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Secretary Clinton discusses child nutrition at event titled “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future”

During an event co-hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin titled “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future,” Secretary Clinton spoke on the issue of childhood malnutrition, specifically the long-term impacts of undernutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life starting with pregnancy. Secretary Clinton also described global commitments to combat hunger and improve food security and challenged governments “to commit to make progress toward the goals outlined in the [Scaling Up Nutrition] SUN roadmap” and report on this progress in 1 year, 2 years, and after 1,000 days.

S. 624 – 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.”

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 17, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 13, 2010.

- Passed the Senate by unanimous consent on September 20, 2010.

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Record on Financing for Development in 2009″

The fact sheet provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) provided by the United States in 2009 including funding amounts by relevant U.S. agencies and departments and summary information of assistance provided for specific programmatic sectors such as: Global Health; Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition; and Water Supply and Sanitation.

Administration officials blog about global health issues during UNGA

Administration officials provided updates from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Global Health Initiative (GHI), water and sanitation, malaria, nutrition, and efforts to improve the health of children.

Secretary Clinton discusses the U.S. approach to foreign policy

During remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the Administration’s approach to foreign policy including its goals, the strategic approach to reach these goals, and steps being made to implement this strategy. In her comments, Secretary Clinton highlighted development as part of this strategic approach and stated that the Administration views “development as a strategic, economic, and moral imperative . . . Our approach is not, however, development for development’s sake; it is an integrated strategy for solving problems.” Additionally, Secretary Clinton discussed the importance of investing in women and girls and commented on the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), “a wholesale review of State and USAID to recommend how we can better equip, fund, and organize ourselves.”

State Department joins partnership to combat sexual violence against girls

The U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in collaboration with the Office of Global Women’s Issues, joined the Together for Girls partnership which aims to end sexual violence against girls by “conducting national surveys, using these new data to base country-specific interventions tailored to address sexual violence, and launching public awareness campaigns to motivate changes in social norms and behaviors.”

Administration official discuses “U.S. Goals and Priorities at UNGA”

Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Ester Brimmer outlined the Administration’s goals and priorities for the UN General Assembly meeting in September (UNGA) including, among other things, a focus on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other development priorities by “leveraging innovation, investing in sustainability, tracking development outcomes, and enhancing mutual accountability.” Assistant Secretary Brimmer also provided an overview of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upcoming schedule at UNGA.

House Appropriations Subcommittee completes markup of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations completed its markup of the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $52.656 billion ($4 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $3.89 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.25 billion ($263 million below the President’s request; $471 million above the FY10 enacted level) which includes $2.725 billion for USAID and $5.525 billion for the State Department. Funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.875 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $825 million
– Malaria: $615 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $735 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $60 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)

Secretary Clinton applauds the Gates Foundation’s contribution of $1.5 billion for women and children’s health

Secretary Clinton applauded “the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the announcement of $1.5 billion for women and children’s health” and stated “we share their commitment to making maternal, newborn and child health a priority.”

Assistant Secretary Carson, Ambassador Verveer, Ambassador Michel, and Secretary Clinton summarize the ongoing issues and U.S. priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa

At a “Diplomacy Briefing Series” on Sub-Saharan Africa, Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson and Ambassador James Michel, Counselor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), summarized the U.S. priorities in the region which include, among other things, addressing health related issues. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Melanne Verveer Issues discussed the focus on women in ongoing U.S. initiatives. Finally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided closing remarks and highlighted ongoing efforts by the Obama Administration to improve health in Africa such as the Feed the Future Food Security Program, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).