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Secretary Kerry provides remarks at Third International Conference on Family Planning

Secretary of State Kerry provided video remarks to the Third International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry stated, among other things, that the “United States and our partners must continue our life-saving work to advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights. That includes…

Administration official provides closing remarks at Third International Family Planning Conference

U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne Richard, provided closing remarks at the Third International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During her remarks, Assistant Secretary Richard discussed, among other things, the role that meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate

The Senate approved by unanimous consent the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to a press release from Senator Menendez, the…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by House

The House of Representative approved, by a voice vote, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545), which had been passed by the Senate the preceding day (November 18, 2013). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013″

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271). Introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and passed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement saying, among other things, that the “United States stands ready to protect and advance the health, education, and human rights of women and girls everywhere, because women’s progress is human progress.” Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama,…

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before House and Senate Subcommittees on FY15 budget request

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (March 12), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations (March 13), and House Foreign Affairs Committee (March 13) on the State and Foreign Operations FY15 budget request. During opening remarks at the House…

State Department launches Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative

The State Department announced the launch of the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative (GBV Initiative).  According to a State Department press release, the initiative is a global program that will address the immediate security needs of survivors and those who are under credible threat of GBV by providing…

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…