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The UN World Food Programme Executive Director In Dushanbe For World Humanitarian Summit Consultation

DUSHANBE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrived today in Dushanbe for a four-day visit to take part in the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Regional Consultation for South and Central Asia, 28-30 July, and to visit WFP operations in Tajikistan.

The WFP Executive Director will meet leading government officials, members of the donor community and WFP partners.

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency in Tajikistan, reaching annually over half a million people in most areas. The UN food agency implements recovery and development programmes including school feeding, nutrition support to malnourished children under 5 years old and tuberculosis patients. WFP also helps communities – through a food-for-assets programme – improve their infrastructure to strenthen community resilience.

Cousin will be available for individual interviews upon request.

Monday 27 July: The Executive Director travels to a rural district in the south of the country to visit a primary health centre where WFP provides nutrition assitance to children under 5. She will also meet villagers reconstructing an irrigation canal through a WFP’s food-for-assets project.

Tuesday 28 July: Cousin will attend a panel discussion on the  “Centrality of Affected Communities” 09.45 am to 11.00 am at the Ismaili Centre Plenary Hall. Participants will discuss how to re-shape humanitarian action.

Tuesday 28 July: News conference “Setting a new course for humanitarian action in South and Central Asia” from 11.30am to 12.30 pm at the Ismaili Centre Multipurpose Hall.  Cousin will take part in a news conference along with Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator,  Zohidi Nizomiddin Shamsiddinzoda, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, and H.E. Akbar Ali Pesnani, Diplomatic Representative to Tajikistan, Agha Khan Development Network.

Wednesday 29 July: The Executive Director will attend a panel discussion on “Humanitarian Financing and Humanitarian Principles” from 8.30 to 9.30 am at the Ismaili Centre Plenary Hall. Participants will address the issue of humanitarian financing in the context of humanitarian response focusing on humanitarian funding in conflict and protracted crisis situations.

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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 and to find out about press availability, please contact:
Elizabeth Zalkind, WFP/Dushanbe, Tel. +9929 000 3236, Mob. +996 555 940420