I am pleased to submit the joint Strategic Plan of the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Fiscal Years 2007 to 2012. The State Department and USAID share the noble goal of advancing a future of freedom, security, and prosperity for the benefit of the American people and the entire world.
We live in times of great challenge and tremendous opportunity. In his second Inaugural Address, President Bush laid out a vision of a hopeful future of peace and security for all: "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." To achieve this bold vision, America needs equally bold diplomacy, a transformational diplomacy that seeks to support individual citizens who are committed to freedom, as well as to engage with other partner governments on an official state to state basis.
The joint mission of the Department of State and USAID is to "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system." It is a vision rooted in partnership, not paternalism--in doing things with other people, not for them.
In today's world, it is impossible to draw clear lines between our security interests, our development efforts, and our democratic ideals. To meet this challenge, we are aligning more closely the programs of the Department of State and USAID. We are redeploying our personnel cadre in new areas to address the challenges we face, and have strengthened our foreign assistance management organization. More than ever before, our organizations work hand-in-hand with each other and with our other U.S. Government partners to advance our foreign policy objectives.
Our diplomats, civil servants, and Foreign Service Nationals pursue this dual commitment to diplomacy and development with pride and honor at home and abroad, serving at 260 diplomatic and consular posts in 163 countries. Their remarkable skills, experience, diversity, and commitment are our organizations' most valuable assets.
As we continue to work around the world to promote and defend freedom, we remain mindful of the many challenges that liberal democracies face. We will continue to work to address global challenges—from halting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to fighting terrorism, and to stemming disease and environmental degradation. We must show the immorality and hollowness of the ideology of hatred that fuels violent extremism and, at the same time, foster development to combat poverty and to lay foundations for economic prosperity, human rights, and democracy. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we face historic challenges, but America will continue to stand with those courageous leaders and citizens who are striving to ensure that democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law succeed in their country. Conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere are part of a global struggle for freedom and peace from which we will not retreat.
This joint Strategic Plan charts the course that will enable more individuals to secure the non-negotiable demands of human dignity by focusing on seven Strategic Goals: (1) Achieving peace and security; (2) Governing justly and democratically; (3) Investing in people; (4) Promoting economic growth and prosperity; (5) Providing humanitarian assistance; (6) Promoting international understanding; and (7) Strengthening our consular and management capabilities.
Our mission is broad and ambitious, but we will continue to pursue the goals outlined in this Joint Strategic Plan, drawing on the best of our nation's diverse and talented population. In the coming years, the Department of State and USAID will focus even more on effective and accountable programs to achieve lasting results. U.S. diplomacy, like the nation it serves, is a force for freedom throughout the world. The dedicated men and women of the Department of State and USAID will advance America's values and interests across the globe as they help people everywhere build a better world.