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WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin is in New York this week, taking part in a range of hunger-related events in and around the UN General Assembly. Here are the day-by-day highlights:Monday, Sept 23
Even before the U.N. General Assembly formally convened on 24 September, WFP was engaged in helping to keep hunger at the forefront of this annual gathering of world leaders.
Hunger and food security are critical issues that shape many other U.N. priorities, and the many related events and discussions on the eve of UNGA provided an opportunity to underline the urgency of WFP's work in seriously food-insecure areas. While discussions will focus on all parts of the globe, much of the debate in the lead-up to UNGA naturally have been about Syria, including efforts to secure access to areas closed off due to conflict.
Among the actions taken by WFP in the day or so before UNGA opened:Executive Director Ertharin Cousin served as a judge at the prestigious Hult Prize competition, which awards US$1 million in seed money to an exceptional business concept for solving a global development problem. The competition is organized by the Clinton Global Initiative. Cousin took part in a "high-level" meeting hosted by the Secretary-General on "Millenium Development Goals: Momentum Toward 2015 and Beyond" Cousin participated in a roundtable discussion on nutrition co-chaired by Ghana's former President John Kufuor and Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Cousin spoke at a special forum on protecting children in humanitarian emergencies and conflicts Associate Executive Director Elisabeth Rasmusson spoke at a UN Inter-Agency Meeting on "Inclusive Finance for Development" Cousin and Rasmusson met privately with representatives of several countries that support WFP's work, to report on goals achieved and discuss future need.