U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “has received preliminary pledges of support for a second five-year term â€¦ from the United States and other key members of the Security Council, U.N. diplomats said,” Reuters reports in an article that examines Ban’s first term at the U.N., set to end on Dec. 31.…
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In recognition of World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, the Financial Times published a series of stories on TB worldwide.
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Documents Suggest Australian Aid Program Affected ByÂ Fraud, Corruption Documents show that Australia’sÂ “foreign aid program is plagued by record levels of fraud, with millions of dollars being stolen by corrupt officials and overseas agencies,” the Daily Telegraph reports. “AusAID has 175 cases of fraud under investigationÂ â€“ stretching across 27 countries and…
Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).
Lawmakers who are pushing for foreign aid budget cuts and placing global health and food security programs outside the realm of national security are focused on “very short-term financial gains” and, in turn, are discounting the long-term benefits of helping societies cut their disease burdens, Julie Fischer, head of the Stimson Center’s Global Health Security project, said in an interview Tuesday with the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report’s Jaclyn Schiff.
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U.S. Must Lead In Global Fight Against Counterfeit Medicines “[T]he Obama administration and Congress should continue efforts to strengthen the safety of America’s drug supply and, simultaneously, coordinate a global response to the problem of counterfeit drugs,” Thomas Kubic, president & CEO of the Pharmaceutical Security Institute and a former…
Senior Pentagon officials have expressed opposition to proposed foreign aid cuts, The Hill reports, highlighting the challenges they face in making their case to preserve this funding.
Speaking out ahead of World Water Day on Tuesday, water experts have warned of growing water shortages worldwide, Inter Press Service reports.
The Senate passed a continuing resolution on Thursday, which will now be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature, Roll Call reports. “The spending measure, which passed 87-13, would keep the government funded through April 8 and would cut $6 billion in spending” (Dennis, 3/17).
“Across large parts of Japan stricken a week ago by a quake and tsunami, aid isn’t getting through. Blizzards, impassible roads, worries over radiation exposure, fuel shortages and other logistical problems have stalled aid from getting to those who need it, even as officials have boosted the amount of food and other goods available to some easier-to-reach communities,” the Wall Street Journal reports.