World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran Commends Denmark On 50 Years Of Life-Saving Humanitarian And Development Leadership

Published on 16 March 2012

COPENHAGEN – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) commends its bold and innovative leadership on humanitarian and development assistance. Danida has consistently been a leader in ensuring the more efficient and effective use of development aid – not only to save lives, but also to prevent and break the cycle of hunger at its root.

For half a century, WFP and Denmark have worked side by side on the frontlines of hunger, and Danida has been a strong, committed and reliable partner in the joint goal of helping the vulnerable – especially women and children – overcome the scourge of malnutrition. Danida has helped lead the way on “Good Humanitarian Donorship” principles of giving through multilateral flexible funding, ensuring early reaction to timely lifesaving actions and greater results.

During a high-level conference today marking the anniversary, WFP’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran thanked Minister Christian Friis Bach for Danida’s partnership in developing a risk framework for better managing humanitarian operations and staff security. WFP has introduced the “Copenhagen Risk Management Framework” throughout its operations worldwide.
Sheeran expressed appreciation for the vibrant and frank dialogue in Copenhagen amongst high level representatives from the EU, international organisations, donor countries and recipient nations. She highlighted her meeting with HRH Crown Princess Mary to discuss humanitarian issues following her visit to Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Denmark was one of the first to respond to the crisis in the  Horn of Africa, reacting to the first signs of the drought.

Denmark currently holds the Presidency of the EU. In that role, Denmark has made food security a priority and has been instrumental in raising international awareness of the long-term solutions to food-security.

“Our generation is the first in history with enough resources to eradicate hunger worldwide. We now have the science, technology and the know-how. We have to stand together. As WFP and Danida both mark their 50th anniversaries, together, we remain committed in the fight to ensure that every child has an active and healthy future,” Sheeran said.