Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Human Rights Day Commemoration

Program Director, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, Executive Director, CANGO Her Excellency, the Ambassador of the European Union to Eswatini, Representative from the UN Development Program, Civil society organizations, Members of the media, Ladies and gentlemen – Sanibonani. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Closing of TUCOSWA Women’s Conference – Manzini

Siyanivusela Bekunene. I am honored to join you today for the closing of TUCOSWA’s Women Structure Campaign launch, and to recognize your critical contributions as women workers and women leaders.  This conference is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the impact that women have on Eswatini’s productivity, political advancement, and economic growth. Every country needs women, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: World AIDS Day National Commemoration

His Excellency, the Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Their Royal Highnesses, Program Director, Chiefs, Regional Administrators, Honourable Ministers, Members of Both Houses of Parliament, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Representatives of the United Nations Family, Her Excellency, EU Ambassador to Eswatini, Chairperson and Council Members of NERCHA, Executive Director of NERCHA, Managing ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Religious Freedom Roundtable and Lunch

Welcome to you, leaders of Faith from various communities, and government officials here in Eswatini: Thank you for joining us at this lunch meeting today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the US International Religious Freedom Act. This Act was passed in 1998 to promote religious freedom as a tenet of our US foreign policy ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Seminar commemorating 16 Days of Activism against GBV-UNESWA

Executive Director and Members of the Nhlangano AIDS Training and Counseling Center, Head of Department and Faculty of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Members of the UNESWA Association of Social Work Students, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sanibonani, The campaign marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which starts on the International ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Lisa J Peterson: Constitution Matters

  Embassy of the United States of America Public Diplomacy Office October 23, 2018 Op-Ed by Ambassador Lisa J Peterson Constitution Matters I am disappointed, disheartened, and disturbed that parliamentary appointments made by the Palace disregard explicit provisions of the country’s constitution.  The terms are quite simple:  among the members of the House of Assembly appointed by ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Commemorating the 242nd U.S. Independence Day

Prince Hlangusemphi, Representative of His Majesty the King; Emakhosikati, Your Royal Highnesses; Honorable Chiefs; Royal Councilors; Honorable Ministers; Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Honorable Members of Parliament; Honorable Members of the Judiciary; Members of the Media; Distinguished Guests; Friends; Lishonile and welcome to all. 1968 was a momentous year.  In the U.S., the Civil ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Commissioning of Borehole Project at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre

Her Royal Highness, the Inkhosikati, Honorable Minister of Education and Training Honorable Member of Parliament, The Regional Education Officer and staff members, The Constituency Council, Teachers, The School Committee, Parents and students, Siyanivusela Bekunene! I am pleased to join you today for the handover ceremony of the borehole project at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre. This ...
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Ambassador Peterson launches a borehole water system worth E68,000 at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre

Last week, Ambassador Peterson officially launched a borehole water system worth E68,000 at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre, which also benefits students and teachers of Esitjeni Primary School. The project has been funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, which is specifically designed by the U.S. government to assist community groups in developing projects that will ...
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Ambassador Peterson launches Spelling Bee Competition

Do you know English is a passing subject in the Kingdom of Eswatini? Ambassador Peterson visited the Ministry of Education and Training to launch this year’s Spelling Bee Competition, which is aimed at improving the overall performance of learners. The Embassy, in partnership with Mobi Mart Media and Macmillian Education, is sponsoring communication, study materials, ...
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Ambassador Peterson officially opened the new maternity wing at St Theresa Clinic

St Theresa’s Clinic now has a maternity, laboratory and theatre wing thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. Last month, Ambassador Peterson officially opened the new maternity wing of the clinic that will benefit the Manzini community. She said the new and improved features of the clinic were the result of the sustained ...
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The U.S. Embassy took its Jazz Appreciation Month event to Vuvulane

Do you know jazz and other artistic forms can be a vehicle for freedom of expression and social change? The U.S. Embassy took its Jazz Appreciation Month event to Vuvulane, where local artists – Mandisa, TribeNew, Black Rhino,  Qibho  and  Floewe  – performed for the audience and engaged them on how to use music and arts as ...
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Ambassador Peterson hosts a cocktail reception to honor administrative professionals

