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Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2017) – Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles and Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver issued the following joint statement today on former U.S. Ambassador Mark Green being confirmed as the new Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“We congratulate Ambassador Green on his confirmation and are grateful for his understanding of the critical need for robust investments in foreign aid and for a transparent and accountable agency, especially at a time when Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan are all facing famine, more than 65 million people are displaced around the world, and 16,000 children die each day from preventable and treatable causes like pneumonia and malnutrition.
“Uniquely equipped to build on USAID’s bipartisan legacy of reform, in his new role, Ambassador Green has the opportunity to ensure a strong and independent USAID to lead on U.S. development and humanitarian priorities and increase the impact of America’s international assistance as we work with developing countries on their path to self-reliance.
“Ensuring America’s leadership abroad is a bipartisan issue, and we look forward to working with Ambassador Green to further strengthen our standing in the world by fulfilling our nation’s commitment to end preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation, among other notable goals.”
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