2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: December 02, 2021

December 2, 2021

Humanitarian responders must be part of the picture in fragile and conflict-affected states, but they can’t be the whole picture. Where governments are unable or unwilling to provide for their populations, when governments actively marginalize communities or block aid from reaching its intended recipients, we need multilateral organizations and regional and multilateral development banks to step forward to help reach people most in need in ways that don’t legitimize bad actors or support morally bankrupt regimes.

December 2, 2021

I know Tajikistan and the U.S. can work together to solve complex challenges, because I saw it firsthand this summer when our two nations worked together on providing safety for Afghan refugees. I want to thank the Government of Tajikistan for their commitment to helping route Afghan refugees to safety, and demonstrating the hospitality for which the country is so well known. 

November 30, 2021

I think the spirit of the Democracy Summit is that many countries now, including the United States, are dealing with these challenges at the same time. And we have a lot to learn from our engagements internationally as well. From how people keep their elections safe; what are the best tools to fight vaccine hesitancy? We haven't cracked the code on that; we've made some headway. The sources of vaccine hesitancy and the disinformation is different in every country I visit. I was just in Moldova where vaccination rates are quite low, and a lot of that, again has to do with what certain actors are putting on the internet, but also certain traditions that lead communities not to trust government.

November 23, 2021

Good morning everybody, thank you for gathering. Thank you Karen for your heartfelt introduction which we can always count on. Such a deep relationship with all the people we get to send out into the world. It’s a great pleasure to have the chance to swear in our next Mission Director to Indonesia: proud Michigan State alum, passionate fan of the band Phish, and Detroit Tiger devotee, Jeff Cohen

November 21, 2021

I would like to acknowledge High Representative Josep Borrell for inviting me to speak today. And Commissioner Urpilainen for her remarks, her introduction, and for her strong ethic of partnership across a range of issues and challenges we face.