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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

09/30/2014 - 10:14
Responding to Emergencies

The joint UNICEF-WFP teams – bringing assistance via plane and helicopter – have now reached more than 500,000 people including 100,000 children under the age of 5. The 25th joint mission has been taking place in Pathai, a settlement in Jonglei State, where around 30,000 children and adults registered for assistance.

Using a combination of airdrops and airlifts, WFP delivers food assistance and nutrition supplements while UNICEF provides nutrition and basic health support, including immunizing children against polio and measles, and giving out learning materials and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. Both agencies provide nutrition screening and treatment, as well as information and messages on nutrition. Children who are separated from their families, or unaccompanied, are registered to begin the reunification process.

“These missions reach people who have been fleeing for their lives,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “They have lost or left everything behind, and their relief that someone has finally come to help, and not harm, is palpable.”

“Our staff deployed across South Sudan, in gruelling and often dangerous conditions, show great determination to serve the people of South Sudan with lifesaving food and nutrition assistance,” said Joyce Luma, WFP Country Director in South Sudan.
The multi-agency rapid response teams, composed of experts in food; health; nutrition; child protection; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education. With support from logistics and telecommunications specialists, they provide a lifeline to desperate communities in the three conflict-affected states - Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity. The teams stay in each location from eight to 11 days, carrying all their own supplies, including food, water and tents. Based on their assessment of the needs of the local population, which can be up to nearly 50,000 people per mission, the teams radio for supplies to be delivered by air.
Missions can be delayed by bad weather, which disrupts flights and causes dirt airstrips to flood. Insecurity is a constant challenge. But once a Rapid Response Mission has reached an area to establish a humanitarian response, NGO partners are frequently able to remain and provide ongoing assistance.
Of the more than 1.8 million South Sudanese who fled their homes because of the conflict, over 1.4 million remain displaced within the country. Most are sheltering in remote and hard to reach areas, and more than half of them are children.

Through the joint integrated Rapid Response Missions, UNICEF, WFP and partners have achieved:
•    Food assistance provided to more than 500,000 people
•    64,000 children under 5 screened for malnutrition
•    More than 2,600 severely acutely malnourished children treated
•    100,000 children vaccinated against measles and 83,000 against polio
•    More than 62,000 people provided safe access to water and 23,000 reached with hygiene supplies.
•    One-third of the more than 6,000 children in South Sudan who are identified as unaccompanied and separated have been found on the Rapid Response Missions. They are supported and registered for family reunification.

In addition to the 25 joint missions, WFP has also conducted close to 20 rapid response missions to bring food assistance to remote, hard-to-reach areas using airlifts, airdrops, river transport by boat and barges. WFP has conducted more than 2,000 aircraft rotations for food deliveries since March.  

With the dry season in sight, and a possible increase in fighting likely to bring new risks to people in conflict-affected areas, UNICEF and WFP are preparing for more missions to reach more communities in need and to provide continued assistance for the areas that have already been reached.

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JUBA, South Sudan – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are wrapping up their 25th joint emergency mission to deliver lifesaving supplies and services in the most remote and conflict-hit regions of South Sudan.

09/30/2014 - 08:51
School Meals

Since 1997, the Forum has been gathering leaders from developing countries for five days of discussions about how best to establish sustainable school feeding programmes run by national governments. By sharing their insights, experiences and challenges, an informal worldwide alliance of leaders dedicated to advancing school feeding has evolved.

Some 66 million primary school-age children are estimated to attend class hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone. In many countries, a daily hot school meal is the only good meal a child gets on a regular basis.

Not only does a school meal fight malnutrition and provide essential micronutrients – it has also been proven to help a child learn more effectively and to increase attendance and enrollment. When using locally-sourced food, school feeding programmes also benefit farming communities and rural economies.
“The Forum has become a global catalyst for the development of national school feeding programmes,” says Daniel Balaban, director of the UN World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger which is based in Brazil.

For this year’s event, running from 29 September to 3 October, 250 participants from more than 20 countries are expected. They include ministers, government officials and representatives of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.  

The Forum, which is being organized by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and the World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger, aims to establish, expand and improve national sustainable school feeding programmes worldwide.

The partnership between GCNF and the Centre was established in 2013 when the Forum was held in Brazil. Besides promoting knowledge exchange, that event gave participants the opportunity to learn about Brazil’s school feeding programme, one of the oldest and largest such programmes in the world and a strong example of linkage between school feeding and smallholder farming.

