Hello and thank you for being a part of the Civilian Response Corps. Over the next two days, you will share your experiences and insights and help the Corps continue developing innovative, cross-cutting solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
The Civilian Response Corps puts smart power into action every day. Your efforts help reduce conflict and prevent weak and failing states from becoming havens for terrorists. In just two years, your ranks have grown to over 1,000 civilian responders – you in effect have become an army of peacebuilders.
I want to say a special thanks to Ambassador John Herbst, our Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, for all of his hard work and leadership. And I salute all my colleagues at the State Department and USAID who have joined the Corps. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice.
And thanks to the other departments and agencies across the federal government that participate in the Corps. We look forward to adding even more new experts with new ideas and new abilities in the future.
Finding innovative solutions and fresh approaches is what this workshop is all about. You’ve achieved so much already – I can’t wait to see what’s next.
So thank you again for everything you are doing and will do in the future.