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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),…

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…

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…

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 announces launch of Feed the Future’s new “Partnering for Innovation” program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Feed the Future’s (FtF) new “Partnering for Innovation” program, which “aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.”

Secretary Clinton discusses global health issues at UNGA

During the 67th United Nations General Assembly, held from September 23, 2012 to October 1, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks on several topics pertaining to U.S. global health efforts including in the areas of water security, shared responsibility in the HIV/AIDS response, the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, and humanitarian assistance to Syria.

Roundtable on Water Security: Secretary Clinton provided closing remarks at a roundtable on water security (9/25) and stated, among other things, that “[h]ere at the UN, we have to work in our continuing efforts to ensure no child dies of a water-related disease and certainly no war is ever fought over water.”

UNAIDS Shared Responsibility Event: At a UNAIDS sponsored event (9/26), Secretary Clinton discussed the shared responsibility of donor and recipient governments in addressing HIV/AIDS and reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Feed the Future Event: At an event titled “Feed the Future: Partnering with Civil Society” (9/27), Secretary Clinton’s announced “a new commitment by civil society groups . . . pledging more than $1 billion of private, nongovernmental funds over the next three years to improve food security and nutrition worldwide.”

Humanitarian Assistance to Syria: Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the Ad Hoc Friends of the Syrian People Ministerial (9/28) announcing an additional $30 million in humanitarian aid for “food, water, blankets, and critical medical services” for the Syrian people.

  • State Department press release summarizing recent U.S. humanitarian assistance to Syria

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Secretary Clinton discusses the U.S. approach to development at Clinton Global Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the CGI outlining the three objectives of the Administration’s approach to development, which include moving from aid to investment, promoting country ownership, and “putting ourselves out of business” by promoting self-sufficiency.  Secretary Clinton stated that these objectives have guided existing U.S. development initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and USAID Forward. Moving forward, Secretary Clinton highlighted the “need to broaden and increase our network of partnerships to advance our work in development” as the well as the importance of holding each other accountable for measuring results.

CRS releases report on FY2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”