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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,…

State Department releases fact sheet on U.S. commitment to “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The U.S Department of State released a fact sheet titled “The United States’ Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Year Three Progress Report” summarizing U.S. financial and programmatic support aimed at “help[ing] the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in House

Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th), Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 27th) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (H.R. 3177). According to a press release from Representative Lee, the bill extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in Senate

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the following provisions:…

Secretary Kerry announces new initiative to address gender-based violence in global humanitarian emergencies

Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new U.S. initiative titled “Safe from the Start” that is aimed at addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in global humanitarian emergencies. According to a State Department press release, the U.S. will provide an initial commitment of $10 million and will “coordinate with other donors…

“Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013” (H.R. 2901), which aims “to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121).” Among other things, the bill would establish…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved, by a vote of 23-7, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1372), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved, by a voice vote, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (.pdf), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total…