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Robert Godec helps Prof. Judi Wakhungu (L) remove the cover from the project banner
US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, helps Prof. Judi Wakhungu (L), Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources, unveil the goals of the Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development in Kenya
USAID
Friday, November 21, 2014

It is an honor to be here this morning.  Today, the United States and Kenya join hands to reaffirm our joint commitment to the fight against climate change.  Today, we take action that will help us avert a worldwide climate catastrophe.  Today, we launch a joint three-year project to help Kenya achieve its goal of low-carbon, sustainable economic growth and development. 

In his 1963 address to the United Nations, U.S. President John F. Kennedy said:  “Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment.”  That capacity, of course, can cut both ways.  What we do can alter the environment for good… or for ill.  And our actions will reverberate across time, having a profound impact on the state of the world in ten, twenty, and even one hundred years. 

For some time now, the science has been clear.  Humanity, through its own actions, is changing the world’s climate.  Temperatures are increasing.  Sea levels are rising.  Storms are growing in intensity.  In Kenya, the droughts have been longer and deeper, flooding has been more extreme, lake levels are receding, rivers and wetlands are drying up.  Devastating regional droughts have demonstrated Kenya’s vulnerability to climate change: the number of Kenyans requiring food assistance rose from 650,000 in 2007 to almost 3.8 million in 2009/2010. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 3:45pm

We need to continue to open our doors to scientists, engineers, and innovators around the world to define the challenges, test our ideas, and scale the solutions. We need to measure success differently.  Mentor local organizations and companies. Build sustainable markets. And we need to work every day to ensure that our efforts will be replaced by those of strong institutions, vibrant private sectors, and thriving civil societies. We look to you to serve as champions of this new way of working. Your partnership is essential to building enduring progress in the world’s most vulnerable communities. As you do, you’ll be creating opportunities abroad in the markets of the future—even as you help build the pathways out of poverty for millions of people around the world.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:45pm

USAID recognizes the vibrant work of women leaders throughout the region. We know your exchanges over the next few days will offer many fruitful opportunities for you to learn and benefit from one another’s experiences. The theme of the workshop is exploring the way forward. Although the workshop will last only a few days, I hope that each of you will listen carefully, participate fully, and be inspired. Learn from your neighbors. Take back a new approach to make a meaningful change when you return home. 

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:00am

Our mission is to end extreme poverty around the world, to promote rights and democracy, sometimes in tough settings.  And that attracts a special kind of employee to our organization; and the more we can discuss, dialogue, and build the right culture, the more we know we are actually espousing in our day-to-day work the values we hold so dear so that everyone has rights and opportunity.

And to take this forward today, we’re taking these efforts to another level by announcing a Joint Communique on LGBTI Human Rights.  To be signed by more than 20 countries, the communique will enable us to share best practices, improve international coordination, and advance a sustainable, community-based approach to our work.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:00am

The U.S. government, through President Obama’s global food security initiative known as “Feed the Future,” strives to increase agricultural production, incomes, nutrition, and the resiliency of rural households.  I am very pleased to inform you all that Cambodia was one of nineteen countries in the world selected to participate in this initiative. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:30am

I am honored to join you today for this Advocacy meeting on Accelerating the Attainment of Millennium Development Goal 5 in Kenya. Now, “Millennium Development Goal 5” is a pretty dry name. So let me put it another way. We are here today about the health of mothers. We are here about the health of families. We are here because Kenyans do not want their country to be one of the 10 most dangerous countries in the world for mothers to give birth. We are here about our shared future.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 1:00pm

Our Agency works in more than 70 countries around the world. But no matter where we work, we believe that investing in LGBT persons is a critical part of our mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:45am

It is widely known that Ethiopia is the birthplace of Arabica coffee and exports some of the highest quality coffee in the world, including many specialty coffees such as Yirgacheffe, Harar and Sidama. Despite this long history and unique coffee culture, the Ethiopian coffee value chain has yet to realize its full potential for increased growth especially for the benefit of smallholder farmers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:30am

Good morning. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today and to extend a warm welcome to everyone in this Regional Policy Dialogue. I wish to thank the ASEAN SME Working Group as well as the US-ASEAN Business Council for their support in organizing this meeting. I would also like to thank the speakers and resource persons from the public and private sectors and from international organizations for their participation today. They are giving their valuable time to share their rich experiences, good practices, and successes in the area of women’s economic empowerment to help us recommend a strong agenda for ASEAN in the future.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:45am

It is great source of pride for me to be here and mark two decades of close cooperation between the United States Government and the Government of Ethiopia through the Ministry of Education and my agency, USAID. This collaboration to improve education quality and equitable access to learning have resulted in many more children in school, far fewer dropping out, improved student learning, and, very importantly, more girls in primary schools. So let me begin with congratulations to all of you and your predecessors on this very measurable progress.

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm

Today, OTI’s legacy of success now stretches through 60 countries across the globe: From communities in Colombia free of the devastation of illicit drug trafficking… …To rural clinics in Rwanda saving thousands of children from malaria and malnutrition… …To vibrant schools in Indonesia, where a new generation of entrepreneurs, doctors, and engineers are preparing to lead their country towards a more prosperous tomorrow, for all of their citizens.

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