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Monday, May 17, 2021 - 1:00pm

After decades of violence, and repression, it is time for Sudan to reclaim its voice in the concert of nations and to ensure the country is able to turn the page from its dark past. That’s why it is so troubling, that as we celebrate this new beginning for Sudan, that Darfur is still the site of bitter violence, with escalating attacks between militias and the Rapid Support Forces. We know that the government of Sudan has deployed additional troops in an effort to restore calm, and we urge continued efforts to negotiate a stable peace in a region that has witnessed decades of horrific violence and trauma.

Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 12:00pm

But the key question for all of us, and on this day especially you, Colgate graduating class of 2021, is: what will you do with this reclaimed future? Will you rush back to life as you used to know it? Or will you hang on to the new habits and the deepened connections you made with loved ones and friends when you were stuck indoors? Will you—will we—look past those who struggle around us? Or will we continue to show heightened appreciation for our shop-keepers and food-deliverers, workers who have ALWAYS been essential? Will we maintain the instinct to check on our neighbors? Will we travel that extra mile to support our local businesses?

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 4:00pm

As Prepared:

Good evening, everyone. I am so thrilled to be with you tonight and I’m beyond humbled to receive an award given to American greats like my dear friend and co-conspirator Madeleine Albright, the incomparable John Lewis, and my partner in promoting disability rights and more Senator Bob Dole. 

I’d also like to extend a special thanks to the Institute’s Board of Directors and staff for honoring President Truman’s legacy, both through its student programs and its work to renovate and reopen the Truman Library and Museum later this year. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 2:30pm

Like COVID-19, the climate crisis threatens every inch of progress we make in efforts to build long-term prosperity and secure the individual dignity of the communities we serve. The science is clear—the world needs to significantly increase the scale and speed of climate action to stave off the worst effects of a warming planet. We are grateful that here at the G7, it has remained a top priority.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 2:00pm

Ethiopians in the Tigray region are on the brink of starvation. Thousands of Yemenis are at risk of death, as the country faces the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. South Sudan is perennially at risk of facing famine, and we are seeing a deteriorating food security situation in northeast Nigeria. We need urgent, collective action to put an end to their suffering. The worst part is, these are all man-made disasters. People are not hungry because there is a shortage of food. They are hungry because political leaders and bad actors have decided that power struggles are more important than the well-being of their citizens. Those involved in conflict are driving people to the edge of famine.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:45pm

At this critical time, we urge all G7 members and other governments to join us in stepping up their support for UNICEF’s vital work. In addition to stemming this crisis—we have to support sustainable health systems to prevent the next one. The U.S. is committed to joining each of you to advance global health security—from developing early warning systems to increasing information sharing and sustainable financing.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 11:15am

We want to build on a long history of creating better access to quality education, particularly for young girls, because we all know that girls’ access to education is one of the most powerful forces for driving economic development, prosperity, and security. When girls stay in school, they are healthier, they marry later, they are more likely to participate in the formal economy, and the world, by all measures, gets better.

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 6:30pm

This is a proud and humbling day.  Of the many blessings I've had in my life, none -- none has matched the privilege of serving my country.  And I'm really honored to do so again on behalf of President Biden.  To serve alongside all of you, the superb development professionals of this indispensable agency.  The truth is, I wanted to be one of you.  When I decided to head off to the Balkans in my early 20s, I initially tried to find work as an aid worker in the hopes of directly attending to the suffering there.  But sadly, I quickly realized I didn't have the skills.  I wasn't an engineer or a health or agriculture specialist.  Indeed, as a liberal arts major with an excessive interest in Major League Baseball, I had no technical expertise whatsoever.  What I did have was a passport and a notebook and, after much debate, a laptop that my mother bought me.  So, I became a war correspondent. 

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 4:30am

Today, we commemorate World Malaria Day under this year’s theme, “Draw a Line for Malaria Free Zambia.”  Each year, World Malaria Day highlights global efforts to control malaria, acknowledging the progress we have made in prevention and treatment and emphasizing the work that remains in the fight against this deadly disease.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and its emerging variants demonstrates that no nation can act alone in a global pandemic. Vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, is the only way to reduce the tragic loss of life, end the pandemic, and move us toward economic and social recovery. However, as many have emphasized today, we must root our efforts in equity in order to achieve success. Multilateral cooperation, through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment, and more broadly within the ACT Accelerator, is key to ensuring that people everywhere receive safe and effective vaccines against a virus that knows no bounds.

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