructure while reducing flood insurance costs,” Connor said.

RIO FROM FLAG TO FLAGSTAFF

After leaving Winslow, the team met with Flagstaff city leaders to discuss the Rio de Flag flood risk management project.

“This will help save our homes and businesses,” Flagstaff Director of Emergency Management Stacey Brechler-Knaggs said following a meeting with the deputy clerk and city leaders. “It will save our entire economy – the downtown corridor, hotels, restaurants and our regional hospital.”

After severe fires, the city and surrounding areas were flooded by tributaries of the Rio de Flag and Clay Avenue Wash. The project plan includes canal modifications, bridge improvements, and the construction of a retention pond and flood wall.

The LA District received $79 million in federal funds for the Rio de Flag project and expects to award the first construction contract for the Lower Rio de Flag and Clay Avenue Wash sections in 2023.

TEMPE KYRENE WATER FACILITY

A day and 210 miles later, Connor joined Congressman Greg Stanton of Arizona and other state and local leaders for a press conference regarding the Kyrene Water Treatment Facility in Tempe. .

During the press conference, Stanton announced $37 million in funding for Project Kyrene. He then thanked Connor and city leaders via Twitter, also writing “Our work is paramount in shaping a more sustainable future for generations to come.”

The facility was opened in 1991 and expanded in 2006, but was later decommissioned in 2010 due in part to the recession. The project was set up to allow the city of Tempe to collect, treat and use reclaimed water, allowing it to become more water resistant.

TRES RIOS WETLANDS NEAR PHOENIX

After the press conference, Stanton and Connor met with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to review project details for the Tres Rios Wetlands. The wetland project is located southwest of the Phoenix metro area in Maricopa County and includes an eight-mile stretch of the Salt and Gila rivers.

“The Tres Rios project has three benefits: flood control, ecosystem recreation and public recreation,” Balten said. “We have already completed the flood mitigation part of the project.”

The design includes a constructed artificial dike and the restoration of 1,200 acres of riparian and wetland habitats, as well as recreational development including hiking trails, comfort stations for nature walks and ramadas.

“The Tres Rios project is a perfect example of innovative, multi-faceted solutions that are key to addressing the water resource challenges we face,” said Connor.

The project operated on annual carryover funds that were allocated in 2010. The Tres Rios also received funds in the FY22 appropriations bill.

For more information on LA District programs and projects, visit www.spl.usace.army.mil.







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Ivana Živković appointed new Deputy Secretary General, Deputy Administrator and new Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States https://athenasite.net/ivana-zivkovic-appointed-new-deputy-secretary-general-deputy-administrator-and-new-director-of-the-regional-bureau-for-europe-and-the-commonwealth-of-independent-states/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 17:27:05 +0000 https://athenasite.net/ivana-zivkovic-appointed-new-deputy-secretary-general-deputy-administrator-and-new-director-of-the-regional-bureau-for-europe-and-the-commonwealth-of-independent-states/ United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ms. Ivana Živković of Croatia as Under-Secretary-General, Deputy Administrator and new Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Currently Director General for Economic Affairs and Development Cooperation at the Croatian Ministry of […]]]>

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ms. Ivana Živković of Croatia as Under-Secretary-General, Deputy Administrator and new Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Currently Director General for Economic Affairs and Development Cooperation at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Ms. Živković brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in development, regional cooperation, trade and economic diplomacy. She previously held several positions at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and played a leading role in setting up the framework for international development cooperation in Croatia. During the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ms Živković led the coordination of the trade and development portfolios.

She succeeds Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric-Egger of Switzerland, who was elected as the new President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Welcoming this new appointment, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations and welcome to Ivana Živković as she assumes her new role and look forward to working in working closely with her in these uncertain times to implement UNDP’s strategic plan and mission to accelerate sustainable development and achieve a resilient future for all.

“I would also like to express my deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to Mirjana Spoljaric-Egger for her leadership, outstanding commitment and years of dedicated service to UNDP. I wish him the best for his future endeavours,” added Steiner.

Ms. Živković will assume her position from October 2022. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Zagreb and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Zagreb.

