Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman travels to Thailand | Reading out loud

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The following is attributable to spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

On May 12, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman concluded her trip to Thailand to advance the United States’ partnership with our longtime ally on shared priorities of COVID-19, climate action, anti-trafficking of people and the provision of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable. In the region. The visit also underscored USAID’s commitment to working with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region to promote a free and open, connected, prosperous, safe, and resilient region.

After arriving in Bangkok, the Deputy Administrator met with USAID partners to discuss efforts to promote the sustainable development of the Mekong Basin, including addressing environmental challenges that affect natural resource management, local communities and their livelihoods in the Lower Mekong region.

Deputy Administrator Coleman then met with local partners who are fighting human trafficking in Southeast Asia, supporting survivors of trafficking through government policies and programs, addressing the impact of migration and of climate change on people vulnerable to trafficking and promote partnerships with all sectors. of society to strengthen local capacities to combat human rights violations.

The Deputy Administrator also met with representatives of the Thai International Cooperation Agency (TICA) to advance U.S.-Thai development cooperation in the Lower Mekong, particularly on shared priorities of improving malaria responses and HIV/AIDS and regional air pollution control. They discussed ways to leverage the partnership so both can use resources to meet the needs of neighboring countries.

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