Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board Annual Session

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the World Food Program Executive Board Annual Session June 18, 2018 (As prepared for delivery) We would like to welcome the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, and Princess Haya Al Hussain, the United Nations Messenger of Peace, to this meeting and to Rome.  We thank ...
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THE U.S. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Today, the U.S. government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the DRC Humanitarian Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. With the assistance announced today, the United States is providing food, protection, shelter, health care, and other urgent aid for vulnerable Congolese and ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Launch of the 2018 Global Report on Food Crises

The 2018 Global Report on Food Crises presents evidence that speaks to some of our deepest concerns: the number of food insecure people is rising rapidly -- up 11 percent from 2017 – and new or intensified conflicts have played a major role in that increase. The number of people experiencing food insecurity is on the ...
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USAID and FAO Working Together to Pre-empt the Next Global Pandemic

A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The FAO-provided technical trainings covered a gamut of key competencies, including disease ...
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Secretary Tillerson: Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Annual Observance of International Women’s Day Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018   As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board

Mr. President, congratulations to you on your new appointment, and thank you to the outgoing Board President. Thank you also to Mark Lowcock for his insightful observations. We encourage WFP to take further action to implement its humanitarian reform commitments related to the Grand Bargain. The United States is especially interested in efforts to advance ...
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The U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome is pleased to introduce Mr. John Robbins, U.S. candidate for the ICCROM Council

John Robbins is an expert on heritage conservation and brings decades of experience in public service and private practice. Mr. Robbins also brings expertise in in institutional management, research and the repatriation of archaeological materials. Mr. Robbins established the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in 1994 to create, improve, and disseminate technologies for ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board

We have entered a period of food insecurity not seen since the founding of the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, with 80 million people across the globe now living in highly food insecure environments.  Twenty million are in fact so severely food insecure that many of them are in danger ...
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U.S. Support for UN Farmer Field Schools Promotes Rural Development in Haiti

By Heather Eaton. Getting out of Rome and into the field to see international humanitarian projects in action is an essential part of representing the United States at the United Nations food and agricultural agencies in Rome. Visiting the operating grounds of these projects and meeting beneficiaries allows us to see firsthand how U.S. contributions to ...
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U.S. farmers feed the world

American farmers are selling more of their crops to the rest of the world than ever before in the history of U.S. agriculture. “Today, America’s farmers feed not only our nation, but millions of people around the world,” President Trump said earlier this year as he signed an executive order aimed at promoting American agriculture and lowering ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy joins leaders of WFP, FAO and IFAD on joint visit to Ethiopia

USUN Chargé d’Affaires Thomas M. Duffy joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo and the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Executive Director David Beasley) when they made a joint visit to Ethiopia from September 1-4 .  The heads of the ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Statement on Famine

“Famine is an issue of peace and security. With the adoption of this statement, the Security Council has finally acknowledged the clear link between conflict and famine. This is a man-made crisis, and people are dying of hunger because of man-made ‎conflict.‎ The Security Council must continue to demand access for ‎food and other life-saving ...
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U.S. ANNOUNCES $169 MILLION IN NEW HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ETHIOPIA AND KENYA

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release August 3, 2017   PRESS RELEASE U.S. Announces $169 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance for Ethiopia and Kenya Today the United States announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to support those in Ethiopia and Kenya who are experiencing the effects of prolonged ...
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CASH-FOR-TRAINING SUPPORTS VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN SOUTH SUDAN

Nutrition and entrepreneurship training helps families stay healthy and build businesses “The cash we receive has helped me a lot. When I receive the money, I buy food and sugar for the family, and it has supplemented my modest income from plaiting women’s hair.” July 2017—For one week each month, Clementina Peter Loku, a 56-year-old ...
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Surviving in the Sahel, These Women Give New Meaning to the Term ‘Tough Girls’

By Sara Passman and Judith Lenti In 2016, the ONE Campaign summed up the many issues women and girls face in developing countries in its  Poverty is Sexist(link is external)  report: “In too many countries, being born poor and female means a life sentence of inequality, oppression and poverty.” Nowhere is this more the case than in the Sahel region ...
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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $639 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FOOD INSECURITY AND VIOLENCE

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.
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Facing Famine

IMAGINE if every single person in Florida, the 3rd largest state in the United States, teetered on the brink of famine. That’s what’s happening in four countries — South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen — where more than 20 million people are at risk of starvation. Conflict is driving the crises in these four countries. This violence, in addition to drought in Somalia, ...
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USUN Rome Celebrates Independence Day 2017

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy   July 7th, 2017 Villa San Sebastiano Thanks to our wonderful singer, Soprano Fabiana Rossi. Thanks also to the US Marine Corps Color Guard: Staff Sergeant Stephen Clark, Sergeant Edward Suess, Sergeant Robert Lynch, Sergeant Marcos Bocanegra, and Sergeant Jeremiah Thomas. Also representing the Department of the Navy are ...
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Remarks by Jason Hafemeister, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs USDA, to the 40th FAO Conference

The world must bridge the gap between humanitarian and development assistance, while also sustaining our long-term efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.  The Rome-based agencies are critical to filling this gap. The United States remains firmly committed to combatting poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, improving agricultural productivity, expanding opportunities for rural economic growth, and bettering ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Risk of Famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Northeast Nigeria

