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State Department releases fact sheets summarizing U.S. work on global health and food security in Haiti

The U.S. Department of State released fact sheets summarizing the U.S. government’s work in Haiti prior to and after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Health Specific Fact Sheets: Global Health Cholera Food Security Additional Fact Sheets: Funding Energy Education Economic Security Governance, Rule of Law, and Security Shelter and Housing…

Administration official discusses new U.S.-India-Africa agricultural training program

Acting Special Representative in the Office of Global Food Security, Jonathan Shrier, provided remarks at the launch of a new U.S.-India-Africa agricultural training program titled “New Dimensions in Agricultural Extension Management.” The program “aims to improve agricultural productivity, strengthen agricultural value chains, and support market institutions” by providing training at India’s National…

State Department Official remarks before UN committee regarding proposed agreement on mercury

In remarks provided during the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury, Daniel A. Reifsnyder, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, stated that “[t]he United States remains committed to…

Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah host a town hall meeting on the QDDR

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks and answered questions from the audience at a “USAID Town Hall Meeting on the Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review [QDDR].” Secretary Clinton described the recommendations outlined in the QDDR including, among other things, the planned transition of leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID.

State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg also provided remarks.

H.R. 5006 – White House Conference on Haiti Act of 2010

The proposed bill establishes a “White House Conference on Haiti” that will, among other things, “identify gaps or duplication in the provision of humanitarian assistance . . . highlight innovative ideas for sustainable rebuilding and redevelopment in Haiti . . . [and] share best practices in development assistance in Haiti and in nations facing similar challenges.”

Administration Statements on World Health Day

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Susan E. Rice released statements commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters.”

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2011

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Health Day

In a statement commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters,” Secretary Clinton discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI), other U.S. efforts by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “focused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide,” and stated “the United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world.”

S. 2971 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

Among other things, the bill authorizes personnel increases at the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also changes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) by allowing the development of concurrent and subsequent Compacts.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 29, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2010.