Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ROME –The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will today travel to Tunisia for meetings with government officials to discuss humanitarian needs arising from the ongoing civil unrest in neighbouring Libya and the regional impact on the vulnerable, especially women and children.