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Financial Reform Crucial To Meet Future Hunger Challenges

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will attend the Third International Conference on Financing for Sustainable Development (FfD) 13-16 July.

WHAT: The conference will take place from 13-16 July 2015 at the UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, attended by Heads of State, government ministers and representatives of NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector.  The goal is to produce an intergovernmentally-negotiated document to  support  implementation of the United Nations’ post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

WHY WFP:  WFP is committed to achieving Zero Hunger through increased investment in food security and nutrition. Humanitarian funding peaked at  more than US$24 billion last year but the current model is overstretched and new approaches are needed. WFP has set up innovative financing and capacity-building tools in many countries.

WHO: WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (14-15 July) and Deputy Executive Director Amir Abdulla (13-16 July) are attending. They will be available for interviews upon request.

WFP will take part in two side events

Monday 13 July: “Harnessing Innovative Financing for Nutrition in Africa” at the Elilly Hotel from 13.15 to 14.45  led by The African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with WFP,UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA),  and UNICEF. WFP will be represented by Deputy Executive Director Amir Abdulla.

Wednesday 15 July: “Zero Hunger: The Critical Role of Investments in Agriculture and Social Protection” at the Hilton Hotel from 13.15 to 14.45 with UNFAO, IFAD and WFP. WFP will be represented by the Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.                                                                                      

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information contact (email address:

Josephine McKenna, WFP/Rome Mob. +39 347 945 0634

Stéphanie Savariaud, WFP/Ethiopia, mob. +251 (0)911201976

Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3725 Mob. +39 346 7600806