Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 22, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  Good afternoon.  Good evening.  We are so grateful to have all of you with us today. As President Biden and Vice President Harris have made clear, this administration intends to do more than any in U.S. …

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Earth Day 2021

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2021 Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone.  Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United States joins this wave of action. This morning, …

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President Biden Invites 40 World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate

MARCH 26, 2021 Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.  The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing. President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  Days later, …

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World Water Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 22, 2021 Water is an invaluable resource that we rely on for nearly everything we do.  Reliable access to water underpins health, economic opportunity, and security in every country, and ensuring global access to safe and adequate water for basic needs is now more important than ever.  Climate change is already …

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World Wildlife Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 3, 2021 On this World Wildlife Day, we recognize the importance of the world’s forests, which are home to 80 percent of the globe’s terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihoods of over one billion people.  They also absorb nearly a third of all the planet-warming …

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 19, 2021 On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Women’s Entrepreneurship Through Ethical Fashion Hackathon

On Thursday, June 26 at the Brain Embassy co-working space in Warsaw, the U.S. Embassy’s Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer Alison Behling gave opening remarks at the inauguration of the “Make the Change in Fashion –  Ethical Fashion Hackathon” organized by the Siec Przesiebiorczych Kobiet (the Network of Women Entrepreneurs).   “Make the Change …

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Polish-American Collaborations in Public Health: Tobacco Control and Clean Air

Capitalizing on the presence of international health experts who came  to the Calisia World Conference on Family Health, the U.S. Embassy Warsaw hosted an all-day conference at the American Center Warsaw “Polish-American Collaborations in Public Health: Tobacco Control and Clean Air” on June 11.  The conference brought together NGO representatives, scientific and medical experts, and …

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Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager of California Coastal Commission Visits Poland

April 8-11, Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager of California Coastal Commission, spoke with Polish audiences in Warsaw, Gdańsk and Gdynia as part of the U.S. Speaker Program celebrating upcoming Earth Day. Mr. Schwartz met with Polish NGOs, local activists, students and faculty as well as city government representatives to discuss sources and impact of …

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Second In Focus. Polish American Speaker Series Event Features Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager of California Coastal Commission.

April 8 hosted the second event within the Embassy In Focus. Polish American Speaker Series at the American Center Warsaw. The event featured Eben Schwartz, Marine Program Manager of the California Coastal Commission as the expert who talked to the invited audience about sources and impact of plastic pollution and marine debris, the Commission’s Clean …

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World Wildlife Day 2019

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 27, 2019 The United Nations established March 3 as World Wildlife Day to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. This year will mark the sixth anniversary of World Wildlife Day, and for the first time will highlight marine species and the unique threats …

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The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program

Dr. Rich Baldauf, U.S. Embassy Warsaw Science Fellow from the EPA, and Izabela Misiewicz, US Embassy Warsaw, presented at a workshop for teachers who are running GLOBE programs at various schools throughout Poland.  The workshop was designed to introduce the teachers to educational resources developed by the EPA for teaching about air pollution and its …

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U.S. Delegation to the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 29, 2018 The 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Katowice, Poland, December 2-14, 2018. Judith Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific …

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“Festival of the Tree:” U.S. Embassy and Klub Gaja Branch Out for Cleaner Air Across Poland

October 10th marked a very special day for the U.S. Embassy in Poland represented by Frank Finver, Public Affairs Officer, Alison Behling, ESTH Officer, and colleagues. That Wednesday, they joined Klub Gaja, Fundacja Nasza Ziemia, the city of Warsaw, and Lasy Panstwowe, and participated in a tree planting ceremony for the Festival of the Tree. …

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U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Participates in the 25th Annual Clean Up the Earth Event

The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw participated in the 25th annual Clean Up the Earth event organized by Our Earth Foundation (Fundacja Nasza Ziemia) on September 21.  Our Earth Foundation is a Polish NGO that specializes in ecological education aimed at saving and protecting the earth’s natural resources.  This year’s theme was “Take Action – Separate …

