Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis has announced a new donation of €1.2 million and signed an agreement with WFP reinforcing Greece’s increasing commitment to meet humanitarian needs around the globe.
The World Food Programme is profoundly grateful for Greece’s growing commitment to the world’s poorest and hungriest people
John Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director
Last year, Greek contributions to WFP reached an all-time high, with almost €3 million donated for emergency and protracted relief projects.
“Greece’s role in the international community is growing, and with it, our obligation to help people less fortunate than ourselves. We are proud to join forces with organizations like the World Food Programme, which have a proven record in saving lives and fighting hunger,” said Stylianidis.
“The World Food Programme is profoundly grateful for Greece’s growing commitment to the world’s poorest and hungriest people,” said John Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications, as he signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Greece at WFP headquarters in Rome today.
This latest donation brings donations from Greece this year to a total of €1.8 million. The donations will assist some of WFP’s most critical – yet poorly funded – operations in Guinea Bissau, Malawi and the Central African Republic.
In 2005, more than €2.5 million was donated to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Indonesia, Somalia and Sri Lanka – in addition to almost €500,000 for Armenia, Djibouti, Georgia, Mali, Niger, and southern Africa.
Greek "Food Force"
The Deputy Minister also announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will sponsor a Greek version of ‘Food Force’, WFP’s educational video game.
This ground-breaking game aims to engage students aged 8-13 in a virtual humanitarian emergency, with the aim to deliver food in time to save lives.
Since its launch in April 2005, the game has been downloaded nearly 4 million times, and translated into Chinese, Italian, French, Japanese and Polish.