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Eleven years ago today, 22 humanitarian aid workers were killed in a horrific attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. Their lives were cut short as they worked selflessly to save others. Each year on August 19 we pay homage to them, their colleagues worldwide who have been killed or injured in the line of duty, and the heroic efforts of those humanitarians currently in the field.
Today, there is an unprecedented need for humanitarians and the spirit they embody. Some 108 million people need humanitarian assistance, and more people have been displaced by conflict than at any time since World War II. Nearly eleven million Syrians and Iraqis have fled for their lives. Millions need shelter, food, water, and medical care in the wake of factional fighting in the Central African Republic and a clash among South Sudan’s political leaders has put millions of people at risk of famine. In these places and others—including Gaza, Somalia, Yemen, and now West Africa with the Ebola outbreak—humanitarians assume great personal risk to help those in need.
Even as they do their utmost to help the most vulnerable, all too often humanitarians are harassed, kidnapped, or killed for their commitment. There were 251 incidents of major violence against aid workers in 30 countries in 2013. These attacks resulted in 460 aid workers killed, kidnapped, or seriously wounded; many of them heroic local staff working to help neighbors in need. As the world’s largest humanitarian donor, the United States expresses its deepest respect to these individuals dedicated to serving others. On behalf of the American people, we are proud to support their work and humbled by their sacrifice. The world needs more of their dedication, selflessness, and courage.
Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile. The most lethal declared chemical weapons possessed by the Syrian regime were destroyed by dedicated U.S. civilian and military professionals using a unique American capability aboard the M/V Cape Ray – and they did so aboard that U.S. vessel several weeks ahead of schedule. This is a major milestone in the international community’s efforts under the leadership of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to rid the Syrian regime of its chemical weapons. It further advances our collective goal to ensure that the Asad regime cannot use its chemical arsenal against the Syrian people and sends a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community.
We are grateful to the United Nations-OPCW Joint Mission and the entire international coalition for their unprecedented achievements. In particular, we appreciate the dedication of Joint Mission Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag, OPCW Director General Uzumcu, and their teams for their vital work. We also thank our close allies and partners – Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, and the United Kingdom – for their key contributions to this mission, and we appreciate the assistance of Russia and China. Going forward, we will watch closely to see that Syria fulfills its commitment to destroy its remaining declared chemical weapons production facilities. In addition, serious questions remain with respect to the omissions and discrepancies in Syria’s declaration to the OPCW and about continued allegations of use. These concerns must be addressed, and we will work closely with the OPCW and the international community to seek resolution of these open issues, even as we broadly press the Asad regime to end the horrific atrocities it continues to commit against its people.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Gilliam to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”
Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr.: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., has been a partner at Covington & Burling LLP since 2009, where he is Vice-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. From 2006 to 2009, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Gilliam was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California from 1999 to 2006, during which time he served as Chief of the Securities Fraud Section from 2004 to 2006. He worked at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen from 1995 to 1998 and served as a law clerk to Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District Court of California from 1994 to 1995. Gilliam received his J.D. in 1994 from Stanford Law School and his B.A. magna cum laude in 1991 from Yale University.
Jim Jeffords was a personal friend, a great senator, and a good man. He was not only beloved by the people of Vermont, but by anyone who ever worked with him. For the nearly four decades I served in the United States Senate, nearly half were spent with Jim as a colleague. Jim knew that with a country as diverse as ours, there is a need for consensus to move the country forward. He was a man who dealt with his colleagues without pretext and with complete honesty. And he always knew what he was talking about—and his colleagues and constituents always knew where he stood on an issue. Jim was a reflection of Vermont—independent and non-ideological and always about solving problems. Jill and I are saddened by his passing and join his family, friends, and his former staff in remembering all that he stood for: basic fairness and principled independence.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jeanne E. Davidson to serve on the United States Court of International Trade.
“I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve on the Court of International Trade,” said President Obama. “Ms. Davidson has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident she will serve on the federal bench with distinction.”
Jeanne E. Davidson: Nominee for the United States Court of International Trade
Jeanne E. Davidson is the Director of the Offices of Foreign Litigation and International Legal Assistance as well as the International Trade Field Office in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice. Previously, Davidson worked for more than 25 years in the National Courts Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch, where she served in various leadership roles, including as Director from 2007 to 2013. From 1992 to 1993, Davidson served as Associate General Counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She began her legal career as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson from 1980 to 1986. Davidson received her J.D. in 1980 from the New York University School of Law and her A.B. in 1976 from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently the President of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.
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