2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: January 22, 2022

May 5, 2021

We want to build on a long history of creating better access to quality education, particularly for young girls, because we all know that girls’ access to education is one of the most powerful forces for driving economic development, prosperity, and security. When girls stay in school, they are healthier, they marry later, they are more likely to participate in the formal economy, and the world, by all measures, gets better.

May 3, 2021

This is a proud and humbling day.  Of the many blessings I've had in my life, none -- none has matched the privilege of serving my country.  And I'm really honored to do so again on behalf of President Biden.  To serve alongside all of you, the superb development professionals of this indispensable agency.  The truth is, I wanted to be one of you.  When I decided to head off to the Balkans in my early 20s, I initially tried to find work as an aid worker in the hopes of directly attending to the suffering there.  But sadly, I quickly realized I didn't have the skills.  I wasn't an engineer or a health or agriculture specialist.  Indeed, as a liberal arts major with an excessive interest in Major League Baseball, I had no technical expertise whatsoever.  What I did have was a passport and a notebook and, after much debate, a laptop that my mother bought me.  So, I became a war correspondent. 

April 15, 2021

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and its emerging variants demonstrates that no nation can act alone in a global pandemic. Vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, is the only way to reduce the tragic loss of life, end the pandemic, and move us toward economic and social recovery. However, as many have emphasized today, we must root our efforts in equity in order to achieve success. Multilateral cooperation, through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment, and more broadly within the ACT Accelerator, is key to ensuring that people everywhere receive safe and effective vaccines against a virus that knows no bounds.

March 23, 2021

As all of you know, reliable access to safe water and sanitation saves lives, promotes economic growth, and transforms communities. USAID’s investments in this sector ensure that our partner countries can keep their economies functioning and their citizens healthy. Never has this been more important than now, as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 2021

If confirmed, I will work to strengthen the institution of USAID and invest in the capabilities of the agencies dedicated 10,000 foreign service officers, civil servants, locally employed staff, contractors and other personnel. This means seeking out and amplifying their insights, learning about specific local needs and adapting our programs. It means addressing the issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion and advancement within USAID's workforce. And it means emphasizing what President Biden himself and both of you, I think already have stressed, development is critical to America's ability to tackle the toughest problems of our time: economic, humanitarian, and geopolitical.