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President Obama announces new global HIV treatment and prevention goals; Administration statements and resources commemorating World AIDS Day

White House:

President Barack Obama provided remarks at a World AIDS Day event hosted by ONE and (RED) at the George Washington University and issued a presidential proclamation to commemorate World AIDS Day.   During his remarks, President Obama announced new treatment and prevention goals of “providing anti-retroviral drugs to more than 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women over the next two years . . . [and] helping 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013” – an increase of 2 million over the prior target, and called on countries to fulfill their commitments to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Administration Statements and Resources Commemorating World AIDS Day:

State Department:

Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on World AIDS Day. Secretary Sebelius also announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, as the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
  • Statement by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Office of AIDS Research Dr. Jack Whitescarver, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):

U.S. Mission to the United Nations:

  • Statement from U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.

Peace Corps:

  • Peace Corps statement commemorating World AIDS Day.

Department of Defense (DoD):

  • DoD statement titled “World AIDS Day Raises Awareness, Highlights Advances”.

Department of Labor (DoL):

  • DoL Secretary Hilda Solis’ statement titled “Forging Ahead on World AIDS Day”.
Secretary Clinton announces new U.S. Water Partnership; Administration actions and resources commemorating World Water Day

During a speech commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP), a public-private partnership that, according to a State Department press release, “seeks to mobilize U.S.-based knowledge, expertise and resources to improve water security around the world – particularly in those countries most in need.” The State Department also released a fact sheet providing details about the partnership.

Additional Administration actions and resources commemorating World Water Day:

CRS Report – State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2010 Budget and Appropriations

From the report summary: “This report analyzes the FY2010 request, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action for FY2010, which includes the July 9 House approval of H.R. 3081, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for FY2010, July 9 Senate Appropriations Committee passage of its bill (S. 1434), and passage of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, signed into law Dec. 16, 2009 (P.L. 111-117).”

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…

S. 1382 – Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2009

The proposed bill requires the Director of the Peace Corps to conduct a detailed assessment “to determine how best: 1) to strengthen the management capabilities and program effectiveness of the Peace Corps; 2) to expand opportunities for Peace Corps volunteers; and C) to increase the size of the Peace Corps.” The bill also requires the Director of the Peace Corps to develop a strategic plan with 1-year and 5-year goals that are based on the previously described assessment. The bill authorizes $450 million in 2010, $575 million in 2011, and $700 million in 2012 in order to fulfill the requirements outlined in the bill.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on June 25, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 13, 2010.

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 1382: Peace Corps Improvement and Expansion Act of 2010

Stating that “S. 1382 would indefinitely authorize the appropriation of such sums as may be necessary to
carry out the purposes of the Peace Corps,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “that implementing the bill would cost about $2.5 billion over the 2011-2015 period, assuming that the estimated amounts are appropriated and that outlays follow historical spending patterns for Peace Corps programs.”

GAO Report – Global Food Security: U.S. Agencies Progressing on Governmentwide Strategy, but Approach Faces Several Vulnerabilities

For this report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “examined (1) the types and funding of food security programs and activities of relevant U.S. government agencies; and (2) progress in developing an integrated U.S. governmentwide strategy to address global food insecurity as well as potential vulnerabilities of that strategy.”

Based on its analysis, the GAO provided two recommendations to the Secretary of State to improve U.S. global food security efforts: “(1) develop an operational definition of food security that is accepted by all U.S. agencies, establish a methodology for consistently reporting comprehensive data across agencies, and periodically inventory agencies’ food security-related programs and funding; and (2) collaborate with other agency heads to finalize a governmentwide strategy that delineates measures to mitigate the risks associated with the host country-led approach.”

Administration statements in observance of International Women’s Day

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, released statements commemorating International Women’s Day.

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 2971: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “estimates that implementing the bill would cost $24.3 billion over the 2011-2015 period . . . [and] that enacting the bill would increase direct spending by $53 million over the 2011-2020 period.”