During town hall meetings at both the State Department and USAID, Secretary of State Clinton announced a plan to conduct a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Secretary Clinton stated that the QDDR will help “the Department and USAID to get ahead of emerging threats and opportunities and to make the case effectively for OMB, the Congress, and the people of our country for the resources we need.” Secretary Clinton also stated that the QDDR will provide the State Department and USAID “with a comprehensive assessment for organizational reform and improvements to our policy, strategy, and planning processes” and is “central to effective coordination between the State Department and USAID.”
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The 2010 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that was approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 9, 2009 includes the following funding amounts relevant to global health:
- $7.77 billion total funding for global health and child survival programs;
- $1.5 billion for agricultural assistance and food security; and
- $315 million for water and sanitation programs.
Timeline of the bill:
- Introduced, referred to and reported on favorably by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on July 9, 2009.
The purpose of GROWTH Act of 2009 as stated in the bill text is â€œto ensure that the policies of the United States actively promote development and economic opportunities for women.â€ The bill directs the President to â€œpay special attention to the needs of women in developing countriesâ€ by providing, among other things, â€œbasic health and HIV/AIDS education.â€
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Development” that summarizes the U.S. commitment â€œto helping the worldâ€™s poor through a broad variety of mechanisms.â€ The fact sheet provides an overview of existing U.S. development programs and initiatives, such as the Millennium Challenge Account and the Presidentâ€™s Global Health Initiative, as well as U.S. involvement in specific issue areas, such as food security, water, and sanitation issues.
As required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, the State Department released its 4th annual report to Congress “describing U.S. Government efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.” According to the report, “the United States obligated more than $1 billion for water- and sanitation-related activities in developing countries (excluding Iraq)” and “includes â€“ for the first time â€“ country specific plans for achieving U.S. goals and objectives along with measurable indicators to track progress and report results.”
The State Department released its ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report which “seeks to increase global awareness of the human trafficking phenomenon by shedding new light on various facets of the problem and highlighting shared and individual efforts of the international community, and to encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in persons.”
Secretary of State Clinton provided remarks at the release of the report stating that trafficking “weakens legitimate economies, fuels violence, threatens public health and safety, shatters families, and shreds the social fabric that is necessary for progress.” Secretary Clinton’s remarks were followed by statements from Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Congresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th), and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Secretary Clinton comments on U.S. approach to address hunger during 2009 World Food Prize Announcement Ceremony
During remarks given at the 2009 World Food Prize announcement ceremony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “the Obama Administration is committed to providing leadership in developing a new global approach to hunger.” In her comments, Secretary Clinton summarized a set of principles such as improving agricultural productivity, increasing trade, and maintaining natural resources that will guide U.S. efforts to support sustainable agriculture throughout the world. Secretary Clinton also stated that, in the Administration, “sustainable agriculture won’t be a side project. It is a central element of our foreign policy.”
The proposed bill authorizes appropriations for the Department of State and the Peace Corps for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “One Table: Advancing Agriculture to End Hunger” that summarizes U.S. policies aimed at addressing chronic hunger throughout the world. The fact sheet states that the U.S. “objective is to build sustainable agriculture systems so all people have reliable access to nutritious food” and includes a list of “principles” and “key areas” that guide the U.S. approach to address chronic hunger.
In a statement at the annual Executive Board meeting of the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), B. Glenn Griffin, representative from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration stated that the U.S. supports the “Program of Action” developed at the International Conference on Population in Cairo (1994) as the “clearest roadmap for meeting the reproductive needs of women around the world” and that the U.S. “strongly encourages and supports UNFPA’s effort to expand access to family planning and maternal health services” in Africa.