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Never in history has the global community had more young people to celebrate than on this International Youth Day, as the world recently hit the largest global youth population ever recorded.

Against the backdrop of an Executive Order soliciting recommendations for reorganizing the federal government, some have suggested merging the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the State Department. Despite Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s assurance to Congress that “there is no intention to fold USAID into State,” uncertainty remains about the future architecture […]

American economic investment and humanitarian aid produced considerable dividends by helping to build the foundation for the economic transformation of South Korea, which has since become America’s sixth largest trading partner. U.S. exports to South Korea have tripled since 1990 to $43 billion in 2015, more in one year than all development assistance the U.S. provided to Korea since the war.

The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation— more than at any other time in history. One in five of those victims are the most vulnerable among us: boys and girls, separated from their families and forced into prostitution, or labor. But the U.S. government and organizations like ChildFund are taking steps to end human trafficking.

For many people living in developing countries without strictly enforced medical hygiene and safety standards, a simple injection can sometimes lead to potentially life-threatening diseases like hepatitis and HIV. In honor of World Hepatitis Day, we acknowledge the great impact that public-private partnerships have had on tackling hepatitis across the globe.

America’s investment in development and diplomacy programs play a critical role in strengthening rule of law, and supporting reforms that create an enabling environment for private sector investment. For example, USAID’s investment of $30 million to help Vietnam improve its business regulatory environment helped increase U.S. goods exports from $460 million in 2001 to over $10 billion in 2016, more than 2000 percent increase. Simply put, America’s development and diplomacy programs – funded by the International Affairs Budget – are critical to America’s economic future.

Congress will soon determine the levels of U.S. assistance available to Mosul and other global humanitarian crises. Rebuilding Mosul will be a critical test and an enormous challenge, yet the future of Iraq— and the future of America’s presence abroad— may well depend on what emerges from the city’s rubble.

Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis doesn’t mind taking a moment to share his thoughts about the importance of diplomacy and development, as one intrepid high school student discovered when Secretary Mattis returned his call.

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Americans across the country are looking forward to barbecues, fireworks, and hopefully, time spent with family and friends. But what about those working in the 275 embassies and diplomatic posts around the world– how will they celebrate Independence Day thousands of miles from home? By doing what they do best: sharing American culture, traditions, and values with those living outside of the United States’ borders.

With 1.4 million children suffering from— and dying of— malnutrition, the hunger crises of today will have severe, long-term effects for generations to come. In light of the Administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which proposes deep cuts to the State Department and U.S. foreign assistance, our ability to continue supporting relief efforts is no longer guaranteed. That includes the work of U.S. government private sector partners and nonprofits like FHI 360, a human development organization that serves over 60 countries and plays a critical role in addressing complex crises like those in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen.

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