Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony. World Food Prize Foundation President and former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Kenneth Quinn will announce the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, at 12:40 p.m., in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert Hormats will host the event.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the World Food Prize, which recognizes individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Each year, more than 4,000 institutions and organizations around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the prize. The World Food Prize Laureates will be awarded the Prize during a ceremony on October 17, during the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, which is attended by over more than 1,000 people from more than 65 countries each year. The prize includes a cash award of $250,000. This marks the 10th year the State Department has hosted the Prize announcement, highlighting the administration’s dedication to improving lives; counteracting suffering; and focusing on the role that science, technology and policy play in reducing hunger and under-nutrition. The World Food Prize is guided by a distinguished Council of Advisors that includes former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush. For more information on the World Food Prize, go to www.worldfoodprize.org.
This event is open press.
Pre set for video cameras: 11:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 12:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (State Department, White House, Congress, Defense Department, Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identity card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).
Media inquiries for this event may be directed to:
Kerry Humphrey, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, (202) 647-0677 or EPPDMedia@state.gov, or
Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State (202) 647-2492