2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: July 19, 2021

June 29, 2021

Nearly eight months after the start of the conflict, the humanitarian crisis in Tigray has deteriorated to shocking levels, and the need for action has become ever more urgent. USAID believes that a famine may already be happening in Tigray, threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. If the conflict doesn’t end, and humanitarian access does not improve, this already devastating situation will get even worse.

We could see widespread famine occur in Ethiopia later this year一a situation the country has not faced since the 1980s.

June 29, 2021

As you all know, more than 160 million more people are living in poverty due to COVID-19, and another 9.3 million more children could suffer from acute malnutrition. But we can overcome this pandemic—and regain our footing in the fight against hunger.

June 28, 2021

Don’s approach to development since those early days has remained simple: “Nothing about us without us.” Don’t draw up plans in the embassy about how to help people without talking to them… Don’t listen exclusively to male officials who claim to speak for the needs of women… Don’t mistake your expertise for someone else’s lived experience… Get close to the problem; listen, especially to those you are not hearing from; and give people the tools and training they need to solve their own problems, rather than create dependencies.

June 23, 2021

The United States and our neighbors in the Caribbean remain strong partners with shared values and interests. For the past 16 years during the month of June, we have celebrated these values and the countless contributions of the Caribbean-American diaspora community as part of Caribbean-American Heritage month. And we look forward to deepening these ties in the months and years ahead. Our partnership with the Caribbean is based not only on shared culture and values, but also on the understanding that what affects one of us, affects all of us.

June 21, 2021

Grateful to the UN Innovation Network for inviting me to kick off Behavioral Science Week.  This is a great honor and again, gratitude to all of you who have labored, sometimes in the trenches, sometimes without a lot of fanfare and notice.  But it is clear that behavioral science and its use is coming to the big stage there at the United Nations.