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Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions in the world.

Tony Hall retired from official diplomatic service in April 2006, and is currently serving as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. The Alliance has more than 85 members: corporations, non-profit groups, universities, individuals, and Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious bodies.

In February 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

Prior to diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio in the U.S. Congress for almost 24 years, their longest serving representative in history. During his tenure, he was chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger and the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Hunger. He founded the Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors, and authored legislation that supported food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, micro-enterprise and development assistance in the world’s poorest countries. Ambassador Hall also founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders.

A founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger, Ambassador Hall served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993. During this time, he initiated legislation enacted into law to fight hunger-related diseases in developing nations, helped to establish a clearinghouse that provided food through gleaning, and has worked to promote micro-enterprise to reduce joblessness. In response to the abolishment of the Hunger Committee in April 1993, he fasted for 22 days to draw attention to the needs of hungry people in the United States and around the world.

In his efforts to witness the plight of the poor and hungry first-hand, he has visited poverty-stricken and war-torn regions in more than 100 countries. He was the first Member of Congress to visit Ethiopia during the great famine of 1984-5, has visited North Korea seven times since 1995, and was one of the first Western officials to see the famine outside of the capital, Pyongyang. In 2000, he became the first Member of Congress to visit Iraq to investigate the humanitarian situation.

Ambassador Hall has worked actively to improve human rights conditions around the world, especially in the Philippines, East Timor, Paraguay, South Korea, Romania, and the former Soviet Union. In 2000, he introduced legislation to end the importation of conflict diamonds mined in regions of Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1997 and 2000, Mr. Hall introduced legislation calling on Congress to apologize for slavery. He also has worked at promoting reconciliation among diverse peoples through a number of private initiatives.

In 1964 Ambassador Hall graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he was a Little All-American football player. During 1966 and 1967, Mr. Hall taught English in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He returned to Dayton to work as a realtor and he was a small businessman for several years. Mr. Hall and his wife Janet raised two children.

Ambassador Hall served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1969 to 1972, and in the Ohio Senate from 1973 to 1978. On Nov. 7, 1978, Mr. Hall was elected to the 96th Congress. He served on the Foreign Affairs and Small Business Committees before being appointed to the Rules Committee at the beginning of the 97th Congress.

Ambassador Hall was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 1998, 1999 and 2001 for his humanitarian and hunger-related work. For his hunger legislation and for his proposal for a Humanitarian Summit in the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Hall and the Hunger Committee received the 1992 Silver World Food Day Medal from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Ambassador Hall is a recipient of the United States Committee for UNICEF 1995 Children’s Legislative Advocate Award, U.S. AID Presidential End Hunger Award, 1992 Oxfam America Partners Award, Bread for the World Distinguished Service Against Hunger Award, and NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Asbury College, Antioch College and Eastern College and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Entries by Ambassador Tony Hall

Political Bickering Will Prove Deadly in Nepal this Winter

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:08 PM

This winter, millions of Nepalese children are at risk of losing their lives as a result of a political squabble between India and Nepal.

I just returned from a 10-day visit to Nepal. I had been to the country numerous times before--as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. food and...

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Ending Hunger, from Dadaab Refugee Camp to the USA

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Ambassador Hall greets women at a reception center at the Dadaab refugee camp in 2011. Photo Credit: Rick McNary

We can end hunger in the United States and around the world by 2030. This may sound like a rather fantastic and unobtainable goal to...

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The 1000 Day Investment for Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Childhood hunger and malnutrition often bring to mind images that are familiar in the media. The "face of hunger" presented to the public is often that of starving children in sub-Saharan Africa or India, or those sitting at near-empty dinner tables in rural Appalachia. However, there is another aspect to...

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Remembering the Humanity Behind the Numbers

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:51 AM

There comes a point in every humanitarian crisis when the world starts to lament the transformation of tragedies into mere numbers. Every day we are inundated with statistics portraying the direness of situations worldwide. In the past weeks these figures have once again focused on Syria, which just passed its...

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A Broader Dialogue: Addressing Hunger for a Healthier Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Every day, the epidemic impacts of poor nutrition, obesity and hunger are having severe health consequences across our national population, costing our country billions of dollars each year. Hunger among children, seniors, pregnant women and other adults has an effect on all aspects of wellness, from chronic disease to mental...

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Cutting Lives from the Budget? What Sequestration Could Mean for the World's Hungry

(12) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 12:44 PM

As the battle over sequestration heats up, the current debate in Congress over our country's fiscal future is important for all of us. But for poor and hungry people around the world, the current budget negotiations could prove to be the most far-reaching for the next decade. In the balance...

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Congress Needs Bipartisan Friendships Now More Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:07 AM

As a retired member of Congress and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN World Programme, I've seen my fair share of political fights and divisions over the years. But I've never seen things as bad as they are today. Given Congress' abysmal approval rating, which hit a record...

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Hunger at Thanksgiving

(7) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 8:00 AM

By Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Ambassador, and Tony Hall, former Ambassador, UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Rome, Italy

As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, we ponder all the things we are thankful for: the joy our family brings us, our good health, the people we love, our...

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Why Is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?

(3) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 3:08 PM

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. Barely five years into my career as a Congressman, nothing my staff told me beforehand could have prepared me...

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Fasting, Budget Cuts and National Humiliation

(8) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 11:29 AM

Three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling on brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.

At the height of the Civil War in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling the nation to a day of fasting, prayer and...

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