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  • (December 17) the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for a more positive future for Cuba. Today, we are renewing our leadership in the Americas.  We are choosing to cut loose the anchor of the past, because it is entirely necessary to reach a better future – for our national interests, for the American people, and for the Cuban people.

    Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba

  • (December 11)

    Secretary of State John Kerry met with President Ollanta Humala

  • (December 11) "So today I call on all of you here in Lima – negotiators, diplomats, scientists, economists, and concerned citizens in Peru and around the world – to demand resolve from your leaders.  Speak out.  Make climate change an issue that no public official can ignore for even one more day, let alone for one more election.  Make a transition towards clean energy the only policy that you’ll accept.  And make it clear that an ambitious agreement in Paris is not an option, it’s an urgent necessity."

    Secretary Kerry Remarks at COP20

  • (Dec.10) Twenty years ago this week, President Clinton brought together 34 democratically elected leaders in Miami for the first Summit of the Americas. And the President was unequivocal about the mission. He called on leaders from across the region to open new markets and to create new free trade zones, to strengthen the movement towards democracy, and to improve the quality of life for all our people. He said simply, “If we’re successful, the summit will lead to more jobs, opportunity and prosperity for our children and for generations to come. Today, as we gear up for next April’s Summit of the Americas in Panama, we find ourselves really closer than ever to realizing that vision.”

    Secretary Kerry at Summit of the Americas 20th Anniversary Event

  • (December 4) These loans will promote sustainable activities through restoration of degraded lands; benefit local communities by introducing new ways to earn income; protect animals and stop deforestation by reducing the local communities incentive to poach inside the park or to clear forested areas for activities; and sustainably combat climate change.

    Ambassador Nichols, along with Environment Vice Minister Quijandria, announced that Peru’s Cordillera Azul National Park (PNCAZ) has been approved for a major loan secured by carbon credits to promote forest conservation and sustainable agro-forestry

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