Rome, as headquarters of the three principal organizations dedicated to food and agriculture, is at the center of international efforts to promote sustainable development and combat world hunger.
The U.S. Mission in Rome serves as a link between the U.S. Government and the Rome-based international organizations. These include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
With staff representing the Departments of State, Agriculture, and the Agency for International Development, the U.S. Mission specifically works to advance UN efforts in the areas of emergency food assistance, food safety standards, agriculture, fisheries, forests, and financing for rural development.
As the largest contributor to the UN system worldwide, the United States also has a large stake in ensuring that the organizations are well run and that their activities complement and enhance U.S. national and foreign policy objectives.
In addition, the U.S. Mission represents the U.S. Government to three other international organizations in Rome: the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).