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March 12-18, 2012
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Peace, Human Rights and Democracy: Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius
  Andrew Shapiro (AP Images)

Some Gains Against Somali Piracy; Fight Continues
Measurable progress is being made to combat Somali piracy.

  Statement White House on ICC's Conviction of Congolese Warlord
The United States welcomes the conviction by the International Criminal Court of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for war crimes related to enlisting and conscripting children and forcing them to participate in hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  Statement State Dept. on ICC Conviction of Congolese Warlord
The State Department says the conviction of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “puts perpetrators and would-be perpetrators of unlawful child soldier recruitment and other atrocities on notice that they cannot expect their crimes to go unpunished."
  Statement Secretary Clinton on Mauritius’ National Day
On behalf of the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sends best wishes to the people of Mauritius as they celebrate 44 years of independence on March 12.

North Africa: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco

  Tunisians in street carrying flags and posters (AP Images)

Making Case for Investing in Tunisia +Photo
Tunisian American Young Professionals are telling American investors all about the opportunities the new Tunisia offers.

  Article Young Diplomats Discuss Future of Egypt, Syria
One year after political upheaval surged through the Middle East, the future role of the international community in this transition is still under debate.
  Remarks Remarks at the United Nations Security Council  
  Press Briefing Secretary Clinton’s Press Briefing at United Nations
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the press at the United Nations about Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Mideast peace efforts.
  Statement U.S. Envoy Rice on Anniversary of U.N. Libya Resolution
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice issues a statement on the one-year anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 on Libya.
  Remarks Remarks With Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani Before Their Meeting
Secretary Clinton and Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani discuss strengthening the Moroccan economy, expanding cooperation on security as well as regional and global issues.
  Statement President Obama on Passing of Pope Shenouda III
President Obama, on behalf of the American people, extends thoughts and prayers to Coptic Christians, Egyptians and all those who mourn the passing of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III.
  Statement Secretary Clinton on Passing of Pope Shenouda III
Secretary of State Clinton says Americans stand alongside Egyptians in offering deepest condolences on the passing of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church for more than 40 years.

Combat Human Trafficking



  Anti-human trafficking poster aimed at truck drivers (AP Images)

U.S. Agencies Combine Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is the target of cooperative U.S. government efforts.

  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chairs the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Photo of the Week: U.S. Commitment To Ending Modern Slavery
This week's photo of the week comes to us from the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, of which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chaired the annual meeting at the White House on March 15. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 authorized the establishment of the President's Interagency Task Force (PITF) to coordinate federal efforts to combat human trafficking.
  Statement President Obama on Trafficking in Persons
President Obama comments on the meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, pledging an increased effort by the United States to fight modern-day slavery.
  Remarks U.S. Officials on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other U.S. officials speak at the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Development in Africa



  Woman filling water jug in dry landscape (USAID)

Japan, U.S. Cooperating to Help Africa
USAID and the Japan International Cooperation Agency announce a partnership to promote investment in water for sub-Saharan Africa.

  Girl racing into ribbon marking end of foot race (USAID) USAID Goal: Build Capacity, Not Dependence
The Obama administration’s budget request for USAID in 2013 would allow the agency to feed, provide medical care and educate people in developing countries.
  People watching small girls use computers (Intel Corporation) USAID, Intel Expand Their Collaboration
USAID and Intel Corporation have expanded their ongoing collaboration in the use of technology for economic and social development around the world.
  Taken Question Sudan: Status of Sudan Economic Conference
Question: Why has the economic conference in Turkey, that was to discuss Sudan's ailing finances after the south's secession, been postponed?
Environment, Tourism, and Development in Africa
  Close-up of gorilla looking through wire fence (AP Images)

U.S., Cameroon College Promote Wildlife Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders program enters into a multiyear cooperative agreement with the Garoua Wildlife College in Cameroon that will enhance wildlife conservation in Central and West Africa.

