Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Jessica Davis Ba at the “GIS Database Standards to Help Combat Wildlife Trafficking in Africa” Workshop

Excellencies, Honorable Guests: Director General Sultan Mohammed of the Ethiopian Geospatial Information Agency (optional: & current Africa Executive Board Chair of the Committee of Experts for the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management); Director General Kumara Wakjira of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority; Director Lee Schwartz of the Department of State’s Office of the Geographer and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the African Peace and Security Annual Conference on “The Autonomy of the African Union in a Changing World”

  Good afternoon! It is my distinct honor to be here today at such an occasion to engage on some of the key issues facing the African continent. In my career I have experienced five transitions of government in the United States. Thus I am aware that times of transition often bring uncertainty and a ...
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Remarks Delivered by Ambassador Leonard at the U.S. – AU Workshop on CVE

Ambassadors and distinguished colleagues, it is my distinct honor to be here today to kick-off fruitful discussions on ways in which the United States and the African Union can collectively work together to prevent and counter the rise of violent extremism in Africa. I would like to extend my appreciation to Director of the African ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at ISS Pre-AU Summit Seminar

Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union addressed an audience made up of participants from the diplomatic corps, international organizations, and think tanks based in Addis Ababa, on the United States partnership with the African Union, highlighting shared priorities in the area of peace and security.  Ambassador Leonard discussed in detail ...
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Ambassador Leonard Hosts a Reception on the Occasion of the Launch of Africa CDC

USAU’s Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard hosted a reception at her residence on the occasion of the launch of Africa CDC. The event was attended by officials from WHO, African Union, Gates Foundation, China CDC and China Mission to AU. The most recently appointed Commissioner of Social Affairs H.E. Amira El-Fadil of the African Union was ...
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Ambassador Leonard Presents Art in Embassies Collection at her New Residence

The United States Ambassador to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard presented the Art in Embassies Collection at her official Residence. The event was attended by Ambassadors based in Ethiopia who are also accredited to the AU and UNECA, as well as officials from the African Union Commission. Ambassador Leonard presented the Art in Embassies ...
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Ambassador Leonard Remarks – African Land Forces Summit

General Phiri, General Allyn, Excellency Ghambi, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is my distinct honor to be in Lilongwe, Malawi to participate in the fifth African Land Forces Summit.  I would like to personally commend the Malawian Defense Forces for hosting this high level event, bringing together Land Forces Chiefs from across Africa ...
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Ambassador Leonard Remarks – Launch of the State of Women’s Rights in Africa Report

Madame Chairperson, Ambassadors, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is my distinct honor to be here today to recognize the many advancements made to address gender inequality in Africa and reflect on what more can be done to realize the aspirations of Agenda 2063 towards empowering and developing women and young girls. I would like ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard’s Opening Remarks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Dr. Desta, thank you for asking me to join the live streaming of the museum’s opening. So excited to be here; I was in Washington for several weeks this summer as I prepared for my Senate hearings and eventual arrival to become the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union.  The museum’s glorious building was already ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard’s Opening Remarks at the Africa – U.S. Partnership Options to Enhance Strategic Cooperation in Challenging Environm

Distinguished colleagues, good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about the U.S. – AU partnership.  Next month, December 22, to be exact, will mark the 10thanniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Mission to the AU.  We are indeed proud to have been the first non-African Mission dedicated exclusively to ...
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