The United States will continue to lead in bringing together resources to help overcome this crisis...The longer we wait to act, the higher the cost. Humanitarian relief organizations, partnered with the UN, continue using every avenue to get aid to those in need. When roads are closed, they charter airplanes to drop food from the ...
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Remarks by Nerissa Cook, Dep. Asst. Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, at the Opening of the World Food Program Executive Board

The Executive Director inherits this challenging role at a time that will require much not just of him but of all of us. Throughout its 50+ years, WFP has been among the best examples of what can be accomplished with sustained, collective action. And yet, food insecurity is perhaps a more pressing, more broadly rooted ...
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USAID Success Story: Providing Safe Drinking Water With Community Support in South Sudan

For vulnerable and conflict-affected populations residing in South Sudan’s Mayendit County, one of the famine-affected counties in Unity State, access to safe drinking water often requires long, arduous hours of walking to the nearest borehole. Due to insecurity and the amount of time required to reach clean water, many individuals in Mayendit frequently resort to ...
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Iowa State University Students Visit the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies

A group of students from Iowa State University’s Dean’s Global Agricultural and Food Leadership Program visited the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome in May to learn about the role the United States plays in the international effort to address global food security. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy discussed the importance of challenging assumptions ...
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Media Tour to Indonesia

Five reporters traveled to Indonesia with USUN Rome Public Affairs Officer Heather Eaton on May 14 for a six-day media tour to see firsthand how the United States works with the Rome-based UN agencies to promote food security, health and economic opportunity. The journalists – hailing from Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – took a ...
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Statement From Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Release of World Food Program Aid Worker Peter Alex From South Sudan

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK Office of the Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2017  Statement From Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Release of World Food Program Aid Worker Peter Alex From South Sudan We are relieved to learn that Peter Alex, a World Food Program aid ...
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USUN Mission participates in FAO field trip to Morocco and Sudan

USUN Political/Economic Officer Daleya Uddin recently joined other representatives from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s member countries on visits to observe the particular food security and agriculture challenges in Morocco and Sudan. Her video report below provides a glimpse into those challenges, as well as the innovative FAO projects making a ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

Today the United States announced nearly $94 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who have suffered through two years of civil war and are experiencing the largest food security emergency in the world. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to nearly $526 million since the 2016 fiscal ...
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First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

Today is World Heritage Day, when we pause to consider the importance of cultural heritage, as well as its vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. One of the many ways the United States works to preserve cultural heritage and property around the world is through its support to ICCROM - conserving culture, ...
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The United States Joins the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

On March 13, 2017 the United States joined the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture that was approved at the 2001 Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). USUN Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Duffy deposited the instrument of ratification by presenting it to the Director General of ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Duffy at the Opening of the World Food Program Executive Board

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the February Session of the World Food Program (WFP) Executive Board February 20, 2017 Congratulations, Mr. President, on your election.  We would also like to express our appreciation for the outgoing president.  Also, thank you to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Grandi, ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Abuja Provides $116,000 Grant for Preservation of Nigeria’s Cultural Heritage

On February 13, 2017 the United States Embassy in Abuja announced a $116, 000 grant through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation program, for the preservation of cultural heritage in Nigeria. U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the grant between the International Center for the Study of ...
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Remarks by Karla Thieman, Chief of Staff, U.S.D.A., at the FAO Conference on Rural Women

As agriculture professionals, we play a pivotal role in ending hunger and poverty. As this challenge has been confronted by numerous international organizations, faith-based groups and governments, women have emerged as playing a major role in agriculture around the globe. But often, their voices are still not heard and they are still not invited to ...
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USUN Rome hosts the 2016-2017 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations

Every year the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), selects a young American to serve as a Youth Observer to the United Nations. The Youth Observer position was created to increase youth interest and participation in international relations. This year's Youth Observer, Ms. Nicol Perez, spent ...
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The 13th McGovern Lecture: Remarks by Kimberly Flowers

That is what inspires me to work on agricultural development and foreign policy. And it is certainly what drove Ambassador George McGovern in his life’s work to alleviate hunger. I can tell you that U.S. Congressional members and staff that care about global food security may have a steep learning curve in terms of long-term ...
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Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet on World Food Security

The stakes are high, as we come together for this forty-third meeting of the Committee on World Food Security. For the first time in human history, the end of hunger, undernutrition, and extreme poverty is within our grasp. And yet, as we all know too well, significant challenges remain. Our task in the next few ...
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International day of the Girl Child #DadsandDaughters

For the International Day of the Girl Child 2016, the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome's Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Duffy and his daughter, Elena, share thoughts on the importance of having girls' participation. #DadsandDaughters. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of ...
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First Aid for Endagered Cultural Heritage Sites

Recently, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), an intergovernmental organization based in Rome, Italy, joined forces with the Smithsonian Institution to teach an innovative international course in Washington, D.C., on the topic of first aid for cultural heritage in times of crisis.
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Nobel scientists: Genetically modified foods save lives

An open letter signed by more than 100 Nobel Prize winners — that’s one-third of living science laureates — calls on governments around the world to approve genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and exhorts environmental opponents to stop fighting biotechnological innovations. “How many poor people in the world must die before we consider this a ‘crime ...
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El-Nino Brings Drought and Hunger to Madagascar

