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23 May 2018

Expected Thursday: Significant UN Security Council Vote on Link Between Hunger and Conflict

NEW YORK - The United Nations Security Council, the UN body responsible for maintaining international peace and security, is expected to adopt a resolution Thursday that for the first time establishes hunger as an essential obstacle to global security.

Responding to Emergencies
2 April 2018

WFP scales up response in Yemen to prevent famine

SANA'A - Every year of conflict in Yemen pushes an additional one million people or more closer to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the eve of a high-level pledging event in Geneva. 

22 March 2018

Food crises continue to strike, and acute hunger intensifies

124 million people in 51 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity, warns a new report.

14 March 2018

Seven years on, Syria still suffers

DAMASCUS – Seven years of war in Syria have brought intolerable suffering to millions of people. In many parts of the country, the violence has reached unbearable levels and still, there is no political solution in sight. Every day, families under bombardment and shelling face a nightmare without apparent end and every day more innocent lives are lost. 

Contributions to WFP
12 March 2018

Japan announces fresh support to WFP in Yemen

SANA’A – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$16 million from the Government of Japan, which provides a significant boost to WFP operations aimed at averting famine in Yemen.

22 February 2018

WFP provides emergency food assistance to families stranded in the Libyan desert

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided vital food assistance to nearly 3,000 displaced people stranded in the harsh Libyan desert as they struggle to return to their hometown of Tawargha, in Western Libya.

29 January 2018

Hunger in conflict zones continues to intensify

ROME - FAO and WFP update UN Security Council on food insecurity hot spots, need for continued humanitarian support.

Contributions to WFP
21 January 2018

Her Royal Highness, Princess Haya, Launches New Fund To Support Immediate Response To Global Emergency

DUBAI Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, a stalwart supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Messenger of Peace, has contributed to the launch of a special fund to allow the rapid purchase and transportation of high energy biscuits in response to sudden onset emergencies.  The highly fortified biscuits provide people caught in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, or conflict, with an immediate source of nutritious food that is packed with energy.   

17 January 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo: UN Agencies in Urgent Bid to Prevent Famine in Kasai

KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

20 September 2017

WFP Provides Food Assistance To A Record 7 Million People In Yemen In August

SANA’A – In an ongoing struggle to avert famine in Yemen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to provide food assistance to a record seven million people across the country during the month of August 2017.

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