The Forum is sponsored by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, the Brazilian government through the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE), Brazil’s Social Services for Industry (SESI), the Government of South Africa and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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For more information please contact:

Isadora Ferreira, WFP/Brazil, +5561 2193 8513, +5561 9260 9835, email:
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, +27 11 517 1577, mob: +27 82 908 1417,
Hope Mokgatlhe, Department of Basic Education/Pretoria, tel. 012 357 3776/4035, mob: +27 71 680 6849,



JOHANNESBURG – School nutrition promotes social and economic development and also helps reduce hunger and poverty, especially when linked to the purchase of food from smallholder farmers. This is the main message of the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum, the world’s foremost event on school feeding, which opens today in Johannesburg, South Africa.

09/29/2014 - 11:56

“We thank the United States of America for this generous contribution that will provide  thousands of people with vital food assistance,” said WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Miguel Barreto. “We are hopeful that our other regular donors follow the U.S. lead so that we can extend this crucial nutritional support.”

The contribution, channelled through USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, will provide cash transfers and food vouchers to some 220,000 food insecure people. Cash and vouchers are especially useful when food is available in the market, but people cannot afford to buy it.

At the request of the governments of Central America, WFP plans to provide food assistance to nearly 1.5 million people, for which more than US$65 million is required.

The combined effects of a severe and prolonged drought, the ongoing Coffee Rust plague and the rise in staple food prices is seriously affecting the food and nutrition security of families in Central America.

The resulting reduction in temporary job opportunities is affecting incomes, especially among people who depend on temporary work or day-to-day farm labour to feed their families living in the “Dry Corridor” - a drought-prone area shared by four Central American countries. According to initial estimates, more than 2 million people may be in need of food assistance.

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Alejandro Chicheri, WFP/Latin America and the Caribbean, Tel. 317 3900, Mob. 6671 5355
Elio Rujano, WFP/Latin America and the Caribbean, Tel. 317 3900, Mob. 6677 0608


PANAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$10 million from the United States to assist people across Central America affected by severe drought and the Coffee Rust disease.

09/25/2014 - 22:26

Champions from member states, international organizations, civil society and the private sector will come together at the Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact event to support the Zero Hunger Challenge.

The Challenge, which was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June 2012, calls for bold actions so that every man, woman and child realize their right to adequate food. Today’s event, co-hosted by the governments of the Netherlands, Ireland and Mexico, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), provides an opportunity for leaders to showcase transformative partnerships and innovative programmes to end hunger.

The high-level meeting comes at a time of unprecedented humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan, where millions of people are on the run from violence and war. Humanitarian agencies, including WFP, are facing growing challenges to provide for those affected by these conflicts. Innovative e-card and vouchers programmes for Syrian refugees have helped to make sure they get the nutritious food they need. Food assistance is also crucial in the countries gripped by the Ebola outbreak.

Another example of international action to achieve zero hunger has been demonstrated in Bangladesh, where nutrition and household incomes were boosted by improving the production and consumption of small nutrient-rich fish. This IFAD-led project contributed to a 16 percentage point drop in malnutrition and considerable reduction in stunting. The project, if expanded to the 4 million small seasonal ponds in Bangladesh, has the potential to meet the annual recommended vitamin A intake for over 6 million children.

The Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM), a multi-stakeholder alliance to eliminate malnutrition for 100 million people in Africa by 2015, has expanded to over 60 countries, with local partners taking the lead to address barriers to market entry for nutritious products. For instance, SmartLife in Kenya ensures safe, affordable drinking water and hygiene and nutrition products are delivered to low-income families.

In Malawi, Irish Aid has fostered partnerships and alliances to promote crops with high nutritional value that provide extra income for poor farmers and improve soil fertility. In partnership with ICRISAT in the Malawi Seed Industry Development Project, the programme managed to scale up considerably the production and availability of high quality seeds to 395,000 farmers, especially women, and demonstrates that smallholder production, nutrition, and adaptation to climate change can be addressed simultaneously.

FAO has been promoting several initiatives under the Zero Hunger Challenge at regional level, including in Asia and the Pacific, ECOWAS and the African Union, and the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative, as well as in countries such as Timor-Leste and Antigua and Barbuda.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s National Crusade Against Hunger is fully aligned with the Zero Hunger Challenge. The government works with UN agencies like FAO and WFP to share knowledge and experience with other countries, link public policies for increased impact, increase social, community and civic participation, and to implement innovative public-private partnerships.

