USAID at UNGA 2021

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USAID at UNGA 2021

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The 76th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened at the UN Headquarters in New York City on September 14, 2021.  During this session of UNGA, the United States will have numerous opportunities to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance U.S. priorities.  The United States will use UNGA High-Level Week (September 20-24) to advance three broad policy priorities:  (1) Advancing U.S. Leadership in Global Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and COVID-19 Response and Recovery; (2) Reinvigorating Global Commitments to Combat the Climate Crisis; and (3) Promoting Human Rights and Defending Democracy and the Rules-Based International Order to maintain international peace and security.  

Administrator Power is scheduled to participate virtually in several events and attend several bilateral and multinational partners to discuss a variety of priority issues including COVID-19, climate change, humanitarian crises, democracy and anti-corruption.

USAID, with Transparency International, is hosting an event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to elevate the work of anti-corruption change makers.  During this event, USAID Administrator Samantha Power will lead a dynamic conversation on the importance of the fight against corruption.  

Check this site for the latest information including funding announcements, speeches, and press releases surrounding U.S. participation in UNGA 76.

Latest Updates From UNGA 76

Last updated: October 13, 2021

September 30, 2021

For our part, the U.S. has committed an additional $700 million dollars in development assistance. We are working very closely with the government and our civil society partners to expand USAID programming, to help the country strengthen its health system, develop its agricultural potential, tackle corruption, weather the difficult downsides of putting in place the economic reforms, the near term shocks to the system, through social safety net programs with the World Bank and others, and working with the government to support it as it attempts to bring security forces under civilian control.

September 25, 2021

On September 24, Administrator Power met with Simon Coveney, Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two discussed their shared commitment to combating the climate crisis, responding to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and advocating for unhindered humanitarian access to the people of Syria. Administrator Power thanked the Foreign Minister for Irish leadership in the UN Security Council to draw attention to the dire humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia. 

September 25, 2021

On September 24, Administrator Samantha Power met with Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Flemming Møller Mortensen. They discussed climate finance and adaptation, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and humanitarian response priorities in Afghanistan and Ethiopia.  In addition, they discussed the shared US and Danish commitment to advancing democracy and governance and safeguarding against digital repression around the world through the upcoming Tech for Democracy Summit in Copenhagen and President Biden’s Democracy Summit. 

September 25, 2021

On September 24, Administrator Power met with Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Kazakhstan. She acknowledged Kazakhstan's economic progress and congratulated Minister Tileuberdi on the country's thirty years of independence and partnership with USAID. They also discussed a shared commitment to tackling climate change, anti-corruption, food insecurity, human trafficking, and the provision of assistance in Afghanistan.

September 23, 2021

Today I convened a High-Level Roundtable on Afghanistan with key donors, to discuss humanitarian and development assistance principles and priorities in the country. As I stated at the outset of this frank, wide-ranging discussion, there is no more complex set of issues facing the international donor community.