2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: January 22, 2022

January 21, 2022

I would like to thank both Minister Djapo and Minister Gašić for their leadership, for their welcome of me to their country, and for their close collaboration with USAID and the dedication that they bring to growing tourism in this country everyday. I would also like to thank Justin Reid and Tripadvisor for their partnership with USAID’s Turizam project, and their commitment to promoting the beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

January 20, 2022

It’s good to be back here in Bosnia. I had the privilege to live and work here during the dark days of the war. My experience here changed my life and gave me the motivation to dedicate my career to trying to promote the cause of peace and human rights. Bosnia and Herzegovina finds itself at a very difficult crossroads now. I have just come from a meeting, a very powerful meeting, with three survivors of the wartime prisoner camps. These are individuals who suffered horribly in prisoner camps. And hearing their stories was a reminder that this country and the great people of this country can never go back. Politics are hard. But war is horrific.

January 14, 2022

Alongside USAID’s work to build back stronger, more resilient, more equitable health systems in over 100 countries, ATscale is bolstering its efforts to make accessible the products, systems, and services that so many of us take for granted. Because when it comes to inclusive development, we recognize that assistive technology is not simply a “nice to have.” It is imperative, both morally and economically.

January 12, 2022

Alongside COVID-19, the climate crisis is contributing to record droughts, more powerful hurricanes, and increasingly deadly wildfires in the region, leaving crop yields devastated, homes destroyed, and untold suffering in their wake. Marcela will oversee Bureau efforts with partners to address needs on the ground, reduce emissions, and strengthen efforts to adapt to extreme climate events. Countries like Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala continue to see outflows of irregular migration. Marcela will put her rich experience to use as she works with the Northern Triangle Task Force to address the root causes pushing families to attempt migration in the first place, including climate change, poverty, corruption, violence, and human rights abuses.

January 11, 2022

The United States has made clear: We will continue to support the Afghan people—through diplomacy, by convening partners to act, and through humanitarian aid of the kind that we’re here to discuss today.

We are grateful for the partnership and the work of those who have developed the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan. If fulfilled, this plan would support over 22 million Afghan people, meeting their most basic and urgent human needs. It will ensure accountability to affected populations and help prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls.

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