Biden says USAID will coordinate the United States’ work to lead a global response to fight the coronavirus in vulnerable countries.
President-elect Joe Biden announced that he had chosen Samantha power, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to head the oversight agency for United States foreign humanitarian and development assistance.
“Power will bring the international community together and work with our partners to address the greatest challenges of our time – including COVID-19, climate change, global poverty and democratic setback,” its transition team said in a statement. press release Wednesday evening.
“A crisis-tested public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Power has been a leader in mobilizing the world to resolve long-standing conflicts, respond to humanitarian emergencies, defend human dignity and strengthen the rule of law and democracy, ”he added.
If confirmed by the Senate, Power will lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which has an annual budget of around $ 20 billion. Biden also announced that he is raising the National Security Council post in the White House, a signal he will prioritize outreach to other countries.
Biden said USAID will coordinate the work of the United States to lead a global response to fight the coronavirus and help the most vulnerable countries. He called Power “a voice of conscience and moral clarity of world renown”.
As a journalist, activist and diplomat, I have seen the changing impact of the world @YOU SAID. At this critical time, I feel extremely fortunate to have the chance to serve again, working with the amazing team at USAID to address COVID-19, climate change, humanitarian crises, and more. https://t.co/LP3NhBvkZj
– Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) January 13, 2021
“As a journalist, activist and diplomat, I have seen USAID’s impact on the changing world. At this critical time, I feel immensely fortunate to have the chance to serve again, working with the amazing USAID team to tackle COVID-19, climate change, humanitarian crises, and more. Power posted on Twitter after the announcement.
Power, 50, was an ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, on the US foreign policy response to the genocide.