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Remarks by Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Elizabeth Rosenberg at the Brookings Institution https://athenasite.net/remarks-by-assistant-secretary-for-terrorist-financing-and-financial-crimes-elizabeth-rosenberg-at-the-brookings-institution/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 16:56:46 +0000 https://athenasite.net/remarks-by-assistant-secretary-for-terrorist-financing-and-financial-crimes-elizabeth-rosenberg-at-the-brookings-institution/ “The Edge of the Fight against Corruption: New Directions in Beneficial Ownership Transparency” As prepared for delivery Hello, and thank you to the Brookings Institution and Ambassador Eisen for the invitation. It is a pleasure to be here with you today to discuss our priorities and our anti-corruption work. I am here today to continue […]]]>

“The Edge of the Fight against Corruption: New Directions in Beneficial Ownership Transparency”

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Hello, and thank you to the Brookings Institution and Ambassador Eisen for the invitation. It is a pleasure to be here with you today to discuss our priorities and our anti-corruption work.

I am here today to continue a series of discussions that we began late last year at the Democracy Summit. Second, Treasury Department senior management has made it clear that anti-corruption work is a priority for our department. In a conversation with finance ministers around the world, Secretary Yellen said corruption was a “common adversary” of democracies. Our Assistant Secretary, Wally Adeyemo, gave a speech here at the Brookings Institution to outline our anti-corruption priorities, including promoting transparency and anti-corruption enforcement, and deepening our partnerships at service of this work. Today, I’d like to highlight those commitments and share with you what we’ve done over the next nine months.

Since then, the Treasury Department has focused on three areas of work in anti-corruption efforts, alongside colleagues in our government. They 1) analyze the risks associated with this pernicious threat; 2) put in place the right legal framework to prevent corruption from hiding – or operating with impunity – in our financial system; and 3) implementing targeted measures, such as sanctions, to expose and hold accountable corrupt individuals and their enablers.

Corruption is corrosive both to our institutions and to the trust on which they depend, undermining the foundations of a strong society. It’s one of the reasons President Biden, less than five months into his presidency, has identified corruption as a national security threat. Corruption is a problem when it happens here in our country, when loopholes in our laws allow it to happen and when our legal regime allows the proceeds of corruption, wherever they are generated, to be hidden and laundered in our financial system. It’s also a problem for Americans when other jurisdictions are besieged by corruption, making it harder for us to solve common problems and for all of us to enjoy the peace and security that comes with a fair and participatory society.

First, the office I lead works diligently to analyze corruption risks, it is the fundamental job of understanding the problem and its seriousness, and a prerequisite for concerted action. In our 2022 Money Laundering Risk Assessment, our team described persistent themes of corrupt individuals engaging in fraud, embezzlement, bribery, extortion and corporate misuse and other legal entities. They also looked at concerns about all-cash real estate purchases, as well as the financial enablers — sometimes called gatekeepers — who move that dirty money around. This rigorous and empirical work, carried out with our colleagues in the Department of Justice and our intelligence community, describes the ways in which corruption insinuates itself into our financial system and damages the integrity of our economy, as well as the confidence that we give to our institutions and our political system. This work has sounded the alarm and reinforced the urgency we all feel to act. It builds on the first-ever U.S. anti-corruption strategy released by the Biden administration.

The second line of Treasury efforts involves regulatory work to strengthen the resilience of our financial system against threats of corruption. It’s about mitigating vulnerabilities – like anonymous businesses and large cash purchases – and tackling risks head-on, including low levels of accountability and disclosure required for the most vulnerable types of individuals. at risk of engaging in or succumbing to corruption. activity. This runs the gamut of city officials in the United States who take bribes in exchange for supply contracts to bribe foreign officials or their families investing millions of dollars in American real estate.

This work to strengthen financial defenses against corruption includes the Treasury Department’s Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) which works to establish beneficial ownership and set disclosure rules for large residential real estate purchases. and entirely in cash. These are game-changing actions and the most important anti-money laundering reforms of our generation.

