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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Last year’s landmark ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities demonstrated Vietnam’s commitment to respecting rights, embracing the value of diversity, and promoting equal opportunities. It added a potentially important new dimension to our cooperation that is also at the core of USAID’s broader strategy for development cooperation, which is the emphasis on inclusion.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 8:30pm

With Australia, the United States has enjoyed a strong friendship and partnership for 75 years. Throughout Asia, we are proud to work with the Australians on issues of mutual interest, including

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:15am

I’d like to welcome you all to USAID’s regional training facility. And thanks to the Rockefeller Foundation for partnering with us on this important event. Since Jan 2014, “resilience” has been part of USAID’s core mission as we look to partner to end extreme poverty. And I believe resilience is here to stay as a key analytic, programming and organizing concept for our development investments for years to come.

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

In these remarks, I will hopefully set the stage a bit and perhaps say a few things to help spark a great discussion during today’s meetings.  Shell Foundation and its community of partners, many of whom are also here today, has achieved some great successes over the years;  catalyzing the clean cookstoves sector, to its influential role building inclusive markets for off-grid energy. 

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:45pm

I am very happy to see the progress that you have all accomplished. The people of Tacloban City have shown great resilience in times of crisis and determination to build back better.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 11:45pm

Wildlife trafficking has become a global issue that is threatening our world’s biodiversity as well as national security. It has been proven that wildlife trafficking is linked to other transnational crime - - such as human trafficking, drugs and arms - - and terrorists are using wildlife as a source to fund their activities. It is an urgent matter that we have to address. It is everybody’s responsibility to help stop illegal wildlife trade - - across ASEAN, Africa and beyond.

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:45pm

The United States is proud to stand with countries around the world, including those represented here tonight, to combat wildlife trafficking and protect natural resources. Like everyone here tonight, the United States, under President Obama’s leadership, strongly believes the slaughter of thousands of animals and the murder of park rangers trying to protect these species must be stopped.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 2:30am

- I am pleased to join you today in this third annual summit on social work eduation.Vietnam's reforms and rapidly developing economy over the past 20 years has given the people of Vietnam many good things. Poverty has been significantly reduced and many families can achieve comforts and experiences that were hardly imaginable before. In many ways this country is a true success. During the same period, however, Vietnam has been increasingly confronting a range of familiar social issues associated with modernization, rural-urban migration, and other pressures on familie

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:00am

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to speak to such an inspiring group of people determined to build a bright future for Zimbabwe.   When I received this invitation, the name “The Space” struck me as an appropriate title for why we are here – to create space for people to discuss innovative ideas for development.  This is often where the best ideas originate, when we provide space for creative and committed people, like you, to come together and discuss the key topics of the day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 2:00am

When I became the U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, I knew that the issues of territorial disputes, food security, and human rights would feature prominently in my new role. What I have found during my time in the region, however, is that there is another very serious issue that sews a common thread among each of these issues: the degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems due to overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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