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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…

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,…

UPDATED – House Appropriations Committee approves FY2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (also see the associated report), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

Administration Statements on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the U.S. commitment to humanitarian and refugee assistance worldwide. Resources: Read President Obama’s remarks here. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here. State Department fact sheet: “World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America’s Response” State Department’s…

UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total funding…

Secretary Kerry discusses food security at World Food Prize ceremony

During his remarks at the World Food Prize ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and highlighted, among other things, the impact of food security on public health,…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Secretary of State, John Kerry, provided remarks at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place in London from June 10-13. During his remarks, Secretary Kerry summarized, among other things, U.S. efforts to end sexual violence through an expansion of the U.S. “Safe from the Start”…

“International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” (S. 2472). According to a press release from Senator Markey’s office, the proposed bill “would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority…

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…