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Secretary Clinton announces release of the QDDR

During a State Department town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and summarized the key points of the document. Following her remarks, Secretary Clinton was joined on a panel by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, State Department Director of Policy and Planning Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg to respond to questions from the audience.

The QDDR outlines a set of changes to be made at USAID and the State Department including the appointment by the Secretary of State of an Executive Director for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that will report to the Secretary and the GHI Operations Committee (the USAID Administrator, the Global Aids Coordinator, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Additionally, the QDDR states that leadership of the GHI will transition to USAID at the end of FY 2012 if a specific set of benchmarks have been met.

President’s Malaria Initiative releases FY 2011 Operational Plans

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released the FY 2011 Operational Plans for each of the 17 focus countries. PMI operational plans provide an overview of current malaria control and prevention efforts, identify challenges to meeting PMI goals, and summarize FY 2011 planned activities.

S. 2982 – International Violence Against Women Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states that “[v]iolence against women dramatically impedes progress in meeting all of our global health goals, including efforts to stem maternal mortality and the spread of HIV/AIDS.” The bill authorizes funding for efforts coordinated and conducted by an “Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues” at the State Department and a “Women’s Development Advisor” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to prevent and address the impacts of violence against women. The bill also requires the creation and implementation of a 5-year international strategy, outlines the types of interventions that U.S. assistance would support, including “enhancing the capacity of the health sector,” and authorizes funding to implement the strategy and interventions.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on February 4, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 14, 2010.

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY11 Omnibus Appropriations Act

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the text of the FY 2011 Omnibus Act with the following funding levels:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $53.5 billion ($3.1 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $4.7 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.22 billion ($291 million below the President’s request; $443 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
Maternal and Child Health: $761 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $710 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $57.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

- HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion:
HIV/AIDS: $5.025 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $825 million (Note: An additional $300 million is appropriated for the Global Fund through the Department of Health and Human Services bringing total FY11 contribution to $1.125 billion.)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.10 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Food Security and Agricultural Development: $1.4 billion ($244 million below the President’s FY11 request)

Administration official discusses the “links between food security, nutrition and HIV/AIDS”

During remarks at the opening plenary panel of the 27th UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board Meeting titled “Food and Nutrition Security and HIV,” Ambassador William Garvelink, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID and Deputy Coordinator for Development, Feed the Future, highlighted the “links between food security, nutrition and HIV/AIDS” and discussed the U.S. role in addressing these issues through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and Feed the Future (FtF). Ambassador Garvelink also discussed the need to “focus on women to achieve lasting, measureable results.”

Statements and Resources from the Administration Commemorating World AIDS Day

The following U.S. government agencies and Administration officials released statements commemorating World AIDS Day:

President Barack Obama:

In a video message delivered at the opening of a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day, President Obama summarized the actions taken by his Administration, both domestically and globally, to address HIV/AIDS and called for a recommitment “to building on the tremendous progress we’ve made both in preventing and treating the disease and ending the stigma and discrimination that too often surround it.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Secretary Clinton highlighted recent actions by the Administration that contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS including, among other things, efforts to address AIDS a central component of the GHI, the multi-year commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the efforts through PEPFAR to make “smart investments”.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

In a statement and during remarks provided at a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary Sebelius highlighted actions by the Administration responding to the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and summarized recent advances in scientific research.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah:

Administrator Shah released a statement highlighting recent research efforts focused on HIV prevention and stated that “our goal is to provide proven safe and effective HIV prevention products to the most vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby:

In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Saving Lives Through Smart Investments”, Ambassador Goosby, in response to questions regarding the Administration’s ability to maintain its commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS during challenging economic times, stated that “through a range of actions, the Obama Administration is demonstrating that the U.S. commitment remains firm.” Ambassador Goosby proceeded to summarize and provide examples of the actions being taken.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice:

Ambassador Rice released a statement highlighting the results of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and summarizing how President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) will build on the efforts of PEPFAR to address the impacts of HIV.

National Institutes of Health (NIH):
A statement from the NIH titled “Building on Success: Step by Step, Researchers Gaining Ground on HIV/AIDS” highlighted past and ongoing research efforts at the agency to address the disease. The statement included comments from NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

Peace Corps:

The Peace Corps released a statement highlighting the role that its volunteers have played to address the impacts of the disease.

H.R. 6565 – Global Water Access and Equity Act

Among other things, the proposed bill would create the position of “Coordinator of United States Government Diplomatic Initiatives to Provide Safe Water and Sanitation Globally” at the State Department with the responsibility of advising the Secretary of State on U.S. efforts to improve water and sanitation access in developing countries. The bill also establishes the “Bureau for Global Water Aid” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) headed by an Assistant Administrator who will “be responsible for the oversight and coordination of all United States Government activities to provide safe water and sanitation to developing countries” including those requirements as outlined in the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-121). Finally, the bill authorizes appropriations in the amount that “may be necessary to carry out this Act.”

Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah host a town hall meeting on the QDDR

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks and answered questions from the audience at a “USAID Town Hall Meeting on the Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review [QDDR].” Secretary Clinton described the recommendations outlined in the QDDR including, among other things, the planned transition of leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID.

State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg also provided remarks.