2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: July 19, 2021

June 21, 2021

I’m delighted to join so many of you around the world to discuss what we can do together to advance the vital cause of democracy, human rights, and good governance.

June 19, 2021

I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to address you on an occasion that I hope stays with you for the rest of your lives. I also want to thank the family, loved ones, friends, faculty, and staff who prepared you all for this moment. And a special thanks to Dr. Markides and the leadership at American University of Armenia for the invitation to speak today and for your commitment to our longstanding partnership.

June 18, 2021

And we have with us Ambassador Samantha Power, who is the newly confirmed head of USAID, and a veteran of both the Obama and now the Biden Administrations.  

I'm delighted to be speaking with her today, and we are joined by The Honorable Marc Garneau, who is the Minister for Foreign Affairs from Canada, served as Minister of Transport before that. I think he's been a member of the Canadian Parliament since 2008. 

June 14, 2021

Fundamentally, though, the United States believes that governments everywhere must earn the trust and goodwill of their people. If corruption is allowed to run rampant, if judicial independence is not respected, if anti-corruption institutions are dismantled, as we have seen too often in Honduras, Guatemala, and here in El Salvador, then local governments will end up stymieing the aspirations and the potential of their own people.

June 11, 2021

President Biden is committed to a foreign policy that unites our democratic norms and institutions with our leadership on the world stage—one that is centered on promoting democracy and advancing human rights. We know that societies that respect and defend human rights and protect fundamental freedoms are more stable, prosperous, and secure, make strong trade partners, and are better equipped to confront global challenges. Yet in the Indo-Pacific, significant deficits in citizen-responsive governance and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic norms and institutions compromise stability and prosperity in a region of the world home to the majority of humanity. While USAID and its partners have been adapting to meet these challenges, we also recognize that much more needs to be done, and we are looking forward to doing so in alignment with this Administration’s priorities and in consultation with the U.S. Congress

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