U.S. Actions Targeting Transnational Criminals for Illicit Fentanyl Activity

United Arab Emirates National DayToday, the United States is announcing a series of actions against those involved in illicit fentanyl trafficking. Through the Department of State we announced rewards offers for information leading to the arrest or conviction of 27 individuals. Additionally, the Department of Justice announced significant indictments against fentanyl traffickers associated with the Sinaloa Cartel. The Department […]

Mark Swidan’s Suspended Death Sentence

Mark Swidan’s Suspended Death SentenceToday the People’s Republic of China’s Jiangmen Intermediate Court denied wrongfully detained U.S. national Mark Swidan’s appeal, and upheld his death penalty with a two-year suspended death sentence.   We are disappointed by this decision and will continue to press for his immediate release and return to the United States.  U.S. officials have repeatedly expressed their […]

The U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Launch a Call for Concept Proposals for the Blended Finance for the Energy Transition Program

U.S.-Kazakhstan Joint Statement on Accelerating Methane Mitigation to Achieve the Global Methane PledgeThe Department of State, in partnership with USAID, has launched the Blended Finance for the Energy Transition (BFET) program by issuing an initial request for concept proposals for private sector-led blended finance structures. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions while addressing growing energy demand in emerging markets and developing economies will require massive investment (the International Energy […]