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USAID Mission Director Polly Dunford and Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Mean Sonyta
USAID Mission Director Polly Dunford and Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Mean Sonyta
USAID/Ty Chan
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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  • Her Excellency Chou Bun Eng, Permanent Vice-Chairperson of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking and Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior;
  • distinguished guests,
  • ladies and gentlemen.

I want to thank you for inviting me to attend the closing day of this important event.  As some of you may know, as new Mission Director of USAID, I’ve have not been in the country very long. But I have already developed an appreciation for this beautiful and fascinating country and I have great respect for its people. I’m also gaining a better understanding of the difficult challenges this country continues to face.  No challenge may be greater than the transnational crime of human trafficking, which as a global problem, impacts millions of people world-wide each year, and has a deep impact on Cambodia.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Her Excellency Chou Bun Eng, who is here today and has been playing a leading role in the Royal Government of Cambodia’s fight against human trafficking efforts. Your Excellency, thank you for your strong and tireless efforts.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:15am

The U.S. government, through the U.S.Agency for Internation Development (USAID) has been providing support to Population Services International (PSI) and their local partner, Population Services Khmer (PSK) to support the Royal Government of Cambodia to reduce child mortality due to acute respiratory infection (ARI)/pneumonia and diarrhea. 

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 9:15am

As a friend of Cambodia, the U.S. government is committed to supporting work in transitional justice and peace and reconciliation.  Through USAID, we provide financial support to TPO and other organizations working in the transitional justice sector.  As USAID’s partner for the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing Towards a Shared Future project, TPO works directly with former Khmer Rouge members and with the survivors of the regime.  Their extraordinary efforts have helped Cambodian people cope with trauma and learn how to live peacefully together in the same communities regardless if one was a former Khmer Rouge member or a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime.  Many of those who suffered under the Khmer Rouge have been able to move forward with their lives.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:00pm

When criminals exploit human beings to pursue profits in the global seafood market, they also disregard the environment in the process, damaging fisheries and destroying ecosystems. That is why at USAID, we strongly believe that we must look at these enormous challenges in an integrated way–working both to improve the sustainability of our oceans and increase respect for the rights and dignity of the people working in this industry around the world.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 12:30pm

I’m extremely confident, and I pledge to you that the United States, USAID – led by Beth Dunford, who leads our Bureau for Food Security – will continue to deliver on our commitment to food security. Together, I believe we can and should invest political capital in this effort, but not politics. We’ve learned in the U.S. that it works when it’s a national project. That we need to keep driving with evidence – the beauty of this effort is we can show people results, and the science and the facts that got us there.

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 8:30am

As Cambodia moves towards virtual elimination of HIV, it is ever more important to identify what elements of the national program are producing the desired results and which elements require adjustment.  The importance of evaluating innovative approaches to programming and finding efficiencies is heightened.  And this is where research and evaluation play critical roles.

The USAID HIV Innovate and Evaluate Project aims to provide relevant information to Cambodia's decision-makers at the policy, implementation, and community levels. This information will inform,  interventions relevant to key populations around such priorities as HIV prevention and testing, new case finding, links to HIV care and treatment, and ART adherence among key populations.

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 1:00pm

We’ve seen in recent weeks that people here in Ethiopia want to be heard. I would like to urge everyone—both within the Government and on the streets—to find peaceful ways to talk to, and listen to each other. No one should ever die for peacefully voicing his or her opinion.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:30pm

Your Excellency, Dr. Fareeda Momand, Minister of Higher Education; Dr. Hamayoon, Kandahar Provincial Governor; Mr. Hakimi, Chancellor of the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University; Distinguished Colleagues; Ladies and Gentlemen:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:00am

As you know, India and the United States have a long and successful partnership in the energy sector that has grown stronger and deeper under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Obama.  It’s a testament to our common interest that our leaders have visited one another seven times over the past 20 months  – and where clean energy and climate change were always a key component of their talks.  As I have been telling people for many months, our work together on climate and clean energy may be the single biggest pathway of US/India cooperation in the years ahead. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 11:30am

This issue could not be more important.  There are more than one million orphans in Ghana, and too many of them are languishing in unlicensed, inadequate orphanages.  These children are all too often subjected to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.  They are not even guaranteed the most basic necessities—things like food, water, clothing, education and health care.  In these conditions, they are robbed of the chance to grow, learn, and thrive.

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 10:15am

Thinking beyond yourself and your own experiences will not only make you a more effective changemaker, it will also teach you the value of diversity. And in that regard we have a lot to learn from this institution, which has been a pioneer for diversity since it was founded in 1867. Over the years, Howard University has committed to empowering people through education and service, and to amplify diverse voices and perspectives. So I just want to say again that I’m thrilled to receive this honor, but I am just as thrilled to receive it here at Howard University.

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