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Administration releases “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development”

The Administration released the “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development” (PPD-6). PPD-6 was originally signed by the President on September 22, 2010, but was not released to the public until February 24, 2014 due to the Administration’s decision to cite executive privilege. According to a White House fact sheet released at…

White House releases fact sheet on efforts to promote gender equality

The White House released a fact sheet titled “The Obama Administration’s Comprehensive Efforts to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Worldwide.” Among other things, the fact sheet summarizes the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV) and to promote gender equality through its global health and food security programs.

Secretary Kerry discusses funding of U.S. diplomatic and development efforts

In a speech given at the University of Virginia, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. diplomatic and development efforts and the need to maintain budgetary support for these programs. Among other things, Secretary Kerry highlighted existing U.S. initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

Ambassador Goosby accepts offer to lead Office of Global Health Diplomacy; outlines role of office

In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Strengthening Global Health By Elevating Diplomacy,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated that he accepted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s request to lead the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State. Ambassador Goosby also stated that he will remain in his role as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the new office will work to support U.S. ambassadors, improve sustainability of programs, and foster improved coordination among stakeholders.

PEPFAR releases FY 2013 Country Operational Plan Guidance

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released the “PEPFAR FY 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance” outlining the U.S. Government’s (USG) “annual investments and anticipated results in HIV/AIDS and [is] the basis for approval of annual USG bilateral HIV/AIDS funding in most countries.”

Secretary Clinton highlights U.S. global health efforts in Op-Ed

In an Op-Ed for Global Health and Diplomacy titled “Saving More Lives Than Ever,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlights U.S. efforts to address global health issues and summarizes recent actions to improve upon these efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and by elevating health as a diplomatic priority, which includes creation of the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State.

Secretary Clinton discusses the U.S. approach to development at Clinton Global Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the CGI outlining the three objectives of the Administration’s approach to development, which include moving from aid to investment, promoting country ownership, and “putting ourselves out of business” by promoting self-sufficiency.  Secretary Clinton stated that these objectives have guided existing U.S. development initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and USAID Forward. Moving forward, Secretary Clinton highlighted the “need to broaden and increase our network of partnerships to advance our work in development” as the well as the importance of holding each other accountable for measuring results.

CRS releases report on FY2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

Resolution supporting goals and ideals of World Malaria Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed by voice vote a resolution (S. Res. 429) introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day. Among other things, the resolution commends efforts by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and “supports continued leadership by the United States in bilateral, multilateral, and private sector efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative.”