The Biden administration would like to admit 125,000 refugees into the United States for the fiscal year 2023 to address the growing needs generated by humanitarian crises around the globe, including the more than 100 million displaced persons around the world, the government said on Friday.
The Department of State, together with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), transmitted the President’s Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for fiscal year 2023 to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on Friday that the next step is for the head of the DHS and HHS, the Secretary of State to consult with Congress about the President Biden’s proposed Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023.
He wrote, “The United States is, and will continue to be, a global leader in international humanitarian response, including through refugee resettlement. We have prioritized rebuilding and strengthening the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) in a strategic, sustainable way that positions the program on a durable foundation for the future and modernizes the program to be responsive to evolving needs and opportunities. This includes efforts to expand opportunities for Americans to engage directly in resettlement, including through a private sponsorship pilot program that we will launch later this year.
“Over the past fiscal year, we also have taken steps to increase the resettlement of members of particularly vulnerable populations through USRAP, including refugees from the Americas, Congolese, Syrians, Ukrainians, populations from Burma, and many other nationalities, as well LGBTQI+ persons, all while providing additional initial resettlement support to more than 80,000 Afghans in communities across the United States – the largest resettlement effort we have undertaken in 40 years.
“Yesterday, the Department of State, together with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), transmitted the President’s Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023 to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“The Report to Congress recommends a refugee admissions target of 125,000 for Fiscal Year 2023 to address the growing needs generated by humanitarian crises around the globe, including the more than 100 million displaced persons around the world.
“Next, together with DHS and HHS, the Secretary will consult with Congress about the President’s proposed Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023.
“Through the U.S. refugee resettlement program, our government, civil society and private sector partners, state and local officials, and Americans in communities throughout the country demonstrate day in and day out the generosity and core values of our nation. The United States will continue to provide a safe haven and opportunity to the world’s most vulnerable.”
Meanwhile, the United States last week continued to strengthen ties with the African continent. On Friday, the Department of State announced that Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, September 12-13 and Dakar, Senegal, September 14-15, where he will engage in discussions with government counterparts and the private sector regarding strengthening climate action and the upcoming 27th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
In Senegal, he will also attend the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), where he will discuss the importance of adaptation with African Environment Ministers, including U.S. efforts to help more than half a billion people in developing countries adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change through the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE), the State Department said.
A delegation from U.S. Africa Command, led by U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, deputy commander of military engagement for the command, also participated in a dedication ceremony at the Daan Viljoen National Park in Namibia on Sept. 2. The delegation also included the U.S. Agency for International Development Senior Development Adviser to U.S. Africa Command, Barbara Hughes, and Deputy Director for Strategic Engagement, Brig. Gen. Pete Bailey.
U.S. Africa Command donated vehicles and other equipment through the Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA) program to assist Namibia with their counter-poaching and anti-smuggling efforts.
The four Land-Cruisers and other specialized equipment that were part of the $595,000 donation will help the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism combat poaching in Namibia, where illegal wildlife trade continues to be an acute problem.
Wildlife trafficking is the fourth most profitable transnational, illicit trade and is of a regional security concern in southern Africa, where countries work to protect endangered wildlife, trace illicit cargo and secure their borders. Left unchecked, illegal wildlife trade can have spillover effects on the overall stability and security of the region.
“This visit really illustrates the U.S. whole-of-government approach to what we are doing with our Namibian partners,” Young said. “This is a true example of what we can accomplish when we work together not just across borders but also across different government agencies so that we can bring the Department of Defense’s unique support to addressing regional security issues like wildlife poaching.”
The group was briefed by the Blue Rhino Task Force, an interagency task force funded by the U.S. government to combat international poaching. The task force, which sets a global standard for interagency cooperation when it comes to combating wildlife trafficking, combines efforts of local communities, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement and national security institutions to create an effective operational, investigative and analytical team that has led to more than 750 arrests and shut down numerous international syndicates between southern Africa and market destinations in Europe and Asia.
