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WFP’s Humanitarian Aviation Expertise On Display At Paris Air Show

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to be taking part, for the seventh year in a row, in the international Paris Air Show. Held from 19 to 25 June, the top event of its kind in the world will allow WFP to showcase its aviation expertise and ability to deliver crucial assistance in times of crisis. It will also offer a chance to explore the availability of new aircraft, air operators and technologies for humanitarian aviation.

In 2003, WFP received a mandate to provide air services to the humanitarian community worldwide. Since then, UNHAS – as it is known – has ensured safe, reliable and cost effective operations in 15 countries, transporting over 280,000 passengers every year. All commercially operated aircraft chartered by WFP comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the United Nations Aviation Standards (UNAVSTADs).

As well as passenger transport, WFP carries out airlifts of life-saving cargo and airdrops of essential relief items into dangerous and isolated areas – including high-altitude parachute airdrops in Syria.

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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 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address:
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Deborah Nguyen, WFP/Paris, Tel. +33 652897644