The U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue and ten of the Dialogueâ€™s thirteen working groups met on October 20-22 for the third ministerial-level meeting of the year. A press release from the State Department titled “U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue: Working Group Achievements,” summarized the outcomes from these working group meetings, including outcomes from the Agriculture, Health, Water, and Women’s Empowerment Working Groups.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the mWomen Initiative, a partnership between the State Department, the GSM Association, and Cherie Blair Foundation that aims to reduce the global mobile technology gender gap. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed the role of mobile technologies in fulfilling U.S. development goals including in areas such as global health.
In recognition of World Food Day, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice released a statement highlighting U.S. commitments and actions aimed at improving global food security. Similarly, the State Department DipNote Blog posted two entries related to food security: one focused on World Food Day and another on U.S. involvement with the United Nationsâ€™ Committee for World Food Security (CFS).
In a speech followed by a question and answer session before the Commonwealth Club, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the role of innovation in U.S. development policy and described areas in which the U.S. has already begun to integrate innovation into its development efforts, including through the recently announced Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) fund at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Secretary Clinton also commented on the reasoning behind and status of the Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review (QDDR).
In a video message to the African Union launch of the Decade for Women Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer provided remarks on U.S. efforts to address women’s empowerment through a women-and-girls-centered approach to the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF).
State Department releases fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves” detailing the goals of the partnership as well as the U.S. commitment, which includes, among other things, a pledge of $50.82 million over 5 years and the involvement of numerous U.S. government departments.
State Department official discusses the role of women and girls in U.S. foreign policy, including in the GHI
In a speech titled “Advancing the Status of Women Around the World,” Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer discussed the focus on women and girls in the Obama Administrationâ€™s foreign policy approach including, among other things, an increased investment in women and girls as part of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).
Secretary Clinton announces $44 million commitment to initiatives supporting U.N. Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
In a speech commemorating the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a $44 million commitment to initiatives aimed at empowering women and supporting the goals of U.N. Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Secretary Clinton stated that the new funding would be provided as follows:
- $17 million to support civil society groups focusing on women in Afghanistan;
- $14 million to nongovernmental groups working to expand access to clean water in conflict zones;
- $1.7 million to fund U.N. activities; and
- $11 million to expand literacy, job training, and maternal health services for refugee women and girls.
Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs includes water and population among “signature issues”
In a letter, Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, summarized the recent efforts of her office and its associated bureaus, stating that â€œwe have identified and made significant progress on three signature issuesâ€ including water and population.
Among other things, the proposed bill states that â€œ[v]iolence against women dramatically impedes progress in meeting global health goals, including efforts to stem maternal mortality and the spread of HIV/AIDS.â€ In order to prevent and address the impacts of violence against women, the bill creates and authorizes funding for an â€œOffice for Global Womenâ€™s Issuesâ€ at the Department of State and the â€œOffice for Womenâ€™s Global Developmentâ€ at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also requires the creation and implementation of a 5-year international strategy, outlines the types of interventions that U.S. assistance would support, including working with ministers of health and integrating efforts into existing USG global health interventions, and authorizes funding to implement the strategy and interventions.