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Anne C. Richard
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
June 29, 2012
Thank you, Steve, for that kind introduction, and for the invitation to join you for breakfast. Thank you for coming out so early to hear me speak about America’s responsibility to refugees.
I’ve been the Assistant Secretary since early April. Since then, I’ve been on a few trips to learn more about refugees and U.S. humanitarian aid programs. This visit – a day in Cleveland and two days in Pittsburgh, is my first domestic trip.
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REP. BERMAN: (Sounds gavel.) The committee will come to order. This morning we are quite privileged to be joined by the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Susan Rice, as well as a distinguished private panel that will follow her testimony and question period.
President Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the Act) on December 1, 2005. The Act sets out as a central goal the provision of affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries as a key component of U.S. foreign assistance programs. It requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S.
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A decade ago single-party states and military dictatorships were the norm in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2003 Freedom House report, using its stringent criteria, lists 18 African countries as free. Many more countries have made significant strides toward free and fair elections, effective governance and respect for internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. Some long-term civil wars have concluded or may be near resolution.
Johannesburg, South Africa - Saying that poverty reduction requires increasing agricultural productivity, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Andrew Natsios has introduced a $148 million Initiative to End Hunger in Africa and raise agricultural production there by 2015.
Added U.S. funding of $12.4 million to the World Food Program will feed refugees across Africa for one month, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement issued July 9.
The U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) has released a report identifying 20 humanitarian emergencies worldwide, affecting approximately 42 million people. "Global Humanitarian Emergencies: Trends and Projections, 2001-2002" predicts that the international community will continue to respond and provide aid to these countries, but that resources will remain below needs.
The United States is contributing $26 million more this fiscal year to help fund the programs of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip Reeker announced April 11. This will bring total U.S. contributions to UNHCR this year to $172.5 million.