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03-11-2021

Administrator Samantha Power announced new USAID programs in support of the Plan to Conserve Global Forests: Critical Carbon Sinks, which President Biden announced at COP26 on November 2. The plan—the first of its kind for the U.S. Government—outlines how the U.S. will help protect the Amazon rainforest and other critical ecosystems worldwide that sequester large quantities of greenhouse gases. Conserving these ecosystems is essential for combating the climate crisis.

02-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, to discuss continued coordination on the provision of critical humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people.

02-11-2021
Media Advisory

On Thursday, November 4, Administrator Samantha Power will deliver remarks outlining a bold, inclusive vision for the future of international development and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The speech takes place as USAID celebrates its 60th anniversary. The event will be co-hosted by USAID, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Global Human Development Program, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

02-11-2021
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Glasgow, UK from November 6-8 to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26). Administrator Power will join President Biden and more than 10 Cabinet Secretaries and senior Administration officials as part of the U.S. delegation to COP26 to demonstrate a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis.

02-11-2021

At COP26, President Biden highlighted USAID’s commitment to the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) to support research and innovation in climate-smart agriculture. AIM for Climate is a pioneering initiative led by the United States and the United Arab Emirates that is focused on increasing investment and enabling greater public-private and cross-sectoral partnerships to drive climate-smart agriculture and food systems. This initiative has garnered global momentum with more than 80 partners, including 33 countries. The United States will mobilize $1 billion over five years for AIM for Climate. USAID, the premier international agency in adaptation and a global leader in agriculture research, is working in concert with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on AIM for Climate.

01-11-2021

Today, President Biden announced an ambitious set of targets to advance the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE). PREPARE will support developing countries and communities in vulnerable situations around the world in their efforts to adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change. These impacts are already being felt, and USAID brings significant experience to bear on supporting equitable, inclusive climate resilience in developing countries.

29-10-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

The Government of Belarus informed the United States on October 20 that it will force the closure of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy and USAID offices in Minsk, effective November 20. Belarusian authorities aim to severely disrupt U.S. development assistance and public diplomacy in Belarus by forcing the closure of facilities that house key U.S. Government operations, and by ending employment of all of USAID’s local staff and Department of State public diplomacy staff.

28-10-2021
Remarks As Prepared for Delivery October 27, 2021

I want to offer a special thanks to you, Michelle, and also to Michèle Flournoy, who invited me to speak to you this evening. 

These are two women of deep integrity who have dedicated their careers to serving others. Each a force of nature in their own right, they have decades of experience marshalling the good will of the American people across sectors, deepening our relationships with allies and partners around the world, and blazing a trail for young women leaders in government and philanthropy. 

28-10-2021

Today, the United States announced more than $144 million in humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State brought total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $474 million in 2021 alone.

28-10-2021

At the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually from New Delhi, India, on October 28 and 29, 2021, on the margins of the East Asia Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new funding, activities, and partnerships to expand economic growth in Asia, in support of the United States’ vision of a free, open, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

27-10-2021
Readout

USAID Assistant to the Administrator (AtA) Sarah Charles traveled to Ethiopia October 20-23 to meet with humanitarian partners providing aid to northern Ethiopia, government officials, other humanitarian donors, and Ethiopians who have been affected by the nearly one-year conflict. Accompanying U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Geeta Pasi, AtA Charles traveled to Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, where she witnessed deteriorating conditions in what is one of the world's worst humanitarian emergencies due to access challenges in Tigray, and renewed fighting in Amhara, Afar, and Tigray, where hundreds of thousands have been displaced in just the last several weeks.

27-10-2021

Today, we observe International Religious Freedom Day and affirm that everyone, everywhere, is entitled to the fundamental right to conscience, to the exploration of faith and thought, and the outward expression and manifestation of religious, or non-religious, convictions so long as they do not disrupt or threaten the rights and freedoms of others.

26-10-2021
Statement

USAID welcomes the Biden-Harris Administration’s release of the U.S. government’s first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. This historic strategy underscores what many at USAID have long understood—that in order to advance democracy, build stronger economies, and make lasting development gains globally, we must invest in the rights and opportunities of women and girls, in all their diversity, both in the United States and around the world.

25-10-2021

USAID condemns the military takeover in Sudan under the apparent direction of the head of the Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan. The detention of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several cabinet ministers, declaration of a state of emergency, shutting down of Internet and telecommunications services, and military takeover of state-run media are an affront to the democratic aspirations of the people of Sudan and undermine Sudan’s transition toward civilian-led democratic governance after 30 years of kleptocracy and violent dictatorship under Omar al-Bashir. 

21-10-2021

Linda, a word about you. I think it’s really important what you're doing there at the White House, just day-in, day-out leadership to keep food security front and center in our foreign policy. You could be doing it for many reasons: because of the scale and complexity of global hunger, or just because we have the ability to make such an impact by coordinating our domestic and our global strategy. And I think Tom and I having these opportunities to come together at events like this, but also for our teams to be working together day-to-day with the backing of the White House is already producing tremendous returns.

21-10-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced the updated and enhanced U.S. government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS), at an event hosted by the White House and joined by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Administrator Power announced that the updated GFSS aims to contribute to reducing poverty and child stunting by 20 percent in the areas where Feed the Future works over the next five years.

21-10-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced the launch of USAID’s new Africa Trade and Investment program at the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial. The continent-wide program is USAID’s flagship effort under the Prosper Africa initiative and will expand and accelerate two-way trade and investment between African nations and the United States. The program helps to fulfill the promise of the global Build Back Better World Partnership with the G7 and earlier commitments to increase two-way trade and investment. Since June 2019, USAID has supported African and U.S. businesses and investors in closing more than $2.8 billion in new exports and investments, and built a deal pipeline of more than $10 billion. The new program is expected to generate thousands of African and American jobs and deliver billions in exports and investments by 2026.

21-10-2021
Statement By Administrator Samantha Power

As of today, the United States has successfully donated and delivered 200 million COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries around the world. President Biden has pledged that the U.S. will be the world’s arsenal of vaccines, and USAID continues to play a pivotal role in fulfilling the ambitious goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the eligible global population by next year. USAID, in coordination with the White House, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and COVAX, the global vaccine access initiative, is helping get safe and effective shots in arms around the world.

20-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Ambassador Eynat Shlein, Head of MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation. The Administrator expressed appreciation for the close coordination between USAID and MASHAV on joint development priorities, including in Guatemala and Honduras. 

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