More Work To Bring War Criminals to Justice

Displaced children sit in the Kituku displaced camp in Goma, eastern Congo, Nov. 10, 2008. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: John Kerry serves as the U.S. Secretary of State.

Imagine for a moment that you are a child growing up in central Africa. Instead of sleeping at home with your family each night, you take shelter with dozens of other children. You hope you’ll find safety in numbers. You pray that you will not be pulled out of your bed and abducted in the night by an armed militia — conscripted into a life of violence, forced to brutalize your own family members, used as a sex slave, condemned to a life on the run from the authorities.

It’s a living nightmare — but thanks in part to last year’s Kony video about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), it’s a reality that millions of Americans now know that for almost 20 years has tormented and terrorized children across Uganda, the DRC, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan.

It has to stop.

Last April at this exact time, I came to the Huffington Post and… more »

Reporting on the U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

Villagers in Mtanga, Malawi, where U.N.-backed development projects are helping farmers grow maize and start fish farming, April 16, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

Our journey started with an early morning flight into the Tanzanian city of Arusha, where we were greeted by the impressive sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, whose snow covered peak dominates the landscape.

I was on my first media tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome. Accompanying me was a group of talented reporters from five African countries — Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Niger, and Tanzania — plus two Europeans from France and Italy.

The U.S. Mission I lead — to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni after a meeting in Kampala, Uganda on August 3, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni after a meeting in Kampala, Uganda on August 3, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Africa

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Africa, July 31 through August 10, 2012. On her trip, she will make stops in Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. Throughout the trip, Secretary Clinton will emphasize U.S. policy commitments outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive — to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, advance peace and security, as well as promote opportunity and development for all citizens.

In Senegal, Secretary Clinton will meet President Sall and other national leaders, as well as deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal’s democratic institutions and…more »

Investing in Security: Program Develops New Generation of Humanitarian Demining Leaders

Major General Walter D. Givhan recognizes participants at the 2012 Senior Managers Course in Explosive Remnants of War and Mine Action at the James Madison University, June 2012. This year, the 17 participants represented 13 different countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, and Vietnam. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Major General Walter D. “Waldo” Givhan, United States Air Force, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs and Operations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

I recently had the privilege of visiting James Madison University to attend the closing ceremony for the 2012 Senior Managers’ Course in Explosive Remnants of War and Mine Action, where I met a select group of individuals serving on the front lines of humanitarian crises and post-conflict environments around the world.

This year, the 17 participants represented 13 different countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, and Vietnam. These “Senior Managers” are each leaders in their respective national mine action and ERW programs. This diversity the students bring in terms of background and experience is one of the main reasons… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/06/192327.htm.

Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade

Busy neighborhood street in Accra, Ghana July 10, 2009 [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Paul Marin serves as the Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), where he is responsible for developing the agency’s strategies and assistance activities throughout the region.

This week, I have the honor of participating in the African Growth and Opportunity Act Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum). The theme of the Forum is “Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade,” and it’s one that we know very well at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) — it describes what we have been doing in sub-Saharan Africa for over three decades.

Specifically, USTDA helps enhance sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure for trade and economic growth by facilitating the participation of U.S. businesses through public-private partnerships in the planning and execution of priority development projects in host countries. Our objectives are to match U.S. technological… more »

Doing Business Differently: Fighting Global Hunger Through a Whole-of-Government Approach

A Peace Corps Volunteer works with a hospital in Senegal to grow gardens in order to provide vitamins to patients who cannot afford pills. [Peace Corps photo]

About the Author: Tjada McKenna serves as Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, and Jonathan Shrier serves as Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security and Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy for Feed the Future.

In Haiti, farmers are increasing their incomes and conserving the environment by improving their production of plantains.

In Guatemala, smallholder farmers — many of them women — are benefiting from increased access to loans, markets, training, and technology to advance food… more »

Encouraging News on the Scientific Front; Moving It Forward to Policy and Programs
Thai technician samples blood for AIDS Research

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

In last week’s post, I previewed the International AIDS Conference in Rome. This week I’d like to offer some brief reflections on the activity there, and what it means for our PEPFAR programs.

For those of us who have been working in this field for some time — which in my case is about 30 years — the mood in Rome was positive, with a palpable sense of encouragement. This was largely fueled by two things: new evidence of the long-term benefits of antiretroviral treatment efforts to date, and new scientific breakthroughs regarding the benefits of treatment for prevention. These developments are transforming the way we think about AIDS.

HIV/AIDS has had a devastating impact on life expectancy in many African countries, and in turn on their economic… more »