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  • Crystal Nix-Hines with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

    Ambassador Nix-Hines Assumes Her Duties

    On Friday, August 8, 2014, the United States Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, presented her credentials to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

  • Justice O'Connor with Ambassador Nix-Hines and Family

    Crystal Nix-Hines is Sworn in as U.S. Ambassador

    On July 16, 2014, Crystal Nix-Hines took the oath of office as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

  • Quote and man waving

    2013 International Religious Freedom Report

    On July 28, Secretary Kerry announced the release of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom (IRFR), which reports on the current status of religious freedom worldwide and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.

  • Release of UNESCO “Teaching Respect for All” Educational Guide

    Release of UNESCO “Teaching Respect for All” Educational Guide

    On July 17, 2014, UNESCO announced the successful completion and release of Teaching Respect for All, a set of guidelines and materials for educators to integrate into existing curricula to promote tolerance and respect for all regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

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  • Poverty Point

    Poverty Point Named a World Heritage Site

    On June 22, the World Heritage Committee in Doha inscribed the Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Valley, Povery Point is an important testament to the richness of Native American culture and heritage.


  • Media Note on Poverty Point

    The Department of State welcomes the Poverty Point's inscription on the World Heritage List, in recognition of the site’s outstanding universal value.

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