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U.S. and Brazil sign “Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed a “Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries” that will guide joint efforts by the two governments “to foster economic development, improve health care and increase social inclusion in countries that face the greatest poverty challenges, particularly in Africa and Latin America.”

USDA and Israeli Agriculture Ministry sign research agreement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD) of the State of Israel signed an agreement “to collaborate on research to meet the world’s food and fiber needs and address other high-priority agricultural issues.”

“The Department of State’s Role in Supporting the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development” – State Department Press Release

The press release states that “the Secretary of State has responsibility for ensuring that diplomacy and development are effectively coordinated and mutually reinforcing in the operation of our foreign policy” and summarizes ongoing State Department activities that will contribute to the fulfillment of the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Global Development including:

- Promoting responsible country leadership and enabling environments for development;

- Ensuring coherence of U.S. efforts;

- Coordinating U.S. bilateral foreign assistance efforts;

- Building sustainable security sector capabilities; and

- Integrating capabilities in complex security environments.

Millennium Challenge Corporation approves $275.1 million compact program for Jordan; includes focus on water issues

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors “approved a $275.1 million compact grant to address Jordan’s severe water shortages . . . by improving the efficiency of water delivery, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment.”

Secretary Clinton announces the “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

During remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced “the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a new public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to create a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions that will save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change. The Alliance will work to tackle the severe health, economic, and environmental consequences associated with smoke from traditional cook stoves and open fires used by over half the world’s population.” The U.S. has committed $50.82 million over the next five years to ensure that the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves reaches its “goal of 100 million homes adopting new clean stoves and fuels by 2020.”

USAID partners with GAIN to reduce the burden malnutrition

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).”

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announces program to incentivize humanitarian technologies

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a pilot program “to incentivize the creation and wider distribution of technologies that address humanitarian needs.” Specifically, the program would provide patent holders who make their technologies available for humanitarian needs, either by directly providing the technology to impoverished populations or to researchers focused on addressing humanitarian needs, with a fast-track re-examination voucher that could be used by the patent holder or sold on the open market. According to the USPTO, “patents under re-examination are often the most commercially valuable patents.” The technologies eligible for the program include: treatments for tropical diseases, diagnostic medical tools, crops with higher yields or better nutritional value, and treatments for sanitation or clean water.

Ambassador Goosby announces partnership to expedite HIV medication for children

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby announced a new public-private partnership between the Government of Guyana and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to expedite the registration of pediatric HIV medications in Guyana using the Pre-approval Access for HIV/AIDS Therapies (PaATH) mechanism. The PaATH mechanism allows the Government of Guyana to “grant provisional approval to pediatric HIV medicines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration” (FDA) while “they await full approval through the Government of Guyana’s drug approval process.”

State Department joins partnership to combat sexual violence against girls

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 “conducting 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.”

Secretary Clinton, Administrator Shah, and Secretary Vilsack announce the World Food Prize and discuss USG efforts to address food security

At the 2010 World Food Prize Ceremony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the U.S. Government’s efforts to improve global agriculture through commitments made at the 2009 G-20 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy and to promote “nutrient-rich crops so people get the nourishment that they need to thrive, especially mothers and children” (Secretary Clinton) through the Feed the Future Initiative. Secretary Clinton also announced the Norman Borlaug Commemorative Research Initiative, “a new research initiative that combines the knowledge, resources, and commitment of USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)” and will focus on translating agricultural technology and innovation into real-world solutions. Finally, Administrator Shah outlined three ways the USG is working to combat global hunger by focusing on “core productivity,” prioritizing “production systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,” and by using a “milestones-and-outcome-based funding approach.”