WRITING ON Huffington Post, Secretary Clinton talks about what the Obama administration has done under President Obama’s leadership. It’s as close as she’s come to politics and campaigning for her boss since she became his Secretary of State.
Writing about the continuation and expansion of policies that came before, which America is investing in to create a better world, Clinton has begun the segue for what will come next. The pitch she also made at CGI last week, which is about partnerships to accomplish great things.
Diplomacy means a lot of things, including “saving more lives” through programs like making global health a priority. An excerpt:
And we made global health one of our diplomatic priorities — because fighting disease takes political leadership. Donors and partner countries have to make health a priority in their budgets. Their policies have to reflect a long-term commitment to improving access to care for everyone, not just a privileged few. They have to fight corruption. All of these are inherently political challenges. So I instructed our ambassadors around the world to elevate health in their discussions with presidents, prime ministers and leaders from outside government as well.
What does all this mean in practice?
Through our global health diplomacy, we’ve helped bring new partners to the table and keep old partners at the table; while we’ve committed $4 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria since 2009, other donors have committed $7 billion.