Welcome by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme at the 2013 Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) Launch

Delivered on: 14 December 2012


Good morning. Welcome to the World Food Programme (WFP) to all of our Executive Board members as well as to those who have joined us for the CAP meeting. Thank you for being here at WFP this morning.  

On behalf of the global WFP community, the United Nations Rome-based agencies, the member states and other partners attending today, I want to express our sincere thanks to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos for her vision in bringing this important event to Rome. Thank you, Valerie.

For any of you that may not already know, this is the first time since the Consolidated Appeal Process – the CAP as it is commonly known – was initiated two decades ago that this launch has been held outside of either New York or Geneva. 

The decision to launch the CAP here is notable.  It demonstrates that Rome, which houses the UN’s three food and agriculture agencies – WFP, FAO and IFAD – has a most important role to play in the battle against hunger and poverty.  It also demonstrates that food security is recognized as a critical component for saving lives, improving livelihoods and building the resilience of those in need. 

With these few words of welcome, I now pass the floor to the Chair of this milestone and most important 2013 CAP Launch, Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  Valerie, the floor is yours.


[Remarks by Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator]


Valerie, thank you so much for this opportunity.

First, allow me to reiterate, on behalf of WFP, how pleased and proud we are to host this launch event. As some of you may know, we are consistently the largest appealing and resource receiving agency of the CAP. But behind that interesting statistic is an incredible amount of dedication and work on the part of all colleagues involved, particularly by those here in WFP.

WFP colleagues are leading inter-agency assessments, ensuring that CAPs are based on verified needs and encompassing the most appropriate mix of humanitarian support for the situation at hand. Other colleagues are coordinating the Food Security, Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications clusters, bringing these important communities together to plan, strategize and ensure the widest possible coverage of support to those in need. And then, we go out and implement our activities, all under the CAP umbrella.

The WFP activities are the CAP, and the CAP is made up of WFP activities – it is a symbiotic and long-standing relationship.

But I think we also need to look at the CAP in a new light, as we the global humanitarian community look towards taking reform to the next level. As Valerie noted, the Transformative Agenda, whose purpose is to turn our humanitarian circle into a better managed, more widely encompassing, and more accountable global community, begins with the activities which make up the CAP. 

I want to take a minute or two more to make my second point, which is illustrated by the inclusion at this launch event of our friend and partner Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based, worldwide confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Caritas’s leading role at this launch marks the seriousness of our efforts to widen the humanitarian circle to make the term partnerships a real and actual concept of how we operate. 

WFP greatly values the opportunity to work with Catholic Relief Services and other Caritas members because of their proven capacity to deliver to the world’s most remote and vulnerable communities.  To demonstrate what this means in practice, last year alone, Caritas and WFP worked together implementing 37 projects in 22 countries.

At WFP, we believe this partnership provides an important model for building cooperation and better working relationships with other broadly based grassroots organizations with long and sustained commitment for serving the hungry poor. 

WFP is committed to robust dialogue with our partners, who are critical not only for the implementation of projects, but also as strategic partners in policy and advocacy as a part of the CAP.  So, we are pleased that Michel Roy is here to help lead in our discussions today.
In closing, I want to say that this CAP launch provides an essential foundation in our continuing effort to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance for the people we serve.  While we aim for change, we also maintain a responsibility to preserve and strengthen the best examples of where we are already getting it right on a day to day basis.  This CAP launch is an example of getting it right, as we celebrate today our joint humanitarian planning and action. 

We salute the Humanitarian Country Teams that have put in long hours planning and working together in the 16 countries highlighted in the global CAP. 

As our humanitarian community continues to strengthen our ability to better meet urgent humanitarian needs, build resilience and help communities recover from emergencies, your example at the country level inspires us and leads the way.

Thank you.