Among other things, the resolution states that the House of Representatives â€œsupports the goals and ideals of Global Child Nutrition Monthâ€ and â€œstrongly encourages the Administration to lead the global community by developing and implementing a comprehensive United States plan to end global hunger.â€
Maternal & Child Health
In a speech titled â€œMaking the Most of the Millennium Development Goals Summit: Advancing Progress Through the Empowerment of Women and Girlsâ€ given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Ambassador-at-Large for Global Womenâ€™s Issues Melanne Verveer stated the â€œU.S. fully embraces the MDGs . . . [and] that MDG 3 â€“ the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women â€“ is the linchpin to the achievement of all the other MDGs.â€ Ambassador Verveer proceeded to describe how women and girls were at the core of U.S. foreign policy and development initiatives including the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).
Secretary Clinton discusses child nutrition at event titled “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future”
During an event co-hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Irelandâ€™s Minister for Foreign Affairs MicheÃ¡l Martin titled â€œ1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future,â€ Secretary Clinton spoke on the issue of childhood malnutrition, specifically the long-term impacts of undernutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life starting with pregnancy. Secretary Clinton also described global commitments to combat hunger and improve food security and challenged governments â€œto commit to make progress toward the goals outlined in the [Scaling Up Nutrition] SUN roadmapâ€ and report on this progress in 1 year, 2 years, and after 1,000 days.
The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) announced a $1 million partnership “to expand efforts to reduce the growing burden of malnutrition.” USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah stated “nutrition is a top priority of both Feed the Future (FTF) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).”
In preparation for the September 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit, this report provides an overview of the MDGs as well as progress towards meeting the goals and lessons learned. The report also summarizes the role of the MDGs in U.S. development policy under both the Bush and Obama Administrations. Finally, the report highlights several policy issues for Congress including: the practicality of the MDGs, aid effectiveness, selective use of aid, and accountability.
Administration official provides remarks at the launch of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health
Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero discussed the U.S. commitment to reproductive health and family planning at the launch of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health.
Administration officials provided updates from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Global Health Initiative (GHI), water and sanitation, malaria, nutrition, and efforts to improve the health of children.
During remarks at U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moonâ€™s Millennium Development Goalsâ€™ maternal and child health event, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a five-year joint effort between the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “to increase access to family planning and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.”
The U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in collaboration with the Office of Global Women’s Issues, joined the Together for Girls partnership which aims to end sexual violence against girls by â€œconducting national surveys, using these new data to base country-specific interventions tailored to address sexual violence, and launching public awareness campaigns to motivate changes in social norms and behaviors.â€
During remarks delivered at a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) board meeting, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stated that the U.S. “agrees with the Executive Directorâ€™s observation that addressing” the urgent needs of children “is a moral and strategic imperative.” Ambassador Rice also highlighted the U.S. commitment to UNICEF and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).