Kuwait mem­ber of WFP ex­ec­u­tive board for 4th time

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

ROME, Dec 6, (KUNA): Kuwait won mem­ber­ship in the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil of the World Food Po­gramme for the fourth time and the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive time, for a two-year ten­ure.

Kuwait’s elec­tion came dur­ing the WFP 160th ses­sion, due to con­clude on Fri­day. Its re­newed mem­ber­ship is valid till De­cem­ber 31, 2020.

Yousef Juhail, Kuwait’s per­ma­nent del­e­gate at the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said in a state­ment to KUNA that Kuwait’s re-elec­tion de­picted its high-profile sta­tus and part­ner­ship with other na­tions in the field of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, un­der lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir.

Such suc­cess boosts Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tions to map­ping out and guid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian schemes to serve the marginal­ized, the weak and the poor through­out the world, in line with the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, hon­ored by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to the 2030 agenda, he added.

Kuwait has been a mem­ber of the WFP ex­ec­u­tive board since Jan­uary 1, 2016. It had chaired the 36-mem­ber coun­cil dur­ing the past ses­sion end­ing last Fe­bru­ary.

The WFP ad­vo­cates the theme that each woman and baby must be able to have food any time for a healthy life. The pro­gram de­pends on vol­un­tary do­na­tions, in co­or­di­na­tion with the FAO, the In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment (IFAD) and other stake­hold­ers such as govern­ments, UN agen­cies and NGOs.

Photos by Rizalde Cayanan, cour­tesy of DAI

Per­form­ers are seen dur­ing the spe­cial tra­di­tional ‘Hab­ban’ mu­sic night per­formed by Fad­hel Kank­ouni at the Yar­mouk Cul­tural Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day evening. The ‘hab­ban’ or bag­pipe is a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment with reed pipes that are sounded by the pres­sure of wind emit­ted from a bag squeezed by the player’s arm.

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