Hunger Facts: Since 1990-92, 63 countries have reached the hunger target of the Millennium Development Goals to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing nations by 2015. The latest State of Food Insecurity in the World report, released last week, shows that global hunger now affects 805 million people – down by more than 100 million people over the last decade, and 209 million fewer than in 1990–92. Latin America and the Caribbean have made the greatest overall progress in increasing food security, with modest progress in sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia.


Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact will take this afternoon from 1:15-2:30pm in Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters. Accredited media are invited to attend.

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Kris Derks, Media Officer, Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN (, +1-212-519-9524
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Sudeshna Chowdhury, FAO Communications Officer (, +1-812-369-0718
Katie Taft, IFAD Communications Officer (, +39-06-5459-2396
Bettina Luescher, WFP Spokesperson (, +1-646-824-1112

NEW YORK – Leaders in the fight against world hunger will gather Thursday at the United Nations to commit themselves to end hunger in our lifetime. With 1 in 9 people in the world hungry, it is one of the most challenging problems of our time, but one that can be eliminated.

09/24/2014 - 14:38

The provisional results of the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released on Tuesday found that the food security situation has stabilised because of a significant humanitarian response coupled with normal rainfall and good conditions for growing crops.  The seasonal improvements are expected to continue through the end of the year, particularly in areas not affected by the conflict.  But the report warns that food security may deteriorate sharply early next year as their food stocks run out.

“Food security is improving, which is good news, but we are not out of the woods yet,” said Joyce Luma, WFP South Sudan Country Director. “The situation remains fragile, and a hunger catastrophe will continue to be a threat well into next year, especially if fighting continues. It is absolutely critical to sustain the humanitarian effort.”

The IPC analysis was conducted by food security and humanitarian assessment specialists from a number of aid and development agencies, along with technical experts from the South Sudanese government.

According to the IPC analysis, the number of people in Crisis and Emergency – phases three and four on a five-point scale – has dropped to 1.5 million from 3.9 million, and famine is not predicted anywhere in South Sudan in the next three months. The nutrition situation remains dire, with the prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) above emergency thresholds of 15 percent in most of the country.

The analysis indicates that food security will again deteriorate sharply in early 2015 without humanitarian relief, as people consume the last of their harvests and remaining livestock to meet their basic food needs. The outlook from January to March is of great concern, with 2.5 million people projected to be in the Crisis or Emergency phases, including nearly half of the populations in the conflict affected states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity.  

Humanitarian agencies have mounted a major relief effort in response to the crisis in South Sudan. WFP has used airlifts, airdrops, trucks and barges to deliver food and nutrition supplies for large-scale distributions.

In remote areas, joint emergency response teams – include staff from WFP, UNICEF, other UN agencies and NGO partners – are providing a full package of food, nutrition & livelihood assistance along with emergency health and protection services. Agencies are also working together to support civilians sheltering in UN-protected camps where conditions are difficult.

The need for humanitarian relief continues through the end of the year, and efforts must increase early next year to help people rebuild livelihoods, and to prevent a dramatic deterioration of food security and malnutrition in 2015. This includes beginning to pre-position food stocks when and where possible during the dry season.

“Donor support has allowed us to provide life-saving assistance so far, but we must not relent in our efforts, and we do need more resources to do that,” Luma said.

WFP has a funding shortfall of US$345 million to continue its essential work in South Sudan for the next six months.

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George Fominyen, WFP/Juba, Mob. +211 922 465 247
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JUBA – In the wake of a new food security analysis announcing improvements in South Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has provided food assistance to more than 2.5 million people in the country since the start of the year, is warning that the outlook remains grim for early 2015, especially in conflict affected states.

09/23/2014 - 11:04
Responding to Emergencies

“With the help of our partners, we managed to scale up and expand our assistance to additional areas reaching displaced families who fled with nothing but their lives and who were previously inaccessible,” said Jane Pearce, Country Director of the WFP Office in Iraq.  “This month we reached people sheltering in Muthana and Thi-Qar governorates in southern Iraq for the first time, allowing us to cross the one million mark of number of people assisted by WFP.”

Despite the fact that displaced people are on the move and the ongoing fighting further complicates access, WFP has provided food assistance in 13 out of the 18 Iraqi governorates including the three Kurdish Governorates, Erbil, Dahuk, and Sulaymaniyah, as well as Nineveh, Kirkuk, al-Anbar, Diyala, Babel, Wassit, Karbala, Najaf, in addition to Muthana and Thi-Qar governorates.

