Feeding North Korea: Food Security and Nutritional Assistance

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The Korea Society

Event Details

Date:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM 
Location:
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue
8th Floor
New York, NY
Event type
Conference  

Event Description

What is the current state of malnutrition in North Korea and need for food? How should the international community respond? What measures are in place to make certain that food goes to those in need? Should nutritional assistance come with progress in negotiations or other openings? This fourth and final installment of this summer’s Knowing North Korea series features the head of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Pyongyang, Claudia von Roehl, who will address the fact and fiction surrounding food aid to North Korea. Von Roehl speaks to the state of need, developments on the ground and efforts to check divergence. On view are North Korean agrarian posters from the collection of Katharina Zellweger, Pantech Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Center for Asia-Pacific Research.

Event Speakers

    • Claudia von Roehl
      Country Director, United Nations World Food Program in North Korea

      Claudia von Roehl-Bate (born 1955) is a German citizen and has served as the WFP Representative in the DPRK since October 2010. She has worked for the WFP in various positions since 1985, including as Secretary to the Executive Board in Rome (2005-2010), Country Director in Honduras (2001 to 2004), and Country Director in Nicaragua and Costa Rica (1992-1995). Claudia has developed major school feeding programmes, funded by host governments, the private sector and government contributions alike. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian in addition to her mother tongue German. Claudia holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.