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Date:2/1/2010

onal security. To put our full weight behind a comprehensive and effective approach to security, it is imperative that Development be fully funded.  "If only 4% of military spending is put toward a developmental approach, it will be an unhappy world, and a dangerous one," said Dr. Sachs.

Foreign development assistance is crucial to our national security. In order to neutralize environments that cultivate instability and terrorism, we must invest in eradicating poverty, lessen disease and expand access to education around the world.  "In the administration I served in, we were clear about the absolutely critical role development played in our national security strategy.  I'm encouraged by President Obama's approach with regard to policy, but to not fund it is a mistake," said Scott Evertz, former Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy in the George W. Bush administration.

  • Supporting vaccine and immunization campaigns strengthens the social fabric of villages, countries and vulnerable regions, increasing their stability and security. Providing access to medicines and bolstering health systems helps communities and countries to stabilize – and does so more effectively than nearly any other investment.
  • The global financial crisis is having a devastating impact on low economic and middle income countries around the world. U.S. supported programs like PEPFAR, PMI the Global Fund to Right AIDS, TB and Malaria are critical. Obama's FY11 request for bilateral HIV/AIDS is $5.223 billion -- $2.027 billion less than the $7.25 billion authorized by the Lantos-Hyde bi-partisan legislation to reauthorize PEPFAR.  
  • The U.S. provides one-third of the funding to the Global Fund; reflecting our "fair share" in the world economy. Obama
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