2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: October 20, 2021

October 5, 2021

Aler, as we just discussed one on one, the stakes are high, the heat can build, and the demands on you and your Mission are daunting. Just like back when you were manning that grill back in the day. But from your first days exploring the Indiana woods, to your service in searing circumstances in Burma, I know, we all know, that your past has prepared you well. And you have all of the experience, the rigor, and above all, the dedication and compassion to do incredibly important things as Mission Director of the West Bank and Gaza.

October 5, 2021

Hispanic populations in the U.S. have deep ties to, and a deep, deep, deep appreciation for the history, culture, and populations of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, which USAID is really proud to be serving. And if ever there were a region whose relationship to the U.S. could benefit from fresh thinking and new approaches. I think Congressman Castro would agree, new approaches grounded in that kind of deep understanding, it is this region of Latin America and the Caribbean. A region that has historically been viewed through the lens of America's fears. Fears back in the days of Communism, before the young people on this call's time, fears of drugs, fears of migration. Instead of viewing this hemisphere through the lens of our shared hopes for democracy and for dignity. But in order to develop those fresh perspectives and help fulfill President Biden's commitment. To usher in an era of relentless diplomacy and development, we need to do a better job of recruiting under-represented groups, embracing reforms, and giving all of you the seat at the table that you deserve. And that is what today, this conference, is all about.

October 1, 2021

So, the Biden-Harris Administration is pursuing a comprehensive plan to promote women's economic empowerment, help end gender-based violence, and tackle other inequalities. And so, what I'm here to announce today is the launch of the U.S.-India Alliance for Women's Economic Empowerment, along with the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and George Washington University. So, we are in this together. This is a new public-private partnership. It'll bring together U.S. and Indian businesses, philanthropies, academic institutions, and civil society. The goal is to support, again, women entrepreneurs, job access, career building, mentorship and so forth.

October 1, 2021

I think you've shown that and your colleagues, you know, the Green Fighters, you know, you've shown it by actually bringing a knowledge of your community, a knowledge, a specific knowledge of the sources of food insecurity or the impacts of climate change. You know, this is not general advocacy. This is specific advocacy rooted in specific challenges and where you all have a set of ideas about what the mitigation can be or what the solutions can be. And that's the best advice.

September 30, 2021

Today, and in the weeks and months ahead, as you receive your country assignments, I want you to hold the flag of your new country with pride, for those of you deploying to the field, and I look forward to visiting many of you out in the field and learning more about the impact you can make. For those of you back here in the U.S., backstopping the work is so, so critical in supporting our programs and in also taking the seat that Bob mentioned, at the policy table in order to ensure that our people out in the field are operating against a backdrop of policies that advance our development agendas.

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