On World Refugee Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, discussed the U.S. commitment to improving the lives of refugees.
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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 â€œCommitment of Bridgetown: Partnership for Prosperity and Securityâ€ 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.
U.S. and Colombia sign science and technology agreement that includes cooperation on health and water issues
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Columbian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez signed an agreement to increase cooperation on science and technology in a range of areas including research on health and water.
During remarks at John Cabot University, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Esther Brimmer discussed the U.S. commitment to establish a â€œnew era of engagementâ€ around the world. Secretary Brimmer highlighted the Administrationâ€™s efforts focused on food security including commitments made during G8 Summit in Lâ€™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.”
The State Department announced that “the United States intends to provide approximately $36 million to programs for humanitarian relief, reconstruction, and community stabilization to aid those affected by the crisis” in the Kyrgyz Republic.
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 Presidentâ€™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 Presidentâ€™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 Presidentâ€™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.
- Area: Congress, Budget
- Information Type: Senate Bills
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, PEPFAR, USAID, MCC, State Dept., The Global Fund, PMI
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
According to the report summary, “this report analyzes the FY2011 request, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action related to FY2011 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”
The bill would create an â€œOffice of Waterâ€ at USAID headed by a â€œDirector for Safe Water and Sanitationâ€ 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 â€œSpecial Coordinator for International Waterâ€ 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 â€œmay be necessary to carry out this Act.â€
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.