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Administration official discusses U.S. efforts to improve food security

In a statement at the Sixty Fifth General Assembly Second Committee General Debate, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis summarized U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, support of the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Framework, U.S. commitments at the G-8 in L’Aquila, Italy, and through the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

State Department releases “U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue: Working Group Achievements”

The U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue and ten of the Dialogue’s thirteen working groups met on October 20-22 for the third ministerial-level meeting of the year. A press release from the State Department titled “U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue: Working Group Achievements,” summarized the outcomes from these working group meetings, including outcomes from the Agriculture, Health, Water, and Women’s Empowerment Working Groups.

Millennium Challenge Corporation signs $275.1 million compact with Jordan focused on water projects

During the signing ceremony of a $275.1 million compact aimed at improving water access in Jordan, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes summarized the projects being funded and stated that addressing the issue of water in Jordan “is a priority for improving livelihoods, reducing poverty, and achieving sustainable economic growth.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also provided remarks and described ways this compact will “help spur sustainable economic growth and improve public health.”

Administration official discusses outcomes of the MDG Summit: U.S. commitment to the MDGs & the new U.S. Global Development Policy

During remarks at the United Nations General Assembly, Second Committee General Debate, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis discussed the outcomes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit including U.S. commitments to achieving the MDGs and the release of President Obama’s new U.S. Global Development Policy.

Administration official discusses U.S. efforts to assist Least Developed Countries through the GHI and Feed the Future

In a statement before the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the General Assembly of the United Nations, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis summarized U.S. efforts to help reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF).

USAID commemorates World Polio Day

In a press release commemorating World Polio Day the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) highlighted U.S. efforts to eradicating polio through ongoing programs, support of the World Health Assembly’s recently endorsed “2010-2012 Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan” and President Obama’s commitment to work with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Administration official discusses the Ambassador’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools Initiative

During a speech titled “Raising Clean Hands: How WASH Is Essential for Achieving Universal Education,” Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero discussed the effects of poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) on the health and education of children resulting from a lack of adequate WASH facilities/programs in schools. Under Secretary Otero also highlighted the U.S. commitment to WASH activities through the State Department’s “Ambassador’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Initiative,” which aims “to help U.S. Embassies collaborate with experienced NGOs to implement a local WASH in schools project” and is being conducted in partnership with the Millennium Water Alliance, Global Water Challenge, and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group’s.

Secretary Clinton announces launch of mWomen Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the mWomen Initiative, a partnership between the State Department, the GSM Association, and Cherie Blair Foundation that aims to reduce the global mobile technology gender gap. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed the role of mobile technologies in fulfilling U.S. development goals including in areas such as global health.

HHS and PEPFAR announces 5-year, $130 million commitment for partnership aimed at increasing the number of health workers in Africa

A press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a 5-year, $130 million commitment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), an effort originally announced in March 2010 aimed at increasing the number of health care workers in Africa. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated “MEPI will strengthen national plans to improve medical instruction and bolster the overall health care delivery systems.”

USAID releases “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis.” The report provides an overview of U.S. assistance for TB country including country-level activities, contributions to health systems, research, and global partnerships.