2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: September 23, 2021

July 27, 2021

What Kathryn realized is that despite the grim headlines we read about the state of the world, development is often the source of the good news. Lives saved. People healed. Rights secured. The real improvements in people’s lives. And across 50 years of partnership with USAID, Bangladesh is full of bright headlines. A national poverty rate that’s been cut in half. Maternal and child mortality slashed by two-thirds. Rice production tripled. Electricity brought to nearly half of the country’s population.

July 27, 2021

Having endured persecution and violence for centuries, we have come to know the Yazidi story as one of determined, stubborn resilience. Though many have sought to wound this community, to cast them out or to silence them, to quiet their voices, the Yazidis refuse to be silenced. And that is why we gather today, to speak openly, to acknowledge the evils of the Yazidi genocide, and to work to deliver justice and dignity for the survivors, who are entitled to nothing less.

July 27, 2021

Turning people’s resolve into results. Engendering hope where the hardship is great and the path to lasting change is long. That is what USAID Missions around the world are tasked with. That is what Zeinah has already shown her commitment and capacity to do.

July 26, 2021

The Biden-Harris administration is committed to confronting these accelerants of hunger head on by addressing climate change, supplying the developing world with vaccines, and working to end conflicts and expand humanitarian access. And we will continue to invest in Feed the Future as a cornerstone of our efforts to boost crop yields, end malnutrition, and strengthen resilience. Key to our efforts will be an emphasis on prioritizing gender equality. Our data show that Feed the Future programs must do more to facilitate women’s access to finance, for instance, so they invest in their own productivity and help transform food systems in the process.

July 26, 2021

Leveraging our resources. Stretching our money further. USAID India can be a model for our development efforts globally, as private sector engagement serves as a powerful tool to implement creative solutions that address the secondary impacts of COVID-19 on the economic, health care, and education systems. And critically, as Ambassador Keshap said, our partnership with India’s private sector is making headway in clean energy, environmental reform, and in combating the effects of climate change.

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