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Secretary Kerry provides remarks for 2014 PEPFAR Annual Meeting

Secretary of State John Kerry provided video remarks for the 2014 PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Annual Meeting in Durban, South Africa. Among other things, Secretary Kerry reflected on PEPFAR’s progress under the Obama Administration to achieve an AIDS-free generation and, in an effort “to have greater transparency,…

“International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the “International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” (S.2307). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation would “make reducing the levels of violence against…

UPDATED – White House releases FY15 Budget Request

UPDATED – April 22, 2014 The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

State Department releases fact sheet on “Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative”

The State Department released a fact sheet on the “Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative” (GBV Initiative). Launched in March, the initiative’s objectives include short-term assistance for survivors of GBV, targeted training and advocacy, and building and coordinating a global network to address GBV.

USAID launches water innovation prize in recognition of World Water Day

In recognition of World Water Day, which takes place each year on March 22, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Christian Holmes announced, among other things, the launch of  the Desal Prize, an award conducted “in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and…

Administration actions and resources commemorating World TB Day

Several U.S. Government agencies released statements and/or provided resources in recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, including: State Department: State Department DipNote blog post: “World TB Day: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Is Vital to a Future Without Tuberculosis” USAID: USAID World TB Day webpage…

State Department launches Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative

The State Department announced the launch of the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative (GBV Initiative).  According to a State Department press release, the initiative is a global program that will address the immediate security needs of survivors and those who are under credible threat of GBV by providing…

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before House and Senate Subcommittees on FY15 budget request

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (March 12), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations (March 13), and House Foreign Affairs Committee (March 13) on the State and Foreign Operations FY15 budget request. During opening remarks at the House…

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement saying, among other things, that the “United States stands ready to protect and advance the health, education, and human rights of women and girls everywhere, because women’s progress is human progress.” Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama,…

Administration statements in response to enactment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

President Obama released a statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda saying that the law “will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.” Additionally, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement expressing concern “about the law’s…