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June 23, 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. 

June 23, 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.” 

June 22, 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.

June 22, 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. 

June 21, 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.

June 21, 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. 

June 21, 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. 

June 21, 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.
June 20, 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.

June 20, 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.  

June 17, 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. 

June 17, 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

June 16, 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. 

June 16, 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.

June 16, 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. 

June 16, 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? 

June 16, 2022
Readout

On June 15, Administrator Power met with Prime Minister of Greenland Múte Bourup Egede to discuss USAID’s support for sustainable and inclusive economic development in Greenland. The partnership between USAID and the Government of Greenland began in 2020 when the U.S. Consulate in Nuuk opened and USAID assigned its first Senior Development Advisor to Greenland. Since then, the Agency has led cooperation on tourism, trade and investment, and the country’s expanded engagement in the global economy. 

June 16, 2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Power met with leaders of democracy and anti-corruption organizations following her recent policy speech at the National Press Club on June 7, to discuss how the United States can seize on this critical moment to galvanize democratic momentum, counter authoritarianism, and support fragile democratic states.

June 15, 2022
Readout

On June 14, Administrator Samantha Power met with CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) Albin Hubscher to discuss the adverse effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on global fertilizer prices and availability, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

June 15, 2022

Today, President Joe Biden announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $225 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine amid Russia’s unprovoked war that has pushed 12 million people from their homes and triggered staggering humanitarian needs.

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Last updated: July 03, 2022

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