2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: August 16, 2021

July 26, 2021

This is a critical moment in Liberia’s history and there are big challenges ahead. I know that the Liberian people are up to the challenge, and I am grateful and excited to see what we can accomplish together with an experienced, unflappable, and caring Mission Director like Jim Wright taking charge.

July 21, 2021

The world faces a profound climate crisis. This is a global, existential crisis and we can no longer delay action or do the bare minimum to address climate change. It threatens lives, health, economic progress and livelihoods. Climate change threatens development progress and exacerbates global inequities; increases water and food insecurity, natural hazards, the need for humanitarian assistance, and displacement; worsens the quality of the air we breathe as well as health outcomes, and contributes to conflict. The climate crisis fosters instability and threatens to undo the progress we’ve made and the taxpayer dollars we’ve invested in global development, prosperity, and security.

July 19, 2021

Thank you, Diana, and to my esteemed colleagues participating in today’s ceremony––outgoing Mission Director Karas, Ambassador Wright, Chargé d’affaires Jean Msabila, I’m glad we could be together virtually to swear in our current Deputy as our new Mission Director to Tanzania.

July 14, 2021

Our development challenges are shared challenges, they go beyond the ability of any one nation to solve them. We built together the multilateral system in part to solve big, complex problems like these. And it is why the United States will work through multilateral institutions to stop COVID-19, to tackle the climate crisis, and to take on corruption and democratic backsliding. Together, we must translate the bold promise of this historic consensus for sustainable development into better lives for people everywhere.

July 14, 2021

Last month, I traveled to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to hear directly from the people impacted by the cycles of poverty, violence, climate shocks, and corruption and I travelled to assess and expand the impact U.S. assistance was having on their lives. What I saw there was a local reflection of global trends. People that continue to lose loved ones and suffer through lockdowns due to a still-raging COVID-19 pandemic that has already left 4 million people dead around the world. Families that have been traumatized by more frequent and intense hurricanes and rare weather events, many in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. And, as you indicated, everyday-citizens who are angered by poor governance, autocratic behavior, and corruption that limits opportunity, investment, prosperity, and personal freedom.