“Meeting with the Blue Rhino Task Force helped illuminate the wider role all of us have to protect natural resources for future generations,” Young said. “While the command may provide assistance to the brave members of Namibia’s anti-poaching squad, each of us need to do our part to reduce the demand globally that is responsible for endangering these beautiful creatures.“
The dedication ceremony of anti-poaching assistance was just one part of a visit by the command delegation to help understand and see how the command’s efforts in Namibia complement other U.S. government efforts.
As the largest bilateral donor in the health care sector in Namibia, the delegation heard firsthand from community outreach workers at the Katutura Village in Windhoek – beneficiaries of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s efforts under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID’s support for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.
The delegation also met with Defense Minister Frans Kapofi, with whom they discussed the strong partnership between the U.S. and Namibia and expressed their commitment to working together on shared security interests like anti-poaching, infectious disease control, maritime security, and integrating women into peace and security initiatives.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
San Francisco, California
September 9, 2022
I’d like to thank the executive director for having me here, and just let me say it’s so wonderful for me to be here. I mean, you basically let me crash the party. [Laughter.] And I am well-known for crashing parties, but I am also well-known for telling people: look for an open door. Sometimes you haven’t been invited and you just see a crack in the door – go through it. I saw this crack and I came through the door. So, thank you.
This summit is all about the rich contributions African Americans have made to the food system not only in the United States, but around the world. We know that black food nourishes our body. It nourishes our mind and our souls. And I was with Speaker Pelosi this morning, and she said: food is medicine, because it is a lifesaver for so many people.
So many of my ancestors have always been one with the Earth in some way, whether they’re farmers, they’re gardeners, or they are cooks. And I come from a long line of cooks. My grandmother was a cook; my mother was a cook. And they both took pride in showing me the way around the kitchen, and I will tell you if I wasn’t an ambassador, I think I would be a fulltime cook. Notice, Bryant, I did not say chef – [laughter] – because I know that there is a different between a chef and a cook. Chefs are creative; cooks are cooks. We can be creative but not always, and I try sometimes to be creative when I cook because I also want to make what I cook healthy. And so I also told Bryant that I heard that he has a vegan collard green recipe, and I will put my collard green recipe against his any day. [Laughter.] And win. [Laughter.]
So I am a very competitive cook, because I enjoy cooking. I enjoy people enjoying my cooking. And I always tell people that the best food that I ever eat, I cook myself. [Laughter.] So I’m not – I’m generally very modest about my accomplishments. [Laughter.] I’m very modest about being an ambassador and having done everything, but I am not modest about being a good cook. [Laughter.]
But thankfully, I’ve been able to infuse my love of food, my love of cooking, with my work as a diplomat. And you may have heard people talk about gumbo diplomacy, which is what I practice. I practice it in the kitchen and I practice it at the diplomatic table. So whenever I’ve been posted around the world, I’ve made a point of inviting people of all backgrounds over to cook with me, whether it’s to cook gumbo, and people talk about my gumbo diplomacy, but actually the thing I cook best is red beans. And again, my red beans, whether vegetarian or with turkey or with pork, can go up against the best chef in the world. [Laughter.] This is not in my talking points; I’m going off. [Laughter.] I’m going off the points now.
My gumbo diplomacy approach has extended to my work as the Ambassador to the United Nations, where my job is all about sitting down with diverse groups of diplomats and leaders to tackle an array of global challenges. And while there is no shortage of challenges right now, global food insecurity is at the top of our agenda. In fact, it has been since day one of this administration when I first arrived in New York and made conflict-inducted hunger the subject of one of my first Security Council meetings.
But since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, food insecurity has only become more pressing as millions more people, especially in Africa and the Middle East, now face a hunger crisis. So that’s why we’ve called over 103 countries to sign on to our Roadmap for Global Food Security – because even though we are the world’s top donor for addressing food security, no nation can do this alone. And that’s why President Biden will convene heads of state from around the world for our Global Food Security Summit this month. And that’s why I recently traveled to Africa, where I delivered a keynote address in Ghana on the future of peace and progress on food security in Africa, one where Africa serves as its own breadbasket.
