After Secretary Clinton’s announcement of the Administration’s food security initiative, Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff and Counselor, held a briefing to provide details and answer questions on the program. Aspects of the initiative including agricultural productivity, nutrition, U.S. government coordination, recipient country involvement, and funding were covered.
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Secretary Clinton discusses the Administration’s global food security initiative at Clinton Global Initiative
During a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Clinton summarized the Obama Administration’s food security initiative stating it would be guided by five principles:
- “First, we will work with partner countries to create and implement their plans.”
- “Second, we are addressing the underlying causes of hunger.”
- “Thirdly, we will improve coordination at the country, regional, and global level.”
- “Our fourth principle is leveraging the benefits of multilateral institutions.”
- “Fifth, we pledge a long-term commitment and accountability to our efforts.”
The fact sheet provides a set of “principles for advancing global food security” and summarizes U.S. commitments “to work as part of a collaborative global effort centered around country-led processes to improve food security.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swore-in Dr. Eric Goosby as Global AIDS Coordinator and Ambassador-at-Large.
This report summarizes the “key events, actions taken, and authorities invoked by WHO, the U.S. federal government, and state and local governments” in response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.
From the report: “On August 9, 2009, the White House charged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of State (DoS) to study characteristics and impact of the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) (refer to as 2009 H1N1) outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere” in order “to assist the U.S. Government in its preparedness efforts.”
President Obama signs Presidential Study Directive authorizing review of U.S. global development policy
According to Foreign Policy’s Blog, “The Cable,” President Obama “has signed a Presidential Study Directive authorizing a U.S. government-wide review of global development policy.” While the Presidential Study Directive (PSD) has not been made public, Administration officials have commented on the review (Alonzo Fulgham, acting Administrator of USAID, USGLC event on “Putting Smart Power to Work”).
Secretary of State Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Africa
On August 3, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton began an eleven day diplomatic trip to seven countries in Africa. During her trip Secretary Clinton discussed U.S. foreign assistance policy at the 8th Forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, U.S. food security policy during a visit to the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, attended a PEPFAR event in South Africa, signed an agreement to combat HIV/AIDS with Angola, attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USAID, Chevron, and the Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA) on agricultural development in Angola, and announced $17 million in new funding to address sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The report summarizes the recommendations of 14 studies written between 2001 and 2008 on foreign aid reform.
The resolution expresses the sense that the Senate supports World Water Day and urges the State Department and USAID to increase efforts to provide safe sanitation and drinking water.