Fifteen years ago when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched, there were 100 million primary school age kids out of school. MDG Goal 2 set out to change that and improvements in access to school happened, but unfortunately, for millions of children, "schooling" was not leading to "learning." So, with the strong support of members of Congress, and all of you, we issued our USAID Education Strategy and focused on just three goals. The Strategy set ambitious targets which will take a long time to reach, but which are crucial.
J’aurais bien souhaité être ici devant vous pour assister à l’annonce d’une nouvelle beaucoup plus joyeuse mais tel n’est peut-être pas le cas. En effet, nous sommes réunis aujourd’hui en ce lieu pour tirer la sonnette d’alarme et dire: « L’éléphant d’Afrique est en danger d’extinction à cause du commerce illicite de l’ivoire
The U.S. Mission and its Health Portfolio leadership stand with the Cabinet Secretary and his team to improve the health of the people of Kenya, through both service delivery and strengthening of Kenyan public health systems
C’est un grand plaisir pour moi d’être ici avec vous aujourd’hui. D’abord, c’est la première opportunité pour moi de rencontrer nos partenaires de Solutions Locales et Konbit. Mais surtout, je suis ravi que ma première sortie officielle marque le lancement d’un projet tout à fait particulier et innovateur. En effet, c’est un important projet d’assistance directe à des organisations et entreprises Haïtiennes.
USAID is no stranger to working with faith-based organizations. Since USAID’s creation in 1961, by President John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president in U.S. history, we have engaged with religious leaders and institutions to end extreme poverty, respond to human suffering and as, President Kennedy said, “to establish the principle that all the people are entitled to a decent way of life.” As State Secretary Silberhorn also said, with 84 percent of people around the world identifying with a religious group, it is impossible to be effective in the world without strong partnerships with faith-based groups and religious leaders.
It is an exciting and pivotal time for U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the most dynamic, fastest growing region in the world. Over the next five years, nearly half of all growth outside the United States is expected to come from Asia.
The Free Maternity Services policy introduced in 2013 has greatly increased demand for health services For this reason, in addition to providing medical equipment to hospitals, ample space in these facilities for health services is also necessary. We have worked with counties, including Machakos, to meet this need by renovating maternal and newborn units, including hospitals in Kangundo and Athi River.
Yet, even if a woman owns a computer or mobile phone, she won’t use it to its full potential if she lacks the necessary skills and confidence. USAID is proud that through our partnership in the Women and the Web Alliance, we are improving the digital literacy skills and confidence of women to use technology in improving their lives.
As you already know, trafficking in persons is a global human rights challenge. The criminal networks involved in trafficking make huge profits by preying upon the most vulnerable in our region. This destructive practice breaks down rule of law, corrupts global commerce, and severely disrupts the social fabric in affected communities.
For the past 60 years, the Government and the people of the United States have demonstrated a strong commitment to assisting Sri Lanka in achieving sustainable development for a stable, democratic, and prosperous nation.
Last updated: February 24, 2017