2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: August 16, 2021

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.

September 30, 2021

We’re thrilled to have a leader of Miriam’s caliber take the lead at a critical time for our Mission in Mali. Once an emerging force for democracy and stability in West Africa, as the Ambassador indicated, Mali has endured some tough times of late, destabilizing uprisings by rebel and extremist groups over the last decade. And those have displaced hundreds of thousands of Malians, and left many more dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.

September 30, 2021

For our part, the U.S. has committed an additional $700 million dollars in development assistance. We are working very closely with the government and our civil society partners to expand USAID programming, to help the country strengthen its health system, develop its agricultural potential, tackle corruption, weather the difficult downsides of putting in place the economic reforms, the near term shocks to the system, through social safety net programs with the World Bank and others, and working with the government to support it as it attempts to bring security forces under civilian control.

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