Strengthen America's Foreign Policy Impact on Our Strategic Challenges
There are five strategic objectives for this Strategic Goal. One is to Overcome Global Security Challenges through Diplomatic Engagement and Development Cooperation. One of the Department of State's performance goals under this objective is: By September 30, 2017, achieve key milestones to promote arms control and nonproliferation by implementing the President's Prague Agenda of steps toward a world without nuclear weapons; impeding missile proliferation threats; and strengthening implementation and verification of international arms control agreements. To realize the President's long-term policy to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, the Department must ensure that weapons-usable nuclear material is secured worldwide; halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems; heighten transparency into the capabilities of countries of concern; and develop verification methods and technologies capable of detecting violations of obligations and enforcement methods sufficiently credible to deter such violations. One way the Department measures progress toward achieving this goal is by tracking the amount of Chemical Weapons Convention prohibited schedule chemicals decreased around the globe (in metric tons). Below are actual results and projected targets for this indicator.
Illustrative Indicator for the Amount of Chemical Weapons Convention Prohibited Schedule Chemicals Decreased Around the Globe (in Metric Tons)
In FY 2015, significant progress was made in chemical weapons destruction by the two major possessor states-Russia and Libya. Russia completed destruction operations at four sites. A fifth facility is projected to complete destruction of the Russian stockpile by 2020. Libya destroyed one of its remaining chemical weapons precursor chemicals and is installing equipment to destroy another.
Another Strategic Objective of this Strategic Goal is to Prevent and Respond to Crises and Conflict, Tackle Sources of Fragility, and Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Those in Need. One of the three performance goals that the Department of State and USAID use to achieve progress toward this objective is that: By September 30, 2017, 75 percent of the most fragile countries in the world that receive at least $50 million in combined Peace and Security and Democracy and Governance Foreign Assistance funding (using the 2011-2013 period as a baseline) will see a reduction in their fragility. A variety of methods were used to spread messages of peace and to build the capacity of communities to rapidly identify and respond to potential sources of conflict. Results were achieved through dialogue meetings, local peace forums, performing arts, photo exhibitions, documentary films, public service announcements, and radio messages. By increasing the number of initiatives and groups working to reduce conflict and violence, the U.S. Government aims to achieve a decrease in the levels and drivers of conflict in the places it works.
One of the ways that USAID tracks progress toward this performance goal is by tracking the number of new groups or initiatives created through U.S. Government funding with a mission related to resolving conflict or the drivers of conflict. This indicator registers the creation of a new group or entity, as well as the launch of a new initiative or movement by an existing entity that is dedicated to resolving conflict or the drivers of the conflict. To be counted in this indicator, U.S. funding must have been a necessary enabling factor leading to the creation of the group or initiative. Below are the actual results and projected targets for this indicator.
Illustrative Indicator for the Number of New Groups or Initiatives Created through U.S. Government Funding with a Mission Related to Resolving the Conflict or the Drivers of the Conflict
The U.S. Government exceeded its FY 2015 target for groups created with a mission related to resolving conflict or drivers of conflict by over 1,000 groups due to fluid conditions that necessitated the expansion of programming beyond original target areas to support equitable representation of conflict stakeholders, as well as increased demand for community participation, especially among women and youth. The out-year targets for this indicator fluctuated due to a change in expected programming in a number of countries. Targets established for this indicator vary significantly given the dynamic nature of conditions in countries experiencing or at risk of conflict and fragility.