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WWF Statement on the Introduction of The Global Partnerships Act of 2012

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Vice President for Government Relations Todd Shelton on today’s introduction of The Global Partnerships Act of 2012 by Congressman Howard L. Berman. The bill seeks to modernize The U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

“World Wildlife Fund applauds Congressman Berman for introducing The Global Partnerships Act of 2012. This forward-looking legislation serves as a road map for advancing U.S. foreign assistance into the 21st century.

“WWF is particularly pleased with the legislation’s recognition of the environment as a critical cross-cutting priority. America’s foreign assistance must clearly address the reality that environmental pressures and resource scarcities around the world increasingly affect American prosperity.

“This legislation would not have been possible without Congressman Berman’s decades of dedication to effective foreign assistance and his deep understanding of conservation’s global impacts. This legislation is truly a legacy of his 15 terms in Congress.

“Like Congressman Berman, WWF recognizes that our health, security, and prosperity depend on a world in which basic human needs are met. We pledge to work with our supporters, partners, and Congress to ensure this legislation continues to inform a more comprehensive U.S. foreign policy.”

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