- Coordinated support of five vice-presidential-level bilateral commissions.
- Development of the concepts, frameworks, and details of umbrella inter-governmental Science, Technology, and Health (STH) agreements.
- Review and approval of requests from agencies for authorization to negotiate and sign memoranda of understanding.
- Support of bilateral STH relationships not called for in formal agreements.
- Assistance in gaining access to facilities, people, and geographic areas in other countries.
- Support of activities of international organizations and multilateral negotiations.
- U.S. responses to major security and humanitarian crises.
- Removal of impediments encountered in implementing long-duration international programs.
- Facilitation of programs carried out in the United States involving foreign participation.
- Individual consultations and visits abroad by agency officials, scientists, and contractor personnel.
- Acquisition and dissemination of information concerning STH developments abroad.
- Coordination of overlapping interagency interests and resolution of interagency disagreements.
- Use of department’s external program funds, including support of activities of other agencies.
SOURCE: National Research Council, The Pervasive Role of Science, Technology, and Health in Foreign Policy; Imperatives for the Department of State, 1999.
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