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USAID releases new Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy

During a White House event, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the Agency’s new “Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy” (CTIP). The new policy outlines the guiding principles and program objectives for USAID’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons.

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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).

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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

Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at event commemorating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

During remarks given at a State Department event commemorating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed U.S. efforts to address FGM/C and announced a joint effort with the University of Nairobi to fund a pan-African Center of Excellence in Kenya that “will focus on developing local solutions to end the practice and offer medical training on how to support the women who have been hurt and damaged by it.”

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UN Ambassador Rice discusses U.S. efforts to empower rural women through GHI and FtF

During remarks given at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice discussed U.S. efforts to empower rural women through, among other things, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).

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).

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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).
State Department official discusses efforts to address threat of biological weapons

In a speech titled “Global Threats, Collaborative Solutions” given at the American Society for Microbiology, Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, State Department Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Country discussed U.S. and global efforts to prevent the use of biological weapons including the International Health Regulations (IHR), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and efforts “to strengthen capabilities to detect, investigate, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks anywhere in the world.”

Administration officials release statements commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement commemorating the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and reaffirming the U.S. commitment to abolishing the practice of FGM/C.

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Secretary Sebelius commemorates new Global Disease Detection Center in India

During a trip to India, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius gave a speech at an event commemorating a new Global Disease Detection Center in New Delhi. The new center is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and India’s National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and “promises to help India monitor viruses and disease and better handle outbreaks.”

Learn more about the CDC’s Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response efforts and associated Regional Centers.

Secretary Sebelius discusses HHS’s role in global health and its new global health strategy

At a Kaiser Family Foundation event Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided introductory remarks on the role of HHS in global health and its recently released global health strategy. Secretary Sebelius’ comments were followed by a panel discussion that included representatives from the HHS Office of Global Affairs (OGA), State Department, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Institute of Medicine (IOM), CARE, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.