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United Nations General Assembly 2014
USAID at the 2014 UN General Assembly

From September 22-26, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and other Agency leaders will participate in several events taking place during and around the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Through our key events and participation at other development events, USAID will demonstrate innovation and results in our core work and spotlight how the Agency’s new model for development is doing business differently to achieve unprecedented progress.

USAID Side Events

Call to Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls: Secretary Kerry will open this joint USAID - Department of State ministerial event, focusing on progress made in year one of the Call to Action on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Humanitarian Emergencies. This will be an opportunity to showcase U.S. Government leadership on efforts to combat GBV in emergencies; announce new funding and partnerships for the Safe from the Start initiative; demonstrate progress on implementation of the commitments to the Call to Action; and, lay out an agenda of priorities for all Call to Action signatories for 2015, building on grounds gained in 2014.

Unlocking the Potential of Innovation - For and With the Most Marginalized: This high-level side event of the UN General Assembly meetings is for leaders of development agencies and multilaterals to discuss how to unlock the potential of innovation for and with the most marginalized and to share and showcase ideas on innovative ways of developing real-time information solutions--focusing on entrepreneurship and global scale.

MDG Countdown 2014: This fourth iteration of the MDG Countdown series co-hosted by USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) will focus on sharing knowledge and inspiring even more innovative ideas for the future. The event will also showcase key innovation successes and announce new tools and approaches through two major new programs.

LGBT Inclusion, Extreme Poverty, and Religion: This event, co-hosted by USAID, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the Arcus Foundation, will feature a conversation with religious leaders on the importance of religion as a positive force to advance the human rights and livelihoods of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons around the world.


No Lost Generation:
USAID is co-hosting this event with UNICEF, DFID, and the European Commission to review No Lost Generation Initiative results and set out concrete actions to meet ongoing protection and education challenges. The No Lost Generation Initiative was launched at UNGA in Sept 2013 and calls on the international community to provide nearly $1 billion in programs to help children affected by the Syrian conflict gain access to education, provide protective family care and reunification, protect children from violence and abuse, provide counseling and psychological support, and meet other critical needs. One year on, significant results have been delivered for vulnerable children in Syria and the region, yet the impact of the crisis on children has continued to worsen.


Dispatches, blogs, stories and videos related to USAID's UNGA participation and programs can be found all week on USAID’s Impact Blog.

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Last updated: September 24, 2014

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