The work also includes Treasury’s efforts to strengthen global beneficial ownership standards within the Intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF). We have worked to require all countries to collect information about companies incorporated in or with significant business ties to jurisdictions and to ensure that their law enforcement authorities have access to this information. We have also worked to require countries to know the ultimate owners of companies bidding for government contracts. And we have strengthened the mandate of the Financial Action Task Force on Anti-Corruption, to focus the agency’s efforts on the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on Corruption, on the misuse of citizenship-by-investment programs by corrupt individuals and their families, and on financial gatekeepers who enrich themselves by helping high-ranking officials steal from their citizens.

When the Financial Action Task Force takes a strong stance on corruption, it raises expectations and standards globally, with the powerful effect of closing the avenues for dirty money to avoid detection, moving to lax jurisdictions. The work of my office and our colleagues in the U.S. government to help partners abroad strengthen their legal regimes can be complicated and tailored, but it is fundamentally important to deny kleptocrats and corrupt officials the ability to hide in the financial system, consolidating their political power and influence.

The third area of ​​our work is exposing corrupt officials, enablers who are doing their dirty work and the institutions they have ruined with laundered money, bribes and fraud. Some of this work becomes public, such as sanction designations or arrests and prosecutions that rely on suspicious financial activity reports collected by FinCEN. Sometimes it’s not public, or not clearly related to the work of the Treasury Department or the U.S. government, such as when our foreign partners rely on suspicious activity reports filed in the United States, or when they receive declassified US intelligence that directs them to criminals. activity they can stop with their own law enforcement actions.

I want to close by calling for an effort that the US Treasury Department is deeply involved in right now. It is an effort that I believe we are all deeply invested in, to shine a light on a specific set of corrupt actors and hit on the conditions and enablers that sustain them. I am referring to our sanctions and law enforcement efforts to restrain corrupt and kleptocratic actors who help maintain and benefit from President Putin’s regime and his war machine. These efforts by the United States and our partners have been a powerful spur to national governments to act against corruption. For example, earlier this summer a coalition of the G7 and other allies froze more than $30 billion in assets and also seized yachts, jets, real estate and other real estate. We have also made renewed efforts to work with partner jurisdictions to close loopholes that allow abuse by kleptocrats and criminals, such as “golden passport” programs.

Dirty money has been the lifeblood of autocracy for far longer than the months of Putin’s war, but the reaction of so many countries today to prevent the proceeds of Russia’s corruption from leaking in the global financial system is not just an exercise in good governance and financial transparency. It is a defense of our national security and the security and stability of our partners. It is also a way to methodically, name by name – asset seizure by asset seizure – diminish Russia’s ability to engage in the illicit financial activity that lends strength to the horrific war of brutal diet.

Over the coming months, and in preparation for the upcoming Summit for Democracies, the US Treasury Department will continue defensive and offensive work in the fight against corruption. We will advance rules that will make our financial system more resilient and present new analysis on vulnerabilities to corruption in our economy. We will also support the continued work of the Financial Action Task Force on strengthening implementation of the UN Convention on Corruption and combating the misuse of citizenship-by-investment schemes. And we will work closely with international partners on critical financial reforms – from detecting money laundering, to collecting beneficial ownership information, to effective asset seizure regimes – that will make us all , our economies and our systems of governance safer and more secure.

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Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament presents the UN Under-Secretary General on the security situation in NK and the region https://athenasite.net/deputy-speaker-of-the-armenian-parliament-presents-the-un-under-secretary-general-on-the-security-situation-in-nk-and-the-region/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 15:22:02 +0000 https://athenasite.net/deputy-speaker-of-the-armenian-parliament-presents-the-un-under-secretary-general-on-the-security-situation-in-nk-and-the-region/ Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament presents the UN Under-Secretary General on the security situation in NK and the region 6:45 PM, September 2, 2022 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS. Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Armenia Ruben Rubinyan today met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenča, the parliament’s press […]]]>

Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament presents the UN Under-Secretary General on the security situation in NK and the region


YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS. Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Armenia Ruben Rubinyan today met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenča, the parliament’s press service reported. .

During the meeting, Ruben Rubinyan presented the current security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the region caused by the 2020 war started by Azerbaijan. He underlined the need to eliminate the current humanitarian crisis, the problems related to displaced persons, the the elimination of Armenian religious and cultural heritage in Artskah.

