Strategic Goal 9: Social and Environmental Issues - Public Benefit, Selected Performance Trends, and Strategic Context

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003

I. Public Benefit


"The strong partnership between American science and American statecraft is more critical than ever in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Whether the mission is supporting the President's campaign against terrorism, implementing arms agreements, creating conditions for sustainable development, or stemming the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, the formulation of foreign policy must proceed from a solid scientific foundation."

- Secretary Colin L. Powell


Disease, poverty, environmental degradation, poor health and unchecked migration destroy lives, ravage societies, destabilize regions, and cheat future generations of prosperity. While these social and environmental problems are daunting, ample experience at the international and national level demonstrates that progress is possible through concerted efforts. The United States has both humanitarian and security interests in helping countries tackle social and environmental problems. Left unresolved, these problems will aggravate social and political instability and could reverse the development advances made over the last several decades. By confronting these problems, we can save lives, reduce human suffering, lay the groundwork for sustainable economic development, and prevent adverse conditions from spilling across our borders.

We will build public-private partnerships that leverage resources, strengthen international cooperation, and help other countries build their institutional capacity to manage these problems. We will encourage good governance, necessary for making sustainable gains against social and environmental problems, by bringing problems to light, enabling varied, creative solutions in the context of public debate, and holding governments accountable for results.

II. Selected Performance Trends

Number of Countries With Stabilized or Reduced Rates of New HIV Infections (Cumulative)
  Result Target
2001 2002 2003 2003
Countries 3 5 6 6


Number of Tropical Forest Conservation Agreements in Force to Relieve Debt and Conserve Forests (Cumulative)
  2001 2002 2003
Tropical Forest Conservation Agreements 3 5 6


III. Strategic Context

The Social and Environmental Issues strategic goal is supported by four performance goals. Shown below are the major initiatives/programs, bureaus and partners that contribute to accomplishment of the strategic goal.

(Components that Contribute to Goal Accomplishment)
Performance Goal
(Short Title)
Initiative/Program Lead Bureau(s) External Partners
Global Health Global Health Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, International Organizations HHS, USAID, DOD, DOL, EPA, CDC, NSC, CEQ, Commerce, UN, UNAIDS, WHO
Environmental Protection Sustainable Development Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and International Organizations USAID, EPA, USDA, NOAA, DOE, Smithsonian Institution, civil society and private sector organizations
Trade and Environment Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs DOC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USAID, USDA, DOE, DOI USFWS, EPA, NSF, NRC, NASA, DOD, USTR, USCG, NGOs, International Organizations, and International Coral Reef Initiative Partners
Global Climate Change and Clean Energy Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and the Office of Science and Technology Advisor DOE, EPA, CEQ, CEA, NOAA, NASA, USAID, Treasury, USDA, NSF, DOC, DOI, DOT, DOD

Science and Technology Cooperation

Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and the Office of Science and Technology Advisor

Access to Quality Education Accomplishment of this performance goal is the responsibility of USAID.
Migration Policies and Systems At the time the Department was developing FY 2003 targets, this performance goal did not exist and no targets were developed. Therefore, for FY 2003 performance reporting purposes, no results are being reported. Targets have been developed for FY 2004 and beyond. Results will be reported in future performance reports.