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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Receive the George McGovern Leadership Award from the World Food Program

October 4, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be awarded the George McGovern Leadership Award for advancing the international community’s efforts to address global hunger at the World Food Program USA’s 9th annual awards ceremony and reception. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State. Secretary Clinton’s remarks are expected at 5:15 p.m.

Former Senator and Goodwill Ambassador to the World Food Program George McGovern will present the award to Secretary Clinton. Executive Director of the World Food Program Josette Sheeran and President and CEO of WFP USA Richard Leach will also participate.

More information on the World Food Program can be found here. Here is what the website says about the award:

World Food Program USA (WFP USA) will honor Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her leadership in advancing the international community’s efforts to address global hunger at its 9th annual awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, October 5. Secretary Clinton will accept the George McGovern Leadership Award, which recognizes policymakers and other leaders for their efforts to end global hunger.

Shortly after assuming her role as Secretary of State, Secretary Clinton established Feed the Future, a groundbreaking initiative to comprehensively address the full spectrum of hunger – urban and rural, chronic and acute – currently impacting over 1 billion people worldwide. Under her leadership, the United States is helping targeted countries develop hunger alleviation plans and has secured more than $22 billion in support from G8 members to assist this effort. During her career in the Senate, Secretary Clinton also played a leadership role in efforts to expand international school meals programs, cosponsoring legislation to increase funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.[emphasis added]

Here is a world hunger map, just to give you an idea of the scope of the problem. Many of those who are going hungry are of course children:

World Hunger Map from the WFP

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    October 4, 2010 7:35 pm

    Good for her, she deserves this award. I’m looking forward to seeing the video of her remarks.

  2. pcfs permalink
    October 4, 2010 7:48 pm

    Great news for the Secretary. Congradulations to a wonderful Secretary of State. Well they have a live feed or web cast for us to view?

  3. Vcal permalink
    October 4, 2010 9:15 pm

    I’m looking x a video and I don’t find anything!

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    October 5, 2010 9:17 am

    Glad someone is recognizing some of her accomplishments as SOS.

    • October 5, 2010 9:24 am

      Now Carolyn, Secretary Clinton has received a bunch of awards since taking office as SOS. 😉 Well-deserved awards I might add.

      While some folks probably tossed Condi Rice an award here and there, I don’t recall Rice getting lauded for her work on poverty and women’s/human rights! (in fact, quite the opposite).

      There are certainly people who will never give Sec Clinton credit for things she is doing and has done, but that’s more about them than her in my opinion. It seems more and more people are recognizing just how good she is State.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        October 5, 2010 10:18 am

        I’ve heard too many detractors (or is it the same person, over and over?) say that she has made a lot of speeches and promises, but what has she really delivered in concrete accomplishments? I would say that securing more than $22 billion from G8 memners to help countries proactively develop hunger alleviation plans that will impact over 1 billion people worldwide is a pretty damn important accomplishment.

  5. October 5, 2010 10:27 am

    @Carolyn- but don’t you think some of these detractors say that because like we’ve all said repeatedly, they undervalue certain aspects of diplomacy, particularly as related to health, poverty, development and women/human rights? That’s the struggle Hillary faces in beefing up development and USAID, not to mention having to fight for every penny in the State Dept budget (unlike the Defense Department, whom we throw money at with little oversight)- the foreign policy establishment and Congress seem to view diplomacy as a hammer to beat over someone’s head (think the Bush years) and are quite hawkish in their outlook.

    Our political system and the commentators are in love with quick-fixes and refuse to acknowledge that most long-standing problems don’t have quick-fixes. They require long-term planning and long-term solutions. They also don’t see the link between poverty, oppression, women’s rights and oppressive, undemocratic political systems which cause political instability throughout the world. Hillary does see the link. The pols and pundits don’t have tolerance for that- it’s not as sexy as, say, announcing a controversial change in policy regarding Iran or finding an instant solution to Mideast peace. She’s a workhorse and she’s working on these things in a deliberate, well thought-out manner and some will never appreciate that. And to them I say “screw.” 🙂

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      October 5, 2010 12:07 pm

      I second that emotion!

  6. June 22, 2013 1:10 pm

    I want a smile like hers.

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