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Administration statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women noting, among other things, that “gender-based violence not only undermines human rights, but poses significant obstacles to public health, economic and social development, and long lasting peace.” U.S. Permanent Representative…

“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…

“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…

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…

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271) by unanimous consent. Originally introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would…

Administration official discusses Lower Mekong Initiative

At an event titled “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong” sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, provided remarks on U.S. engagement with countries in the Lower Mekong sub-region – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and…

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…

U.S. joins Minamata Convention on Mercury

On November 6, The United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to a press release from the State Department, the Minamata Convention aims “to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on the brain and nervous system . . . [and] . . . complements domestic…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved, with amendments, 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 and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The amended version includes, among other things,…