Episode Eight - USAID at UNGA

Friday, October 26, 2018

The new episode of the Administrator’s podcast, USAID Leads, is now live! In this episode, host Carol Han highlights Administrator Mark Green’s remarks at various events at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

Carol Han: Hi everyone, and welcome to the USAID Leads podcast.

Today, we are going to discuss USAID’s involvement and vision of the “Journey to Self-Reliance” at the 2018 UNGA event. To do this we’re going to listen to remarks made by Administrator Mark Green at some of the events he attended at the 2018 United Nations General Assembly events.

Carol Han: Administrator Green participated in Concordia Summit's Journey to Self-Reliance Event. The Administrator discussed USAID’s latest vision for U.S. foreign assistance.

Administrator at Concordia J2SR Event: “As we take a look at some of the most thoughtful voices around the world, over and over again we see this spirit expressed, the need to be independent, the need to be self-reliant. And it's that spirit that led us at USAID to craft a framework that we call the Journey to Self-Reliance.”

Carol Han: The Administrator went on to explain that with the Journey to Self-Reliance concept, USAID helps our country partners to be better-able to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve their own development challenges.

The Administrator also made remarks at the Breaking the Cycle Between Conflict and Hunger Event.

Administrator at Breaking the Cycle Between Conflict and Hunger Event “Conflict-related hunger is one of the most visible manifestations of human suffering emerging from war and crisis.

What makes suffering nearly unprecedented is its source. More than 50 percent of those experiencing hunger around the world today - some 74 million people - do so because of man-made, regime-driven disasters. In other words, this suffering is preventable, and thus all the more tragic.”

Carol Han: The Administrator explained how Resolution 2417 puts responsibility to everyone to end human suffering from conflict-driven hunger. This resolution demands an international response to ease the human suffering of innocent civilians.

Administrator Green then spoke at the Accelerating Action on Tuberculosis Event, where he talked about tuberculosis being the number-one infectious disease killer… and announced USAID’s latest initiative to combat the disease. It’s an initiative that the Administrator says represents USAID’s continued commitment to building an international coalition to combat tuberculosis.

Administrator at the Accelerating Action on Tuberculosis Event “Since 2000, we have seen nearly a 50 percent reduction in TB-related deaths; by one estimate, more than 54 million lives have been saved, and that is something for us to celebrate. Today, I'm proud to announce an effort to take all of what we have learned and achieved and to try to push it to the next level. Specifically, we are launching a new initiative called the Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis, that will increase our support to governments into local partners that are taking bold steps towards ending TB.”

Carol Han: USAID’s participation in the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly reinforced USAID’s commitment to our international partners. We believe every person, every community, and every country wants to be empowered to lead its own future. USAID’s goal is to end the need for foreign assistance and the programs we implement support our partners’ journeys to self-reliance.

After UNGA, First Lady Melania Trump and Administrator Green traveled to four countries in Africa where she learned more about the role the United States plays in combating some of the issues that children face today. Their trip highlighted USAID’s role in expanding health coverage to mothers and newborns and access to education for children in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.

To our listeners out there, thank you for joining us and be sure to follow #USAID on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This episode and more are available in the app store just search for USAID Leads.

Last updated: October 29, 2018

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