Each year, we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day to recognize the valuable contributions of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted a cocktail reception to honor administrative professionals from government and private sector for their work in running day-to-day operations in their organizations. Invited guests included U.S. Embassy contacts that ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Black Girls Global Exchange – Happy Valley Hotel

Sanibonani and welcome! It is an incredible feeling to share the stage with so many smart, young women who are changing the world. This type of intercultural exchange – between the U.S., Swaziland, and South Africa – really underscores one of our main priorities for the U.S. Embassy in Swaziland. As diplomats, we are always ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: World TB Day Commemoration – Ebuhleni

Honorable Minister of Health, His Royal Highness, Prince Tshekedi, Regional Administrator for Hhohho, Program Director, WHO Representative, Members of UN Agencies, Representatives from the NGO community, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen Siyanivusela Bekunene – World TB Day is an opportunity to recognize our achievements in tuberculosis prevention and control, and renew our commitment to eliminating ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: WomEng Launchpad Event – St. Michael’s Girls High School, Manzini

Representatives from St. Michael’s Girls High School, WomEng team members, Future engineers, Good morning! What a joy to see so many motivated, intelligent, and inspired young women – you all deserve a big round of applause! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s program, complete with presentations, Q&A, and a fun hard hat activity. Judging by your ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: SADC Charter on Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology – National Archives, Lobamba

Honorable Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology; SADC Secretariat; Representatives from the DPM Office; Member States; Ladies and Gentlemen, Sanibonani! I am honored to join you today as SADC member states work together to engage and promote more women in science, engineering, and technology. This issue remains at the top of our priorities as the ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Joshua Mzizi Memorial Lecture – Human Rights Day Commemoration

Secretariat for the Human Rights Commission; Executive Director, CANGO; Representatives from the Church Forum on HIV & AIDS, the Council of Churches, and the Conference of Churches; Diplomatic Corps; Business leaders; Members of the press; Ladies and gentlemen, Siyanivusela Bekunene. I am honored to join you as the key note speaker in celebration of Human ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Handover of CDC Lab Sample Transport Vehicles – National Blood Transfusion Service

Representatives from the Ministry of Health; ICAP Representatives; All Protocols observed – Sanibonani. Following many successful World AIDS Day tributes, it is a pleasure to join you for this handover ceremony of lab sample transport vehicles. In the broader sense, they symbolize where Swaziland is headed on the road to stronger health service delivery and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: GLOW/BRO March against HIV & AIDS – Millennium Park, Manzini

Honorable Minister of Housing and Urban Development; Peace Corps Country Director; Representatives from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation; GLOW and BRO Counselors and club members; Ladies and gentlemen, Sanibonani – I’m so pleased to join you, once again, for this march against HIV and AIDS to commemorate those who have lost their battles to the virus. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: World AIDS Day National Commemoration – Sigwe Inkhundla, Shiselweni

Your Excellency, the Right Honorable Prime Minister; Honorable Minister of Health; Shiselweni Regional Administrator; UN Resident Coordinator; Head of Mission for MSF; NERCHA Council Chairperson and representatives, Chiefs, Members of the Sigwe Inkhundla, Ladies, gentlemen, and distinguished guests, Siyanivusela Bekunene! During my remarks at the 2016 World AIDS Day Commemoration, I mentioned that, in the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson – USAID Handover of Computer Equipment to Chiefdoms

Honorable Minister of Tinkhundla; Your Royal Highnesses; Chiefs; NERCHA Representatives; Senior Representative from the Ministry of Health; Senior Officers of Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland; Program Director; Ladies and gentlemen – Siyanivusela Bekunene. Over the past nine months, the U.S. government, through HC3, has helped to pilot a performance-based support program for select Chiefdoms ...
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Ambassador Lisa Peterson hands over new computer equipment to ten chiefdoms

Thanks to their outstanding work on planning HIV responses, ten chiefdoms received computers from USAID to better track and monitor their HIV prevention programs. In fact, they exceeded expected results! Ambassador Peterson applauded the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland for its unwavering commitment to halt the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland, and especially for the ...
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Ambassador Peterson officially launches the Arts in Embassies collection of works

