ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin is scheduled to arrive in the Netherlands later today, ahead of official meetings on 13 September.
Cousin will meet with Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen and will participate in a round-table discussion with senior directors from the Netherlands Foreign Ministry.
Also on the agenda is a strategy discussion with several private sector partners, including the international transport company TNT, WFP’s oldest private sector partner, with whom WFP is this week celebrating 10 years of working together to alleviate hunger.
Later in the day, Cousin will speak at a public event at the Café Humanitaire, a platform hosted by Dutch civil society and academics at Humanity House in The Hague, where she will outline WFP’s response to the on-going drought in the Sahel region of West Africa and WFP’s operations in the Horn of Africa.
The Netherlands is one of WFP’s key donors, currently the tenth largest, with contributions totalling more than $53 million so far this year to operations including aid for people affected by unrest in Syria, drought response in the Sahel and food assistance in Afghanistan.
For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org):
Caroline Hurford, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2330; Mob. +39 348 132 5018
Emilia Casella, WFP/ Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854; Mob. +39 347 945 0634
Gabriela Flores, WFP/Brussels, Tel. +32 2550 1620; Mob. +32 49650 7432