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Secretary Clinton highlights U.S. global health efforts in Op-Ed

In an Op-Ed for Global Health and Diplomacy titled “Saving More Lives Than Ever,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlights U.S. efforts to address global health issues and summarizes recent actions to improve upon these efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and by elevating health as a diplomatic priority, which includes creation of the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State.

President Obama announces new efforts to combat trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative

During remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Barack Obama discussed U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking and announced new efforts the U.S. will take to address the issue including increased resources for victims, training to identify and assist victims, an executive order strengthening protections in federal contracts, and the development of a first-ever strategic plan to strengthen services for victims.

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State Department releases fact sheet titled "The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year Two Progress Report"

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year Two Progress Report,” which summarizes the accomplishments and funding amounts provided by the U.S. government agencies involved in the alliance.

White House releases "Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data"

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released “Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data” detailing the data reporting requirements of all U.S. Government (USG) agencies providing foreign assistance in-line with the Administration’s Open Government efforts and in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), of which the U.S. is a signatory. Among other things, the guidance states that the Foreign Assistance Dashboard “will provide the public with greater access to foreign assistance data and establish a standardized reporting framework for all U.S. foreign assistance.”

Secretary Clinton discusses the U.S. approach to development at Clinton Global Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the CGI outlining the three objectives of the Administration’s approach to development, which include moving from aid to investment, promoting country ownership, and “putting ourselves out of business” by promoting self-sufficiency.  Secretary Clinton stated that these objectives have guided existing U.S. development initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and USAID Forward. Moving forward, Secretary Clinton highlighted the “need to broaden and increase our network of partnerships to advance our work in development” as the well as the importance of holding each other accountable for measuring results.

OMB releases sequestration report; estimates 8.2% decrease in global health funding

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-155)” detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, global health funding through USAID and State Department, which comprises the majority of U.S. global health funding, would decrease by $670 million, or 8.2%, from the FY 2012 level of $8,168 million.

Continuing Appropriations Act providing FY 2013 funding through March 27, 2013 signed by President

The President signed the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013” (H.J. Res. 117) into Public Law (P.L. #112-175) authorizing appropriations for FY 2013 through March 27, 2013 at a rate that is 0.612% more than the FY 2012 enacted levels.

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  • Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (released September 11, 2012)
  • House Committee on Appropriations press release summarizing the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (released September 10, 2012)
White House releases "U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa"

The White House released the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” outlining the specific objectives, including global health and food security objectives, the U.S. government will pursue in the region.

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Secretary Clinton gives keynote address during "A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health" conference

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided the keynote address at a global health conference in Oslo, Norway titled “A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health”. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed maternal mortality, health systems, and country ownership and provided specific suggestions to donors (strengthen country-led health systems; embrace transparency; improve coordination) and partner countries (invest in health; determine priorities; remove political barriers) in order to improve the response to global health challenges. Secretary Clinton also announced that the U.S. would commit $75 million to the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Partnership.

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USAID releases “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011” summarizing the agency’s health development efforts for 2010-2011.