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From September 23-27, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and other Agency leaders will participate in several events taking place during and around the 68th 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.
This year’s Assembly will partly focus on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other agreed development goals for persons with disabilities. Over 1 billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Eighty percent of them live in developing countries. USAID is committed to disability-inclusive development by supporting disability-specific programs to address targeted needs and integrating disability into all our programs. At USAID, we also know that we can accelerate progress towards the MDGs by empowering girls and women and investing in actions that reduce gender gaps.
Dispatches, blogs, stories and videos related to USAID's UNGA participation and programs can be found all week on USAID’s Impact Blog.
- President Obama announced $339 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria during his address to the United National General Assembly. This new announcement brings the total U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people to nearly $1.4 billion since the crisis began.
- As a part of the Better than Cash Alliance anniversary event, USAID announced that it is on a path to incorporating language into all grants and contracts to accelerate the use of electronic and mobile payments into its programs across the world.
- As a part of a Civil Society Roundtable discussion that President Obama participating in, the White House announced the opening of the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) Grand Challenge.
- The World Bank, UNICEF, the Government of Norway, and USAID announced a $1.15 billion commitment to help save the lives of women and children. The funds will ensure delivery of essential services and commodities to help save millions of lives and position the global community to achieve MDGs 4 and 5.
- During a meeting of the Equal Futures Partnership, Secretary Kerry and Valerie Jarrett highlighted USAID’s partnership with Walmart. In addition, the White House released a fact highlighting new commitments made under the Equal Futures Partnership to empower women at home and abroad. It includes the new USAID and Walmart global partnership, announcing it's kick off in Bangladesh to support 40,000 women farmers.
- Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. USAID and and State/PRM will be responsible for implementing the program.
Last updated: October 24, 2013