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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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WFP Ambassadors
17 March 2011

Jang Dong Gun Makes Major Donation To WFP Response In Japan

SEOUL – Actor Jang Dong Gun, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger in the Republic of Korea, has shown his solidarity with the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami crisis with a generous donation of 200 million Korean won (about US$180,000) to the WFP relief effort.

17 March 2011

WFP Steps Up Operation To Provide Nourishing Meals On The Tunisian - Libyan Border

RAS JEDIR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has stepped up assistance to people fleeing the violence in Libya with the provision of more than 15,000 daily hot meals cooked in a transit camp along the Libyan Tunisian border.

WFP Ambassadors
16 March 2011

George Stroumboulopoulos: WFP's First Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger

TORONTO - George Stroumboulopoulos was named “Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger” on Tuesday for the world’s biggest humanitarian agency, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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.

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