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MR. KELLY: Okay, welcome. We're very pleased to have with us today Eric Schwartz who's just recently confirmed, as you know, by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration. Mr. Schwartz has had a long and distinguished career working on some of the issues that he has taken the lead for us here at the State Department on. He's served at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He's also worked as a senior director at the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration, and in addition to a number of other important roles.
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President George W. Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the WfP Act) into law on December 1, 2005. The Act requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. Government agencies, to develop and implement a strategy "to provide affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries" within the context of sound water resources management.
We are pleased to announce an additional contribution of $138 million toward the 2008 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
This contribution is in addition to previously announced U.S. contributions totaling $95.4 million for UNHCR's Iraq programs and another nearly $10 million provided to support the organization's refugee resettlement efforts.
President Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the Act) on December 1, 2005. The Act sets out as a central goal the provision of affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries as a key component of U.S. foreign assistance programs. It requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S.
President Bush made $5.215 million available from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund (ERMA) to meet unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs resulting from the conflicts in Somalia and Sri Lanka. This funding will provide protection and assistance in the form of food, blankets, shelter, hygiene kits, and other basic items, as well as water, sanitation, emergency medical services and health care, and other community services for victims of the conflicts in Somalia and Sri Lanka.
State Department releases chronology of activities spanning 143 years
The United States has spent more than a billion dollars in the past dozen years on humanitarian land mine removal efforts around the world.
This money has been spent to remove land mines, pay for educational messages on the risks posed by mines, help victims of mine injuries, and fund research and development to improve existing humanitarian mine removal programs.
More American ships en route to help in Operation United Assistance
By Rebecca Ford Mitchell, Washington File Staff Writer
Washington - The United States expects to double the number of helicopters it has sent to the tsunami-ravaged region on the shores of the Indian Ocean in Operation United Assistance, said the head of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) in a January 4 Pentagon briefing.
Admiral Thomas Fargo, PACOM commander, said this intent underscores the importance of vertical lift in an area where many roads are impassible and dozens of bridges have been destroyed.