The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development (a joint project by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions to poverty and food shortages. How? By calling on people around the world to develop and submit technologies that can improve water conservation. USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes will announce the semi-finalists on Friday at the Department of State’s USTech H2.O event. http://securingwaterforfood.org/
The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held, March 10–21, 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.
They will be accompanied by the following five Public Delegates:
Other members of the U.S. Delegation include technical experts from the Department of State, including the United States Mission to the United Nations and several bureaus and offices; USAID; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security; as well as officials from the White House; the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; and Representative Barbara Lee, a Congressional Delegate to the UN General Assembly.
The theme of this year’s session is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”
Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort to build resilience to recurrent crisis in West Africa’s Sahel, a region where chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, and violent extremism collide—and some 18.7 million people faced food insecurity in 2012 due to severe drought for the third time in a decade. Learn More
"The United States is providing over $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those most in need in the wake of the drought gripping the Sahel region of West Africa, Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced in Rome today. This new assistance brings the total U.S. Government humanitarian assistance to the region to over $308 million in Fiscal Year 2012."