Speeches

Rural Water Supply Workshop
Rural Water Supply Workshop
USAID/Afghanistan
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good morning, Excellency Nasir Ahmad Durrani, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Excellency Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water, representatives of the international community, civil servants of Afghanistan, civil society representatives, and all who work to improve access to rural water supply.

We’re glad all of you could be here today to talk little bit about water.

Water Fact #1 -Approximately 1.1 Billion People (1 in 7) Lack Access To Safe Water.

Water Fact #2- The damage and suffering caused by unsafe water is catastrophic.

Every year:

1.1 million people, mostly, children under the age of 5, die from diarrhoeal diseases directly attributable to unclean, unsafe water.

UNICEF estimates that approximately 1,000 children die every day due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of which could be prevented simply through access to clean water. A child dies every 90 seconds from a water-related disease.

Water Fact #3- The primary populations without access to clean water are found in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

There are some areas in Afghanistan where water is scarce but for the most part, the problem is caused by inadequate infrastructure. The residents of these areas must constantly contend with the challenge of finding clean drinking water.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:30am

The United States government cares deeply about countering trafficking in persons because it affects not just individuals and their families, but also communities and entire countries, regardless of their location or level of economic development. We know from experience around the world that strong coordination among government, civil society, and the private sector is critical to stop human trafficking. The Royal Government of Cambodia shares our concern and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking has provided the leadership and coordination needed to make real progress against human trafficking.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:30am
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Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:00am

I believe the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need to exist.  Each of our programs should look forward to the day when we can end it.  And around the world we should measure our work by how far each investment moves us closer to that day.  Now, I'm under no illusions.  In some places, that day is quite a ways off.  But we could help our partners by prioritizing programs that show measurable impact, incentivize reform, diversify our partner base, foster local capacity-building, and mobilize their own domestic resources.  In the area of humanitarian assistance, we will always stand with people when disaster strikes or crisis emerges.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:00am

CE SAIN’s goal is to ‘transform agri-food systems through agricultural research, education and innovation.’  This transformation shifts food production from soil- and labor-intense methods that degrade the environment to those that actually enhance the environment. This is known as sustainable intensification. Sustainable intensification improves resource efficiency and productivity without harming our land or water. This goal and all of USAID’s agricultural activities align with and support the objectives laid out in the Agricultural Strategic Development Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:00am

គោលដៅរបស់មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលឧត្តមភាពនៃប្រពលវប្បកម្មនិរន្តរភាព និងអាហារូបត្ថម្ភ គឺធ្វើការផ្លាស់ប្តូរប្រព័ន្ធម្ហូបអាហារកសិកម្មតាម​រយៈការ​ស្រាវជ្រាវ ការអប់រំ និងរបកគំហើញថ្មីក្នុងវិស័យកសិកម្ម។ ការផ្លាស់ប្តូរនេះ គឺប្រែ​ក្លាយ​ផលិត​កម្ម​ស្បៀង​អាហារ​ពីវិធីសាស្ត្រដែលពឹងផ្អែកលើដី និងកម្លាំងពលកម្មច្រើន ហើយ​ប៉ះ​ពាល់​ដល់បរិស្ថានទៅ​ជាវិធីសា​ស្ត្រ​ដែល​ជួយ​លើកកម្ពស់បរិស្ថានវិញម្តង។ 

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Human trafficking is a global human rights challenge. It preys upon the vulnerable, breaks down the rule of law, and corrupts global commerce. No challenge may be greater than the transnational crime of human trafficking that impacts millions of people worldwide each year - including people from Cambodia. The United States government cares deeply about countering trafficking in persons because it affects not just individuals and their families, but also communities and entire countries, regardless of where they are or what their level of economic development. Experience shows us that strong global coordination among government, civil society, and the private sector is critical to stop human trafficking. The Royal Government of Cambodia shares our concern and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking has provided the leadership and coordination needed to make real progress against human trafficking.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 11:00am

I have had the privilege of experiencing the awesome beauty of Prey Lang and meeting many of the people who have dedicated their lives to protecting that incredible landscape since I arrived last year. I was touched by their stories and humbled by the challenges they face everyday.  This is one of the many reasons I am pleased to be here today as we recognize communities who live in and near forests as well as the rangers for the incredible responsibility they shoulder. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 11:00am

ខ្ញុំពិតជាមានសេចក្តីរីករាយដោយបានឃើញនូវសម្រស់ដ៏ផូរផង់នៃព្រៃឡង់ និងបានជួបជាមួយប្រជាជន​ដែ​លបានលះបង់នូវអាយុជីវិតរបស់ខ្លួនដើម្បីការពារធម្មជាតិដ៏អស្ចារ្យមួយនេះ។ ខ្ញុំមានសេចក្តីរំភើប​ និង​រន្ធត់​ដោយ​​បានស្តាប់នូវរឿងរ៉ាវ និងការប្រឈមនានាដែលពួកគេជួបប្រទះរាល់ថ្ងៃ។  នេះគឺជាមូលហេតុ​មួយ​ក្នុង​ចំណោមមូលហេតុជាច្រើន ដែលនាំអោយខ្ញុំបានមកកាន់ទីនេះនាថ្ងៃនេះ ដើម្បីទទួលស្គាល់នូវ​ការទទួលខុសត្រូវដ៏ធំធេងរបស់ឧទ្យានុរក្ស និងសមាជិកសហគមន៍ព្រៃឈើក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា។

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 9:00am

First, when we talk about nutrition, we usually highlight alarming numbers and note disturbing trends. One of the most powerful examples I use for Cambodia is that one out of every three children under five is stunted. Last night, I was reviewing some nutrition notes at home, and when I read this statistic, I thought of my three wonderful daughters, who were playing around me, and I reflected that one would likely have been stunted if circumstances were different and I was a mother in Cambodia.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 9:15am

I appreciate that I am looking out across a broad set of people and organizations who have committed themselves to work towards a common goal to help Cambodian children get a better education. When USAID began looking into supporting the Ministry of Education in early grade reading, we were impressed with all of the work that has been done to help children learn to read. I want to salute the Ministry on the efforts and progress made to date in advancing early grade reading.

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