The UN Under-Secretary General thanked for the welcome and the detailed presentation of the current situation. Stressing the importance of close cooperation between Armenia and the United Nations, Miroslav Jenča said he was ready to support and continue the mutual partnership. He said the UN was making efforts to preserve peace and stability in the region.

The parties also discussed the ongoing normalization process between Armenia and Turkey.


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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Discusses Security Priorities with Niger Prime Minister https://athenasite.net/u-s-deputy-assistant-secretary-discusses-security-priorities-with-niger-prime-minister/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 08:54:41 +0000 https://athenasite.net/u-s-deputy-assistant-secretary-discusses-security-priorities-with-niger-prime-minister/ On August 31, 2022, U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy Gonzalo Suarez met with Prime Minister Mahamadou Ouhoumoudou in Niamey, Niger to discuss international security priorities. Suarez explained that the meeting covered a variety of topics, including “the inherent risk of instability in the region posed by disinformation and armed groups […]]]>

On August 31, 2022, U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy Gonzalo Suarez met with Prime Minister Mahamadou Ouhoumoudou in Niamey, Niger to discuss international security priorities. Suarez explained that the meeting covered a variety of topics, including “the inherent risk of instability in the region posed by disinformation and armed groups operating along Niger’s borders.”

The two officials exchanged information on current security challenges, discussed relevant tools that could be used, and developed a tangible list of ways the United States and Niger can partner to address these challenges. “I can attest that this meeting is tangible proof of the enduring friendship and cooperation between the United States and Niger,” A/DAS Suarez told the media after the meeting.

The mission of the Office of International Security and Non-Proliferation (ISN) is to monitor, develop and implement effective responses to threats to international security. Working closely with other offices within the Department of State, other U.S. agencies, and a wide range of international and non-governmental partners, the ISN shapes the international security environment to prevent their recurrence. .

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United States Embassy in Niger.

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Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Joyce Msuya, Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, 29 August 2022 – Syrian Arab Republic https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-general-for-humanitarian-affairs-and-deputy-emergency-relief-coordinator-ms-joyce-msuya-briefing-to-the-security-council-on-the-humanitarian-situation-in-syria-29-august-2022/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 14:59:47 +0000 https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-general-for-humanitarian-affairs-and-deputy-emergency-relief-coordinator-ms-joyce-msuya-briefing-to-the-security-council-on-the-humanitarian-situation-in-syria-29-august-2022/ Attachments As delivered Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Echoing Geir [Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria], I am also deeply alarmed by the recent upsurge in violence in northern Syria, particularly in the northern Aleppo countryside and northeast Syria. Drone strikes and bombings have caused civilian casualties. An attack in Al Hasakeh on August 18 claimed the […]]]>

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Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Echoing Geir [Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria], I am also deeply alarmed by the recent upsurge in violence in northern Syria, particularly in the northern Aleppo countryside and northeast Syria. Drone strikes and bombings have caused civilian casualties.

An attack in Al Hasakeh on August 18 claimed the lives of four civilian women and girls. And an attack on a market in the town of Al Bab on August 19 reportedly killed 13 civilians, including four boys and one girl.

The lives of these Syrian children have been destroyed or changed forever.

Violence breeds fear of more violence, and both cause people to flee. As we hear new statements and read reports about preparations for a possible military operation in northern Syria, displacement is already underway.

Violence also hampers our ability to function. The cross-sectional mission to Ras al Ayn was postponed due to the escalation of hostilities, despite all necessary approvals and preparations.

Once again, I would like to remind all the parties to this conflict that international humanitarian law requires them to respect civilians and civilian objects, and to constantly take care to spare them throughout their military operations.

I urge members of the Council to ensure respect for the rules of war and accountability for serious violations.

Mister President,

This year alone, at least 26 murders have been reported in Al Hol camp, including those of 20 women, and we continue to receive reports of sexual violence, including some perpetrated by camp guards. In addition, humanitarian partners have reported an increase in cases of sexual exploitation.

