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State Department releases fact sheet on policy guidance promoting gender equality

The U.S. Department of State released a fact sheet titled “U.S. Department of State Policy Guidance: Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls,” which states that “Secretary Kerry has directed all embassies and bureaus to continue to prioritize these issues in all of their diplomatic, development,…

Administration official discusses post-2015 development agenda

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman provided remarks titled “The U.S., the U.N., and the Emerging Post-2015 Development Agenda” at the annual membership meeting of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. During his remarks, Assistant Secretary Pittman summarized the accomplishments of the…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “Combating the Ebola Threat”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing titled “Combating the Ebola Threat” with testimony from Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Tom Frieden, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ariel…

U.S. joins Minamata Convention on Mercury

On November 6, The United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to a press release from the State Department, the Minamata Convention aims “to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on the brain and nervous system . . . [and] . . . complements domestic…

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271) by unanimous consent. Originally introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would…

Administration official discusses Lower Mekong Initiative

At an event titled “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong” sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, provided remarks on U.S. engagement with countries in the Lower Mekong sub-region – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at Third International Conference on Family Planning

Secretary of State Kerry provided video remarks to the Third International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry stated, among other things, that the “United States and our partners must continue our life-saving work to advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights. That includes…

Administration official provides closing remarks at Third International Family Planning Conference

U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne Richard, provided closing remarks at the Third International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During her remarks, Assistant Secretary Richard discussed, among other things, the role that meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women…

CRS releases report on U.S. global health assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Global Health Assistance: Background and Issues for the 113th Congress.” The report provides an overview of U.S. global health programs, including appropriations, implementing agencies, and initiatives, and highlights specific issues for Congress, including funding levels, U.S. leadership of global health…