Rising temperatures and less predictable rainfall patterns have disrupted agricultural planting cycles in Madagascar for the past three years, resulting in significant crop failures and a food shortage. And this year El Nino has made matters even worse. Rainfall has been up to 75 percent lower than the average of the last 20 years and ...
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The United States has ratified the FAO Port State Measures Agreement

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, on March 7, formally presented Jose Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the United States’ instrument of ratification of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing .  The United States became the 22nd nation to ratify the treaty when President Barack Obama ...
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Remarks by Minister Counselor John Norris on Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste at FAO

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate today. First, I want to commend the G20 for its leadership and the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Food Policy Research Institute for your willingness to take on this important challenge with today’s launch of the Technical Platform on Food Loss and Waste. As ...
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U.S. Announces Partnership with Thirty Nations on Global Health Security Agenda

On November 16, President Barack Obama announced that the United States and 30 countries have made a commitment to work together to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda.  Together, we will partner with the 30 other nations to develop global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to future disease outbreaks.  The U.S. ...
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Ambassador David Lane Gives Remarks at Loyola University Rome Center on the Occasion of Hunger Week

Good evening, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you during Hunger Week.  I understand this is a long-held, honorable tradition at your university and one that you should be proud of: a week of awareness-raising, volunteering and fundraising around hunger issues.  I am honored to be here with you, and eager to ...
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Dr. Rajiv Shah gives the 12th Annual George McGovern Lecture at the UN Food and Agriculture Agency

It is an honour to be able to give the McGovern lecture. I first met Senator George McGovern, Ambassador George McGovern in the mid 2000s and his photo here perhaps expresses what we all know to be his good humor and his commitment to this fight against hunger. I met him through a mutual friend, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador David Lane at the World Food Program Executive Board

Thank you Mr. President, and thank you Madame Executive Director for your thoughtful and comprehensive presentations.  Please allow me to join others in welcoming Stephen O’Brien to WFP and to his new role as Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, although I’m sure he’s not feeling too new at this point after a few intense months ...
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The United States is committed to maintaining a robust refugee admissions program

September 11 – The United States is committed to maintaining a robust refugee admissions program, and is particularly aware of the needs of the Syrian refugee population. The President has determined that the administration will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year.  The United States has provided over $4.1 billion in humanitarian assistance since ...
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Tajikistan: Women Farmers Gain Rights to Their Land With Support From USAID

We know that when women farmers are given equal access to land and other agricultural resources, farming productivity and family nutrition in communities improves by as much as 30%. We also know that people with secure access to land are more likely to invest in that land and its sustainable use. And yet, around the ...
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Opening Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State Bathsheba Crocker at the WFP Executive Board

May 25, 2015 I’m Sheba Crocker, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and am honored to be able to participate in this session of the Board, especially at a time when global crises are demanding more and more from WFP. We’re here today because the World Food Program is a valued ...
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Food and Nutrition Security Media Reporting Tour to Tajikistan Report

David Lane,  the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome traveled in Tajikistan May 11-15, to observe the challenges and progress being made in food and nutrition security there.  While there, he visited project sites supported by the World Food Programme, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies to lead journalists on a visit to Tajikistan

Rome, Italy – Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Tajikistan from May 11-16, 2015.  Together with U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan Susan Elliott, he will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to ...
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On the Ground in South Sudan: Delivering Humanitarian and Food Assistance Against the Odds

Over one and one-half million people have been displaced inside South Sudan, to escape the fighting; over 100,000 people have sought refuge on United Nations compounds. An additional 500,000 people have fled the country and are refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Despite the herculean efforts of WFP, neighboring countries, and the humanitarian community, ...
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Ambassador David Lane Accompanies WFP Executive Director on Visit to South Sudan

David Lane, the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, is accompanying Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on a three-day trip to South Sudan. They are visiting to get an update on the troubling food security situation and to raise awareness of the plight of ...
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Photo Exhibit by Public Affairs Officer Sharon Ketchum features women in agriculture

Leading up to International Women’s day, photos by USUN Rome’s Political Affairs Officer Sharon Ketchum were displayed at John Cabot University. The exhibition, highlighting the role women have in feeding the world, was introduced by Ambassador David Lane and attended by several USUN Rome employees, members of the UN community in Rome, and students and ...
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USUN Rome Ambassador David Lane highlights links between water management, food security at “Road to Expo: Water for Food” conference

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, participated in the “Road to Expo: Water for Food” conference in Rome, an event organized in cooperation with the National Research Council (CNR) at the American Studies Center and the U.S. Embassy to Italy. The conference promoted the role of science and technology in improving ...
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The Future of Agriculture in Mozambique: Entrepreneurs

Farmers in Mozambique, like those in other developing countries I have visited, consistently said they want one thing most of all – to move beyond subsistence farming to a modern agricultural economy. They seek business skills to improve and diversify their production, so that they can increase their incomes and provide more opportunities for their ...
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The Future of Agriculture in Mozambique: Entrepreneurs

As part of "Feed the Future," the U.S. government’s global food security and nutrition initiative, the USAID-supported Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition project helped Lucas with technical certifications, marketing research and product packaging. Lucas then turned to AgDevCo, a social impact investor, to raise the capital he needed. Lucas projects that with these investments, he ...
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Farmer Field School Enhances Food Security in Mozambique

