Press Releases

COVID-19

COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.

Speeches Shim

28-06-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power began a multi-day trip to Zambia where she will meet with government, civil society, and private sector representatives to discuss the U.S.-Zambia relationship, highlight the U.S. government’s support for Zambia’s democratic advances, and speak to Zambians about the ongoing food security crisis made worse by Russia’s war against Ukraine.

28-06-2022
Press Release

This week, during the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany, President Joe Biden pledged $2.76 billion in additional U.S. government resources to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from the escalating global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa region.

28-06-2022

In response to the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan on June 22, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, is providing nearly $55 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to meet urgent needs of people affected. To date, approximately 770 deaths and nearly 1,500 injuries have been reported. The impacts of this disaster compound the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

24-06-2022
Readout

On June 23, Administrator Power participated in “Pride@USAID: Accelerating LGBTQI+ Inclusive Development,” with Senior LGBTQI+ Coordinator Jay Gilliam and advocates for LGBTQI+ equality from around the world. The event highlighted the Agency’s commitment to advancing the human rights and inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and people of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTQI+) around the world.

23-06-2022
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Zambia and Malawi from June 28 to July 3. In both countries, the Administrator will meet with local farmers, agri business owners and government officials to discuss the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on food security and nutrition in the region. Throughout her trip, the Administrator will highlight the United States government support for the region's democratic advances and underscore how democratic governance, a strong civil society, robust anti-corruption efforts and a vibrant independent media strengthen institutional resilience and deliver tangible economic dividends for the people. 

23-06-2022
Media Advisory

On June 24, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power will engage in a dialogue with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Democratic Opposition of Belarus at a plenary session of the USAID 2022 Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) Conference. The theme of the conference, which will include the virtual participation of USAID’s global DRG officers and the DRG implementing partner community, is “Meeting the Moment: Deepening Partnerships to Stand for Democracy.” 

22-06-2022

USAID is deeply saddened by the devastating magnitude 5.9 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan this morning, which media report has already resulted in at least 1,000 deaths and 1,500 injuries. The Afghan people, who are already in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, are showing incredible resilience in the face of this latest disaster. The United States and our humanitarian partners are already stepping up to respond, including deploying medical teams to provide immediate care to people affected in Paktika province and deploying assessment teams to rapidly determine additional needs.

22-06-2022

Today, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced the launch of USAID’s new flagship initiative to combat ocean plastic pollution globally—the Save Our Seas Initiative. The initiative will include $62.5 million in initial funding and will launch 14 new country and regional programs in key countries and regions that represent 40 percent of total global mismanaged plastic waste. 

21-06-2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $250,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by severe flooding and landslides in northeastern Bangladesh that have adversely affected more than 4.3 million people. To date, seasonal monsoons—the worst in more than 120 years—and floodwaters have killed at least 30 people, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and damaged or destroyed more than 155,000 homes as well as roads and essential infrastructure.

21-06-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Power participated in the World Bank Group’s (WBG) “The Way Forward” series, in which WBG President David Malpass invites prominent government or development actors to discuss bold ideas and policies to address global challenges. 

21-06-2022
Press Release

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advanced plans for a previously-announced $50 million investment to expand global access to medical oxygen–starting with commitments to build and improve health care infrastructure to support bulk liquid oxygen in 50 facilities around the world. USAID estimates the investment will support medical oxygen at more than 20,000 beds, enabling hundreds of thousands of patients to receive life-saving oxygen each year. 

21-06-2022
Press Release

Today, USAID announced $11.75 million in new assistance to support Sri Lankans who are enduring a food security and economic crisis. 

In collaboration with COVAX, USAID will now continue to ship pediatric doses to partner countries around the world that have requested them.
20-06-2022

On June 18 and 19, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with COVAX, delivered the first two U.S.-facilitated shipments of Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to Mongolia (302,400 doses) and Nepal (2.2 million doses). These pediatric vaccines are part of President Biden’s commitment to donate COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

20-06-2022
Statement

More than 70 years ago, members of the United Nations General Assembly gathered to adopt the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The Convention and its 1967 Protocol outline the rights of, and protections for, refugees—the right to basic standards of treatment and, critically, protection against return to persecution. A core tenet of refugee protection embedded in these instruments is non-discrimination—including that states should not restrict access to asylum on the basis of race, religion, or country of origin.  

17-06-2022
Readout

Yesterday, USAID convened a meeting of senior health officials from donor and partner countries, and top COVID-19 experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Africa CDC, and COVAX to discuss the COVID-19 Global Action Plan Line of Effort 1 to get shots in arms. Executive Director of USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force Jeremy Konyndyk chaired the meeting. 

17-06-2022
Readout

On June 16, Administrator Power met with a delegation of Ukrainian Members of Parliament to discuss the Government of Ukraine’s evolving needs as Russia’s unprovoked war enters its fourth month

16-06-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Power participated in a keynote conversation with InterAction CEO Sam Worthington, as part of InterAction’s 2022 Global Forum. She discussed the ongoing global food crisis affecting 193 million people facing acute food insecurity, including the U.S. government’s response and what is needed from the international community to meet this rising emergency. She also emphasized the importance of supporting democratic openings around the world by assisting governments in delivering stability and prosperity for their populations, including responding to the rising hunger crisis. 

16-06-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley. They discussed how USAID and WFP will work together to provide urgent humanitarian food assistance to crisis-affected people and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable around the world. The United States is the world’s largest donor to WFP, and provided more than $3.7 billion to WFP to fight hunger and assist the most vulnerable in Fiscal Year 2021.

16-06-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Power met with anti-corruption activist Nikhil Dey, a founding member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and the National Campaign For People's Right to Information (NCPRI) in India, as well as a former member of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee. 

16-06-2022
Interview

Ambassador Power, we just heard a Kremlin spokesperson refuse to say that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a violation of international law. That there were referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions that essentially justified the Russian troop presence there. Obviously you were Ambassador to the UN, you’ve heard this kind of argument made before. What is the response to that line of thinking from Russian leadership? 

Pages

Last updated: August 19, 2022

Share This Page

Subscribe to Press Releases