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Richard Goughnour opens the USAID Oceans planning workshop in Bangkok.
Richard Goughnour opens the USAID Oceans planning workshop in Bangkok.
Richard Nyberg, USAID
Понедельник, Июль 16, 2018

Good morning everyone. Thank you all for being here, and foremost, a special thank you to the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) for their outstanding collaboration and support in hosting this important event.

I would also like to welcome and thank the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security, the Thailand Department of Fisheries, USAID Oceans’ Technical Working Group members and other partners for being here this week.  Altogether, we have delegations from nine ASEAN member states with us.

The USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership was designed to promote transnational collaboration to address illegal, unregulated and unsustainable fishing.  And it’s clear from the participation and commitment from everyone gathered here today that you have made that goal a reality.  

You may have noticed as you settled into the room that there is a larger than usual group of new faces including partners from the U.S. Government, civil society organizations and private foundations.

In planning this year’s meeting, there was an outpouring of interest in the work that you all are doing to protect and revitalize Southeast Asia’s fisheries through enhanced digital traceability. This incredible technology that you will be discussing this week.

Четверг, Июль 12, 2018 - 10:00am

On behalf of the U.S. Government, I am delighted to be here.  I would first like to say “Hongereni sana” to the Minister and his team for the commitment that has resulted in the National Chimpanzee Conservation Action Plan for Tanzania.

Понедельник, Июль 2, 2018 (All day)

To me, it’s really special that, with the help of this USAID grant, we are laying the cornerstone for this new hospital this year – 2018 – an auspicious year in which we celebrate 200 years of Thai-U.S. friendship. For America’s short history, 200 years is a long, long time – making Thailand one of our oldest friends.

Пятница, Июнь 29, 2018 - 10:30am

Let me start by thanking our hosts from the Government of Zambia, specifically the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry as well as ZAMACE by helping putting this together, as well as any other agencies that have helped make this seminar not only stimulating, but also productive and enjoyable.

Пятница, Июнь 22, 2018 - 8:45pm

We at USAID believe that education serves as a driver for development and poverty reduction. Education is transformational for individuals and societies. It creates pathways to better health, economic growth, a sustainable environment, and peaceful, democratic societies.

Четверг, Июнь 21, 2018 - 8:45pm

Since USAID’s Mindanao Youth for Development project, more commonly known simply as MYDev, started in 2013, we have seen the commitment and dedication of everyone in this room to improve the future of at-risk, vulnerable, out-of-school youth in your communities.

Четверг, Июнь 21, 2018 - 8:45pm

[As Prepared]

[Greetings]

It is my pleasure to join you all today as we celebrate one of the milestones of USAID’s work here in Mindanao, which we have achieved through our Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) project. I would like to thank our partners from the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the local government of Bukidnon, the indigenous peoples of Mt. Kitanglad and other NGOs for their dedication and hard work that has strengthened and expanded conservation in this region.

Вторник, Июнь 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to brief you on the U.S. PEPFAR - President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief - program in Namibia. 
Our purpose today is to provide our media partners with information to enhance your understanding of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Namibia and the efforts underway to address it. PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The program is the largest commitment in history by any nation to address a single disease.

Вторник, Июнь 12, 2018 - 10:15am

I feel so grateful to return to Durban for the second time to be part of another big event on TB. I had the opportunity of attending this year’s World TB Day event held here in Durban, earlier. I was happy to see the commitment from the various leaders taking charge, to ensure that those they lead, adopt healthier lifestyles, and also get access to information and health care services.

Среда, Июнь 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Hello, everyone, it really is good to be here with all of you to help celebrate Pride. There's a saying, "Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common." I think that's right. And I think it should and must be celebrated. We all have unique skills, experiences, viewpoints, and life experiences. Those differences enrich us. Those differences make us stronger.

In terms of our work here at USAID, diversity is essential to what you've heard me say ad nauseam in the journey to self-reliance. As I have said before, no nation can truly be self-reliant in any meaningful sense of that term if it leaves a community of its population behind or on the sidelines, if it doesn't embrace all of its citizens and harness their unique perspectives and skills. In civil society and governance terms, no democracy is representative unless it listens to all of its voices. No nation can possibly reach its full potential unless it taps all of its people for the leadership it needs, especially during these often challenging times.

Вторник, Июнь 5, 2018 - 11:45am

At USAID, we're trying to carry this legacy on because it resonates for us today, but it really is something, again, that I think all of us need to be talking about. At USAID, we believe that if countries are willing to make the tough choices, if they're willing to do some of the difficult things that we saw the war-torn nations of Europe do, if they're willing to do that, then we should step forward. We should walk with them on their journey to self-reliance. We should be there to help foster those institutions, which experience has shown us, make all the difference.

Not because we have all the answers, but as I often say, we've probably made all the mistakes over the years. And so, we can say to our friends in the developing world, "Look, you can leapfrog, you can learn from our mistakes, you don't have to repeat them. And you can accelerate and you can aspire to great things, and you can aspire to rising and making that journey from recipient to partner to, yes, fellow donor." And to me, that's the spirit of the Marshall Plan. And at USAID we believe it's alive and well, and it really does animate the work that we do.

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