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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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