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Administration statements and reports released in observance of World No Tobacco Day

The Department of State released a statement commemorating World No Tobacco Day and highlighting the U.S. engagement “with other countries and the WHO to study and monitor tobacco use and prevent its harmful effects.” Additionally, as part of its “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted World No Tobacco Day and released a report titled “Differences by Sex in Tobacco Use and Awareness of Tobacco Marketing — Bangladesh, Thailand, and Uruguay, 2009.”

Secretary of State Clinton discusses the role of nutrition in U.S. development policy

In a speech given at CARE’s 2010 National Conference and Celebration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the role of nutrition in U.S. development policy stating that nutrition is a “common thread” across U.S. programs focused on agriculture, health, and education. Secretary Clinton summarized the Obama Administration’s approach to improving nutrition which includes the prevention of under-nourishment by focusing on women and children during a 1,000 day window (starting at pregnancy and continuing through the second year of life), increased investments in research and development, ending the stovepiping of cross-cutting efforts, and incorporating nutrition as a focus of both the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative. During her speech, Secretary Clinton also discussed the Administration’s approach to development, the relationship of safe drinking water and nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to nutrition.

State Department and USAID release “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2009″

The Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2009,” which summarizes the performance and financial results of both agencies towards U.S. diplomatic and development objectives.

State Department and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations release “Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls”

The report to the White House Council on Women and Girls summarizes the programs and efforts of the State Department and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) to promote “women’s empowerment and human rights around the world” including efforts to prevent violence against women and to increase access to health care through the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Ambassador Goosby discusses PEPFAR and the Golobal Health Initiative (GHI)

In a post on the State Department’s DipNote blog titled “U.S. Commitment to Saving Lives in the Developing World,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, summarizes the status of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI). Ambassador Goosby also comments on the importance of treatment, prevention, counseling and testing, and health systems strengthening in changing “the course of the HIV epidemic.”

S. 3151 – Enhancing Quality Assistance and Leadership and Improving Transparency for Women Act

The proposed bill would establish the “Office for Global Women’s Issues” at the State Department, which would be headed by an “Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues”, and the position of “Women’s Development Advisor” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Among other things, these positions would be required “to facilitate interagency coordination and the integration of gender considerations into the strategies, programming, and associated outcomes of the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development [USAID].” The bill would also require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress detailing U.S. financial assistance directed at women and girls and assessing, among other things, “the integration with the larger global health and development agenda of the United States.”

Secretary Clinton outlines the USG approach to water issues on World Water Day

In a speech commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Clinton outlined the U.S. government’s approach to addressing water issues stating that “President Obama and I recognize that water issues are integral to the success of many of our major foreign policy initiatives” including global health efforts. Secretary Clinton highlighted five areas guiding U.S. efforts: capacity building; elevating water in U.S. diplomatic efforts and better coordinating with international organizations; mobilizing financial support; science and technology; and broadening partnerships with NGOs, nonprofits, and the private sector.

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.”

S.Res. 466 – Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Water Day” and “urges the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and all relevant Federal departments and agencies to increase the efforts and resources dedicated to . . . providing sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation.”