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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”.
The President’s Malaria Initiative and Peace Corps announce collaborative malaria effort in Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, announced a new collaborative effort whereby Peace Corps Volunteers will work “with PMI in-country staff to support malaria control program efforts” in Africa.

CRS Report – “State, Foreign Operations Appropriations: A Guide to Component Accounts”

This report provides an overview of appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and includes summaries of specific accounts, such as the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS), which are considered part of the overall 150 International Affairs Budget Function in appropriations legislation.

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in Africa”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in Africa” highlighting the efforts of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as well as the U.S. commitment of more than $50 million over five years to the Alliance.

CRS releases report on FY2012 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 FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

State Department Releases Fact Sheet on “The U.S. Commitment to Development”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Development” that summarizes the U.S. commitment “to helping the world’s poor through a broad variety of mechanisms.” The fact sheet provides an overview of existing U.S. development programs and initiatives, such as the Millennium Challenge Account and the President’s Global Health Initiative, as well as U.S. involvement in specific issue areas, such as food security, water, and sanitation issues.

Secretary of State Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Pakistan, the Middle East, Morocco and Egypt

On October 28, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton began a diplomatic trip to Pakistan, the Middle East, Morocco and Egypt. During her trip, Secretary Clinton discussed U.S. food security policy at a Roundtable with business leaders in Pakistan, announced science envoys and an increased number of health officers in U.S. embassies during remarks at the “Forum for the Future” in Morocco, and commented on the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) during an “Embassy Meet and Greet” in Morocco.