In the middle of a sun-drenched field in central Mozambique, Otilia Vasco, a farmer from Choridzo village, pointed to an easel illustrating demonstration plots the villagers were sowing under the guidance of a facilitator from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and explained excitedly how these test plots would help them choose the best ...
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Opening Statement by U.S. Ambassador Lane at the Second Regular Session of the World Food Programme Executive Board Meeting

This morning I would like to begin by acknowledging the heroic work and sacrifice of WFP staff and contractors across the organization this past year, and likewise for WFP’s implementing partners.  In particular and with great sadness, we acknowledge Mr. Ayman Omar, Mr. Abdul Qader Haj Jneid, Mr. Ahmad Haj Jneid,  and Mr. Housien Hammoud ...
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Elections Are Held at IDLO’s Annual Assembly of Parties; U.S. becomes Vice President

On Thursday, November 6th, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, presided over his last meeting as President of the Assembly of Parties of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). Member parties, non-members and several distinguished guests attended the meeting, which highlighted the accomplishments of IDLO over the past year and detailed ...
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Assistance Supports Dignity for Syrian Refugees, Markets for Jordan

Jordan, a relatively small country of 6.5 million people, has welcomed more than 620,000 Syrian refugees since 2011 (Jordan also hosts Palestinian and Iraqi refugees). This statistic only includes registered refugees, although many thousands more are believed to have entered Jordan without registering. This is equivalent to 27 million people entering the United States, more ...
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2014 Hunger Run

On October 19th, USUN Rome participated in the Hunger Run for the ninth consecutive year. The Hunger Run is an annual event, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, with the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as additional sponsors. It is designed to ...
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2014 McGovern Lecturer, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, addresses “Local Produce, Local Markets: Fostering Regional Agricultural Systems”

“Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was this year’s lec t urer for the 11th Annual George McGovern Lecture sponsored by the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN). ” Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, and ...
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National Geographic and FAO Join Forces to Raise Awareness on Hunger and Nutrition

The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, attended the October 17 signing of an agreement between the National Geographic Society and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to facilitate their work together to provide information and raise awareness about hunger and nutrition. The agreement provides National Geographic access to FAO’s ...
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Determined Women Are Making a Difference in Burkina Faso

We know that when provided key resources, women can improve their lives and the future for their children. Two remarkable women I recently met in Burkina Faso showed me that innovation does not have to be large, complex or expensive, it simply needs to be well-designed with energetic and determined people to implement them on ...
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Ambassador Lane and Regional Journalists View Agricultural Development in Burkina Faso

On September 20, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome David Lane completed a five-day trip in Burkina Faso where he met with farmers, government officials and representatives of non-governmental programs working to improve food security.  During the visit, he viewed sites supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. ...
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WFP Executive Board, U.S. Opening Statement by Ambassador David Lane

Thank you, Madam President. Madam Executive Director, and Distinguished Colleagues: Please allow me to begin by thanking Commissioner Georgieva for her tireless work to help the world meet humanity’s greatest challenges. Georgieva spoke powerfully of the partnerships.  The United States is grateful for the partnerships you have championed between Europe, the United States, the United ...
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U.S. Welcomes Ongoing Negotiations on Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems at the UN Committee on World Food Security

The United States is pleased to participate in negotiations on the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) next week as part of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome.  These multi-stakeholder negotiations are intended to finalize critical principles that will help guide ...
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USUN Rome Ambassador David Lane Joins CARE Trip to Guatemala and Honduras to Explore Global Hunger Issues

Ambassador David J. Lane, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, traveled with the global poverty-fighting organization CARE to Guatemala and Honduras from April 21 – 24, 2014. CARE’s four-day Learning Tour allowed Ambassador Lane and other delegation members to visit food and nutrition security programs in the region, including those ...
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USAID Announces Rise: A New Initiative to Build Resilience in West Africa’s Sahel

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort ...
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Helping the Most Vulnerable Lift Themselves Up in Cambodia

Traveling in the developing world to observe food security challenges and review projects and progress often stirs mixed emotions, and our just-completed trip through Cambodia was no exception. Alongside the excitement of learning about dramatic gains in agriculture productivity and cautious optimism from seeing important nutrition lessons adopted, I have to acknowledge the bracing effect ...
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In Cambodia Education Supports Food Security

I was dismayed to learn that up to 40 percent of children in Cambodia might not reach their full potential due to a condition referred to as stunting. Stunting occurs when a lack of nutritious food limits a child’s growth and development. While I had heard about the effects of stunting, I was not fully ...
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Engaging with the UN to Preserve Culture: Angkor Wat

The United States is also a proud member of ICCROM, an intergovernmental organization based in Rome that is dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage, and in Cambodia this includes Angkor Wat. By attracting global tourists to the region, properly preserving the temples at Angkor Wat will promote job creation and economic development.
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Press Conference by David Lane, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome

Thank you all for joining us today to discuss challenges and progress being made in food security and nutrition in Cambodia.  As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, I am especially pleased to be joined today by the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director GianPietro Bordignon, the Food ...
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U.S. Statement at the World Food Program – Executive Board First Regular Session February 18-19, 2013

