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Administration actions and statements commemorating International Women’s Day

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…

OMB releases updated sequestration report; estimates 5.0% decrease in global health funding

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report To The Congress On The Joint Committee Sequestration For Fiscal Year 2013” (.pdf) detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, estimated reductions are…

President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined U.S. efforts to address global poverty over the next two decades by, among other things, “empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s…

CRS releases report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy”

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy.” According to the summary, the “report details legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad.”

President Obama signs memorandum on coordination of U.S. efforts to advance gender equality globally

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum titled “Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally” which 1) directs the Secretary of State to designate an Ambassador at Large charged with leading the Office of Global Women’s Issue at the State Department, 2) ensures…

Senate confirms John Kerry as Secretary of State

Following approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), the full Senate approved (94-3) the nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for Secretary of State. President Obama also released a statement on Senator Kerry’s confirmation. Additional Information: Senator Kerry’s remarks at a nomination before the SFRC held on 1/24/13.

Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

The White House released a statement from President Obama commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1, 2012). Additionally, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation recommitting the U.S. “to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced…

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

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden released a statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced $3 million in grants to address the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released resources in support of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign.

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President Obama announces partnership with Burma; includes health components

During the a trip to Burma, President Obama announced a new U.S.-Burma partnership that will, among other things, address health issues including: maternal and child health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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White House releases "Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data"

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released “Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data” detailing the data reporting requirements of all U.S. Government (USG) agencies providing foreign assistance in-line with the Administration’s Open Government efforts and in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), of which the U.S. is a signatory. Among other things, the guidance states that the Foreign Assistance Dashboard “will provide the public with greater access to foreign assistance data and establish a standardized reporting framework for all U.S. foreign assistance.”