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Last updated: July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

Our development challenges are shared challenges, they go beyond the ability of any one nation to solve them. We built together the multilateral system in part to solve big, complex problems like these. And it is why the United States will work through multilateral institutions to stop COVID-19, to tackle the climate crisis, and to take on corruption and democratic backsliding. Together, we must translate the bold promise of this historic consensus for sustainable development into better lives for people everywhere.

July 14, 2021

Last month, I traveled to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to hear directly from the people impacted by the cycles of poverty, violence, climate shocks, and corruption and I travelled to assess and expand the impact U.S. assistance was having on their lives. What I saw there was a local reflection of global trends. People that continue to lose loved ones and suffer through lockdowns due to a still-raging COVID-19 pandemic that has already left 4 million people dead around the world. Families that have been traumatized by more frequent and intense hurricanes and rare weather events, many in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. And, as you indicated, everyday-citizens who are angered by poor governance, autocratic behavior, and corruption that limits opportunity, investment, prosperity, and personal freedom.

July 14, 2021

Today, in 56 countries around the world, people are silenced, persecuted—or subject to worse—for their religious beliefs. And religious freedom overall is on the decline; two billion more people live in countries with high restrictions on religious freedom than just a decade ago.

July 2, 2021

Good afternoon. I come bearing a simple message: if you want peace in this world, trust women to deliver it.  Across decades of conflict, the research points to the same conclusion: that if more women are represented in negotiating peace, that peace is more likely to hold.

June 29, 2021

Thank you Vice Minister Sereni for your opening remarks, and to the Italian government for elevating development in the G20. I’d also like to thank my other development minister colleagues from the G20 for the chance to gather and present a united front against our shared challenges.