AMBASSADOR CURRIE: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Department of State. Excellencies, distinguished guests and colleagues, my name is Kelley Currie. I am proud to be the ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues here at the department.
The Department of State is pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Gabon have assumed the co-secretariat of the Friends of Gulf of Guinea, also known as the FoGG, for calendar year 2020.
On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Daren Tang for his election as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Mr. Tang is an effective advocate for protecting intellectual property, a vocal proponent of transparency and institutional integrity, and a leader who can unify WIPO member states by forging consensus on difficult issues.
On Wednesday, March 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 12 extraordinary women from around the world. The First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will deliver remarks to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of these women.
Today we traveled to the Turkish-Syrian border to observe one of the two remaining UN-authorized cross-border lifelines facilitating humanitarian assistance to the besieged and desperate people of northwest Syria. The United States is determined that the UN Security Council renew the authorization for both Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam border crossings when their mandates expire in July.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi today in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo and President Tshisekedi discussed strengthened ties between the United States and the DRC in the year since the country’s historic peaceful transfer of power.
Today in Turkey, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Kelly Craft, announced $108 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria in response to the ongoing crisis caused by Assad regime, Russian, and Iranian forces. This includes nearly $56 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and more than $52 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Thank you, Monde, for again inviting me to the Woodrow Wilson Center.
It is truly an honor and a pleasure to be back here. It was a year and a half ago when I last spoke at this venue.
When I began my role as Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, the Wilson Center afforded me the opportunity to share my vision for Africa policy.
The United States and Ukraine held their third cyber dialogue in Kyiv on March 3, 2020. This dialogue reaffirms our shared commitment to ensure an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace in which all states behave responsibly.
Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources (ENR) Francis R. Fannon travelled to Toronto, Canada to launch a new toolkit for the Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI). This initiative is a multinational approach to best practices for handling the key energy minerals necessary for the impending global energy transformation. The toolkit addresses mineral resource management, project development, production, and stewardship.