In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the White House released a statement from President Obama summarizing, among other things, U.S. efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the center of U.S. food security initiatives and global health programs. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry provided remarks during the Seventh Annual…
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Administration official provides statement regarding UN resolution on efforts to end obstetric fistula
U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Terri Robl, provided a statement before the Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding U.S. support and co-sponsorship of a resolution titled “Support Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula”.
During remarks given at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice discussed U.S. efforts to empower rural women through, among other things, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).
President Obama announces new global HIV treatment and prevention goals; Administration statements and resources commemorating World AIDS Day
President Barack Obama provided remarks at a World AIDS Day event hosted by ONE and (RED) at the George Washington University and issued a presidential proclamation to commemorate World AIDS Day. During his remarks, President Obama announced new treatment and prevention goals of “providing anti-retroviral drugs to more than 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women over the next two years . . . [and] helping 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013” – an increase of 2 million over the prior target, and called on countries to fulfill their commitments to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
- The White House also released a fact sheet titled “The Beginning of the End of AIDS” summarizing efforts to combat HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
- White House Blog post – “American Leadership to Reach an AIDS-Free Generation” by Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby.
- White House Blog Post – “Getting to Zero on World AIDS Day”.
- White House Blog Post – “By the Numbers: $335”.
Additional Administration Statements and Resources Commemorating World AIDS Day:
- Statement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on World AIDS Day.
- Statement from Ambassador Goosby on UNAIDS Global Epidemic.
- PEPFAR’s latest results.
- State Department DipNote blog post – “Artists Promote an AIDS-Free Generation in Zimbabwe”
- State Department DipNote blog post – “An AIDS-Free Generation in Reach”
Health and Human Services (HHS):
- Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on World AIDS Day. Secretary Sebelius also announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, as the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
- Statement by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Office of AIDS Research Dr. Jack Whitescarver, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):
- USAID Administrator Shah writes USAID Impact Blog post titled “World AIDS Day: New Advances Are Critical to Achieving the Vision of an AIDS-free Generation”.
- USAID Impact Blog – “Victim of Sex Trade Inspires Others to Adopt Healthy Behaviors”.
- USAID’s HIV/AIDS Timeline.
U.S. Mission to the United Nations:
- Statement from U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.
- Peace Corps statement commemorating World AIDS Day.
Department of Defense (DoD):
- DoD statement titled “World AIDS Day Raises Awareness, Highlights Advances”.
Department of Labor (DoL):
- DoL Secretary Hilda Solis’ statement titled “Forging Ahead on World AIDS Day”.
House Appropriations Committee releases the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY 2012
The House Appropriations Committee released the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.Â The proposed bill includes funding for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) of $7.1 billion from the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) Account, which is $1.6 billion below the Presidentâ€™s FY 2012 budget request of $8.7 billion and approximately $700 million below FY 2011 levels of $7.8 billion for the GHCS (additional funding for the GHI is provided through other spending bills).Â Funding for family planning/reproductive health is capped in the bill at $461 million from all accounts compared to $769 million in the Presidentâ€™s FY 2012 budget request and $615 million in FY 2011.Â The bill would also reinstate the Global Gag Rule and prohibit the provision of any funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Â
Timeline of the bill:
- Released by the House Appropriations Committee on July 26, 2011.
- Approved during markup without change or amendment by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on July 27, 2011.Â
Access the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill here. (PDF)
- Read Representative Hal Rogerâ€™s (R-KY, 5th â€“ Chairman) opening remarks.
- Read Representative Kay Grangerâ€™s (R-TX, 12th â€“ Chairwoman) opening remarks.
- Read Representative Norm Dicksâ€™ (D-WA, 6th â€“ Ranking Member) opening remarks.
- Read Representative Nita Loweyâ€™s (D-NY, 18th â€“ Ranking Member) opening remarks.
Statements on release of the bill:
- Read the House Appropriations Committee press release.
- Read Representative Norm Dicksâ€™ (D-WA, 6th â€“ Ranking Member) statement.
Learn more about U.S. appropriations for global health with the Kaiser Family Foundationâ€™s Budget Tracker.
During a meeting of the Executive Board of United Nations (UN) Women, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice discussed the U.S. Fiscal Year 2011 commitment to “contribute another $6 million to core resources for UN Women” and stated “we must support UN Women as it works to ensure that women and girls can fulfill their potential, to end rape and sexual abuse, to combat discrimination, to mainstream gender concerns, to improve accountability, and to stand up for full and equal participation and full and equal rights.”
During remarks at an Executive Board Meeting of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) U.S. Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rick Barton highlighted UNICEF’s efforts aimed at improving the lives of children, particularly children with disabilities, and stated that “the United States stands squarely with UNICEF in its drive to reach the hardest to reach children.”
In a statement commemorating the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, President Barack Obama described the U.S. commitment to combat HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), increased support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI). Â In remarks delivered during the High-Level Meeting, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice, described PEPFAR’s commitments to combating HIV/AIDS through prevention of maternal-to-child transmission and highlighted the successes of the initiative.
The State Department released additional resources for the High-Level Meeting including a fact sheet and a press release describing the key elements of the global action plan to combat HIV and highlighting the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby’s announcementÂ of U.S. pledge to contribute an additional $75 million for preventing mother-to-child transmission.
- Read Ambassador Rice’s “Remarks at a Security Council Debate on HIV/AIDS and International Security.” (June 7, 2011)
- Read the State Department’s DipNote blog post by Ambassador Goosby titled “Global HIV/AIDS: A Moment To Look Back, and to Move Ahead.” (June 8, 2011)
- Read the State Department’s DipNote blog post by Ambassador Goosby titled “A Bold New Plan to Eliminate Pediatric HIV Transmission and Keep Mothers Alive.” (June 9, 2011)
UN Ambassador Barton comments on maternal & child health and family planning & reproductive health at UNFPA board meeting
During an Executive Board Meeting of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) U.S. Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rick Barton provided remarks on the progress and challenges that remain in reducing maternal mortality and improving access to reproductive health. Ambassador Burton highlighted U.S. efforts, through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and engagement with multilateral organizations, to improve maternal & child health (MCH) and access to family planning & reproductive health (FP/RH) services.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as Dr. B.F. (Lee) Hall and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released statements commemorating World Malaria Day. The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) also released its 5th Annual Report to Congress.