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United Nations Association of Dane County

September 9, 2014 Public Lecture Program

Co-sponsored by the Returned Peace Corps

Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison Public Library, Room 301

Note the new location!

7:00 – 8:30 PM

The Work of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Other UN Agencies in Food Security Emergencies.

Our speaker for the September program will be Greg Garbinsky who has over 25 years experience working in natural disasters and humanitarian emergency situations around the globe, but most extensively in Africa. He will speak about how the UN, especially FAO, deals with disasters with an emphasis on ensuring that peoples’ health and welfare are protected at the same time they receive adequate nutrition. In addition to working in disaster situations, Greg has provided extensive training to UN staff, US Government and NGOs about how to respond quickly and effectively with appropriate assistance and support to those affected and vulnerable in disaster situations.

All UNA programs are free and open to the public and children are welcome.

Gregory Garbinsky is a consultant and trainer for Interworks, a Madison based consulting firm that provides customized training and consulting services that enhance the performance of staff and organizations working in disaster management, humanitarian assistance and development-related fields. He served in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso from 1977 to 1979.

Greg has over 34 years of international development and disaster experience, working with and for the US Government, NGO’s and the United Nations including extensive experience conducting training programs and workshops. He managed and supervised the Africa Emergency Operations Desk for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome from 2003-2007, overseeing a $US 120 million portfolio of agriculture emergency and rehabilitation projects in 22 countries in Africa. In 2007-2008, Greg led the FAO Crisis Management Center for Animal Health, developing procedures and protocols and deploying rapid response teams for response to avian flu, Rift Valley fever and other animal health diseases. Greg worked with the USAID Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) from 1991 – 2003, where he led the Disaster Assistance Support Program, an international program of the USDA Forest Service. He has worked in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.


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