United States Becomes First Country to Implement New Humanitarian Resolution

Following this month’s adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2664, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took historic steps to further enable the flow of legitimate humanitarian assistance supporting the basic human needs of vulnerable populations while continuing to deny resources to malicious actors.

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USAID to Provide $2 Billion in Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Africa

President Joe Biden announced today that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), plans to provide $2 billion in life-saving assistance to support crisis-affected people in Africa, subject to the availability of funds. Humanitarian crises, from catastrophic drought to torrential flooding, continue to affect countries across the continent.

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USAID announces additional $411M to avert famine in Somalia

The United States has acted early and aggressively to respond to the drought in Somalia and the region in an attempt to avert Famine. To continue meeting urgent needs, I am announcing an additional $411 million in new USAID funding for the people of Somalia, bringing total U.S. assistance to approximately $1.3 billion this year. …

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Rome-based agencies Cindy McCain sees joint food, nutrition and resilience work in Laos

Yet, there are some glimmers of hope.  Mr. Executive Director, the United States has heard your call and the calls of millions of hungry people around the world.  I am proud that we have contributed nearly $6 billion dollars to WFP this U.S. fiscal year.  Given the overwhelming need, other countries have also increased their …

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U.S. Statement At IDLO Assembly of Member Parties

Director-General Beagle, the United States fully aligns itself with your report to this Assembly of Parties. As you noted, now is the time rededicate ourselves to the values of the UN Charter. Working together, with actions grounded in multilateralism, rule of law, and human rights, we can indeed build a world that is more peaceful, …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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