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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…

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…