WFP mem­bers urged to unite against food cri­sis

109 mil­lion peo­ple on verge of famine: Beasley

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

ROME, Nov 14, (KUNA): Kuwait rep­re­sen­ta­tive to UN’s World Food Pro­gramme, Yusuf Jhail called on WFP mem­ber coun­tries on Mon­day to unite and ini­ti­ate di­a­logue over ma­jor is­sues fac­ing food and agri­cul­ture.

Jhail, ad­dress­ing WFP’s Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil’s an­nual meet­ing in Rome, said the coun­cil mem­bers were fol­low­ing with in­ter­est on­go­ing dis­cus­sions over UN re­forms which would help achieve the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) 2030, spe­cially the erad­i­ca­tion of hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion.

Jhail was pre­sid­ing the meet­ing, at­tended by 36 mem­ber coun­tries and other or­ga­ni­za­tions, which was due un­til Nov 16.

WFP Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor David Beasley said the world was wit­ness­ing an un­prece­dented hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe, while WFP was try­ing to deal with ma­jor emer­gen­cies around the globe.

He said WFP, which was es­tab­lished to ad­dress an ur­gent in­ci­dent, has been ex­pand­ing its role due to the re­peated crises.

WFP, which was fac­ing fi­nan­cial strains, was en­gaged with the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and lead­ers of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions to draw a full-fledged plan and na­tional strate­gies to bet­ter ad­dress hu­man­i­tar­ian crises, he said.

Beasley said na­ture of crises has changed be­cause con­flicts in the ones in So­ma­lia, Syria and Ye­men were “drag­ging year af­ter the other.” Beasley hoped WFP would re­ceive $6.8 bil­lion for its 2018-19 pro­grams, which would nev­er­the­less not be enough be­cause there were 109 mil­lion peo­ple on the verge of famine.

He said WFP needed $9 bil­lion in fund­ing to help the needy peo­ple around the world.

WFP is of­fer­ing food aid for around 80 mil­lion peo­ple in more than 80 coun­tries.

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