Around 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict in Iraq since mid-June. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate because of the fighting and many Iraqis are living in precarious conditions without access to food, water or shelter. Some live under bridges or by the side of roads while others live in camps or find shelter in unfinished buildings.  

WFP plans to continue to expand its food operation to assist 1.2 million displaced people by the end of the year. The majority of the 1 million people assisted by WFP, received food parcels containing essential items such as rice, cooking oil, wheat flour, lentils, pasta, and salt. Each parcel feeds a family of five for one month. WFP also provided emergency ready-to-eat rations that include canned food for those still on the move with no access to cooking facilities.   

Before the latest crisis, WFP was already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 180,000 refugees from the fighting in Syria who are sheltering in Iraq.

WFP has been able to scale up its operation in Iraq thanks to a US$148.9 million contribution in July from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that has helped the agency respond quickly and effectively to the humanitarian crisis.  The assistance was part of a $500 million donation from the Kingdom to United Nations agencies to assist the people of Iraq.

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Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Bettina Luescher, WFP/ New York, Tel. +16465566909, Mob. +16468241112


BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided urgently needed food assistance to more than 1 million people across Iraq who were displaced since conflict erupted in mid-June, despite a challenging security situation and the continuous movement of people.

09/23/2014 - 10:24
Climate Change

NEW YORK/GENEVA – Vulnerable rural households in Malawi and Zambia will soon be able to better protect their crops and livelihoods against climate variability thanks to the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4).  

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) committed US$6.6 million at the Climate Summit today to expand the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) and Oxfam America’s R4 programme to the two new countries.

After showing significant impact in Senegal and Ethiopia, WFP and Oxfam America now aim to bring the resilience package to at least 4,000 farmers in Malawi and Zambia by 2017, and scale up the programme in the following years.

 “Our aim is to take insurance where it is most needed and help communities be stronger in the face of disasters, be able to invest in new seeds and fertilizers and guarantee food is on the table all year long. Protected by insurance, families facing a drought or other shock, will no longer find themselves forced into desperate measures, such as selling their farm animals or taking their children out of school,” says Richard Choularton, Chief of the Climate Resilience for Food Security Unit at WFP.

To date, R4 has helped 25,000 farmers in Ethiopia and 6,000 farmers in Senegal through a comprehensive risk management approach that improves natural resources management and reduces the impact of climate shocks when they occur. R4 extends insurance protection against drought to vulnerable smallholder farmers, safeguarding their livelihoods so they can be confident that their investments will not be lost when a shock hits.
Results from R4 in Ethiopia show that the initiative is helping improve farmers’ resilience. Insured farmers save more than twice than those without any insurance, and they invest more in seeds, fertilizer and productive assets. Women, who often head the poorest households, achieve the largest gains in productivity.

More than one billion people in the developing world live on less than a dollar a day and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Vulnerability to climate-related shocks is a constant threat to their food security and wellbeing. As climate change increases the frequency and intensity of these shocks, the challenges faced by food insecure farmers also increase. Strategies for reducing and mitigating climate related risks are therefore essential to overcoming hunger, achieving food security and enhancing resilience.

“Rural areas of Southern African are already severely affected by the impact of climate change. Providing vulnerable smallholder farmers, including women, with an integrated risk-management package is the best way to sustainably build their resilience. This package combines tools that enable  them to cope better such as  insurance and saving, and strategies that will help them adapt their livelihoods to a changing climate, such as soil and water conservation and other farming practices,” says Juliane Ineichen, Deputy Director of the SDC Regional Programme for Southern Africa.

WFP and Oxfam America launched R4 in 2011 to empower farmers and food insecure rural households to build assets that improve the productivity of smallholder farmers and reduce the impact of climate shocks when they occur. R4 integrates four risk management strategies: improved natural resource management, agricultural insurance, and access to credit and savings. WFP and Oxfam America aim to reach a total of 100,000 insured farmers by 2017.

For more information on the initiative, including partners and funders:

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For more information please contact (email address:
Fiona Guy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3187, Mob +39 349 920 8584
Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3725, Mob. +39 346 7600806
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112



NEW YORK/GENEVA – Vulnerable rural households in Malawi and Zambia will soon be able to better protect their crops and livelihoods against climate variability thanks to the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4).

09/22/2014 - 10:36

“The EU is delighted to join hands with WFP to work on combating child labour, with a particular emphasis on girls’ access to education,” said Ambassador James Moran, Head of the European Union Delegation in Egypt. “We look forward to working closely with the Government of Egypt, civil society organizations and local communities on this critical area, which is so important for the country’s future development”.

