Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Cheryl Benton moderated a State Department video discussion with Deputy Coordinator of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative Tjada Mckenna and Bread for the World President David Beckmann titled “Conversations With America: Ending Hunger Through Development.” During her remarks, Deputy Coordinator Mckenna discussed U.S. efforts to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative.
Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks during the presentation of the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates. Vice President Biden provided the keynote address and discussed the Obama Administrations efforts to improve global food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF). During their remarks, Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah both highlighted U.S. efforts through FtF and Administrator Shah announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative aimed at helping P4P partner with local private financial institutions.
Read a transcript of a panel discussion on “Efforts to Address Global Hunger and Create Economic Opportunity” with Secretary Clinton, Howard G. Buffett, Bill Gates, and World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran.
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.”
In a statement commemorating World Food Day, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton summarized U.S. efforts “to ending global hunger” through initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF). Additionally, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a USAID Impactblog post titled “Commemorating World Food Day 2011,” which also highlights the FtF Initiative.
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.
The White House also released a fact sheet titled “The Beginning of the End of AIDS” summarizing efforts to combat HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
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):
USAID Administrator Shah writes USAID Impact Blog post titled “World AIDS Day: New Advances Are Critical to Achieving the Vision of an AIDS-free Generation”.
UPDATE: The President signed the bill into law (Public Law #112-74) on December 23, 2011 after the Conference Agreement passed the House (296-121) on December 16, 2011 and the Senate (67-32) on December 17, 2011. Additionally, the Senate voted against (43-56) a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would have applied a 1.83% across-the-board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) released a statement announcing that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee had reached agreement on final FY 2012 Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2055), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). While total funding for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is not yet available, the appropriations detailed in this agreement totaled $8.3 billion.
Directs that no FY 2012 global health funds may be used for needle exchange programs;
Includes additional Congressional oversight before the Administration makes a multi-year funding pledge;
Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs/savings of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
Global health appropriations as provided in the Conference Report (House Report 112-331) and Joint Statement of Managers are summarized as follows:
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) introduced the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012” (H.R. 3671), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Chairman Rogers also introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would apply a 1.83% across the board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
“Directs that no HIV/AIDS funding be provided for needle exchange programs”;
“Requires additional congressional oversight before the Administration makes public announcements of multi-year funding pledges”;
Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs (including savings and increases) of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
Requires that the Administration report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
Global health appropriations included in the bill are as follows:
Department / Agency
Part of the GHI*
FY11 Enacted (millions)
FY12 Request (millions)
FY12 House Bill (H.R. 3671) (millions)**
House – FY11
House – Request
State & Foreign Operations
of which GF
of which UNFPA
Water (all acounts)
Health and Human Services (HHS)
CDC Global Health
of which HIV
NIH – Global Fund
NIH – Fogarty International Center
Department of Defense (DoD)
The Global Health Initiative
Total GHI (known amounts)****
*GHI: U.S. Global Health Initiative.
**The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act included an across-the-board 0.189% rescission to all funding provided through the Labor-HHS portion of the bill.
***The FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act states that “not less than $575,000,000 should be made available for family planning/reproductive health” through all bilateral accounts, but does not delineate this amount by account. UNFPA funding is in addition to the bilateral funding and is provided through the International Organizations and Programs (IO&P) account.
****Total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through SFOPS, HHS, and DoD were not delineated in the FY 2012 appropriations bills.
Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012” (H.R. 3658). The stated purpose of the act “is to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–121) by: (1) improving coordination and oversight of water, sanitation, and hygiene programs within and between United States Government agencies; (2) increasing the sustainability of United States Government-supported water, sanitation, and hygiene programs; (3) enhancing water, sanitation, and hygiene expertise within the United States Agency for International Development; and (4) integrating water and sanitation into programs and strategies for food security, global health, environment, education, and gender equality.”
Among other things, the act would create water focused positions at both USAID (Global Water Coordinator) and the State Department (Special Advisor for Water Resources) and would require USAID to develop a “Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Strategy” every four years.
Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 3rd) introduced the “Contingency Operations Oversight and Interagency Enhancement Act of 2011” (H.R. 3660). The proposed bill would establish the “United States Office for Contingency Operations”, an independent agency reporting to the Department of State and the Department of Defense charged with coordinating U.S. stabilization and reconstruction efforts in foreign countries. The bill would also establish the “Stabilization and Reconstruction Emergency Reserve Fund” for, among other things, the “development of water and sanitation infrastructure, . . . providing food distribution and development of sustained production, . . . [and] providing healthcare relief and developing sustained healthcare.”
President Obama released “United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security” and issued an executive order directing implementation of the plan. The stated goal of the plan is “to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence and insecurity.” The plan includes provisions addressing health.