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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.

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).”

USAID releases Third Annual Report on Assistance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries

The report, which is titled “U.S. Government and Partners: Working Together on a Comprehensive, Coordinated and Effective Response to Highly Vulnerable Children,” includes “recent data and research findings on orphans and orphanhood” and “outlines priorities for USG assistance to highly vulnerable children.”

Statements by Administration Officials on World AIDS Day

Senior Administration Officials Discuss Obama Administration Efforts on HIV/AIDS (Event):

In an event on the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Ambassador Eric Goosby, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy Jeffrey Crowley, and Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett discussed the Administration’s efforts to address HIV/AIDS. Among other things, Secretary Clinton announced that “Ambassador Goosby will present the five-year strategy for the future of PEPFAR” later this week and that “the International AIDS Society will hold the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.”

Ambassador Goosby blog post:

In a blog post, Ambassador Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, in the context of World AIDS Day, discusses the privilege of hosting the 2012 International AIDS Conference as well as the importance of lifting the HIV entry ban.

USAID Statement:

Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administrator of USAID, released a statement outlining USAID’s commitment to address HIV/AIDS and summarized its role “as a major partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).”

DoD Statement:

Dr. Richard Shaffer, Executive Director of the DoD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, stated that “DoD is proud to be ‘Working Together’ with our interagency colleagues, including Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). On World AIDS Day 2009, we recommit ourselves to furthering our achievements and look forward to continuing the fight.”

NIH Statement:

In a statement released on World AIDS Day, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said that NIH was “committed to harnessing the breadth of expertise across the NIH to continue to lead the world’s effort to finding solutions to this pandemic.”

Peace Corps Statement:

The Peace Corps released a statement summarizing its commitment and efforts to address the impacts of HIV/AIDS.

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.

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.

State Department releases annual report on water and sanitation strategy in developing countries

As required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, the State Department released its 4th annual report to Congress “describing U.S. Government efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.” According to the report, “the United States obligated more than $1 billion for water- and sanitation-related activities in developing countries (excluding Iraq)” and “includes – for the first time – country specific plans for achieving U.S. goals and objectives along with measurable indicators to track progress and report results.”