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Ambassador Jones Signs a Letter of Support Titled “Together for the Environment”

On June 21, Ambassador Jones signed a Letter of Support, titled “Together for the Environment,” for the common implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in support of UNEP/GRID Warsaw in partnership with the UN Environment Program. The director of UNEP/GRID Warsaw, Maria Andrzejewska, also attended the signing and shared updates from …

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Dr. Thomas Culhane Visits Poland to Conduct Workshops on Solving Environmental Challenges

To commemorate Earth Day 2018 and as part of Mission Poland’s environmental outreach, Embassy Warsaw and CG Krakow ‎invited Dr. Thomas Culhane from the University of Southern Florida in Tampa for a week of workshops, meetings and discussions with students, academia, NGOs, city government officials, business and start-ups on solving environmental challenges through technology and innovation, …

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American Diplomats Join Students in Clean-Up of Vistula River during “Clean Up the World” Event

Diplomats from the US Embassy took part in the 24th annual “Clean Up the World” event held on September 15 in Warsaw.  Organized by the Our Earth Foundation, this year’s event paired diplomats from 18 embassies with pupils from primary schools throughout Warsaw.  After the organizers provided volunteers with garbage bags and gloves, the pupils …

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Front Line Defenders: Honoring Those Who Protect Wildlife

On March 2, 2017, the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs hosted an event called “Front Line Defenders: Honoring Those Who Protect Wildlife” to commemorate World Wildlife Day. The event brought together conservationists and others who are on the front lines of this global fight to discuss the real costs of wildlife …

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Join us for “World Wildlife Day: Celebrating The Guardians of Wildlife” Webchat

Wildlife rangers and other brave front line defenders risk their lives every day to stop wildlife poaching and trafficking. Wildlife trafficking happens on every continent and affects hundreds of wildlife species, ranging from coral to cheetahs. Not only does it affect the lives of wildlife and their defenders, it affects the lives of entire communities: …

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Withdrawal of Certain Portions of the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf from Mineral Leasing

  Presidential Memorandum Withdrawal of Certain Portions of the United States Arctic Outer Continental Shelf from Mineral Leasing December 20, 2016 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR SUBJECT: Withdrawal of Certain Portions of the United States Arctic Outer Continental Shelf from Mineral Leasing Consistent with principles of responsible public stewardship entrusted to this office, …

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Krakow: The winner of Smogathon Has Been Announced

Thomas Zia,  consul from the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, attended the 2016 Smogathan final event, where the winner was announced from 10 finalists.  The Smogathon is an event where teams present their ideas for how to best combat smog.  Over 30 teams from around the world, among them engineers, scientists, students and entrepreneurs, attended …

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U.S. Embassy Participates in the “Day of the Tree” in Warsaw

On October 10, POL/ECON Counselor Kathleen Morenski and the Embassy’s Environment, Science, Technology, and Health team took part in a tree-planting ceremony at Pole Mokotowskie Park in Warsaw, hosted by NGO Klub Gaja.  The event was the kickoff of a yearlong series of “Festival of the Tree” events and activities, and a little bit of …

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Presidential Proclamation – 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 22, 2016 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In 1872, the Congress established Yellowstone National Park — the first park of its kind anywhere in the world. Decades later, the passage of the Antiquities …

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Earth Day Celebrated With “Green” Debates

How are American cities strategically planning environmentally friendly development? How do citizens’ initiatives  influence urban planning? How do green cities fight pollution?  These and many other topics will be discussed by Warsaw NGO activists and academics: Krzyszytof Herman, PhD – architect, academic teacher at the Agriculture University , Warsaw; 2008/2009 alumnus of Fulbright Scholorship at …

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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years in 2016

On August 25th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service (NPS) with the purpose of conserving nature remarkable sites “by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”  Thus, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the NPS, a federal program designed to protect diverse sites …

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