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Davos 09 was an opportunity for WFP to make sure leaders keep hunger on the agenda as they discuss the global financial crisis. To see the key hunger-related news and views that emerged during the meeting, look back over the reports filed by our team during the event.


...And We Built The Tent

One of the things that TNT has done for WFP recently is build the organization's tent at Davos, where world leaders are discussing solutions to hunger. Peter Bakker, CEO of the Dutch courier company, explains how the corporate partnership with WFP works, through logistics support for emergency operations,  cash contributions and employee mobilization. 

 

TNT has made a longstanding commitment to helping WFP to fight hunger. Our partnership has been going on for six years. Since 2002, TNT has contributed more than 52 million euros to WFP in 'in-kind' and cash contributions, including more than 10 million euros raised directly by TNT's employees in support of school feeding in countries like Cambodia, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Malawi and The Gambia.  TNT also provides warehouses, aircraft and vehicles to support our emergency operations. It trains logistics staff around the world, and sponsors the annual "Walk the World" fundraising event.

 

 

Authored by Emilia Casella on 30 January 2009

Why Peter Gabriel Keeps Coming to Davos

There are two things about the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos that inspire musician Peter Gabriel: the ideas and the opportunities to make the world better. 

 

Former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel is co-founder of  two important non-governmental organizations. In 1992 he started WITNESS, which trains local groups worldwide to use video and the Internet in human rights advocacy work. Also in the 1990s, he co-founded "The Elders", with entrepreneur Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela. The Elders is dedicated to solving global conflicts and includes members such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former US President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among others.

 

Authored by Emilia Casella on 30 January 2009

"Americans want to fight global hunger"

US Congresswoman Nita Lowey is confident that, despite the pain caused by the financial crisis in the United States, Americans will be ready to step up to the plate in order to help fight hunger in the world. 

Congresswoman Lowey, a Democrat representing New York, spoke to WFP at Davos following a dinner hosted by WFP and its corporate partner TNT. The dinner was a forum for dozens of CEOs, politicians and leaders from civil society to discuss new ways to tackle hunger and malnutrition. Lowey is Chair of the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Foreign Operations. 

Authored on 30 January 2009

WFP's Mission at Davos

Hear it in the words of WFP's Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.

Today, there are nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world.  If people in the industrialized world are hurting, imagine the ‘bottom billion’. Last year they were hit by a global rise in the price of food, and now a global economic crisis has made them even more vulnerable. They don’t have the finances or coping mechanisms to protect themselves from this latest shock.

If leaders commit just a fraction of what they're spending on bank bailouts to programs that support small farmers, educate mothers or feed school children, we can make a lasting impact on people’s lives, and maybe even reach the Millenium Development Goal number 1: to halve world hunger by 2015.

WFP was invited to Davos to take part in discussions on hunger and malnutrition, poverty, climate change and other key issues. Among her other commitments, WFP’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Friday chaired a session on Fresh Solutions for Food Security.

WFP sees Davos as a unique opportunity to re-focus attention on how the world's poorest and hungriest people are being affected by the global financial downturn. Part of WFP’s job is to keep global hunger on the world agenda – so that together we can find ways to solve it.

Authored on 29 January 2009

A project born at breakfast

This morning Executive Director Josette Sheeran, myself and others from WFP joined 11 CEOs of food companies including General Mills, Kraft, Unilever, and PepsiCo, to brainstorm about solutions to hunger. 

We had a one-hour conversation that ranged from turning indigenous foods like Cassava into something delicious, to developing packaging that you can eat  (I was the only one brave enough to take a bite of an allegedly edible tray still under development – and I must say that it needed salt or something).  But you get the idea – the conversation was far ranging and spiked with enthusiasm.  

Fortune 500 Companies want to help us to reach the bottom billion faster and smarter.  We walked away with the skeleton of an idea for project I dubbed  Project Laser Beam – a developing plan to focus this attention on a single country, yet to be chosen.  . . Stay tuned . . .  

Authored on 29 January 2009

"Open talk about solutions"

Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director of GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) spoke to WFP after Thursday's 'Nutrition Breakfast' talks with the organization's corporate partners from the food industry. Hear what he had to say about the talks going on in Davos.

 

Authored on 29 January 2009

Josette Sheeran and her Red Cup

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, who takes her Red Cup with her everywhere, naturally has it in Davos also. Hear her explain what the Red Cup means and how much it would cost to make sure that no child in the world goes to school hungry.

 

Authored on 29 January 2009

The WFP tent at Davos

What's inside WFP's tent at Davos? Find out from someone who's there: Nancy Roman, WFP's Director of Public Policy, Communications and Private Partnerships.

 

Authored on 29 January 2009

Hunger Events At Davos

Here are some of the key events on WFP's Davos schedule:
 
  • Executive Director Josette Sheeran will on Friday chair a plenary panel, "Fresh Solutions for Food Security." Panelists include Kofi Annan, Bill Gates,  Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft; Michael Treschow, chairman of Unilever; and Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. 
  • Ms. Sheeran will participate in several panels as speaker or moderator, raising the profile of issues crucial to our mission, such as nutrition, humanitarian assistance and logistics, and climate change. 
  • She also will host a closed-door brainstorming session on affordable nutrition in developing countries with CEOs from the food industry 
  • On Thursday evening Ms. Sheeran and Peter Bakker, CEO of our Dutch donor TNT, will co-host a dinner for approximately 50 government leaders and CEOs. The dinner will honor King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as “Champion in the Battle Against Hunger” for 2008. The dinner is designed to encourage private and public-sector leaders to collaborate on lasting solutions to world hunger and malnutrition. 

 

Authored by Emilia Casella on 28 January 2009

About Davos

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, often referred to simply as 'Davos' after the Swiss town where it is held, is attended by leaders from industry, government and civil society. It’s a forum where leaders can talk about the difficult challenges facing the world and discuss ways to address them.

 

Josette Sheeran: why WFP went to Davos

 

 

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