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: September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

At the United Nations Food Systems Summit, Administrator Samantha Power announced that the United States plans to commit $5 billion over five years to Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and an intent to expand Feed the Future to additional countries. She also shared highlights from the U.S. Government’s enhanced Global Food Security Strategy, which guides Feed the Future and was updated to meet today’s complex demands on global food security, including COVID-19, climate change, increasing conflict, rising inequality, and malnutrition. Partnering with governments, the private sector, local actors, and the broader U.S. Government, Feed the Future aims to contribute to a 20 percent reduction in poverty and child stunting in the areas where Feed the Future works and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact. Taken together, these announcements reassert America’s commitment to ending global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition, and helping advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2, Zero Hunger.

September 23, 2021

Since June 2019, the U.S. Government has helped to close 800 deals across 45 African countries for an estimated value of $50 billion dollars in exports and investments. With Prosper Africa as a conduit, investing in fast-growing African markets creates synergies that lead to growth here at home, as well. We are building new markets for American products, mobilizing billions of dollars in U.S. private sector investment, and supporting thousands of jobs for American and African workers.

September 23, 2021

Of the $10 billion President Biden committed on Tuesday for food security, half will be invested here at home—a recognition that all countries, even those that produce a surplus of food, must take steps to improve nutrition and adapt their food systems to a changing climate. The other half of that $10 billion will be spent fighting global food insecurity, helping smallholder farmers and their families escape poverty—a recognition, as President Kennedy once said, that the well fed have an obligation to care for the hunger of others.

September 23, 2021

As renewable energy gets cheaper, batteries grow more effective, and the gains of electrification become clearer, the world can do both. In fact we know we must. And I hope this gathering becomes an inflection point in recognizing just how urgent clean electrification is in the lives of those who do not have power.

September 22, 2021

Today, during a virtual high-level side event of the 76th UN General Assembly, the United States announced nearly $180 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees, affected host communities in Bangladesh, and the people of Burma. This new funding includes nearly $55 million through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with an additional $124 million through the U.S. Department of State.