Secretary Kerry delivered remarks at the 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum. You can watch his full remarks here.

Secretary Kerry delivered remarks at the 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum. You can watch his full remarks here.

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Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. To learn more about our program and efforts, visit www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn.

Special thanks to Alicia Keys, Amy Brenneman, Anne Hathaway, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, DeAndre Jordan, Denise Richards, Diego Boneta, James Van Der Beek, Jennifer Garner, Joe Manganiello, Josh Duhamel, Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Kelly Osbourne, Lance Bass, Moby, Nick Cannon, Nikki Reed, Paul Wesley, Rita Wilson, Shonda Rhimes, Soledad O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, and Tyler Perry for their participation in the video.

This video was produced by the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and Prime Content in partnership with The Jim Henson Company. Original score by Ryan Perez-Daple (rpdmusic.com).

Reuniting Families Separated During Conflict in South Sudan
 

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December.

Among those fleeing are thousands of children lost from their families — heaping tragedy upon tragedy. Some were sent to safety by parents who could not afford a journey to safety themselves. Others became separated from their parents during the recent violence that has ravaged their country and left them traumatized.

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On May 4 in Kinshasa, Secretary Kerry and Special Envoy Feingold meet with DRC President Joseph Kabila. The Secretary also meets with democracy and elections officials and tours the USAID-funded Fistula Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

USAID is working to create space for other fearless women across the country as we support the establishment of democratic processes and institutions in Syria that advance freedom, dignity, and development for all of its people. http://go.usa.gov/kHHC

USAID is working to create space for other fearless women across the country as we support the establishment of democratic processes and institutions in Syria that advance freedom, dignity, and development for all of its people. 

"We spend one penny of the U.S. taxpayer dollar on everything that we do… in the State Department and USAID." -Secretary Kerry today on the Department of State budget

"We spend one penny of the U.S. taxpayer dollar on everything that we do… in the State Department and USAID." -Secretary Kerry today on the Department of State budget

USAID Remains Focused on Typhoon Response in the Philippines

In the days before Typhoon Haiyan hit, USAID prepositioned a number of disaster assistance staff in Manila from our regional office in Bangkok and, within the first day, they were immediately working with colleagues from the Department of Defense to deliver supplies. But it’s always a concern that after the first month or two of a large emergency, that the attention fades because there are many other pressing issues around the world.

However, USAID knows that it’s important to remain engaged going forward and they are now beginning a pivot to the early recovery stage including a focus on transitional shelter, livelihoods, health, cash-for-work, microfinance, temporary schools, and the rebuilding of rural health units. You can read more about what USAID is still doing in the Philippines on DipNote and on USAID’s website!

Coping with Conflict: Helping Syrians Overcome the Trauma of War

As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.

Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.

On Thanksgiving, many of us will gather around tables piled high with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. More importantly, we will pause to reflect on what we are thankful for and what we can do to help those who are less fortunate. We know that global hunger is not hopeless. It is solvable. Want to be part of the solution? Learn more about how to get involved with Feed the Future — the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative — and find out how you can help contribute to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

On Thanksgiving, many of us will gather around tables piled high with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. More importantly, we will pause to reflect on what we are thankful for and what we can do to help those who are less fortunate. We know that global hunger is not hopeless. It is solvable. Want to be part of the solution? Learn more about how to get involved with Feed the Future — the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative — and find out how you can help contribute to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

Sixty million Indonesians depend on the ocean and fishing resources for their livelihood. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Aditya Utama, director of the non-governmental organization Fishing and Living, and Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, provide a briefing on a sustainable tuna fishing operation supported by USAID in Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. Learn more.

Sixty million Indonesians depend on the ocean and fishing resources for their livelihood. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Aditya Utama, director of the non-governmental organization Fishing and Living, and Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, provide a briefing on a sustainable tuna fishing operation supported by USAID in Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. Learn more.