Thank you, Mr. President. I’d like to begin by congratulating you, along with the newly elected members of the Executive Board Bureau.  The United States looks forward to working closely with all of you to strengthen the World Food Program and collectively advance our efforts against hunger. This morning the United States would like to ...
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Art in Embassies

Established in 1963, the U.S. Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies (ART) plays a vital role in our nation’s public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission, creating temporary and permanent exhibitions, artist programming, and publications. The Museum of Modern Art first envisioned this global visual arts program a decade earlier. In the early ...
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Smallholder Farmers Go Commercial in Tanzania

On the way to Hoyohoyo Village, south of Dar es Salaam, we learned how diseases like Cassava Mosaic Disease and Brown Streak Disease, in addition to drought, have been severely affecting cassava crops in the region, undermining both the food security and livelihoods of small holder farmers. To tackle these blights, the Government of Tanzania, ...
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Reporting on the U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

In the Arusha Region of Tanzania, we visited with small holder farmers who, with the help of the Government of Tanzania, USAID, and the United Nations, are improving their farming techniques and achieving remarkable growth in production and income. Augustino took us on a tour of his small mountain farm where he uses seedling trays, ...
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“From the American People”, U.S. Ambassador David J. Lane Leads Food Security Focused Media Tour to Tanzania

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome David J. Lane Leads Food Security Focused Media Tour to Tanzania Ambassador David J. Lane, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies, led a media tour to Tanzania from January 7 – 12, 2013.  He visited rural ...
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Remarks by David J. Lane U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations in Rome, Press Conference, Blantyre, Malawi

Thank you all for joining Ambassador Jeanine Jackson, World Food Programme Deputy Director Baton Osmani, and USAID Mission Director Douglass Arbuckle and me today.  As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, I am very pleased to have this opportunity to share some thoughts with you.  In my position, ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies to visit Tanzania and Malawi

Ambassador David J. Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Tanzania and Malawi from January 7 – 15, 2013.  He will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses and government officials ...
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Ambassador David Lane Opening Remarks to the IDLO Assembly of Parties

Laws are the instrument by which citizens, through their government, protect themselves from, and regulate their relationships with each other.  But, we rely on the rule of law not only to protect us, but to empowerus, by creating an environment that is fair, equal, consistent, and transparent for people to pursue their lives and reach ...
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Ambassador David J. Lane tells the XI Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture in Rome that the global community must work together to solve cr

David J. Lane, United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN) addressed an audience representing over 20 countries at the XI Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture on November 29th in Rome.  This year’s XI Forum focused on “Learning and Living Around the World:  New Perspectives for New Challenges.” Ambassador Lane stressed ...
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Ambassador Lane urges students to continue to focus on global challenges at the celebration of 50 years of University of California Education Abroad P

David J. Lane, the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN) was honored to be a guest speaker at the 50thanniversary of the University of California Education Abroad Programs in Rome.  The anniversary celebration took place in the beautiful Borromini-designed 17th century Vallicelliana  Library in Rome. Ambassador Lane reminded students, faculty and ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Food Programme

Today we celebrate the founding of the World Food Programme (WFP) 50 years ago, and take the occasion to renew our commitment to WFP’s mandate of saving, restoring and rebuilding lives around the world.  The United States played a critical role in the establishment of WFP when, in 1961, George McGovern, then the director of ...
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USUN Rome Senior Staff Address John Cabot University Students on International Organizations

Senior staff of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies (USUN Rome) addressed John Cabot University students on the functions of the three main Rome-based UN agencies – the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  Approximately twenty students are ...
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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian Crisis

Today Secretary Clinton announced that the United States is providing $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict in Syria. With this new assistance, the United States is providing nearly $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those suffering as a result of the Assad regime’s violence inside Syria and ...
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Ambassador Ertharin Cousin’s Remarks to the 27th ICCROM General Assembly

Mr. Director-General, Mr. President, distinguished delegates; I am honored to represent the United States Government at this 27th General Assembly of ICCROM, an organization of which the United States has been a proud member since 1971.  For the United States, the conversations we will hold and the decisions we make here on global cooperation in ...
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Ambassador Lane Remarks at November 2012 WFP Executive Board

Thank you, Madame Executive Director, for outlining your vision, the actions you have already taken, and your proposed way forward to make the World Food Program more “fit for purpose.” Madame Executive Director, the United States supports the approach you have outlined and we commend you for your bold vision and initiative to best position ...
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2012 McGovern Lecturer, Tony P. Hall, addresses “The Changing Face of Hunger”

USUN Rome’s 10th Annual George McGovern Lecture at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) featured Tony P. Hall, Executive Director of The Alliance to End Hunger .  Tony Hall served twenty-four years of service as a U.S. Congressman and was Ambassador to the USUN Rome Mission from 2002-2005. The U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN Rome), ...
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USUN Rome Team raises 2,290 Euros for the Horn of Africa, 2012 Hunger Run

For the seventh year in a row , USUN Rome joined the annual Hunger Run sponsored by the UN Agencies in Rome,  including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),  Biodiversity International, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  This  year the USUN team  had over 175 participants, who donated ...
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United States, as chair of the G-20 Agricultural Market Information System Group, Confirms Agricultural Commodity Markets are Functioning

