2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: August 16, 2021

September 28, 2021

In so many ways, Costa Rica serves as a model of progress for Latin America and the Caribbean—and an example of the progress our hemisphere can make when we work together in the spirit of mutual respect, partnership, and dialogue.

September 28, 2021

The United States has several options moving forward. Many of us who watch Africa have grown more alarmed in recent years at the rapid spread of violent extremism, from thenow affecting not just the Sahel and the Horn, but also, now toward the the West African coast, through the Horn, down the Great Lakes Region, and now along the shores of the Indian Ocean in northern Mozambique. Whereas just a few years ago, the center of attention was on the proliferation of groups in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East, African countries are increasingly featured and fill reports on global terrorism. These same countries feature in IS/Al-Qaida propaganda. The United States is waking up to that reality, and Congress can play an amplifying role, as this hearing today demonstrates. Thank you for giving these issues your attention.

September 27, 2021

One recent study indicates that for every dollar invested into girls’ rights and education, developing countries could see a return of $2 dollars and 80 cents. One additional year of schooling can increase a woman’s earnings by ten to twenty percent. 

September 25, 2021

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has now claimed over four-and-a-half million lives. And this is just the reported number; we know the true number is likely far higher. 

But what these flags, and this devastating loss of life globally, cannot speak to, are the many indirect effects of this pandemic across our planet. Like the tens of millions of people who have been pushed into poverty and extreme hunger because their markets shut down and their economies stalled. Or the “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence, as women and girls are forced to shelter in place with their abusers. 

September 23, 2021

Today I convened a High-Level Roundtable on Afghanistan with key donors, to discuss humanitarian and development assistance principles and priorities in the country. As I stated at the outset of this frank, wide-ranging discussion, there is no more complex set of issues facing the international donor community.