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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…

Secretary Clinton announces release of “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation”

During an event at the State Department commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation,” which outlines the principles and plans guiding how The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will work towards the goal of an AIDS-free generation. Additional Information: Complete…

Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

The White House released a statement from President Obama commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1, 2012). Additionally, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation recommitting the U.S. “to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced…

State Department official discuss counterfeit and substandard medicines

In remarks given at the Global Forum on Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting and Diversion, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats discussed, among other things, why the U.S., particularly the State Department, is involved in the effort to prevent the spread of counterfeit and substandard medicines and outlined the specific activities being undertaken to address the problem.

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.

Administration official provides statement regarding UN resolution on efforts to end obstetric fistula

U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Terri Robl, provided a statement before the Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding U.S. support and co-sponsorship of a resolution titled “Support Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula”.

Administration actions and statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden released a statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced $3 million in grants to address the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released resources in support of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign.

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U.S. and Australia highlight global health issues during ministerial consultation

The U.S. and Australia released a Joint Communique at the conclusion of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultation (AUSMIN) summarizing the priority issues discussed during the bilateral meeting. Among other things, the communique outlines joint efforts and plans to address global health issues including improving maternal and child health (MCH), reducing the risk and spread of emerging infectious diseases, control and elimination of malaria, and food security.

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  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks at the opening of the AUSMIN Ministerial