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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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