The United States, as Chair of the G-20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) group, has consulted with G-20 and other experts at the October 3-4 regularly scheduled AMIS meeting in Rome. The U.S. concurs in the judgment of the G-20 AMIS representatives that in light of the information available to us today, agricultural commodity markets ...
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Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the ...
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White House on $12 Million More for Aid to Syria

Today, on behalf of the American people, the President approved an additional $12 million in U.S. humanitarian assistance to support those most affected by the crisis in Syria. After nearly 17 months of conflict, the humanitarian situation is dire and rapidly deteriorating. The United Nations estimates that over 1.5 million people in Syria are in ...
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Ambassador David J. Lane Presents Diplomatic Credentials to Director-General of ICCROM

The Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, David J. Lane, presented  his diplomatic credentials to Stefano De Caro, the Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) at the Centre’s headquarters in Rome on Thursday, August 23, 2012 ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson Travels to Zimbabwe, Mozambique

In late June 2012, USUN Rome Chargé d’Affaires, Karen Johnson, traveled to Zimbabwe and Mozambique on a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) field visit.  Together with six other country representatives to the FAO—from the EU, Indonesia, Iran, France, Morocco, and Switzerland—Ms. Johnson met with local government officials and visited FAO projects in these countries. In ...
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USUN Rome celebrates the Fourth of July

Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson hosted this year’s 4th of July reception for the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome at Villa Laura, her residence. “On this July 4th, in honor of the 236th anniversary of the United States of America,  and with grateful appreciation to all of you, our colleagues, for the work ...
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U.S. Increases Emergency Assistance to the Sahel

The United States is providing over $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those most in need in the wake of the drought gripping the Sahel region of West Africa, Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced in Rome today.  This new ...
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Opening Intervention by USUN Rome Chargé d’Affaires, Karen E. Johnson WFP Executive Board Annual Session

Thank you, Mr. President and good morning everyone. I am pleased to warmly welcome Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and congratulate her once again on her appointment to this position.  The United States, and particularly the US Mission to the UN in Rome, looks forward to continuing our close partnership with the World Food Program in ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson Honors Military Servicemen and Women at American-Italian Memorial Day Ceremony

USUN Rome Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson presented the keynote address at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy on Monday, May 28, 2012.   Deputy Minister of Defense for Italy, Dr. Gianluigi Magri, also addressed the audience, along with Admiral Bruce W. Clingan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and ...
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U.S. Government Donates $30 Million to WFP’s Emergency Operation in South Sudan

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced it will provide emergency relief to assist conflict-affected and food-insecure people in South Sudan. The $30 million contribution will be delivered through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The assistance is in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South ...
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Global Leaders to Launch G8 Food Security Agenda at May 18 Symposium

On May 18, 2012, President Barack Obama, with G8 and African leaders, businesses, international organizations and civil society will convene in Washington, D.C. to discuss new activities to advance global agricultural development, food and nutrition security in Africa.  The event, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, ...
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UN Committee on World Food Security Approves Landmark Global Guidelines on Land Governance to Address Hunger and Sustainable Development

ROME – Today the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), headquartered in Rome and sponsored by the three Rome-based United Nations organizations – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – formally endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security . The U.S. Government welcomes and supports the ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Horn of Africa Humanitarian Crisis

In 2011, the worst drought in 60 years struck the Horn of Africa.  The United Nations declared famine in six regions of Somalia, threatening the lives of over 250,000 Somalis, and requiring urgent humanitarian assistance for more than 13.3 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and other parts of Somalia.  The international community responded and famine ...
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El Salvador Becomes IDLO’s 27th Member Party

The International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO) Director General Irene Khan warmly welcomed El Salvador as IDLO’s 27th Member Party, at a signing ceremony today at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “El Salvador’s accession to IDLO is a sign of the continued support and commitment of governments to promote good governance around the world,” said ...
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Water Pans and Trapezoidal Bunds: Life-Changing Tools in Kenya

BY ELIZABETH PETROVSKI Though one sounds like a medical contraption and the other a geometry problem, water pans and trapezoidal bunds are actually vital instruments Kenyan herders and farmers can use to collect and preserve rainwater for human and livestock consumption and crop irrigation in areas regularly impacted by droughts. I recently had the opportunity ...
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U.S.-Chaired Negotiations to Address Food Security Reach Successful Conclusion

Late last Friday night (March 9, 2012), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open Ended Working Group on the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security completed negotiations. This conclusion represents the culmination of over two years of work to ...
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Ambassador Cousin speaks about Women and Multilateralism at Women’s Leadership Conference in Bern, Switzerland

Ertharin Cousin, United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, spoke about “Women and Multilateralism: Harvesting What We Sow” at an awards ceremony on March 6th that opened a women’s leadership conference in Bern, Switzerland. The three-day bilateral women’s leadership conference: “Sister Republics:  Building Bridges – an action plan for women’s leadership” was organized ...
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Ambassador Ertharin Cousin joins Bill Gates at the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) 35th Governing Council

USUN Rome participated in the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) 35th Governing Council held in Rome February 22-23.  The conference theme was,  “Sustainable smallholder agriculture: feeding the world, protecting the planet.”   There were powerful voices who spoke out in support of smallholder farmers:  United States Ambassador to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agencies, Ertharin ...
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Opening Intervention by USAID/DCHA Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg WFP Executive Board First Regular Session

