|Global community can end hunger: WFP director||
TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) executive director says the global community has the tools to make this generation the last generation of hungry people in the world.
“We, as the global community, are not only able to fight hunger but to end hunger and to ensure that we are not just filling the stomachs but to provide people with tools so that they can ultimately feed themselves,” Ertharin Cousin told a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
The WFP executive director arrived in Tehran on Monday for a two-day visit and met with a number of governmental officials, including Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi, and other local authorities.
She also visited Shahid Naseri refugee camp hosting Afghans in Saveh County, around 100 km southwest of Tehran, which the WFP has been providing with food assistance for years.
Cousin thanked the Iranian people and government for keeping open its borders to the neighboring people and said, “The Iranian people have shown great generosity in hosting one of the largest refugee populations in the world for more than three decades.”
The UN director noted that WFP’s food assistance does not meet the needs of the refugees in Iran and said the organization is feeding only three percent of the most vulnerable refugees in the country.
She also called on the international community to increase their support for the UN mission in Iran.
On WFP’s programs to serve the Syrian people who have been affected by the ongoing conflict, she said the WFP is feeding 4.25 million people inside Syria and 1.6 people outside Syria in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.
Elsewhere in her remarks, she said that the Iranian people were the first private citizens who raised funds up to $150,000 for the people affected by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013 and also they were among the first people to respond to WFP’s call to help the people in the Horn of Africa and donated $250,000 to the African people.
According to Cousin, the WFP raised 4.2 billion dollars in 2013 to feed 90 million people in over 80 countries around the world.
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