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Friday, June 11, 2021

June 10, 2021

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MR. COLBERT: Welcome back, everybody. Joining me now is the Pulitzer Prize winning author, who served as UN Ambassador for four years, and now works as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.  Please welcome to A Late Show, Administrator Samantha Power.  Hello Samantha Power.

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Hello, Stephen. Nice to see you. 

MR. COLBERT: Nice to see you, too. Now, I called you Administrator. But you get to be called Ambassador too because once an Ambassador always an Ambassador, right?

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Yes, these are high class problems. Exciting.

MR. COLBERT:  Which do you like more, do you like Administrator or Ambassador? And there's a right answer, obviously?

ADMINISTRATOR POWER:  There is a right answer, I like Administrator, thank you. 

MR. COLBERT: Okay, good, good. Now, congrats on the new gig at USAID. For the people out there who may not be familiar with the United States Agency for International Development, what does it do? Well, what's the job?

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm

Eliminating the scourge of sexual abuse and exploitation is critical to safeguarding the human dignity of people around the world. It’s been at the center of a lot of my work throughout my career. As a journalist, I’ve interviewed women who experienced rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia and Darfur. As UN Ambassador, I traveled to the Central African Republic and met with families whose daughters were raped by UN peacekeepers and who are left stigmatized and ostracized in their communities.

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:30pm

Administrator Power's remarks at the U.S.-EU High Level Roundtable on the Humanitarian Emergency in Tigray.

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 9:30am

Small businesses are a vital engine for ingenuity and truly inclusive economic development. You bring fresh ideas to the fore, you create jobs and opportunities for local economies, and you contribute locally-grounded expertise that elevates how we work in a wide variety of environments.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 7:00pm

USAID and DFC have been partners since the OPIC days, but the partnership is much stronger now, so I’m thrilled to help carry that legacy forward in this role. I look forward to our discussion, but I did want to share a few thoughts about how I see DFC and USAID’s partnership growing.

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 1:15pm

Now, despite the progress, none of us are blind to how difficult the circumstances are in the struggle to expand democracy and root out corruption, not just in Ukraine but around the world. Malign actors, like Russia and China, are allying with powerful oligarchs to fight reformists, to twist the law, to rot democracies from within. The incredible gains that have been made over the past several years in Ukraine are under threat. Valuable public investments, as well as deeper integration into European markets and systems are being undermined, limiting the vital opportunities for all Ukrainians to pursue the future they seek.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 2:15pm

I came to know Vartan of course through the cause of pursuing Armenian genocide recognition. I spent five years writing a book that detailed the genocide—a book that was turned down by every major New York publisher, but that eventually found a small publishing home. I don’t remember how the book (for which people even in my immediate family had low expectations!) found its way into Vartan’s hands, but I will never forget the telephone call I received from him. “Samantha, my name is Vartan Gregorian, and I am buying hundreds of copies of your book. I am sending them to every member of Congress. They must learn.”

Friday, June 4, 2021 - 4:30pm

So we have given, so far, $2 billion to Gavi for the COVAX Initiative, the COVAX platform, which is facilitating equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.  The vaccine donations that we announced yesterday are going to play an important role in helping Gavi to manage some of the supply gaps that it has been facing due to tight global supply of vaccines.  We see Gavi and the COVAX platform as really, really important partners in this vaccine effort, and their ability to do global distribution and the sort of logistics infrastructure, the legal and regulatory agreements that they have with countries around the world, are a huge asset, and they’ll be a critical partner for us in this.  So we’re supporting them both with the doses that are being announced this – have been announced this week, but also with $2 billion that we contributed to them back in March, and additional future funding that will be – that we’ll be releasing to them over the coming year.  

Friday, May 21, 2021 - 9:00am

Our Women Entrepreneurs Act project underlines the US government’s prioritization of support to Cambodia’s young and female entrepreneurs. I am delighted to have participated in several WE Act events around the country since its commencement in 2018. I am particularly happy that we can work together virtually to organize this event, despite these difficult times. Thank you to our entire WE Act team.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 12:45pm

It is an honor to be here today with all of you who have contributed to making the Afya Elimu Fund a success.  When we look at the messages around us – “Empowering Dreams” and “Education for a healthy, wealthy nation” – the impact of this fund goes beyond helping individual students. Rather is it a transformational effort that positively impacts students, youth, the health sector, communities, and the economy. 

Monday, May 17, 2021 - 5:00pm

Following President Biden’s early memorandum, the U.S. government is ensuring that our diplomacy and foreign assistance efforts promote and protect LGBTQI+ rights. “It shall be U.S. policy,” the memorandum states, “to pursue an end to violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics...and to lead by the power of our example in the cause of advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.”


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