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Administration actions and statements commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the White House released a statement from President Obama summarizing, among other things, U.S. efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the center of U.S. food security initiatives and global health programs. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry provided remarks during the Seventh Annual…

Secretary Kerry discusses funding of U.S. diplomatic and development efforts

In a speech given at the University of Virginia, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. diplomatic and development efforts and the need to maintain budgetary support for these programs. Among other things, Secretary Kerry highlighted existing U.S. initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement on IOM “Evaluation of PEPFAR” report

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, released a statement on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recently released report titled “Evaluation of PEPFAR.” In his statement, Ambassador Goosby announced the creation of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Interagency Committee “that will be responsible for reviewing all of the recommendations” and…

Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing on sequestration, releases agency letters detailing impacts

The Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing (webcast available) titled “The Impacts of Sequestration” and released letters from U.S. government agencies detailing the impacts of sequestration including a letter (.pdf) from Secretary of State John Kerry, which states that global health funding would be cut by over “$400 million, gravely impeding our efforts to…

President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined U.S. efforts to address global poverty over the next two decades by, among other things, “empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s…

Senate confirms John Kerry as Secretary of State

Following approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), the full Senate approved (94-3) the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for Secretary of State. President Obama also released a statement on Senator Kerry’s confirmation. Additional Information: Senator Kerry’s remarks at a nomination before the SFRC held on 1/24/13.

Administration official discusses new U.S.-India-Africa agricultural training program

Acting Special Representative in the Office of Global Food Security, Jonathan Shrier, provided remarks at the launch of a new U.S.-India-Africa agricultural training program titled “New Dimensions in Agricultural Extension Management.” The program “aims to improve agricultural productivity, strengthen agricultural value chains, and support market institutions” by providing training at India’s National…

State Department Official remarks before UN committee regarding proposed agreement on mercury

In remarks provided during the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury, Daniel A. Reifsnyder, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, stated that “[t]he United States remains committed to…

USAID Assistant Administrator discusses TB at the annual WHO TB report launch

During remarks at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez summarized USAID efforts to combat TB, HIV/TB co-infection, and drug resistant TB through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Ambassador Goosby highlights efforts to end violence against girls through "Together for Girls Partnership"

In a DipNote blog post titled “Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls”, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized efforts of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to prevent and address the health impacts of sexual violence against girls through the Together for Girls Partnership.