If hostilities escalate in northern Syria, there will likely be a negative impact on the protection of people in Al Hol camp, where the security situation is already extremely poor. Security issues in the camp may further jeopardize the dire situation, and women and girls in particular will be at even greater risk. Movements of humanitarian organizations to the camp and to nearby areas could be further restricted, disrupting emergency and essential services.

Residents of Al Hol and the humanitarian partners working to help them need more protection, safety and security.

Allow me to call once again on all Member States concerned to take urgent action and fulfill their responsibility to repatriate their citizens through all available channels.

Opportunities for durable solutions for the people of Al Hol exist. For example, on August 12, the Government of Iraq repatriated 151 families – mostly female-headed households and highly vulnerable people – to Jeddah 1 in Ninewa Governorate. And 73 internally displaced families left Al Hol on August 14, returning to various parts of Deir-ez-Zor in Syria.

Mister President,

The Syrian economic crisis continues to affect civilians across the country. The FAO reported that last month’s wheat harvest in Syria was one of the lowest on record and the second poor wheat harvest in two years.

Fuel shortages and drastically reduced access to electricity are having a crippling effect on the population, eroding livelihood opportunities and severely limiting access to essential services.

This situation is exacerbated by the water crisis across the country, which affects access to sufficient and safe drinking and irrigation water, as well as water to produce food and produce electricity. ‘electricity.

As always, the economic crisis disproportionately affects women, girls, boys and people with disabilities, particularly their mobility and access to basic services, including reproductive health and protection services.

The United Nations continues to promote increased funding for early recovery and resilience. At least 26% of the overall demand for humanitarian assistance in Syria is aimed at implementing early recovery and resilience programmes. This is essential to enable Syrians to rebuild their lives with dignity.

At least 228 projects received $333 million to implement early recovery and resilience activities, representing 30% of requested funds. And at least 51 of these projects help provide electricity to support basic services, including water and sanitation, nutrition, health and education.

It should be noted here that the overall funding for the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan is currently only 24% of the funds requested. The biggest challenge for aid agencies right now is funding, as needs grow and will grow further as winter approaches. I want to call for greater solidarity and increased humanitarian funding from the international community, especially for early recovery and livelihoods programmes.

Funding for mine action programs, particularly demining, is essential. Progress has been made. Since December, more than one million square meters of agricultural land have been cleared in the Damascus countryside. Increased funding to scale up these programs is needed.

Mr. President, allow me to provide an update on humanitarian access.

The United Nations continues to do everything in its power to advance cross-border assistance to all parts of Syria.

In the northwest, the sixth transversal mission in Sarmada, in the governorate of Idlib, was completed on August 4 and 5. I urge all parties concerned to expand these operations by allowing multiple cross-border convoys each month and increasing the number of trucks in each convoy.

Mister President,

The UN and its partners still do not have humanitarian access to the residents of Rukban. We remain deeply concerned about these people, as they have limited access to essential food, water, healthcare and other basic services.

We remain committed to reaching these people. But we need full access to assess their humanitarian needs and provide regular humanitarian assistance. We also need the necessary access and security conditions to support people who want to leave the camp in a reasoned, voluntary and informed way.

The humanitarian community is planning a multi-sectoral response including vaccinations. I call on all parties to support this plan and to facilitate immediate humanitarian access and assistance to people in the camp.

Mister President,

Late last month, I traveled to Gaziantep and Hatay in Turkey to review the cross-border humanitarian response in light of the Security Council resolution.

I witnessed the scale of the operation and the high level of control applied. I also heard from affected women in Idleb about the dire humanitarian conditions in northwestern Syria.

They told me they needed help getting back on their feet — what we technically call early recovery programs — and they needed better access to education for their children.

Over the coming months, the United Nations will do all it can to facilitate the implementation of all aspects of resolution 2642. But to achieve this, we need the support of all parties. We need meaningful resources and we need sustained, regular and predictable access.

I am very concerned about the irreversible damage caused by chronic underfunding. This could jeopardize life-saving assistance and reduce investments in livelihoods and essential services.

Lack of funding has serious consequences, including more school dropouts, higher malnutrition rates and fewer protective interventions. If we don’t act now, a generation of Syrian children could be lost.