And you might ask why I’m here talking about food insecurity. I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, and I visited an urban farm and talked about food insecurity. The reason I’m here is because what we deal with globally – food insecurity globally – also impacts us locally. You’ve heard Bryant today talk about some of the challenges urban communities have in accessing food. So this is an issue for all of us. It’s an issue for the world. It’s an issue for our community.
But I can tell you that this is a challenge that we will not solve overnight, and it’s not going to be solved by our government alone. It’s going to require all of us, all people, all communities, all nations, and we need you – we need you to also engage on these issues. And I know so many of you are already engaged in the vital work of ensuring every single person has access to affordable, nutritious – and that’s an important word – affordable, nutritious food. And we know that that can happen.
Bryant, let me thank you and let me thank all of the organizers here at the museum for inviting me here today. It really was a drive-by that I happened to find out about and take advantage of. It was for me an extraordinary experience just for the few minutes that I’ve been here with you meeting all of you and hearing about all of your commitments. And while I’m going to have to leave as I walk away from the podium, I am truly being dragged out by my staff. [Laughter.] Because I would love to stay here with you the entire day, be here with you tomorrow and in the future. And I just want to thank you. I want to encourage you to continue to do what you’re doing. So thank you very much. [Applause.]
Office of the Spokesperson
September 9, 2022
On September 9, 2022, the United States Department of State released the 2022 Fiscal Transparency Report, which found that, of the 141 countries (and the Palestinian Authority) evaluated by the Department, the governments of 72 met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Sixty-nine did not meet the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Of these 69, however, 27 made significant progress toward meeting the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency.
Fiscal transparency is a critical element of effective public financial management, helps build market confidence, and underpins economic sustainability. It fosters greater government accountability by providing a window into government budgets for citizens, helping citizens hold their leadership accountable, and facilitating better-informed public debate.
The report describes the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency, reviews governments, most of which were identified as recipients of U.S. assistance in the 2014 Fiscal Transparency Report, and further assesses those that did not meet the minimum fiscal transparency requirements during the review period of January 1 to December 31, 2021. The report also indicates whether governments that did not meet those requirements made significant progress to publicly disclose national budget documentation, contracts, and licenses during the review period. The Department of State evaluated the public availability, substantial completeness, and reliability of budget documents, as well as the transparency of processes for awarding government contracts and licenses. Beginning with this review period, if a government has a sovereign wealth fund, it must have had a sound legal framework as a minimum requirement. Additionally, the government must have mechanisms in place to effectively follow up on supreme audit institution recommendations.
Read also Release of “Foreign Relations of the United States,” 1981–1988, Volume I, Foundations of Foreign Policy
Office of the Spokesperson
September 9, 2022
The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981–1988, Volume I, Foundations of Foreign Policy.
This volume documents the intellectual foundations of the foreign policy pursued by President Ronald Reagan’s administration. Unlike other volumes in the Reagan subseries, the documentation seeks to illuminate the collective mindset of Reagan administration officials across foreign policy issues in the broadest sense.
Rather than exploring the formulation of individual policy decisions or diplomatic exchanges, the volume takes as its canvas the entire 8-year record of the administration, as well as the immediate pre-presidential period, including the transition between the Jimmy Carter and Reagan administrations. Specifically, it documents the ways in which the Reagan administration tried to “reset” foreign policy following the Vietnam War, Watergate scandal, and Iranian hostage crisis and it sought to recreate a world structure hospitable to certain U.S. values. The volume draws upon both the published record of speeches, press releases, press conferences and briefings, interviews, and Congressional testimony and the internal memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, and other records generated by administration officials to document the policy positions and assumptions of foreign policy makers. The documentation presented in this volume, drawn from public and archival sources, chronicles the perspectives of not only President Reagan but also Vice President George H.W. Bush, Secretaries of State Alexander Haig and George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and other prominent policy makers.
This volume was compiled and edited by Kristin L. Ahlberg. The volume and this press release are available on the Office of the Historian website. Copies of the volume will be available for purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office online (GPO S/N 044-000-02708-9; ISBN 978-0-16-095933-2), or by calling toll-free 1-866-512-1800 (D.C. area 202-512-1800). For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.<