United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome
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. Other U.S. diplomatic missions in Rome are the Embassy of the United States, Rome, and the Embassy of the United States to the Holy See.
Because Rome is home to the three principal United Nations organizations dedicated to food and agriculture (World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Fund for Agricultural Development), it is at the center of international efforts to promote sustainable development and combat world hunger. Thus, the Mission plays an essential role in supporting the "Feed the Future" in its work. 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, Agriculture, and the Agency for International Development. Together, they work to advance UN efforts in the areas of food security, emergency food aid, food safety standards, agriculture, fisheries, forests, and financing for rural development.
The Mission is also engaged with the other Rome-based multilateral organizations: the International Development Law Organization, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, and the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.
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. As an important donor to these international organizations, the Mission advocates the U.S. government's goal of eliminating global hunger, enhancing nutrition, and the use of agriculture as an engine of economic growth.
The current U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture is Ambassador David J. Lane. The Deputy Chief of Mission is Karen Johnson. Other personnel include Elisabeth Kvitashvili of USAID and Michael Michener of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.