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Administration statements and actions during the XIX International AIDS Conference

During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.

White House

President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees.  The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.

Fact Sheets:

State

During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response.  During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”

Fact Sheets:

USAID

USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”

HHS

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.   Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”

NIH

During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response.  NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.

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Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for State & Foreign Operations

The Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for the State Department and Foreign Operations with testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Room 192 of the Dirksen Senate Office building.

Secretary Clinton testifies before House Committees on FY 2013 budget request

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the FY 2013 budget request. During testimony before both Committees, Secretary Clinton summarized the priorities of the FY 2013 budget request for the State and Foreign Operations and, among other things, highlighted efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).

Additional Information:

Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Access hearing webcast and Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT, Chair) opening remarks.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing titled “National Security & Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2013 International Affairs Budget”

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled “National Security & Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2013 International Affairs Budget” with testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office building.

House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for State & Foreign Operations

The House Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the State Department and Foreign Operations with testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office building.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities Amidst Economic Challenges: The Foreign Relations Budget for Fiscal Year 2013″

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities Amidst Economic Challenges: The Foreign Relations Budget for Fiscal Year 2013” with testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office building.

Secretary Clinton testifies before House Committees on FY 2013 budget request

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the FY 2013 budget request. During testimony before both Committees, Secretary Clinton summarized the priorities of the FY 2013 budget request for the State and Foreign Operations and, among other things, highlighted efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).

Additional Information:

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • During opening remarks, Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) commented on, among other things, proposed reductions in global health programs, and stated “we will need to understand how these reductions can be achieved without jeopardizing our progress and leadership on these issues.”
  • During opening remarks, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asked Secretary Clinton to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and the implications of potential cuts in funding for family planning and reproductive health programs.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Committee Chair).
  • Opening remarks by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member).
Administration official testifies on Feed the Future Initiative

During a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations International Development Subcommittee titled “Evaluating Current U.S. Global Food Security Efforts and Determining Future U.S. Leadership Opportunities,” Feed the Future (FtF) Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna testified on U.S. efforts through FtF to address food security and undernutrition issues.

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Additional Information:

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Video of the hearing.
  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.