Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 116 Part 2.djvu/632

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116 STAT. 1414 PUBLIC LAW 107-228—SEPT. 30, 2002 may determine, to carry out a program to improve building construction codes and practices in Ecuador, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries (in this section referred to as the "program"), (b) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION.— (1) IN GENERAL. —The program shall be in the form of grants to, or contracts with, organizations described in paragraph (2) to support the following activities: (A) TRAINING.— Training of appropriate professionals in Latin America from both the public and private sectors to enhance their understanding of building and housing codes and standards. (B) TRANSLATION AND DISTRIBUTION.— Translating and distributing in the region detailed construction manuals, model building codes, and publications from organizations described in paragraph (2), including materials that address zoning, egress, fire and life safety, plumbing, sewage, sanitation, electrical installation, mechanical installation, structural engineering, and seismic design. (C) OTHER ASSISTANCE.—Offering other relevant assistance as needed, such as helping government officials develop seismic micro-zonation maps or draft pertinent legislation, to implement building codes and practices that will help improve the resistance of buildings and housing in the region to seismic activity and other natural disasters. (2) COVERED ORGANIZATIONS.— Grants and contracts provided under this section shall be carried out through United States organizations with expertise in the areas described in paragraph (1), including the American Society of Testing Materials, the Underwriters Laboratories, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the International Code Council, and the National Fire Protection Association. SEC. 689. SENSE OF CONGRESS RELATING TO HIV/AIDS AND UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS. It is the sense of the Congress that the President should direct the Secretary and the United States Representative to the United Nations to urge the United Nations to adopt an HIV/AIDS mitigation strategy as a component of United Nations peacekeeping operations. SEC. 690. SENSE OF CONGRESS RELATING TO MAGEN DAVID ADOM SOCIETY. (a) FINDINGS. —Congress finds the following: (1) It is the mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to prevent and alleviate human suf- fering wherever it may be found, without discrimination. (2) The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a worldwide institution in which all national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have equal status. (3) The Magen David Adom Society is the national humanitarian society in the State of Israel, (4) Since 1949 the Magen David Adom Society has been refused admission into the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and has been relegated to observer status without a vote because it has used the Red Shield of David,