WASHINGTON — Tom Hart, North America executive director of The ONE Campaign, released the following statement on the confirmation of Mark Green as the 17th administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development:
“It’s really been remarkable to see such strong, bipartisan support for Mark Green’s nomination these last few months, and it’s great to see that support translate into a unanimous Senate confirmation today. I think it’s emblematic not only of Ambassador Green’s clear qualifications, but of Congress’ appreciation for USAID’s work in the fight against extreme poverty.
“Ambassador Green will arrive at USAID with a tough, but important job waiting for him. USAID’s staff is already wrapping up proposals for policy reforms, structural reorganization, and the agency’s FY19 budget. At Secretary Tillerson’s urging, they’re even rewriting USAID’s mission statement. USAID needs a strong, politically appointed leader now who can be a vocal advocate for the work of this agency — fighting global poverty — inside the Administration and on the Hill. I’m glad that Ambassador Green has finally been confirmed.”
ONE is a policy and advocacy organization of 8 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by U2 lead singer, Bono, and not politically partisan, ONE raises public awareness and presses political leaders to combat AIDS and other preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and to demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.