United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome

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The United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome serves as a link between the Rome-based international organizations and the U.S. government. With staff representing the Departments of State, Agriculture, and the Agency for International Development, the U.S. Mission works to advance UN efforts in the areas of emergency food aid, food safety standards, agriculture, fisheries, forests, and financing for rural development.

The Mission


Because Rome, Italy is home to the three principal United Nations
United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace...

 organizations dedicated to food and agriculture (World Food Programme
World Food Programme
The World Food Programme is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger worldwide. WFP provides food, on average, to 90 million people per year, 58 million of whom are children...

, Food and Agriculture Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and...

, and International Fund for Agricultural Development
International Fund for Agricultural Development
The International Fund for Agricultural Development , a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries...

), it is at the center of international efforts to promote sustainable development and combat world hunger. The U.S. Mission to the UN in Rome serves as a link between the Rome-based international organizations and the U.S. government. The staff at this mission represent the Department of State
United States Department of State
The United States Department of State , is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries...

, Agriculture, and the Agency for International Development. Together, they work to advance UN efforts in the areas of emergency food aid, food safety standards, agriculture, fisheries, forests, and financing for rural development.

Since the United States is the largest contributor to the UN worldwide, the U.S. has a vital interest in ensuring that UN organizations are efficient and that the activities of the UN complement and enhance the national and foreign policy objectives of the U.S. The Mission works to promote the efficient functioning of the UN food organizations and U.S. interests.

Mission Personnel


The current U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture is Ambassador Ertharin Cousin. The current Deputy Chief of Mission at the agency is Michael P. Glover. Other USUN personnel include Harriet Spanos of USAID, Suzanne Heinen of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Keith Heffern, Michelle Los Banos-Jardina, and Chris Hegadorn.

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