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In this issue

  • Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Floods
  • Secretary Clinton's Speech on Global Health
  • Briefing on Middle East Peace Process
  • U.S. Transition in Iraq
  • Special Envoy Gration's Travel to Sudan
  • Ambassador to Lead Sudan Negotiation Support Unit
  • Fight Against Modern Slavery
  • Secretary Clinton's Video Remarks to Host Families of Exchange Students
  • World Humanitarian Day
  • Department of State and Peace Corps Tackle Energy & Climate Issues
  • Fifth Annual Water for the Poor Report


UPDATE: U.S. RESPONSE TO PAKISTAN'S FLOODSDate: 08/25/2010 Description: Pakistan Relief Fund: Ways to Donate ©  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

– The United States responded immediately and generously to Pakistan's call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. To date, the United States has provided approximately $150 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN's emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster. These funds are also being used to provide critical supplies to flood affected populations. Through August 22, U.S. military and civilian aircraft have evacuated 7,835 people and delivered more than 1,600,000 pounds of relief supplies. U.S. water treatment units have provided approximately 4.8 million liters of safe drinking water and a total of 440,928 halal meals were delivered to civilian and military officials in Pakistan via U.S. military. In a video statement, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the establishment of the Pakistan Relief Fund. Created by the United States Government through the Department of State, the Fund serves as a mechanism for the public to contribute money to the ongoing efforts in Pakistan.


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The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health around the WorldDate: 06/30/2010 Description: A child receives a meningitis vaccination on the opening day of a meningitis vaccination campaign in Niger. © AP Image/Medecins Sans Frontieres

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 16 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on the Global Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. In her remarks, she discussed how the Obama Administration is building upon the United States' long-standing commitment to global health by bringing life-saving prevention, treatment, and care to more people globally. The Secretary underscored the importance of investing in global health, highlighted successful global health programs such as PEPFAR, and outlined how, through the Global Health Initiative, the United States will pave the way for the next phase of American leadership in health around the world.

Secretary Clinton described how we will lay the groundwork for more progress in the future by tackling some of the systemic challenges that surround PEPFAR and USAID programs and other U.S.-funded health programs in the field, and how we will work with partner countries to uproot the most deep-seated obstacles that impede their own people's health. Read More» More about the Global Health Initiative» The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)» Conversations with America: A Discussion on PEPFAR»


WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 20 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton briefed reporters on the Middle East Peace Process. She was joined by the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell. She was joined by the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell.

In her remarks, Secretary Clinton stated, "The President and I are encouraged by the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas and fully share their commitment to the goal of two states – Israel and Palestine…” Read More» Full Text» Video» Quartet Statement»


"We have worked very hard with our military colleagues to make this year a year of transition from military-led operations to civilian-led operations."
-- Ambassador Christopher R. Hill

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 17 - Ambassador Christopher Hill recently briefed the press on the U.S. transition in Iraq and his departure from U.S. Embassy Baghdad. He discussed the progress made by Iraqis, specifically the move from military-led operations to civilian-led operations, the state of relations among the Shia, Sunnis, and Kurdish in Iraq, and the future of commerce as it relates to the Iraqi oil industry. Ambassador Hill spoke broadly about his efforts to leave the situation better for his successor, Ambassador to Iraq James F. Jeffrey. Full Text» Video»

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WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 25 – U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration is traveling to Sudan and Kenya from August 16 to August 29, 2010. While there, Special Envoy Gration will meet with senior leaders of the Government of Sudan and Sudan People's Liberation Movement to discuss implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), preparations for the January 2011 referenda on self-determination for Southern Sudan and Abyei, and negotiations on issues relating to the period after the CPA. He also will initiate a broader dialogue regarding security, conflict mitigation, and planning for the post-referendum period. The Special Envoy will discuss security and stabilization efforts in Darfur with Sudanese officials, as well as with Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and with Ibrahim Gambari, UNAMID Joint Special Representative.

In Nairobi, Kenya, Special Envoy Gration will participate in the Southern Sudan Agricultural Conference.


WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 25 – Retired United States Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman will serve as a part of an expanded United States negotiation team being dispatched to Sudan. Ambassador Lyman and his team will augment and complement the efforts of the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum and U.S. Consulate General in Juba as our diplomatic mission to Sudan assists in the final elements of implementing Sudan's North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Ambassador Lyman departed for Sudan on August 24, where he joined Special Envoy Gration in Sudan for meetings with the Sudanese National Congress Party (NCP), the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sudan Haile Menkerios, Chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel Thabo Mbeki, and representatives of the Sudan Troika (United Kingdom and Norway.
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Ambassador CdeBaca Speaks At National Conference of Child Abuse Professionals

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 23 – Luis CdeBaca , Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, provided keynote remarks at the 2010 National Conference of Child Abuse Professionals. The conference was held at the National Harbor, MD, and was sponsored by the National District Attorneys Association. Ambassador CdeBaca spoke about the various ways in which the Obama Administration and the State Department are working to combat modern forms of slavery, including child abuse, domestic violence, and rape. He said, “Too often, both here and abroad, the most vulnerable are children: American children and foreign children alike. Offered for prostitution or preyed upon by those whom they trust. And as you know, especially those of you who work with teenagers, some of these cases are very tough. They do not easily fit the stereotypes that would make this subject matter more comfortable.”

Ambassador CdeBaca challenged audience members to spread the following core messages and practices about the ongoing fight to combat all forms of human trafficking:

  • We are here to assist all trafficked persons whom we encounter, be they U.S. Citizens or foreign-born; whether they are held in bondage for labor or for sex;

  • … We will coordinate with the federal effort at the state and local level l;

  • We will overcome barriers to identification and services, continuing a victim-centered approach and focusing our efforts on vulnerable populations, especially children;

  • We keep our doors open to continue the discussion, including with groups work on varying aspects of the fight. The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons» Trafficking in Persons Report» USG Response to Human Trafficking»


Many More Host Families Needed to Help Showcase American Values With Those From Other Countries

Washington, DC, Aug. 17 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton thanked host families of exchange students for welcoming the students from abroad into their homes. During videotaped remarks, Secretary Clinton said, “I thank all the families who have already learned that when you open your door to an exchange student, you often meet a lifelong friend...” The Secretary also encourages more Americans to help showcase our values with those from other countries. Read More» Video» Hosting Opportunities»

Global Issues Affecting the Nation


WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 19 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement about World Humanitarian Day:

“We at the Department of State join citizens around the world in paying tribute to the heroes who provide assistance to victims of conflict and natural disasters, and in honoring the memory of more than 700 humanitarian workers who have been killed in service over the past decade. This year's commemoration of World Humanitarian Day follows the vicious murder of ten international medical volunteers in Afghanistan earlier this month. Their sacrifice is a poignant reminder of humanitarian relief workers' courageous service around the world, which we are proud and privileged to support.” Read More»

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WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 26 - The U.S. Department of State is providing $1 million to support Peace Corps volunteer efforts that increase rural access to energy, mitigate the effects of climate change, and support the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in Central and South American communities, in support of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Read More»


WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 13 – The U.S. Department of State released the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor 2010 Report to Congress, describing U.S. efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.

The United States is committed to reducing water-related diseases and to increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation in countries with critical needs. As Secretary Clinton noted on World Water Day 2010, “It's not every day you find an issue where effective diplomacy and development will allow you to save millions of lives, feed the hungry, empower women, advance our national security interests, protect the environment, and demonstrate to billions of people that the United States cares, cares about you and your welfare. Water is that issue.” Read More» Full Report» State Department's Efforts on Water Issues»

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