2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: January 25, 2022

January 26, 2022

Ken devoted decades of his life to public service; yet when we came calling, he decided he still had more left to give, and agreed to step in as interim Counselor. Ken’s colleagues have been awed by how much time and energy he gives to his family, so we know, to give up time he could be spending with his grandchildren is no small favor. I asked Ken to take on this role not only because of his years of institutional knowledge and indispensable experience, but because every person I spoke with celebrated his leadership, character, and warmth.

January 25, 2022

As many have said today, human trafficking—the second largest criminal industry in the world, after the drug trade—affects 25 million people each year. But today I want to start by talking about one person, who has given us permission to share his story: Saiful Islam. 

January 25, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $2.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support people affected by volcanic eruptions and tsunami waves in Tonga. On January 14, Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano began erupting. A strong second eruption triggered tsunami waves that reached Tonga and many other Pacific Island countries. The eruptions and subsequent flooding have affected approximately 100,000 people—nearly the entire population of Tonga—and damaged or destroyed houses and public infrastructure.

United States to Help Indonesia Prevent Corruption with New Five-Year, $9.9 million USAID Initiative
January 25, 2022

On January 24, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a $9.9 million program to help Indonesia prevent corruption by boosting civic engagement and promoting integrity in public and private sectors.

January 24, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema to discuss the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX). Announced in December 2021, Global VAX is a whole-of-government effort to turn vaccines in vials into vaccinations in arms around the world.