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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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