UN ap­points David Beasley new head of World Food Pro­gramme

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United Na­tions Sec­re­taryGen­eral An­tónio Guter­res and FAO Direc­tor-Gen­eral José Graziano da Silva an­nounced the ap­point­ment of David Beasley of the United States as Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the World Food Pro­gramme (WFP), at the Un­derSec­re­tary-Gen­eral level, in suc­ces­sion to Ertharin Cousin of the United States. The Ex­ec­u­tive Board of WFP has con­firmed its con­cur­rence with the ap­point­ment.

The Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and Direc­tor-Gen­eral ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Ertharin Cousin for her leadership of WFP over the last five years. She has led the Pro­gramme dur­ing an un­prece­dented time of mul­ti­ple hu­man­i­tar­ian crises, lever­ag­ing part­ner­ships and in­no­va­tive tools to reach those fur­thest be­hind. Both wish her ev­ery suc­cess in her con­tin­u­ing en­deav­ors.

David Beasley brings to the po­si­tion ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with key gov­ern­men­tal and busi­ness lead­ers and stake­hold­ers around the world, with very strong re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion skills. He was elected at the age of 21 to the South Carolina House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (1979-1992) and Gover­nor of South Carolina (1995-1999), as one of the youngest in the State's his­tory. Dur­ing his term, he led del­e­ga­tions on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and trade mis­sions to coun­tries through­out Asia, Europe and Africa, tripling for­eign in­vest­ment and cre­at­ing jobs. He re­ceived a Pro­file in Courage Award in 2003 from the John F. Kennedy Li­brary Foun­da­tion.

A 1999 Fel­low of the In­sti­tute of Pol­i­tics at Har­vard Univer­sity, Beasley, he served as Se­nior Ad­viser to com­pa­nies such as Mer­rill Lynch and Gen­eral Mo­tors. Since leav­ing of­fice, he has trav­elled to more than 75 coun­tries and war-stricken re­gions such as Kosovo, Dar­fur, Sri Lanka, Gu­atemala, South Su­dan and the Mid­dle East lead­ing peace-build­ing mis­sions and de­vel­op­ment ef­forts.

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