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Secretary Clinton and CARICOM Ministers reaffirm commitment to improve health in the region and assist Haiti’s recovery

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Ministers released a joint statement titled “Commitment of Bridgetown: Partnership for Prosperity and Security” which, among other things, reaffirmed their “commitment to implementing the United States-Caribbean Region HIV and AIDS Partnership Framework” to aid in the reduction of the incidence of HIV/AIDS and provide treatment to those suffering from the disease, and to focus more attention on non-communicable diseases. The statement also affirmed a commitment to support the reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

State Department official discusses a “New Era of Engagement” highlighting efforts on food security

During remarks at John Cabot University, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Esther Brimmer discussed the U.S. commitment to establish a “new era of engagement” around the world. Secretary Brimmer highlighted the Administration’s efforts focused on food security including commitments made during G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy and the Feed the Future Initiative.

Administration Remarks at USAID Conference on Transforming Development through Science, Technology, and Innovation

During a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Conference on Transforming Development through Science, Technology, and Innovation, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah outlined the role, opportunities, and challenges of science, technology, and innovation in U.S. development efforts including efforts to improve health. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also provided remarks and stated “innovation, science, [and] technology must again become fundamental components of how we conduct development work.”

S. 3676 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2011

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 18-12 the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $54.06 billion ($2.6 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $5.3 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.239 billion ($274 million below the President’s request; $460 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $800 million
– Malaria: $635.5 million

- Tuberculosis: $230 million

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100 million

- Child Survival and Maternal Health: $641 million

- Nutrition: $100 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $700 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $55 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.105 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Feed the Future: $1.3 billion ($344 million below the President’s FY11 request)

“Global Gag” Rule Amendment:The Committee approved by a vote of 19-11 an amendment to the appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would codify into law President Obama’s decision to rescind the “global gag” rule (otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy), which prevented the U.S. from providing foreign assistance for family planning purposes to any organization that performed or promoted legal abortion.

H.R. 2030 – Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009

The bill would create an “Office of Water” at USAID headed by a “Director for Safe Water and Sanitation” with the responsibility of implementing the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-121) and meeting the goal of providing 100 million people with safe water and sanitation by 2015. The bill also creates the position of “Special Coordinator for International Water” at the State Department with the responsibility of coordinating U.S. diplomatic policy in relation to other international issues. The bill authorizes appropriations in the amount that “may be necessary to carry out this Act.”

State Department releases “100-Day Report”

The State Department released a “100-Day Report” summarizing the “objectives” and “accomplishments” established by the new administration under the direction of Secretary of State Clinton. The report includes statements on recent budget increases, the use of “smart power,” and commitments to health and providing health services abroad.