Swaziland certainly has no shortage of talent when it comes to artists! Last Friday, Ambassador Peterson opened her home to officially launch the Arts in Embassies collection of works created by renowned and emerging Swazi and American artists. Many of the collections are also on display throughout the Embassy, honoring the strong relationship between the ...
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Ambassador Peterson swears in 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers

On August 24, Ambassador Lisa Peterson welcomed and presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers in Swaziland. These Volunteers will work in communities throughout Swaziland on health and education, focusing on empowering Swazi youth to lead healthy and productive lives and improve literacy. These activities will be crucial for unlocking the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: SHIMS 2 Data Roll-out

Your Excellency, the Right Honorable Prime Minister; Honorable Minister of Health; Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health; UN Resident Coordinator; Representatives from ICAP, NERCHA, and SNAP; PEPFAR and CDC Team Members; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of the press; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen, For all of you who have worked on the SHIMS 1 ...
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World Press Freedom

On May 3, Ambassador Peterson joined journalists and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Swaziland to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday. This year’s theme, Critical Minds For Critical Times, encouraged journalists to think about their role in advancing critical thought in societies. They also looked at tools that can make their work ...
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OBO Principal Deputy Director William Moser: Mbabane Dedication Ceremony

Thank you, Ambassador Peterson. Good afternoon, Under Secretary Kennedy, His Royal Highness Prince Sihlangusemphi and other honored guests. I am honored to be here representing the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (or OBO as we call the office in the State Department).  On behalf of Director Lydia Muniz, I would like to thank you for ...
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Amb. Peterson’s Remarks for NEC Dedication/National Day Celebration

Your Royal Highness, Prince Hlangusemphi, Representative of His Majesty; Emakosikati, Your Royal Highnesses; Undersecretary Kennedy Distinguished Guests; Friends; All protocols observed; Lishonile and Welcome to all. It is a tremendous pleasure for me to stand here today in the company of so many colleagues and friends to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the United States’ ...
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Ambassador Peterson’s Remarks for Women’s History Month Event

Honorable Members of Parliament, Honorable High Court Judge, Mumcy Dlamini Representative from the DPM’s Office, Kangeziwe Mabuza, Government Officials, Civil Society Leaders, Friends, Good evening and welcome to my home.  I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to join us in commemorating Women’s History Month.  While this month is about ...
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Remarks by DCM Susan Tuller: Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and HURISWA Human Rights Group Launch

Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society, Members of the Media, Friends, Good Morning and Welcome, I am so pleased to be with you this morning to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commemorate African American History Months, and also to witness the launch of the Human Rights Society of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa J Peterson: Launch of the Swaziland Farmers’ Cooperative Union Miller Maize Project

February 17, 2016 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Regional Administrator Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Commissioner of Cooperatives Members of the Swaziland Farmers’ Cooperative Union Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good Morning, It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today in Ludzeludze (Loo-TZEH-loot-TZEH) as we officially launch the Swaziland ...
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July 4th Independence Celebrations

Lishonile and Welcome to all. I want to start by thanking the talented young members of the Elangeni High School choir from Ezulwini who are performing for us this afternoon.  When I heard them perform at an Embassy supported program last year, I was inspired, as I always am, by the incredible talent and potential ...
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Hand-Over of Refurbished Medical Laboratory Science Program Practical Laboratory and Equipment and Supplies

It is a pleasure for me to be with you today at this handover ceremony.  This beautiful laboratory was made possible thanks to the generosity of the American people, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also known as PEPFAR.  Since 2007, the U.S. Government has partnered with the Government and the people of ...
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Handover of Health Facility, Medical Equipment, and Supplies to the Ministry of Defense and National Security

Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be with you today at this handover ceremony – an activity that I take pride in doing on behalf of my government and the people of the United States.  The United States Government is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Defense in improving ...
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Grid Code Completion Ceremony

Good morning. It is my pleasure to be here today with our partners from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Energy and the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority to participate in the official handover of the National Electricity Grid Code to the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland.  This is indeed a very important event for ...
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