Thank you, Mr. President. Congratulations, Mr. President (Shobhan Pattanayak, Minister Counselor, Republic of India) and all the other newly elected members of the Executive Board Bureau.  The United States looks forward to working closely with you to advance collectively our efforts against world hunger.  And we express our utmost gratitude for the outstanding leadership of ...
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World Food Prize Laureate 2003 Catherine Bertini Talks About the Vital Importance of Investing in Girls

World Food Prize Laureate 2003 and Co-chair of the Global Agriculture Development Initiative for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Chair of the Council’s Girls in Rural Economies project, Catherine Bertini visited Ambassador Ertharin Cousin and staff at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy (USUN Rome) ...
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U.S. Food and Agriculture Ambassador Ertharin Cousin Attends the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture agencies in Rome (USUN Rome), will attend the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea from November 29–December 1, 2011 as part of a delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and including USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Food Programme

Today we celebrate the founding of the World Food Programme (WFP) 50 years ago, and take the occasion to renew our commitment to WFP’s mandate of saving, restoring and rebuilding lives around the world.  The United States played a critical role in the establishment of WFP when, in 1961, George McGovern, then the director of ...
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Opening Intervention by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin World Food Programme Executive Board Second Regular Session

Thank you, Mr. President. Let me join Brazil in recognizing the address of His Excellency President Napolitano as delivered by Ambassador Sebastiani, as well as the presence of High Commissioner Guterres.  Their words today are a testament to their strong partnership with and high regard for WFP. As noted by you, Madame Executive Director, 2011 ...
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Unidroit Hosts Colloquium on Private Law and Agriculture

In a historic building just off Rome’s Piazza Venezia, a group of legal experts and government representatives gathered at the headquarters of UNIDROIT on November 8 for a colloquium to discuss private law aspects of agricultural production.   UNIDROIT, also known as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, is involved in modernizing, harmonizing ...
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Peace Corps Strengthens Global Partnership with FAO and WFP

The Peace Corps joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) and the World Food Programme ( WFP ), and pledged to support and expand food security-related activities that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries worldwide. Today, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams, FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations Manoj Juneja (representing Director-General Jacques ...
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The U.S. Remains Committed to Protecting the Land Rights of People Around the World

The United States government commends the United Nations Committee on Food Security (CFS) for the extraordinary work that it has done on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Lands, Fisheries and Forests, achieving consensus on approximately seventy percent of the document during the July and October negotiations. The U.S. government has dedicated substantial resources to the negotiation process and remains ...
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The United States Government participates in the Towards a Safer World conference on pandemic preparedness in Rome

This week in Rome,  U.S.  Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food Agencies in Rome Ertharin Cousin, and leaders from USAID, World Food Program, World Health Organization, and the United Nations System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) joined over 180 experts from governments, UN agencies, civil society, the private sector ...
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Ambassador Cousin Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of September 11th with students from Loyola University’s Rome campus

On September 13, over 100 students, faculty and staff from Loyola University’s campus in Rome listened to Ambassador Ertharin Cousin’s moving remarks to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11th.   Ambassador Cousin poignantly told the students that “the rising democracies of today – like the ones rising up out of the Arab Spring – are ...
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U. S. Government Provides $1.5 million to FAO for Somalia Food Security Nutrition and Analysis Unit (FSNAU)

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $1.5 million to support the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) for Somalia Nancy Lindborg, the USAID Assistant Administrator for the ...
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Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture: A Call to Action for Investing in Women

The FAO’s 2010-2011 State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Report, Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development, revealed some compelling and informative findings about the critical but underutilized role women play in the food and agriculture industry globally. It also gave some convincing reasons for why investing in women agriculturalists — including farmers, ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies Ertharin Cousin

Rome – We would like to congratulate Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil on his election as the next Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Dr. Graziano da Silva follows the current Director General Jacques Diouf, who helped usher in a process of renewal and reform that is transforming the ...
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Statement by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the occasion of EuroPride Roma 2011

I and all the members of the USUN Rome Mission team proudly take this opportunity to honor all our United States Government LGBT colleagues.  As President Barack Obama reminded us at the beginning of June, this is an occasion to “rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or ...
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The United States and Brazil Partner to Provide Urgently Needed Somalia Food Relief

As humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate in Somalia due to severe drought and ongoing instability, the United States, Spain, New Zealand, and other multilateral donors join Brazil in providing urgent food assistance to Somalis in need. The United States has contributed $14.5 million in cash to the World Food Programme in the first “twinning” effort ...
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Opening Intervention by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Board Annual Session

Thank you, Madame President. The United States thanks the Executive Director for her strong statement today, and the United States welcomes the presence of WFP Hunger Ambassador Peter Bakker. Madame Executive Director, Since the last meeting of the Executive Board in February, we have once again experienced great personal losses. The United States expresses its ...
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Ambassador Cousin is Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Latin American Food Bank and Food Security Conference in Colombia

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin served as keynote speaker at the Latin American Food Bank and Food Security Conference in Bogota, Colombia on May 26.  Among other important topics, in her address she discussed her work as U.S. government representative to the UN Food and Agriculture agencies in Rome—the organizations that are at the heart of international ...
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University of Minnesota Confers Honorary Degree of Law to Ambassador Cousin