  Aerial view of African antelopes running through tall grass (Paul Elkan, Wildlife Conservation Society) U.S. Supports Ecotourism, Growth in South Sudan
The U.S. government inaugurates the Boma National Park Headquarters in a pristine wildlife area of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, drawing attention to the important role that establishing protected area management and local government infrastructure can play in the country’s development.
  Remarks State Dept. Official on Africa Travel, Tourism
State Department African affairs official Reuben Brigety discusses the growing role of travel and tourism in Africa's economic development.

Agriculture and Food Security

  DipNote Article

Water Pans and Trapezoidal Bunds: Life-Changing Tools in Kenya
Though one sounds like a medical contraption and the other a geometry problem, water pans and trapezoidal bunds are actually vital instruments Kenyan herders and farmers can use to collect and preserve rainwater for human and livestock consumption and crop irrigation in areas regularly impacted by droughts.

  People crouching in bean field (USDA) U.S. Steps Up Funding for Agriculture Research
The United States has stepped up funding for research to develop new climate-resilient cereals, high-producing legumes and disease-resistant crops and livestock.

Global Health

  Woman giving child injection (AP Images)

Partnership Will Help Train Health Professionals
A new partnership between the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Service Corps seeks to address health-professional shortages in developing countries.

  Michelle Obama standing in semicircle of smiling Africans (AP Images) HIV Spikes in African-American Women; U.S. Pushes Awareness
Women and girls, especially those who are poor and disadvantaged, have a special vulnerability to HIV/AIDS exposure. It's true in the United States and internationally, and campaigns are under way to heighten awareness of this risk and reduce gender inequality.
  Child in foreground with two white-coated men standing in background (USAID)

Start with Women, Girls to Build Better Health for All
The Obama administration is using the Global Health Initiative to help other nations build better health care systems. Advocates say the program is working when they start with the health needs of women and girls first.


Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

  Emilia Kambonde picking kernel out of marula seed (MCC)

MCC Links Namibian Women with International Markets
The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation’s investments in Namibia are helping women who produce indigenous natural products to reap higher incomes by selling those products in the international market.

  Factsheet Millennium Challenge Corporation on Gender Equality
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is committed to ensuring that gender is considered at all stages of its work with partner countries — from country selection and policy reform to project development and implementation.

U.S. Making New Investments to Prevent Violence on Women
The State Department launches new investments to prevent gender-based violence as part of its campaign to contain the HIV/AIDS epidemic. And the White House announces a new director for domestic HIV/AIDS programs.

  A social worker holds earrings in the form of AIDS-loops, the international symbols for solidarity with HIV-infected and AIDS patients, in hands. [AP File Photo]

Celebrating International Women’s Day by Investing in Women and Girls
Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues.
As we observe Women's History Month throughout March, we celebrate the work pioneered by advocates, policymakers, and practitioners around the world to advance women's rights. Promoting the rights of women and addressing gender inequities and gender norms are essential steps to reducing HIV risk and increasing access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services -- for both women and men.

  Media Note New Initiative Responds to Gender-Based Violence as Part of Global HIV Response
On March 14 at the White House, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby announced a joint initiative to provide $4.65 million in small grants to grassroots organizations to address gender-based violence (GBV) issues.
  Media Note U.S. Department of State Announces Expansion of TechWomen to Africa
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that TechWomen – an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide – will expand to sub-Saharan Africa beginning in 2013. TechWomen will bring women working in the technology sector from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe to the United States for a four to six week mentoring program with their American counterparts in the United States.


  Photo Gallery Women War Correspondents
The 20th century saw women come into their own as war correspondents, but not without struggle for a place beside the men. World War II offered new opportunities for women journalists, and some of the best war coverage of that era came from women. Now new generations using new technologies carry on the courageous work of their predecessors.

U.S. Elections and Culture


U.S. Elections: 2012 Primary Schedule
The dates for Republican primaries and caucuses are set for the 2012 presidential race.

  Photo Gallery Jazz in America
Learn about some of the great jazz performers in American history.