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.
Administration releases global strategy on gender-based violence and President Obama issues Executive Order directing implementation of the Strategy
The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally.” According to a State Department press release, the Strategy “outlines four key objectives: increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among U.S. Government agencies and with other stakeholders; to enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing U.S. Government work; to improve collection, analysis, and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts; and to enhance or expand U.S. Government programming that addresses gender-based violence.”
President Obama issued an Executive Order on “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally,” to enhance the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV). According to a White House fact sheet, the Strategy creates an interagency working group co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and directs the interagency working group to implement the Strategy.
- USAID press release on the Strategy
- White House blog post titled “Progress Toward a World Without Violence Against Women and Girls”
- State Department DipNote blog post titled “U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally”
- USAID IMPACT blog post titled “Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence Globally”
During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.
President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees. The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.
- HIV/AIDS Prevention
- HIV/AIDS Treatment
- The Global AIDS Epidemic
- HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination
During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response. During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”
- PEPFAR Launches Labs For Life with Partners, a $20 million partnership to “to help strengthen healthcare and laboratory systems in the developing world.”
- Progress on Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation
USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”
During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response. NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.
- Several White House officials provided video messages describing “How Far We’ve Come on AIDS”
- Dr. Jill Biden Views the AIDS Memorial Quilt
- AIDS Memorial Quilt in the White House
- Trade and Access to Medicines: Working to Make the Two Go Hand in Hand
- Ask the Expert: Administrator Shah on the AIDS fight
- African Leaders Call for Scale up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in East and Southern Africa
- The Journey of Life for Children Living with HIV – From Diagnosis to Adulthood
- From Evidence to Action: What Works for Women and Girls
- Social Media and Mobile @ AIDS 2012
- USG @ AIDS 2012: How to Talk About a “Cure”
- AIDS 2012: HIV in Gay and Bisexual Men
- USG @ AIDS 2012 Video: Dr. Koh and Ambassador Goosby
- The Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Mental Health
- 25 Years of HIV/AIDS Training has Transformed the Research Landscape
- USG @ AIDS 2012 Video: Dr. Koh and Dr. Daulaire
- Answering the Call to Action with Science
- USG at AIDS 2012: Video with Dr. Anthony Fauci
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses AIDS 2012
- Secretary Sebelius Addresses Opening Session of AIDS 2012
- AIDS 2012: Measuring Progress by Lives Saved
- A Historical Perspective on the International AIDS Conference
- US Leads Effort to Build on Success in HIV Vaccine Science
- AIDS 2012 and HRSA
- Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Sustainable Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
- New Media Sessions and Activities at AIDS 2012
- NIH Leadership at the XIX International AIDS Conference
- AIDS 2012: Listening, Learning and Working Together to Help Turn the Tide
- Our Research in Kenya: Finding Ways to Improve HIV Treatment Access and Outcomes
- Making Every Dollar Count in the Fight against Global HIV/AIDS
Department of Labor:
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Statements & Speeches, Events & Hearings, Reports & Factsheets, Announcement
- Organization/Initiative: PEPFAR, USAID, State Dept., White House, HHS, NIH, CDC, DoL
- Issue/Condition: HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Maternal & Child Health, Health System Strengthening (HSS)
The White House released the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” outlining the specific objectives, including global health and food security objectives, the U.S. government will pursue in the region.
- White House Fact Sheet: “The New Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa”
- White House Fact Sheet: “Obama Administration Accomplishments in Sub-Saharan Africa”
- White House Blog: “The Future of America’s Partnership with Sub-Saharan Africa”