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November 2, 2020
Statement by Acting Administrator John Barsa

Freedom of the press is a cornerstone to every just and free society. Today, on this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, we salute all journalists, especially those who risk their safety and their very lives to inform citizens with accurate reporting. Factual, accurate reporting should never put anyone’s life in danger.

October 30, 2020

As the United Nations (UN) focuses on celebrating its legacy over the last 75 years, including as a champion of women for more than a quarter century, I write to reiterate the U.S. Government’s call for “the [UN to] promote and fulfill an agenda that encourages meaningful contributions for women and their communities, and that has a positive and lasting impact for generations to come.” I also want once again to raise concerns with the disconcerting trend that the UN supports and champions abortion, especially under the guise of the term “sexual and reproductive health.”

October 30, 2020

Asia Pacific Media Hub

Moderator: Good day, everyone, from the U.S. Department of State’s Asia-Pacific Media Hub in Manila. I am Zia Syed, the Hub Director, and I would like to welcome our participants dialing in for this briefing.

October 30, 2020
Readout

This week, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa participated in the launch of the third “State of Social Rights in Cuba” report. Produced by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights, and the International Republican Institute, the quarterly report presents survey results on how Cubans perceive their access to water, food, health care, employment, housing, and other critical basic social services.

October 30, 2020

Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $60 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to severe flooding in the Republic of Sudan.

October 30, 2020

The United States is the world’s largest bilateral donor to global health programs. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to the well-being of all women and children, and to ensuring all of our partners are in compliance with abortion-related legal restrictions and the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) Policy.

October 30, 2020

Today, while in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the United States is providing an additional $2 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to Typhoon Molave and the ongoing severe flooding that has affected Central Vietnam since early October. This amount brings the total humanitarian assistance from the U.S. Government for people touched by the floods to $2.1 million.

October 30, 2020

Between October 28 and 29, 2020, at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually out of Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced new initiatives, partnerships, and funding to promote economic growth led by the private sector that advances the U.S. Government’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

October 29, 2020
Statement by Acting Administrator John Barsa

Today, we celebrate one of the most groundbreaking inventions in human history. On October 29, 1969, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Stanford University first connected over a long-distance computer network. The teams only sent two letters before the receiving computer crashed, but those first bits of data marked the first Internet transmission in history.

October 28, 2020

Today, at the U.S. Government’s third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually out of Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a consortium of U.S. retail, apparel, and footwear companies and industry associations to pursue much-needed relief to the predominantly female workers in their supply-chains in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Deputy Administrator Glick signed the MOU on behalf of USAID, and Steve Lamar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Apparel and Footwear Association,signed it on behalf of the consortium.

October 28, 2020

Today, at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually out of Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia Javier Piedra announced new activities valued at more than $28 million to advance regional energy markets in South Asia. The assistance advances the U.S. Government’s Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy) initiative, which works to strengthen energy security and expand access to energy across the Indo-Pacific region.

October 27, 2020
READOUT

On October 25, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick participated in meetings with officials of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to discuss expanding U.S. and Emirati development and humanitarian assistance cooperation. In other meetings led by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach, the U.S. and Emirati delegations discussed the countries’ economic relationship and the necessity to use trusted providers for digital infrastructure.

October 27, 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has released eight Requests For Information (RFIs) for the Next Generation Global Health Supply-Chain suite of programs (NextGen). Under NextGen, USAID expects to issue multiple contracts, with a total funding envelope of approximately $16 billion over a period of ten years, subject to the availability of appropriations.

October 27, 2020
Statement by Acting Administrator John Barsa

Today, we observe International Religious Freedom Day, a reminder that freedom of worship is a universal human right protected by the laws and Constitution of our Nation. Our work around the world has made it clear that countries that protect religious freedom tend to enjoy stronger economies, greater political stability, and more peaceful relations with their neighbors.

October 26, 2020
Media Advisory

On October 28, 2020, Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Barsa will deliver remarks and participate in a fireside chat at the American Enterprise Institute on the Over-the-Horizon (OTH) Strategic Review, a USAID initiative to prepare for lasting changes to the development and humanitarian landscape in a world altered by COVID-19.

October 24, 2020
Statement By Acting Administrator John Barsa

Today, the day after the Republic of Sudan joined the historic Abraham Accords brokered by President Trump and made peace with the State of Israel, the United States announced $81 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Sudan as they confront ongoing severe challenges related to a deteriorating economy, the global pandemic, and the worst floods in more than a century.

October 24, 2020
Readout

Yesterday, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick participated in meetings with the Government of Bahrain led by the U.S. Undersecretary for State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach.

October 22, 2020
Readout

On October 20 and 21, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick traveled to Estonia, where she met with Estonian government officials and representatives of private-sector technology companies to discuss U.S.- Estonia relations, opportunities for increased development cooperation in third countries, countering malign Kremlin influence, and USAID's efforts to advance European and Eurasian countries along their Journeys to Self-Reliance. 

October 22, 2020
Press Release

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the renewal of partnerships with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue and Los Angeles County (California) Fire Departments to provide urban search-and-rescue services as part of USAID’s response to disasters overseas.

October 22, 2020
Media Advisory

On October 27, 2020, Acting Administrator John Barsa of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will participate in an event at the Hudson Institute in observation of International Religious Freedom Day.

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