Ambassador Kip Tom delivers the U.S. Opening Statement at the WFP Executive Board

Let me begin by reiterating the congratulations of the United States to the World Food Program for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020. This award is recognition for the tremendous impact the World Food Program has under your leadership and that of all the World Food Program staff around the world dealing in ...
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Ambassador Kip Tom Assesses Humanitarian Response to Beirut Explosion

Ambassador Kip Tom visited Beirut, Lebanon in early October to view the damage caused by the massive explosion in Beirut's port, and assess the humanitarian response.  The United States is working with the World Food Program (WFP) to help meet the food security needs of the most vulnerable communities in Lebanon  during these very difficult ...
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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We are achieving real results, helping nations around the world respond to COVID-19 and thereby protecting the homeland.
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Remarks by Ambassador Kip Tom at the Opening Session of the World Food Program Executive Board

Executive Director Beasley, this first year of a new decade— from the outset —is proving to be one that calls for more fortitude, perseverance and adaptation than we could have ever predicted.  The United States more so than in the past looks to institutions like WFP to be a part of the holistic, constructive effort ...
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USAID’S ONGOING DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES AND COVID-19 ASSISTANCE RESPONSE IN AFRICA

Today we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Kenneth Staley, U.S. Agency for International Development, Global Malaria Coordinator and leader of the USAID COVID-19 Task Force, and Mr. Christopher Runyan, USAID Senior Coordinator for the Bureau for Africa. Our speakers will discuss USAID’s ongoing development priorities and COVID-19 assistance response in Africa.  They are ...
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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF YEMEN

This assistance, provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will fund the emergency food operation of the World Food Programme (WFP) in southern Yemen, as well as a reduced operation in northern Yemen, where Houthi obstruction forced the WFP to scale down in April 2020.  
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Secretary of State Pompeo Announces Additional COVID-19 U.S. Foreign Assistance

Today I can confirm that we are prepared to commit an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to further boost response efforts worldwide.  That’s on top of the roughly $274 million in funding we’ve already deployed to 64 countries across the globe.  No country can match this level of generosity. The new ...
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Taking on a billion locusts in the Greater Horn of Africa

In March, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance to control the worst desert locust infestation in decades in the Greater Horn of Africa. This brings to $19 million the total amount the U.S. government has provided to the fight against the billions of locusts swarming in ...
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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

The United States is by far the most generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action through the United Nations and dozens of international organizations. U.S. assistance, monetary and in-kind contributions, expertise and technology, are indispensable to the effort to combat COVID-19
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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our leadership in the COVID-19 response is another example of how America—our government, our businesses and organizations, and our people—continues to be the world’s greatest humanitarians. Between existing resources, supplemental funding, the private sector, and the generous spirit of the American people, the United States is leading – and will continue to lead – the ...
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U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

Since 2017, the U.S. has sanctioned people, businesses, and oil entities associated with the former Maduro regime, both inside and outside of Venezuela. Why are sanctions necessary and who actually feels their impact? U.S. sanctions are designed to ensure that Maduro and his cronies don’t profit from illegal gold mining, state-operated oil operations, or other ...
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U.S. Statement given by Ambassador Kip Tom at the Opening of the June 2019 WFP Executive Board

The role of the United Nations and its partners is indispensable in reaching the most vulnerable people. We rely on organizations like WFP within the United Nations (UN)family to help mitigate the worst impacts of crises and keep beneficiary needs at the center of all humanitarian interventions.
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U.S. Statement at the Opening of the February 2019 WFP Executive Board

Executive Director Beasley, as you have consistently reminded the world, the number of people who are hungry, malnourished, and suffering from conflict continues to rise.  We applaud your unstinting efforts and your willingness to take -- as you did in Yemen -- a strong and principled stand to best ensure that relief is directed and ...
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The United States Supports the Venezuelan People with Humanitarian Assistance – Fact Sheet

RECOGNIZING THE REGIONAL HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: Former President Nicolas Maduro's systematic economic mismanagement, corruption, and violent oppression have caused severe shortages of food and medicine and needless human suffering, resulting in an exodus of millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries.
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board

Executive Director Beasley, thank you for your tireless efforts in places such as Yemen recently where you were able to raise awareness, highlighting the plight of the vulnerable and WFP’s leading role in accessing conflict zones in some of the most geopolitically and logistically challenging parts of the globe.
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THE U.S. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Today, the U.S. government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the DRC Humanitarian Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. With the assistance announced today, the United States is providing food, protection, shelter, health care, and other urgent aid for vulnerable Congolese and ...
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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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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Duffy at the Opening of the WFP Executive Board

We have entered a period of food insecurity not seen since the founding of the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, with 80 million people across the globe now living in highly food insecure environments.  Twenty million are in fact so severely food insecure that many of them are in danger ...
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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $639 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FOOD INSECURITY AND VIOLENCE

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

Today the United States announced nearly $94 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who have suffered through two years of civil war and are experiencing the largest food security emergency in the world. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to nearly $526 million since the 2016 fiscal ...
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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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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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