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Executive Director - August 2012

2 August 2012 - All Staff Meeting

ED convenes her third All Staff Meeting to discuss organizational design and realignment.

2 August 2012 - All Staff Meeting

ED's third All Staff Meeting in the gazebo area at WFP HQ

9 August 2012 - Executive Director Ertharin Cousin meets Mr. Estrella Faria, Secretary-General of Unidroit (The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law).

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World Humanitarian Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday, 17 August 2012

The Executive Director places flowers for Jamal Al Fadil Farag Allah, our WFP colleague killed in Sudan on 4 August 2012.

 

World Humanitarian Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday, 17 August 2012

WFP Security Officer Gordon Brown reading an excerpt from Khalil Gibran’s poem Giving:

 

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give…
There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Though the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.

World Humanitarian Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday, 17 August 2012

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World Humanitarian Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday, 17 August 2012

WFP’s Memorial Wall. Special tribute was paid to Jamal Al Fadil Farag Allah, our colleague killed in Sudan on 4 August 2012.

World Humanitarian Day Commemoration Ceremony, Friday, 17 August 2012

Mia Grant, daughter of WFP/HQ staff member Suzette Grant sings “Who’s Supposed”

 

Who’s supposed to tell us why
Who’s supposed to justify
Who’s supposed to take all the blame
Who’s supposed to leave all guilt behind
Who’s supposed to judge
Who’s supposed to feel the sentence in our eyes

Who’s supposed to stand alone in the front line
Who’s supposed to walk away and leave behind his rights
Who’s supposed to fight and die in the name of a cause
We don’t know
We don’t know
We don’t know
I’ll take the pain and throw it all away
Until the sky comes down there will be someone’s embrace
And I’d give anything to see this world arise
Arise from down below, from down below

Who’s supposed to speak when everybody’s listening
Who’s supposed to remain silent when nobody wants to hear
Who’s supposed to make the change
Who’s supposed to feel the same
We don’t know
We don’t know
We don’t know
I’ll take the pain and throw it all away
Until the sky comes down there will be someone’s embrace
And I’d give anything to see this world arise
Arise from down below, from down below
Not alone I’m not alone
You’re not alone you’re not alone
We’re not alone we’re not alone

Ertharin Cousin - August 2012