Remarks by John Eyres, Director, Office of Public Health and Education, USAID/Cambodia, Dissemination Workshop of the Fifth National Strategic Plan  for a Comprehensive & Multi-sectoral Response to HIV & AIDS in Cambodia
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

(as prepared for delivery)


  • Your Excellency Ieng Mouly, Senior Minister and Chair of the National AIDS Authority
  • Vladanka Andreeva, Country Representative of UNAIDS, Cambodia
  • Mr. Choub Sokchamreun, representative of CSOs
  • Distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen,

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to speak today at the dissemination workshop for the fifth national strategic plan for a comprehensive and multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS in Cambodia.

Congratulations to the National AIDS Authority and all partners for their hard work developing this strategic, multi-sectoral roadmap to eliminating HIV as a public health threat.

The plan highlights the efforts needed from key ministries over the next four years to create social and legal protections for people living with HIV and other key populations, along with steps to ensure the sustainability of the HIV response. Implementation of the fifth National Strategic Plan will require close inter-ministerial collaboration, and today’s meeting is a critical step to advance that agenda.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 11:45am

Thanks to the tenacious leadership of President Trump, the U.S. is leading the global response to the pandemic. The U.S. Government has committed more than $20.5 billion to fight COVID-19, including more than $1.6 billion in State Department and USAID assistance. I want to thank the other donor governments joining us today for their humanitarian leadership. I echo Deputy Secretary Biegun’s comments about how important it is to convene this group.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 9:30am

Women entrepreneurs play a vital role in enriching the civic and political life of democratic societies not only through individual business ownership but through collective action. The U.S. government believes that networks of women entrepreneurs are the cornerstone of civic development. Cambodian women entrepreneurs can wield their economic influence to advocate for reforms that benefit the broader Cambodian private sector.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 11:15am

Today, I want to tell you about how USAID is advancing international religious freedom and protecting the sanctity of life. The President and Vice President have made promoting religious freedom abroad a top priority for this Administration. President Trump recognizes that religious freedom is our first freedom, and we at USAID are fully committed to protecting it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 9:15am

This year we mark the 70th anniversary US-Cambodia diplomatic relations and an appreciation for the importance of the environment is yet another tie that binds Cambodians and Americans. USAID has supported environmental conservation programs for more than a decade in Cambodia. Our program currently targets the two major biodiversity-significant landscapes of Prey Lang and the Eastern Plains. Our efforts have contributed to the protection of key critical endangered species in those landscapes. We work closely with communities, government ministries, local authorities, and NGOs to help protect Cambodia’s national heritage. But we need the general public’s help. The youth, the private sector, and commitments from all stakeholders are critical if we are to successfully protect Cambodia’s remaining forest, wildlife, and biodiversity. 

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 11:00am

At USAID, we promote free trade among free people. We value, support, and nurture inclusive economic growth, democratic governance, and self-reliance. Our work removes conditions that give rise to violent extremism and decreases vulnerability to hostile nation-state actors. We work tirelessly to make sure that all who wish to live in freedom and prosperity can do so.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 3:00pm

he Feed the Future Innovation Labs that we are announcing today truly represent the best of the American spirit. And they’re good for America, too. They help us build lasting friendships with other nations. They remind everyone of what America stands for...and that is economic prosperity… long and healthy lives…and human dignity.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

The economic impacts of COVID-19 in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have been undeniable. In this year alone, GDP in the region may drop by a stunning 8 percent. And we know that it’s the workers in the informal economy that will be hit the hardest. That’s why the U.S. is working with the region to respond to the pandemic and accelerate private investment.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 9:00am

Today, on International Day of Democracy, we celebrate all that USAID has accomplished in the realm of democracy and governance. And we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges that the future holds.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 4:15pm

[As Prepared]

Good morning, everyone. I’d like to thank the Caspian Policy Center for organizing today’s discussion. Thank you for having me.

For more than 25 years, USAID has partnered with the people of the Caspian region to accelerate their countries’ development, promote stability, and foster regional connectivity and cooperation.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:00am

America’s goal is to build friendships that are mutually beneficial and mutually respectful. We seek friends who share our values and want to be our strategic partners. Israel and India are inspiring success stories of our foreign assistance aim -- to raise our friends to self-sustaining prosperity and sovereignty.


Last updated: September 30, 2020

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