Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman attends the United Nations General Assembly | Reading out loud

The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Shejal Pulivarti:‎

Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman attended the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York from September 19-22. The Deputy Administrator highlighted USAID’s commitment to addressing food insecurity; promote the empowerment of women; enable an inclusive digital public infrastructure; addressing global humanitarian crises; and ending child malnutrition through a series of meetings and events with world leaders.


At the World Economic Forum’s Resilience Consortium meeting, the Deputy Administrator highlighted the importance of investing in resilience and working with the private sector to end the global food crisis – including in the Horn of Africa, where a historic drought is pushing millions of people to the brink of starvation. .

Deputy Administrator Coleman delivered the keynote address at the Stronger Foundations for Nutrition retreat, which brought together a coalition of private donors and philanthropic organizations working to address malnutrition around the world. She underscored the urgent need to increase funding for nutrition and commended participating organizations for their contributions to treating and preventing wasting, including new commitments announced at the United Nations commitment event. USAID on the Child Malnutrition Crisis later in the week.

At the Ford Foundation’s End Child Marriage event, Deputy Administrator Coleman delivered the keynote address emphasizing USAID’s continued commitment to preventing and responding to all forms of gender-based violence , including early marriages, forced marriages and unions (CEFMU). She highlighted new tools to support broader, evidence-based efforts to end child marriage.

At Concordia’s annual summit, Deputy Administrator Coleman participated in “The Fight for Food: Value Chains and Partnerships,” a panel focused on how food value chains can improve prospects for the agriculture sector and drive economic growth. sustainable innovation for a safe food market. She highlighted how the U.S. government, through its Feed the Future initiative, is empowering smallholder farmers through sustained investments in global agriculture, and highlighted USAID’s commitments to partner with the private sector. to advance innovative solutions and catalyze investments.

Alongside the US State Department’s Special Envoy for Global Food Security, Dr. Cary Fowler, Deputy Administrator Coleman led a Foreign Press Center briefing focused on the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen the Food Safety. During the briefing, the Deputy Administrator highlighted President Biden’s UNGA announcement of $2.14 billion in new USAID commitments to address the global crisis. food security, including through development programs focused on last-mile critical delivery of agricultural tools, technologies and production methods.

The Deputy Administrator also delivered a keynote address on “The Future of Digital Cooperation: Building Resilience through Safe, Trusted and Inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure”. She highlighted the US government’s commitment to open, secure, and inclusive digital infrastructure through the Global Infrastructure and Investment Partnership; the Declaration for the Future of the Internet; and the Flea and Science Act. She also described USAID’s digital strategy, the Digital Invest program, and the ongoing development of the Digital Public Goods Charter as examples of the Agency’s leadership in this area.

At a high-level event on the Rohingya crisis, the Deputy Administrator announced more than $170 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the humanitarian crisis in Burma and Bangladesh, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for this crisis to nearly $1.9 billion since it began in August 2017. With this new funding, USAID will provide food and nutrition assistance, health care, shelter, clean water, sanitation and hygiene support, protection for the most vulnerable and other essential support for relief operations in Burma and Bangladesh.

Deputy Administrator Coleman delivered closing remarks during a meeting with U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment Jose Fernandez and representatives from Feed’s eight new focus countries. the Future: Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda. , Tanzania and Zambia. She explained how the U.S. government, through Feed the Future, is working in partnership with African countries to produce food more efficiently, improve nutrition, and increase incomes for smallholder farmers.


The Deputy Administrator met with Timor-Leste’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno, to discuss USAID’s development partnership in Timor-Leste, including food security, democratic governance, and the social and economic empowerment of women. The Deputy Administrator expressed U.S. support for Timor-Leste’s steps toward greater regional integration, including work towards membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and at the World Trade Organization.

Deputy Administrator Coleman also met with Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Ali Sabry to discuss the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to address the country’s political and economic crises, and how USAID can support a viable path for Sri Lanka’s economic growth.

Deputy Administrator Coleman met with Belarusian Democratic Opposition Leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya to reaffirm the U.S. government’s enduring support for a sovereign and independent Belarus that respects the rights and voices of its people.

Deputy Administrator Coleman also met with Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov to discuss joint efforts to help Uzbekistan’s poorest households cope with high food costs and energy inflation resulting from Putin’s war. . They discussed USAID support for fertilizer producers in Uzbekistan to increase production and ongoing efforts to promote good governance, justice, economic diversification and resilience.

The Deputy Administrator joined Administrator Power in a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to reaffirm USAID’s commitment to supporting the government and people of Ukraine in the face of Putin’s full-scale invasion .

Deputy Administrator Coleman met with Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc and reaffirmed our shared commitment to promoting an open, prosperous and secure Vietnam. They discussed war legacy issues; climate change and renewable energy; and reforms to strengthen cooperation.

Deputy Administrator Coleman also met with Yemen’s Foreign Minister Dr. Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak. She expressed USAID’s continued support for the government of the Republic of Yemen and commended the government’s efforts to help the Yemeni people receive tangible benefits from the current truce, including access to assistance from the ‘USAID. She pleaded for an extended and expanded truce as it is currently due to expire on October 2, 2022.

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