Secretary Clinton praises $1 billion hunger pledge by InterAction members

(New York) September 27, 2012 — In a massive attempt to tackle global hunger, leading U.S.-based international NGOs will spend more than $1 billion in private funds over the next three years on agriculture, food and nutrition programs, announced  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and NGO alliance InterAction on Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (State Dept. photo)

“InterAction’s members are at the forefront of the global fight against hunger and poor nutrition.  They work alongside local communities to help people become more self-sufficient. Their efforts complement U.S. government programs, such as Feed the Future,” said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction.

Worthington was speaking on Thursday at an event held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where Clinton praised the work of civil society organizations, including members of InterAction.

Clinton said: “Today, I am pleased to announce a new commitment by civil society groups. InterAction, an alliance of 198 U.S.-based organizations—and Sam Worthington, its president, is here today—is pledging more than $1 billion of private, non-governmental funds over the next three years to improve food security and nutrition worldwide.

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Bill Clinton should boost Haitian TPS effort

The Sun Sentinel says former President Bill Clinton should use his renewed clout to effect positive change for Haiti.

His efforts to free two U.S. journalists from North Korea have put former President Bill Clinton in the international spotlight. While he is on center stage, Clinton could do additional good by convincing the Obama administration to — finally — deliver temporary protective status to a relatively small group of Haitians in America.

The Caribbean nation is close to Clinton’s heart — that’s without question. The former president, in fact, is the United Nation’s special envoy to Haiti. He has traveled to Haiti twice this year, including just a month ago, to visit storm-battered areas as well as to promote investment, job creation and repair deforestation.

One can’t forget, either, that political unrest in Haiti was one of Clinton’s earliest foreign policy tests during his administration, back in 1994.

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Video: Bill Clinton speaks at Haitian conference

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Haitian Diaspora Unity Conference on Sunday and among other topics, urged those in attendance to continue applying respectful pressure on lawmakers to grant temporary protection status to Haitians in the U.S.

Chuck Fadely of the Miami Herald has the video:

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and other organizations are advocating the U.S. to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the U.S., allowing them to stay and work here, and send remittances back to their homeland.

In December of 2008, the United States began forcibly deporting 30,000 Haitians back to their country, a country ravaged by consecutive natural disasters last September. The two hurricanes and two tropical storms that hit Haiti in devastating succession during harvest season last year killed nearly 1,000 people and left 800,000 of the country’s residents in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. The storms destroyed at least $180 million in crops, exacerbating an existing food shortage.

Confirmed: U.N. names Clinton envoy to Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Bill Clinton as the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, building on the former United States President’s extensive engagement with the Caribbean nation.

“I am confident that President Clinton will bring energy, dynamism and focus to the task of mobilizing international support for Haiti’s economic recovery and reconstruction,” said Mr. Ban.

The appointment builds on Mr. Clinton’s extensive engagement with Haiti, while serving in the White House, and most recently, through his Call to Action on Haiti at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2008.
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Bill Clinton in Haiti

Former President Bill Clinton recently visited a school operated by Catholic nuns in Haiti where children are educated to break the cycle of poverty that entrap families for generations.

Clinton visited Marguerite Naseau school, which is sponsored by the Christian organization Food For the Poor, in Cite Soleil, Haiti, on March 9. During his visit, he reminded students that Haiti was once the richest island in the Caribbean.

Click here to read the story in The Christian Post.

U.S. voices 'deep concern' about Sri Lanka

The United States Department of State released the following today:

On March 13, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to express the United States’ deep concern over the deteriorating conditions and increasing loss of life occurring in the Government of Sri Lanka-designated “safe zone” in northern Sri Lanka.

The Secretary stated that the Sri Lankan Army should not fire into the civilian areas of the conflict zone.

The Secretary offered immediate and post-conflict reconstruction assistance and she extended condolences to the victims of the March 10 bombing outside a mosque in southern Sri Lanka. Read the rest of this entry »