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Logistics
14 March 2011

WFP Lays Foundation Stone Of Humanitarian Logistics Base In Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – A ceremony was held today to lay the foundation stone of a new United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Humanitarian Logistics Base on 40,000 square meters of land made available to WFP by the Government of Djibouti.

ED - J.Sheeran
12 March 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Japanese Earthquake

When nature strikes with such force, the world has to come together. I would like to express my deepest compassion and heartfelt solidarity with the Government and people of Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2011

WFP Scales Up Operations In Response To Escalating Crisis In Côte d’Ivoire And Liberia

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will scale up its operations to provide food to escalating numbers of people fleeing from violence in Côte d’Ivoire.

ED - J.Sheeran
9 March 2011

World Food Programme Executive Director Visits France For Talks On The Impact Of Food Price Volatility

PARIS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is in Paris from March 9 to 10 for meetings with French government ministers to discuss collaboration on the G-20 priorities on food price volatility.

Hunger in the news
8 March 2011

WFP Trucks Food Into Eastern Libya

ROME – A convoy of trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has entered Libya and is due to arrive in the eastern port city of Benghazi today. WFP is mobilising food for the hungry as part of a US$39.2 million emergency operation designed to provide food assistance to more than one million people (1,060,000) in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia over a three-month period.

Hunger in the news
8 March 2011

WFP Steps Up Response To Somalia Drought With New Food Distributions In Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners this week began an emergency distribution of food to an additional 50,000 people in Mogadishu in response to the drought gripping much of the country.

Statement
8 March 2011

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Hails Women As The Secret Weapon In The Fight Against Hunger

Today in France, where I am marking the 100th International Women’s Day, I am reminded of all the great women who have changed the world. I have always admired Joan of Arc who was born in my grandmother’s village of Domrémy.  Alongside Graça Machel, Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rosa Parks and many others, Joan of Arc is a symbol of strength to the millions of women around the world who are engaged in the daily fight to feed, protect and, ultimately, provide a better life for their children.

3 March 2011

WFP Calls For Safe Humanitarian Access To Libya As Ship Carrying Food Aid Turns Back Amid Security Concerns

ROME – A ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) carrying more than 1000 metric tons of wheat flour, at the request of the Red Crescent in eastern Libya, to the Libyan port of Benghazi, has returned to port in Malta today without unloading its cargo due to security concerns. 

Responding to Emergencies
2 March 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran from the Libyan border

On the border of Libya and Tunisia, yesterday, I was surrounded by tens of thousands of people fleeing violence. It is clear the world must increase humanitarian action to prevent a disaster inside Libya. We call for safe humanitarian access, especially to western Libya. Cutting off food supplies must not be used as a weapon.

ED - J.Sheeran
2 March 2011

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Briefs Pope Benedict XVI On Libya Crisis In Private Audience At Vatican

Rome/ Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  She briefed His Holiness immediately upon her return from the border of Libya and Tunisia where she witnessed the emerging humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands are fleeing violence.  She was there to launch an emergency response to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable and to help nations in political transition to strengthen their food safety nets.

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