The four-year project will benefit up to 100,000 children each year, mostly girls, who are at risk of engaging in child labour. The project will be rolled out in 16 governorates, mostly in Upper Egypt, with children receiving a daily snack at school in the form of fortified date bars to help reduce short-term hunger and provide 25 percent of their daily required nutritional needs.

In addition, up to 400,000 family members whose children maintain their attendance in community schools will receive a monthly take-home food ration that compensates for the wage that a child would earn if they were sent out to work instead of going to school. WFP will also be supporting some 50,000 households, particularly mothers, to start income generating activities that will help keep their children in class.

In Egypt, 2.7 million out of approximately 11 million children are engaged in the labour market. A 2010 study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics suggested that 13 percent of Egypt’s school-age population have dropped out of school to engage in labour, with girls in rural areas suffering the most from limited access to education.

“By providing food assistance and livelihoods incentives, we aim to encourage enrolment and, more importantly, retention in school of the most vulnerable children, especially girls,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Egypt, Lubna Alaman. “WFP is already supporting Egypt’s National School Feeding Programme, as a crucial safety net for the poorest households, and will additionally support government efforts to improve the legal framework on child labour.”

The EU-WFP project comes as a continuation of both organizations’ activities in Egypt to combat the worst forms of child labour and improve access to education for the most vulnerable children.

WFP has been operating in Egypt since 1963 and has so far provided more than US$681 million in assistance to the most vulnerable groups. In 2014, more than 650,000 Egyptians will benefit from WFP projects across the country. WFP’s work in Egypt targets the most vulnerable communities with a particular focus in Upper Egypt, aiming at encouraging education, combating child labour and empowering women.


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Amina Al Korey (WFP),, Tel. +202 2528 1730 Mob. +2  01028531535

BRUSSELS/CAIRO – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today  launched a €60 million project to combat child labour and improve access to education for children who are at risk of entering the labour market.

09/22/2014 - 09:17

The marathon, organised by ProSports Nepal, WFP Nepal saw the participation of more than 200 people, including its staff, representatives of the Department of Education and students. One hundred girls and boys from the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Sanothimi, also took part in a 5km run to show their support for WFP’s work and for the idea that education can stop hunger.

In 2013, WFP Nepal worked in 1,635 primary and 1,123 pre-primary schools, providing mid-day meals to around 14,223 children.  Globally, every year WFP feeds around 20 million children in school feeding programmes. In 2013, WFP provided food to 19.8 million children in 63 countries. Supporting education plays a significant role in breaking the cycle of hunger, and WFP strives to reach the poorest and most vulnerable children.  

Among those taking part in the 5km race was Dhan Bahadur Bohara , whose drawing recently won a prize in WFP’s global children’s design competition under the theme of “Zero Hunger: A World without Hunger”. Dhan Bahadur Bohara, 14, was presented a sample of the ration WFP provides through its School Meals Programme by the 20 students from Kathmandu as a symbolic hand-over from the city students to village students, in support of the theme “Education to Stop Hunger.”

“The children are our future; it’s important to invest in their education, food and nutrition need, so that they may make an important contribution to the nation in the future,” said Nicole Menage, WFP Country Director.

Approximately 6,000 participants, including runners, walkers and observers from all over Nepal as well as from some 20 different countries were present at the marathon.

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Sakun Gajurel, WFP/Nepal, Tel: +977 1 526 0607 (2431)


KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has participated in the eighth annual Kathmandu Marathon to highlight the importance of school meals programmes in fighting hunger. WFP has been supporting the school meals programme of the Government of Nepal since 1996.

09/19/2014 - 13:48
ED - E.Cousin

During a five-day visit, Cousin will meet high-level UN officials, government leaders, private sector partners and representatives of the NGO community for strategic discussions on hunger, nutrition, food security and development. Topics that will take centre stage include WFP’s work in extraordinary emergencies including the Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan and the urgent funding needs for these operations.

Cousin is c0-hosting a high-level side-event on Thursday, September 25, on “Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact” where the discussion will focus on new actions and commitments for a world with zero hunger. Other issues of the week: the Climate Summit on 23 September; accelerating work on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a sustainable development agenda post-2015; and safety and security for humanitarian personnel and the people they serve throughout the world.  

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Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112  @BettinaLuescher
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634


NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin will arrive in New York on Sunday, September 22, for the 69th UN General Assembly.