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Ambassador Goosby highlights efforts to end violence against girls through "Together for Girls Partnership"

In a DipNote blog post titled “Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls“, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized efforts of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to prevent and address the health impacts of sexual violence against girls through the Together for Girls Partnership.

GHI releases round two country strategies

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) released the second round of country strategies for Burundi, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, Liberia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Vietnam.  According to the “Executive Summary: GHI Round 2 Strategies,” the country strategies serve as “high level, crosscutting documents that focus on select areas to achieve greater value and impact by applying the GHI principles” and were informed by prior efforts in the GHI Plus countries.

UN Advisor Marks discusses food security

During the U.N. General Assembly’s Second Committee on Agricultural Development and Food Security meeting, U.S. Mission to the United Nations Advisor Robert Marks discussed the U.S. commitment to improving food security through efforts such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the 1,000 Days Partnership, and commitments made at the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009.

Secretary Clinton, Administrator Shah, and Vice President Biden provide remarks at George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony

Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks during the presentation of the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates.  Vice President Biden provided the keynote address and discussed the Obama Administrations efforts to improve global food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF). During their remarks, Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah both highlighted U.S. efforts through FtF and Administrator Shah announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative aimed at helping P4P partner with local private financial institutions.

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Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the House

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3159), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also require the Administration to establish and maintain a website providing detailed information on U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Access Representative Poe’s press release about the bill here.

USAID and Swiss Re announce partnership to combat hunger

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swiss Re announced a three year partnership to, among other things, combat hunger in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.  The partnership work to combine the Swiss Re’s risk management solutions with USAID’s Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).

Bill introduced to provide incentives for the development of qualified infectious disease products

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced S. 1734 – Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act of 2011.  The bill provides incentives for the development of “antibiotic drug[s] for treating, detecting, preventing, or identifying a qualifying pathogen,” including, among other infectious agents, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

Learn more about the House companion bill (H.R. 2182).

Administration statements and actions commemorating World Food Day

In a statement commemorating World Food Day, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton  summarized U.S. efforts “to ending global hunger” through initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF).  Additionally, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a USAID Impactblog post titled “Commemorating World Food Day 2011,” which also highlights the FtF Initiative.

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House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves bill prohibiting U.S. Government funding for UNFPA

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved, by a vote of 23-17, H.R. 2059 – To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) opening remarks during the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Howard Berman’s (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member) statement at the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) statement following Committee passage of H.R. 2059.