Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton to Join World Food Program USA in Honoring Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 21, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join World Food Program USA in honoring Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates for their contributions to reducing global hunger on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Department of State.

Vice President Biden will deliver keynote remarks at The Global Hunger Conference.

Following this address, there will be a panel discussion highlighting private sector efforts to address global hunger. Panel participants include former Secretary of Agriculture, the Honorable Dan Glickman, Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Cargill Greg Page, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Bloomberg Television anchor Betty Liu who will moderate the discussion.

Secretary Clinton will present the George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates, in recognition of their leadership in addressing food security among small scale farmers. The conference will conclude with a conversation between Secretary Clinton, Howard G. Buffett, Bill Gates, and Josette Sheeran, World Food Program Executive Director, focusing on efforts to address global hunger and create economic opportunity by helping small scale farmers through programs like Purchase for Progress.

Secretary Clinton was awarded the George McGovern Leadership Award in 2010 in recognition of the Obama Administration’s commitment and visionary approach to fighting global hunger and promoting food security worldwide.

The event will take place in the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin Franklin Room from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).


Ann Andrews Morris
World Food Program USA
(202) 747-0722

Sandy Reynolds
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2011/1778