Remarks by Ambassador Jessye Lapenn at the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC)

Jessye Lapenn  U.S. Ambassador to the African Union at the African Union Peace and Security Council October 17, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning Mr. Chairperson, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. It is my absolute honor and pleasure to address the Council today for the first time since my arrival to Addis as the U.S. …

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2019 National Day Remarks delivered by U.S. Ambassador to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard on May 7, 2019

Remarks for National Day 2019 (243rd Independence Day) “U.S. Support for Economic Integration in Africa” May 7, 2019   Excellencies, Your Excellency Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen – Good evening! Together with Ambassador …

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US Statement to PSC on the Prevention of the Ideology of Hate Genocide and Hate Crimes

Statement by the United States to the PSC on the Prevention of the Ideology of Hate, Genocide, and Hate Crimes in Africa April 3, 2019   Excellencies, Good morning. The United States is committed to the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide worldwide. The mass killing of civilians is an affront to our common humanity …

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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Opening of the U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment Forum

Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the opening of the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum (As Delivered) February 11, 2019   Thank you, Florie. Good evening everyone and welcome to Addis.  What an amazing turnout! Your presence here tonight for the launch of the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum is a testament to the fact …

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African Entrepreneur Statement Delivered by Selam Wondim at the U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment Forum

African Entrepreneur Statement Delivered at U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Forum  Delivered by Selam Wondim CEO, GroHydro   Excellency Ministers, Excellency Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Selam Wondim, and I am young, ambitious, and ready to transform my country Ethiopia, and the African continent.  I am the CEO and co-founder of …

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Opening Remarks of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy at the U.S.-AU High Level Dialogue

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy’s Opening Remarks U.S.-AU High Level Dialogue African Union Commission, Addis Ababa Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:50 a.m. (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning everyone, and I am very pleased to be here in Addis today to join you for this important dialogue. I especially want …

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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Second Annual U.S.-AU CVE Week

Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Second Annual U.S.-AU CVE Week African Union Commission, Addis Ababa Monday, October 29, 2018   Thank you.  Welcome to Addis, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski. Good morning, everyone.  What a fabulous crowd! It is my distinct honor to be here today to open the Second …

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Statement by Ambassador Leonard at the Open AU PSC Open Session on the Role of Women in Conflict Prevention and Peace building at the Community Level

Mr. Chairperson, distinguished panelists, excellencies, I am very grateful for the opportunity to address this session on the role of women in conflict prevention and peace building. Supporting women’s participation, voice, and empowerment in decision-making about security issues is key to achieving our shared efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability. Last year, when President …

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Remarks by Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. at Swearing-in Ceremony

Remarks Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Washington, DC September 17, 2018   Good afternoon distinguished ladies and gentlemen and thank you Mr. Secretary. I am grateful for the many friends, family, and colleagues who are here today – literally from around the nation and the world. And I greatly appreciate the …

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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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