On May 20th, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin visited the University of Minnesota where she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree—the highest honor conferred by the university. She spoke to the university about the U.S. government’s important work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies headquartered in Rome, Italy. The Ambassador also commended the University ...
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U.S. Government Partners with IDLO to Improve Training for Legal Professionals in Southern Sudan

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed $2 million to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) for an innovative legal education program in southern Sudan.  The program will develop key training institutions for legal professionals in southern Sudan, as part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to assist ...
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Ambassador Cousin Joins League of Black Women’s 8th Annual Global Leadership Conference

On Wednesday, May 18th Ambassador Ertharin Cousin joined the League of Black Women at their 8th Annual Global Leadership conference, “Black Women 2011: New World Power . . . When Your World Is Not Enough”. The Conference took place in Tampa, Florida. There she joined over 100 African American female professionals and students all present ...
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John Cabot University Commencement Address

Good evening President Pavoncello, Rabbi Di Segni, Dr. Hagan, members of the 2011 graduating class, families, friends and faculty. Thank you for inviting me here this evening; it is my honor and pleasure to be here with all of you. This is truly an international school located in what was the heart of the Roman ...
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U.S. Government Provides $3.35 Million for WFP Logistics Operations in Africa

The United States Government, through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), contributed an additional $3.35 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operations in Chad ($2 million) and the Central African Republic ($750,000), as well as WFP’s Special Operation augmenting ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz Celebrate Earth Day 2011 with Rome’s Inte

On Tuesday, April 12, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, and the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz joined representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) as well as teachers and students from three international schools in Rome to celebrate the ...
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U.S. Government Provides $800,000 to FAO for Sri Lanka Flood Relief

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $800,000 to respond to floods in Sri Lanka. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the contribution, saying, ...
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U.S. Government Provides $650,000 to FAO for Afghanistan Food Security Coordination

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $650,000 for food security activities in Afghanistan. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the contribution, saying, “FAO ...
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U.S. Government Provides $400,000 to FAO for Niger Agriculture and Food Security Coordination

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $400,000 to respond to the ongoing food security crisis in Niger. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed ...
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American Ambassadors participating in “Clean Faces for Our Buildings” to clean the walls of Rome

Saturday, April 2nd, the three U.S. Ambassadors accredited to the Italian Republic, the Holy See and the United Nations agencies, together with the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, took part in the “Clean Faces for Our Buildings” event to clean up the tags from the walls of Piazza Annibaliano in the II Municipio. After last ...
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The United States of America Assumes IDLO Presidency

The United States of America (USA) assumed the Presidency and the State of Kuwait assumed the Vice Presidency of the International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO ) Assembly of Parties on March 23. Upon accepting this new leadership role, the United States presided over an extraordinary session convened Wednesday when the Organization’s 23 Members met at the Italian Ministry of Foreign ...
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U.S. Government Provides $12 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to WFP for IDP and Refugee Operations in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), contributed $12 million to support the World Food Programme’s (WFP) internally displaced persons and refugee operations in Cote d’Ivoire ($4.5 million) and Liberia ($7.5 million). In Cote d’Ivoire, WFP will address the 180-day food needs of approximately ...
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U.S. Government Provides $10 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to WFP Libyan Crisis Operations

In response to the Libyan crisis, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), has donated $10 million to support World Food Programme (WFP) emergency food operations. This contribution, which represents more than a quarter of the $39.2 million requested for the WFP’s component of ...
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USUN Welcomes Dina Esposito, Newly Appointed Director of the USAID Office of Food for Peace

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies (USUN) was pleased to welcome Ms. Dina Esposito, newly appointed Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace, who attended her first World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Board in Rome, Italy February 14-16. Providing over $1 billion ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the occasion of the 34th session of the IFAD Governing Council

Mr. President, Mr. Chairman, Governors, and Distinguished Guests, it is my pleasure to represent the United States at this Thirty-Fourth Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Governing Council. The United States remains a strong and dedicated supporter of IFAD and its mission. While the international community has made some progress, unfortunately as we are all too well aware, ...
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Opening Intervention by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin WFP Executive Board First Regular Session

Congratulations to you, my friend, Agnes and to all the other newly elected members of the Executive Board Bureau. I and the other members of the U.S. team look forward to working closely with you as we work to collectively advance our efforts to achieve global food and nutrition security. Thank you Executive Director for ...
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FAO Briefing on International Year of Forests 2011

The United Nations General Assembly’s goal this year is to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development of all of the world’s forests. On February 9 th the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented a briefing on its recent publication State of the World’s Forests to mark 2011 as the International Year of Forests at their Rome headquarters. ...
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U.S Delegation sponsored several side events during the bi-annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Committee on Fisheries week (FAO-COFI)

A U.S. government delegation with representatives from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) participated in and sponsored several side events during the bi-annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Committee on Fisheries week (FAO-COFI). COFI, a subsidiary body of the FAO Council, was established by the FAO Conference at its Thirteenth Session in 1965.  The ...
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Ambassador Cousin visits Kenya and Uganda

On January 20, 2011, at the World Food Program (WFP) headquarters, Ambassador Cousin and Franklin Moore, Senior Development Officer briefed the Permanent Representatives for Uganda, Ambassador Rwabita and Kenya, Ambassador Gaita; WFP senior officials; the WFP Uganda Country Director; and a representative from the WFP Kenya Country Office on their recent trip to Kenya and ...
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