U.S. Food and Agriculture Ambassador Ertharin Cousin Attends the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture agencies in Rome (USUN Rome), will attend the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea from November 29–December 1, 2011 as part of a delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and including USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Millenium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes, and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne S. Verveer.

Since 2004, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have been advancing and accelerating international efforts to improve aid effectiveness.

The U.S. government is committed to eradicating poverty and helping countries achieve food security by promoting transparency and accountability, expanding participation of partners and beneficiaries to achieve effective, sustainable development, and by supporting women’s empowerment which is essential to development effectiveness.

The 2011 High Level Forum builds upon the 2003 High Level Forum on Harmonization held in Rome, the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action.  The Forum is an opportunity to assess the impact of our development dollars and chart an inclusive, sustainable and effective course forward.  It is also an opportunity to advance global dialogue on gender equality and the role of the private sector in economic growth in emerging economies.

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