It is essential that this Council shares responsibility for the rescue work of humanitarian workers in Syria.

And I want to remind all parties of their obligation to facilitate rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access to all civilians in need across Syria. I call on all parties to facilitate access, across all response modalities, so that assistance can reach those in need.

And this brings me to my last point.

While we need your support today, we will need it even more in the months to come as winter approaches and our response shifts gears. We know the Syrian winter will bring more hardship and we remain committed to helping people wherever we can.

We count on your support to stay the course. Thanks.

Disclaimer

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA’s activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.
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Assistant Secretary, Communications – The Mandarin https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-communications-the-mandarin/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 03:29:51 +0000 https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-communications-the-mandarin/ Permanent position with job security and flexible working hours. 15.4% retirement pension, salary sacrifice and annual welfare allowance. Creative, exciting and dynamic work environment. Education plays a vital role in addressing the challenges of inequality, ability and sustainability to support our economic security and the health and social wellbeing of all Australians. Are you as […]]]>
  • Permanent position with job security and flexible working hours.
  • 15.4% retirement pension, salary sacrifice and annual welfare allowance.
  • Creative, exciting and dynamic work environment.

Education plays a vital role in addressing the challenges of inequality, ability and sustainability to support our economic security and the health and social wellbeing of all Australians.

Are you as passionate as we are about what education can offer? Do you have a vision of how communications can support education? Do you see the opportunities to achieve great results through access to quality education and learning?

If so, there is an immediate vacancy for a Assistant Secretary (AS), Communications, in the People, Parliament and Communications Division of the General and Enabling Services Group, Canberra Country Office.

Within the department, we are focused on contributing to Australia’s collective progress in education and this position offers a unique opportunity as an influential communications leader to help shape the culture and approach that the department will adopt. You will develop and lead the overall strategy and approach for the delivery of communications services, and it will be essential to bring to this role your initiative, creativity, excellent interpersonal skills as well as your strategic and operational experience. .

We are looking for an established and inspiring senior executive from the public, private and/or community sectors to join the Department of Educationwith:

• Exceptional results orientation, resilience and a positive approach to solving problems proactively and reactively
• Exceptional judgment and awareness of the wider environment
• Proven skills to build trust
• Strong internal and strategic communication skills
• Skillful communication with personal presence
• Exceptional stakeholder engagement skills, both internally and externally
• A strong commitment to customer service
• A desire and proven ability to deliver at a high level of quality
• An ability to handle multiple large-scale issues simultaneously and in a timely manner
• The ability to identify and assess emerging issues; and
• Strong people management and leadership skills, especially as it relates to a flexible and versatile workforce

For more information, please see the job information pack and job description available here.

Position reference number: 22/0987EXT.

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Assistant Secretary Noyes’ Trip to Pennsylvania https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-noyes-trip-to-pennsylvania/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:50:51 +0000 https://athenasite.net/assistant-secretary-noyes-trip-to-pennsylvania/ Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Julieta Valls Noyes will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 15-16. In Philadelphia, Assistant Secretary Noyes will thank local refugee resettlement partners and recognize Philadelphia as a leading city in refugee resettlement. She will salute the city’s contributions to Operation Allies Welcome as one of two major […]]]>

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Julieta Valls Noyes will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 15-16. In Philadelphia, Assistant Secretary Noyes will thank local refugee resettlement partners and recognize Philadelphia as a leading city in refugee resettlement. She will salute the city’s contributions to Operation Allies Welcome as one of two major entry points that received flights from Afghans en route to other destinations across the United States. Deputy Secretary Noyes will also celebrate the “City of Brotherly Love” for welcoming and resettling hundreds of Afghans over the past year and refugees for many years.

During her visit, Deputy Secretary Noyes will meet with city and state officials, including the mayor, as well as refugee resettlement agency affiliates Nationalities Service Center (NSC) and HIAS Pennsylvania. She will also speak with resettlement partner staff and volunteers, community sponsors and leaders, refugee employers, health care providers and others who welcome Afghans so warmly to Philadelphia, and will meet with newly arrived refugees.

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