2021 Speeches

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Last updated: June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

President Biden is committed to a foreign policy that unites our democratic norms and institutions with our leadership on the world stage—one that is centered on promoting democracy and advancing human rights. We know that societies that respect and defend human rights and protect fundamental freedoms are more stable, prosperous, and secure, make strong trade partners, and are better equipped to confront global challenges. Yet in the Indo-Pacific, significant deficits in citizen-responsive governance and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic norms and institutions compromise stability and prosperity in a region of the world home to the majority of humanity. While USAID and its partners have been adapting to meet these challenges, we also recognize that much more needs to be done, and we are looking forward to doing so in alignment with this Administration’s priorities and in consultation with the U.S. Congress

June 11, 2021

This is an agency that the taxpayers fund. We have missions in 80 countries, offices with people and staff, about 10,000 people around the world, and programs in about 100 countries, and we do everything from support the education of girls to vaccinating young people, and preventing outbreaks of disease.  We fight climate change, both by helping countries lower their emissions, which is so critical, but also in helping poorer countries adapt, because we know that extreme weather events are going to be with us into the future and they're taking a terrible toll on people. When an emergency strikes, like an earthquake or recently a volcano, we provide support to people who are on the ground, responding, and often it's our planes that are landing first bringing humanitarian relief, while others are waiting to see how things unfold. 

June 10, 2021

Eliminating the scourge of sexual abuse and exploitation is critical to safeguarding the human dignity of people around the world. It’s been at the center of a lot of my work throughout my career. As a journalist, I’ve interviewed women who experienced rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia and Darfur. As UN Ambassador, I traveled to the Central African Republic and met with families whose daughters were raped by UN peacekeepers and who are left stigmatized and ostracized in their communities.

June 10, 2021

Administrator Power's remarks at the U.S.-EU High Level Roundtable on the Humanitarian Emergency in Tigray.

June 10, 2021

Small businesses are a vital engine for ingenuity and truly inclusive economic development. You bring fresh ideas to the fore, you create jobs and opportunities for local economies, and you contribute locally-grounded expertise that elevates how we work in a wide variety of environments.

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