Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, United States Department of State, and Earl Gast, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided testimony before the House Committee on International Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, in a hearing titled â€œAn Overview of U.S. Policy in Africa.â€ Among other things, their testimonies included discussion of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Administrationâ€™s new Feed the Future Initiative.
Feed the Future Initiative
During remarks at the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted, among other things, the Administrationâ€™s efforts to improve the health of women and girls as a cornerstone of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Food Security Initiative, efforts by the Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to address HIV in women, and plans to improve womenâ€™s access to healthcare in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy.
USAID Administrator Shah discusses U.S. development commitments during EU Development Ministers Informal Meeting
During the EU Development Ministers Informal Meeting in Spain, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, â€œreaffirmed the U.S. commitment to a transatlantic partnership on development and reiterated the importance of redoubling efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.â€ Administrator Shah also highlighted the Administrationâ€™s new Global Health Initiative (GHI), Food Security Initiative, and plans to modernize USAIDâ€™s â€œbusiness processes and to promote innovative partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental organizations, including foundations and the private sector.â€
The Administration released “Implementation of the Global Health Initiative: Consultation Document,” which includes specific goals and targets, core principles, and an operational plan for the Global Health Initiative (GHI).
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, PEPFAR, USAID, FtF, State Dept., The Global Fund, PMI
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Nutrition/Food Security, Water, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Health System Strengthening (HSS)
Secretary Clinton’s “Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development”
In remarks commemorating the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Secretary Clinton stated that the Obama Administration â€œunderstand[s] there is a direct line between a womanâ€™s reproductive health and her ability to lead a productive fulfilling life. . . So we are rededicating ourselves to the global efforts to improve reproductive health for women and girls.â€ Secretary Clinton also stated that the Obama Administration is committed to achieving both the Cairo goals and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Five and summarized the ways that the Administration would work to achieve these goals including: increased funding for reproductive healthcare and the integration of womenâ€™s issues in the U.S. foreign policy agenda, particularly the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Global Food Security Initiative.
During a speech before the No Limits Public Policy Conference, Secretary Clinton stated that, among other things, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) would help the State Department determine “what works and what doesn’t work” and that the Administration’s food security initiative was “the first time where people from all over our own government are in the same room trying to decide what it is we can do that will deliver not only food aid, . . . but better agricultural productivity.”
In commemoration of World Food Day, Secretary of State Clinton and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack held a conference call to discuss and answer questions on the Administrations recently announced â€œGlobal Hunger and Food Security Initiative.â€ Secretary Clinton provided an overview of the initiative while Secretary Vilsack discussed the role that the USDA would fill. Additionally, the Secretaries responded to questions on the role of biotechnology, the monetization of food aid, and the ability of the Administration to fulfill the goals of the food security initiative.
In observance of World Food Day, Secretary Clinton stated that “fighting hunger and poverty through sustainable agricultural development . . . is a key foreign policy objective of the Obama Administration” and that the Administration is “committed to working with our partners across sectors on this issue for the long haul.”
The State Department released “Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative: Consultation Document,” which provides details on the Administration’s “new strategy to reducing hunger and ensuring global food security.” The preamble states that “this consultation document is a living statement of principles and approach” and that the State Department “will work with partners to develop operational details to implement this strategy.”