Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America


Environment and Health

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a tour of a Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa in Kinshasa, DRC, May 3, 2014.

Audio Helping Vulnerable Children, Improving Africa's Future

Given that half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 18, it is not surprising that the continent’s population is expected to exceed four billion by the year 2100. More

A health worker examines patients for Ebola inside a screening tent in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Audio Mobilizing Health Workers to Fight Ebola

The United States has spent more than $100 million responding to the Ebola outbreak. More

FILE - A health worker, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, offers water to a woman with Ebola at a treatment center for infected people, as a young boy stands nearby in Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone.

Audio Working Together to Defeat Ebola

The United States and our partners around the world are working with African governments, hospitals, courageous health workers and ordinary citizens to stop Ebola and save lives. More

The Moon rising over the valley in Yosemite National Park.  Photo:US Deparment of the Interior, Manish Mamtani

Audio Protecting Wilderness Areas in the U.S.

September marks 50 years for landmark conservation bill. More

The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference. Photo Credit: UN DPI NGO.

Audio NGOs Look Beyond Millennium Development Goals

Representatives from 117 countries meet at 65th NGO Conference, to discuss post-2015, post-MDG development agenda. More


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Audio Aiding Africa Through Climate-Smart Farming

International alliance will include governments, farm groups, civil society organizations, research bodies, businesses and United Nations agencies.
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Audio More U.S. Resources To Child Marriage Prevention

USAID commits an additional $4.8 million to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage.
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Audio Our Common Responsibility To Protect The Ocean

Today, some 12 percent of the global population makes its livelihood from the sea. And therein lies the problem: we humans are killing the ocean.
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Audio U.S. Helps Boost Medical Education in Africa

The U.S. government is assisting the international response to the outbreak with financial aid and medical expertise, but there is no substitute for trained local healthcare professionals.
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Audio Kerry on the Lower Mekong Initiative

In Secretary Kerry’s travels on the Mekong Delta, he noted the communities are as connected to the river as they have ever been.
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Audio Global Resilience Partnership Will Fight Hunger

USAID, is partnering with the Rockefeller Foundation to form the Global Resilience Partnership, a public-private initiative to build local resilience to chronic shocks and stresses.
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Audio Efforts to Protect Syria's Cultural Heritage

Conflict in Syria has led not only to devastating humanitarian crisis, but has also had a devastating impact on the country’s historical landmarks.
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Audio Climate Change Creates Security Risks

There is little doubt in the minds of the U.S. military and intelligence community that climate change can accelerate instability and serve as a catalyst for conflict.
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Audio U.S. Efforts to Eradicate FGM

The United States is committed to eradicating the harmful practice known as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, or FGM/C.
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Audio U.S. - China Climate Change Working Group

The Climate Change Working Group is working to catalyze cooperative efforts by the United States and China to address climate change in key sectors across both economies.
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Audio U.S. Fully Engaged in Africa's Fight Against Ebola

With nations in West Africa facing the biggest and most complex outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in history, the United States is stepping up assistance to confront the disease.
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Audio Summit Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Africa

The leaders of some 50 African nations are gathering here in Washington to meet with U.S. government, business and civil society leaders to discuss trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and governing for the next generation.
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Audio Famine Looms In South Sudan

South Sudan is experiencing the world’s worst food security crisis, one not caused by drought or flood, but by man-made conflict.
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Audio Pursuing Energy Security in Ukraine, Europe

Supply diversification is critical to mitigating the impact of such a cut off. That’s why the U.S. supports the building of new liquefied natural gas terminals.
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Audio Peace Talks Must Resume in South Sudan

New attacks, famine highlight urgent need.
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Audio USAID's Biodiversity Policy

Agency will focus investment in specific crucial geographic areas, while continuing to use the best science available.
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Audio Maternal And Child Survival - Acting on the Call

Our combined efforts have not been in vain: between 1990 and 2012, child deaths have decreased by half.
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Audio South China Sea a Complex Situation

“Everyone inside and outside the region stands to lose if rules are devalued, dialogue breaks down, misreadings and misinterpretations multiply, and tensions spiral.”
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Audio Prioritizing Gender Equality

The United States has worked with partners all over the world to increase women’s participation in civil society and in local and national governments.
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Audio Educating Girls for the Benefit of All

Every year of schooling can increase a girl’s future earning potential by 10 to 20 percent. She will share 90 percent of her earnings with her family and her community.
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