Remarks by Beth Paige, Director of the USAID Regional Development Mission to Asia at Ceremony Introducing Thailand’s 2015 iTHINK
Beth Paige, Director of the USAID Regional Development Mission to Asia at Ceremony Introducing Thailand’s 2015 iTHINK Campaign against Wildlife Trafficking
Richard Nyberg/USAID
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wildlife trafficking has become a global issue that is threatening our world’s biodiversity as well as national security. It has been proven that wildlife trafficking is linked to other transnational crime - - such as human trafficking, drugs and arms - - and terrorists are using wildlife as a source to fund their activities. It is an urgent matter that we have to address. It is everybody’s responsibility to help stop illegal wildlife trade - - across ASEAN, Africa and beyond.

With support from the U.S. Agency for Interanational Development (USAID), the iTHINK campaign raises awareness about wildlife trafficking.  It encourages people to take action and put an end to the problem.

iTHINK Thailand invited people from various sectors to speak for the campaign as key opinion leaders. The wildlife champions represent key conservation leaders. They share their thoughts on how serious wildlife trafficking is and what they think we can do to stop it. Government officials, diplomats, news reporters and celebrities joined the campaign.

This year, we are launching a new set of iTHINK Thailand key opinion leaders.  We remind both the public and private sectors that wildlife trafficking, which is still increasing, needs to be urgently addressed.

Celebrities provide an excellent way to send a message to a large number of people.  This new set of iTHINK Thailand key opinion leaders is a promising step forward for the iTHINK campaign.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 2:30am

- I am pleased to join you today in this third annual summit on social work eduation.Vietnam's reforms and rapidly developing economy over the past 20 years has given the people of Vietnam many good things. Poverty has been significantly reduced and many families can achieve comforts and experiences that were hardly imaginable before. In many ways this country is a true success. During the same period, however, Vietnam has been increasingly confronting a range of familiar social issues associated with modernization, rural-urban migration, and other pressures on familie

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:00am

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to speak to such an inspiring group of people determined to build a bright future for Zimbabwe.   When I received this invitation, the name “The Space” struck me as an appropriate title for why we are here – to create space for people to discuss innovative ideas for development.  This is often where the best ideas originate, when we provide space for creative and committed people, like you, to come together and discuss the key topics of the day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 2:00am

When I became the U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, I knew that the issues of territorial disputes, food security, and human rights would feature prominently in my new role. What I have found during my time in the region, however, is that there is another very serious issue that sews a common thread among each of these issues: the degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems due to overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 3:15am

We at USAID are proud to partner with NASA on SERVIR because we – and the development community more broadly – are just scratching the surface of how geospatial information can be applied to address a wide range of development challenges. As SERVIR has already been doing in Eastern and Southern Africa and across the Hindu-kush Himalaya region, SERVIR-Mekong will help governments and other key decision-makers in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam take advantage of NASA’s publicly available satellite imagery and geospatial analyses.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:45am

As many of us gathered here are aware, both the U.S. and the Philippines are founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Broadly, the OGP is an international platform for more meaningful engagements and dialogues between the government and the people it serves. It is a global standard for promoting accountability, transparency, citizen engagement and use of technology to strengthen governance. We are all here because we believe in the power of transparency, accountability, participation, and inclusion in transforming the direction of development.

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:30am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to support this communications planning workshop for our LGU partners in the Province of Sulu.This workshop will help participating LGUs formulate their own communications plans to guide their advocacy and outreach efforts in engaging constituents, and establish a feedback mechanism between the local government and residents.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:45am

The U.S. Government supports the Philippine Government’s efforts to promote good governance and sustained inclusive growth in the Philippines. These efforts, which are consistent with the Partnership for Growth (PFG) between the U.S. and Philippine Governments, focus on addressing the binding constraints to sustained, more inclusive economic growth in the Philippines.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:45am

Good morning.  It is my great pleasure to be here today on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development!  I bring you greetings from the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Eric Schultz, and thank the Honorable Given Lubinda, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, for opening this important two-day event.  And I am delighted to note that the important innovations developed over the last four years through this program are the result of cooperative efforts between international and Zambian scientists, working together, in Zambia, to help the Zambian people.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 11:00pm

USAID established the Philippine-American Fund - or the Phil-Am Fund - just over a year ago. It is a $24 million grant facility and to date, we have awarded grants to twelve deserving Filipino civil society organizations.

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 6:00am

Days ago the United Nations agreed on a Post-2015 Development Agenda with 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Two weeks earlier, agreement was reached on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for financing those inspiring and very ambitious goals. In many ways, Vietnam has become a model for the MDGs and it did so in collaboration with important development partners, including the US, and with the support of many international NGOs, including many based in the US. Today we should celebrate how that came to be, so that we can do even better on our new shared agenda.


Last updated: October 04, 2015

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