NEW YORK/GENEVA/ROME, 16 November 2023 – As humanitarian leaders, our position is clear: We will not participate in the establishment of any ”safe zone” in Gaza that is set up without the agreement of all the parties, and unless fundamental conditions are in place to ensure safety and other essential needs are met and a mechanism is in place to supervise its implementation.
GAZA — With only ten percent of necessary food supplies entering Gaza since the beginning of the conflict, the Strip now faces a massive food gap and widespread hunger as nearly the entire population is in desperate need of food assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.
Yerevan– The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a CHF 500,610 (approximately US $555,000) contribution from the Government of Switzerland to support thousands of families who have fled military hostilities in the Karabakh region and sought refuge in Armenia. The additional funds, which Switzerland has been providing since November 1, are intended to provide emergency humanitarian aid to those most in need.
PORT VILA: In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Lola, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, is working with Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to enhance humanitarian response and logistics coordination. This joint effort aims to ensure that people affected by the cyclone receive timely and essential assistance.
TRIPOLI/LIBYA – For the second time this year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) partnered with the governments of Tunisia and Libya to provide management training for 44 Libyan entrepreneurs and government officials.
MOGADISHU – Climate extremes will keep hunger in Somalia at record highs, warned the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today, as deadly floods sweep the country, devastating deeply food-insecure communities who are still battling to recover from the country’s longest recorded drought.
ROME – Today, Cindy McCain, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) and Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the President of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP28), called for urgent action to scale up climate action in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the support of the European Union in strengthening the logistics capacity of Egyptian Red Crescent-run aid hubs in the northeast of Egypt which are a critical part of relief efforts for people in Gaza.
VIENTIANE – The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare today announced an expansion of its activities to improve community and government capacities in disaster risk reduction in the north of the country. Nearly 16,000 people in four districts of Oudomxay and Phongsaly province will benefit from this cooperation implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), under the leadership of the Ministry and with support from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.
DJIBOUTI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a donation of 60 metric tons of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to benefit some 35,340 vulnerable food insecure people and refugees in Djibouti.
PALO, LEYTE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over logistics equipment, including a reach truck and a rice milling machine, to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Warehouse at a ceremony in Palo, Leyte. This is part of WFP’s broader effort to enhance the region’s emergency preparedness capacities against climate shocks, after it was devasted by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) ten years ago.
CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Egypt received a first-of-its-kind contribution from the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency at a total of US$1.4 million to support people who fled the violence in Sudan.
JUBA – Children in flood-affected parts of South Sudan are expected to face extreme levels of malnutrition in the first half of 2024 as the climate crisis tightens its grip on the country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.
CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Cindy McCain issued an urgent plea from the Rafah border crossing for safe, expanded humanitarian access to Gaza as humanitarian needs skyrocket and critical food supplies reach dangerously low levels.
LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes an additional EUR 500,000 (MWK 623 million) contribution from the Government of France, which will be used to provide home-grown school meals for children and food assistance to refugees in Malawi. This brings France’s contribution to WFP in Malawi to EUR 1 million in 2023 (MWK 1.2 billion).
DILI – The Government of Timor-Leste, in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has issued an urgent Food Security Alert, mapping the increased risks of food shortages, exacerbated by El Niño against the backdrop of the country's dependence on rain-fed agriculture.
PORT-AU-PRINCE – An uptick in violence in Port-au-Prince since mid-August 2023 has driven approximately 40,000 people from their homes in several neighbourhoods of the capital, exacerbating an already complex humanitarian crisis, where almost half of the country faces acute levels of food insecurity.
Kabul - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a USD 1 million contribution from Japan to provide emergency food assistance in the earthquake-affected Herat Province in the west of Afghanistan. This vital aid will help support nearly 33,000 thousand people affected by a series of earthquakes with magnitudes reaching 6.3 that struck Herat Province within a span of eight days this month. Dozens of villages were affected, many of them entirely flattened.
CAIRO – Thousands of civilians on Sunday morning stormed a UN-run warehouse in Gaza’s middle area, where the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is storing some food commodities. The morning’s events followed a harrowing 24-hour communication blackout and persistent access challenges that brought all WFP operations to a halt, leaving staff and partners incommunicado.
ROME – The catastrophic conditions facing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza risk getting worse still, due to severe fuel shortages which threaten to bring food and other humanitarian operations to a standstill.
MBABANE– The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today received a JPY200 million, contribution - equivalent to US$1.5 million to provide to life-saving food assistance to some 30,000 orphaned and vulnerable children under the age of 6 across the country.
Kabul – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan welcomes a humanitarian aid contribution over US$21.6 million from the European Union. This contribution will help WFP reach a planned 21 million vulnerable, food-insecure people across the country. A portion of the contribution will further be allocated to the operation of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today’s opening of the border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, which enabled a first convoy of trucks to bring in urgently needed food, water and other supplies provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent and the United Nations for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who have been struggling amid desperate conditions.
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ROME 21 October 2023 – “A first, but limited, shipment of life-saving humanitarian supplies from the United Nations and the Egyptian Red Crescent entered Gaza today on 20 trucks, passing through the Rafah Crossing.