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Poland elected member of the World Food Programme Executive Board

28.07.2020

Involvement in the work of the Executive Board during a three-year term, starting in 2021, will allow Poland to take active part in setting out the course of humanitarian operations across the globe.

World Food Programme

By the decision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Poland was elected a member of the World Food Programme Executive Board for a three-year term from 2021 to 2023. The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation which fights famine and malnutrition. Through its work, WFP plays a key role in achieving the sustainable development goals. WFP helps the victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises and supports the poorest countries by providing food aid and carrying out projects aimed at increasing food production.

 

The Executive Board’s main task consists in drawing up and coordinating short- and long-term food assistance policy, providing intergovernmental supervision and guiding the activities of the World Food Programme, including approving budgets, programmes, projects and any other actions submitted to the Board by WFP Executive Director.

 

Poland’s re-election to this body, bringing together 36 UN member states, reflects its standing within the United Nations system. In the face of a serious threat of deteriorating food security across the globe caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Poland’s involvement in the work of the WFP Executive Board, will allow our country to take active part in setting out the course of humanitarian operations across the globe.

 

Poland will be represented on the WFP Executive Board by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. In 2020, Poland’s Permanent Representative to the FAO, the WFP and the IFAD is also a member of the WFP’s Executive Board Bureau.

 

So far, the most important issues raised by Poland at this forum have concerned Polish development assistance priorities, including most recently those related to the provision of humanitarian aid to Ethiopia, and cooperation to provide assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.