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…
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.
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.
- State Department Fact Sheet: “Fast Facts on the U.S. Government’s Work in Haiti: Gender-based Violence”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “War’s Silent Scourge: Sexual Violence Against Women”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Working Together To End a Global Scourge”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: Let’s Eliminate Gender Violence”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: U.S. and Afghan Governments Partner to Combat Human Trafficking”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: Invisible Women: Violence Against Women with Disabilities”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: Preventing Violence Against Children and Women”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Day Challenge: A Helping Hand for Trafficking Victims in Uzbekistan”
- USAID Impact Blog: “Seeking Justice: Investigating and Prosecuting Gender-Based Violence“
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.
- The White House Blog: “President Obama Promises Support for the People of Burma”
- USAID Fact Sheet: “Highlights of US Assistance to Burma” (PDF)
- USAID Impact Blog: “The US-Burma Partnership”
- USAID Impact Blog: “America Extends a Hand to Burma”
- USAID Impact Blog: “Hope Springs in Burma for Maternal and Child Health”
- USAID Impact Blog: “How We Can End Modern Day Slavery”
- USAID Press Release: “USAID Set to Launch New Higher Education Partnership in Burma”
- State Department Press Release: “United States-Myanmar Joint Plan on Trafficking in Persons”
During remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Barack Obama discussed U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking and announced new efforts the U.S. will take to address the issue including increased resources for victims, training to identify and assist victims, an executive order strengthening protections in federal contracts, and the development of a first-ever strategic plan to strengthen services for victims.
- White House Fact Sheet: “The Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad”
- White House Fact Sheet: “Executive Order Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts”
- White House Press Release: “Executive Order – Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts”
- White House Blog: “Empowering Women and Girls in the United States and Abroad”
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.”
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-155)” detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, global health funding through USAID and State Department, which comprises the majority of U.S. global health funding, would decrease by $670 million, or 8.2%, from the FY 2012 level of $8,168 million.