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Leading advocate for hunger relief programs to speak at Bridgewater College

Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former United States Ambassador Tony P. Hall, a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions around the world, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

bridgewaterIn 2002, President George W. Bush asked Hall to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, a position from which he retired in April 2005.

Hall is currently the executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, which works with a variety of institutions to end hunger at home and abroad.

As the chief of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome – the World Food Program (WFP), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) — Hall was responsible for “putting into action America’s commitment to alleviate hunger and build hope in the world.”

An advocate for fighting domestic and international hunger, Hall has initiated legislation enacted into law to fight hunger-related diseases in developing nations. He has worked to improve human rights conditions around the world, including East Timor, Paraguay, the Philippines, Romania, South Korea and the former Soviet Union.

He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, 1999 and 2001 for his humanitarian and hunger-related work.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Hall as executive director of UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund).

Sponsored by the Kline-Bowman Endowment Fund for Creative Peacebuilding, the program is open to the public at no charge.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,850 undergraduate students.

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