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Annual session of the WFP Executive Board held in Rome

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Rom, 10 – 14 June 2019 - The Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held its annual session last week in Rome.

Annual Session of the Executive Board
Annual Session of the Executive Board© WFP / Giulio Napolitano

Currently Egypt presides over the Executive Board.

Ambassador Seidenberger, in his capacity as Vice-President, chaired the meeting in the first two days.

Topics of the week-long event included the adoption of 15 WFP Country Strategic Plans to combat hunger and malnutrition based on national needs.

King Letsie III of Lesotho was the high-ranking guest of honor at this annual session of the Executive Board.

Background Information

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is led by an Executive Board consisting of 36 member states, which supports WFP in strategy development and monitors WFP programmes.

WFP is managed by the Executive Director. Since 2017 this has been David Beasley (USA).

WFP's orientation is determined by its Strategic Plan, which is renewed every four years.

Executive Director David Beasley, King Letsie III of Lesotho, Ambassador Ulrich Seidenberger
Executive Director David Beasley, King Letsie III of Lesotho, Ambassador Ulrich Seidenberger© WFP / Giulio Napolitano

WFP is funded exclusively by voluntary contributions.

Germany is the second largest bilateral donor to WFP after the USA.

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