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U.S. President Joe Biden has promised a major shift in America’s global engagement on health, development, and humanitarian assistance. In his first month in office, Biden has taken quick action to reverse some policies espoused by former President Donald Trump’s administration, including halting America’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change, and revoking restrictions on family planning in U.S. global health assistance.

Biden broke with recent precedent with a very early announcement of his nominee to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development — Samantha Power — even before his own inauguration as president. Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a well-known human rights and humanitarian advocate who will also have a seat on Biden’s National Security Council.

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