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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.”

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. 


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