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Embassy of the United States of America Remarks & Statements
  • Regional Environmental Security Symposium (PDF 35kb)

    February 26, 2013 | Gaborone : r. This is an important opportunity for various actors to consider how environmental security affects the region and to discuss what we can all do to prepare for and to respond to environmental threats. 

  • Commemorating Black History Month (PDF 30kb)

    February 25, 2013 | University of Botswana, Gaborone : Each February, Americans pause to remember the lives of Americans who arrived on our shores not as free men, but as slaves. These men, women and children, and several generations of their children, endured the profound injustice of servitude and racial oppression. 

  • Good Hope Gender Based Violence Event (PDF 48kb)

    November 29, 2012 | Good Hope : Gender-based violence is a global problem. It knows no boundaries; it knows no borders. We struggle with this problem every day in the United States. 18% of women in the U.S. have survived a rape; of these, 12% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped.  

  • 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women and Children Boot Camp (PDF 32kb)

    November 26, 2012 | Old Naledi Grounds : Today’s event is part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign. It is a particularly important part of this campaign because it is one of the few activities led by the Men’s Sector and focused on engaging with men and families on this important issue. 

  • Scout Investiture Ceremony (PDF 35kb)

    November 24, 2012 | Gaborone : Empowering youth and building their capacity to become the leaders of tomorrow are the key to a brighter future, and I firmly believe that Scouting is perhaps one of the world’s best platforms for achieving these goals, so I genuinely thank you for asking me to participate in today’s event. 

  • 2012 GLOBAL EXPO (PDF 77kb)

    November 23, 2012 | Gaborone : This is an exciting time to be doing business in Africa. For the past two decades, Africa was overlooked as investors rushed into places like Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, pouring billions of dollars into their economies, launching countless entrepreneurs, and building a modern infrastructure to support them. 

  • Gender Based Violence Press Event (PDF 34kb)

    November 21, 2012 | Gaborone : There is nothing more destructive or disempowering for women than physical and sexual violence inflicted upon them, often by the most trusted people in their lives. And the scar left on exploited children can never truly be erased. 

  • Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony (PDF 33kb)

    November 15, 2012 | Kanye : As you begin your service here today, we are approaching 40-years of collaboration between the United States Peace Corps and the Government of Bostwana. 

  • Marine Corps Ball (PDF 37kb)

    October 26, 2012 | Gaborone : This is a night of celebration, but also of observing traditions and rituals – not simply for their own sake, but because they reinforce the idea of continuity, and act as a reminder of the legacy of the United States Marine Corps – a legacy carried forward by the young men and women in our own Marine community today. 

  • Masiela Trust Fund Gala Dinner (PDF 42kb)

    October 12, 2012 | Boipuso Hall : In every society, no matter how admirable on the whole, there are those who take advantage of the youngest and most defenseless among us in terrible ways, and there is neglect, plain and simple failure to care for children who are not equipped, financially or emotionally or physically, to care for themselves. 

  • Graduation Ceremony John Mackenzie High School (PDF 47kb)

    October 4, 2012 | Francistown : Secretary Clinton said about a month ago, on International Youth Day, “I have seen young people driving innovations and economic and social entrepreneurship in every region of the world. I believe the best solutions to our shared challenges will come from harnessing the energy and creativity of youth.” 

  • Dedication of Safe Male Circumcision Facility at Nkoyaphiri Clinic, Mogoditshane, Gaborone (PDF 28kb)

    September 18, 2012 | Gaborone : This facility is not just any facility. The clinic structure was custom-designed by staff of our two governments working collaboratively, specifically for the Botswana SMC program. 

  • Healthy Youth, Making Schools Healthier Workshop (PDF 29kb)

    September 17, 2012 | Gaborone Sun Hotel : It is a real pleasure to welcome you to this important event where we will discuss ways to make our children healthier and to give them the best possible environment in which to learn and develop. 

  • Opening Ceremony of Rainbow School E-Library (PDF 45kb)

    September 8, 2011 | Gaborone : It is a great pleasure and a real honor to join you here to celebrate the opening of your E-library, and to kick off Read a Book Week. 

  • Opening Ceremony for Southern Accord 12 (PDF 21kb)

    August 1, 2012 | Thebephatswa Air Base : As you can see, Southern Accord 12 / Medlite 12 is large exercise, involving over 600 Botswana military personnel and 600 U.S. troops, with massive training and logistical support equipment and supplies. As I have come to learn, even before Day 1 of the exercise, all the of the planning, coordination, communication, transportation, and support just to get ready for the training is a training exercise in itself. 

  • 11th Anniversary of the International Law Enforcement Academy (PDF 20kb)

    July 23, 2012 | Gaborone Sun Hotel : When you arrest a criminal, or protect a victim, or design some method or system that enhances the rule of law in your country, it matters to us all. And that is the very simple objective of the ILEA – to provide law enforcement officials from across Africa the tools to make a difference against crime. 

  • Launch of Expanded “See and Treat” Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Program (PDF 21kb)

    July 5, 2012 | Princess Marina Hospital : Cervical cancer is a disease that has affected women throughout the world. It affects women in my home country of the United States, and here in Botswana, it is the second most common cancer, and it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women. This is a grave threat to women’s health, and therefore to the health of this remarkable country. 

  • The United States of America Independence Day Celebration (PDF 41kb)

    July 5, 2012 | Gaborone : Our country is wonderfully diverse, and the different culinary and cultural influences that make us who we are find all sorts of expressions on this day, but hotdogs and burgers on the grill, music in the air, and a welcoming atmosphere are constants at American Independence Day celebrations, from the White House in Washington to small towns in rural America. 

  • Ambassador Gavin on World Press Freedom Day (PDF 42kb)

    May 05, 2012 | Limkokwing University : Governments must protect the right of the media to operate freely, but as with any human right, its protection requires constant vigilance. 

  • Training for Financial Crimes Investigators, Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (PDF 41kb)

    May 02, 2012 | Yarona Country Lodge : There is no final battle, no ultimate declaration of victory in combating corruption – it is an effort that requires constant vigilance, innovation and energy. 

  • Under Secretary Sherman the Next Decade - Seizing Opportunities from a Transforming Africa (PDF 79kb)

    March 28, 2012 | U.S. Institute of Peace : Africa has changed substantially over the past decade and it is past time to recognize the positive developments that are occurring and the enormous potential that they represent - - for Africa, the United States and the global community. 

  • Ambassador Gavin on Gender Based Violence Roundtable (PDF 38kb)

    March 20, 2012 | Mowana Safari Lodge, Kasane : There is nothing more destructive or disempowering for women than physical and sexual violence inflicted upon them, often by the most trusted people in their lives. And the scar left on exploited children can never truly be erased. 

  • Ambassador Gavin on Women’s Dialogue – Inspiring Legacy Summit (PDF 48kb)

    March 08, 2012 | Gaborone : Amazing women all, and eminently deserving of the highest regard in their own rights – but more importantly deserving of honor for the doors they have opened for other women across the land. 

  • Botswana Parliament – Welcome Remarks for Ryan Beckwith Media Training (PDF 21kb)

    March 5, 2012 | Botswana Parliament : As many of you know, the United States Embassy has been active in supporting various training initiatives and opportunities for Batswana journalists, and I am very pleased that we have been able to support this effort focused on coverage of Parliament. 

  • Transitioning care, support and treatment services for adolescents living with HIV (PDF 39kb)

    February 7, 2012 | Gaborone Sun Hotel : The U.S. Mission in Botswana focuses much attention on youth for this very reason – it is one of our three primary strategic areas of engagement.