World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UN Food Agency Teams Up With Islamic Relief Group

UN Food Agency Teams Up With Islamic Relief Group to Boost Aid for Poor And Hungry

New York, Dec 1 2006 12:00PM

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed an agreement with the international Islamic aid organization, Islamic Relief Worldwide, to increase cooperation on vital feeding programmes for the poor regardless of colour or creed, both for immediate emergency relief and longer-term initiatives.

“This is a team that can make a real difference to the lives of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said. “For many years, WFP has worked alongside Islamic Relief in crises as diverse as the Pakistan
earthquake and the conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Strengthening our relationship in this way is the logical next step.”

The partnership will aid the poor and the hungry irrespective of religion but it recognizes that the majority of WFP beneficiaries are from the Muslim world. On average, WFP feeds around 90 million people a year and more than half of these come from Muslim communities.

“Whether it is in Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, or the occupied Palestinian territory, we rely heavily on our colleagues in organizations like Islamic Relief because of their strong contacts in the Muslim world,” Mr. Morris said. “As we learned in Lebanon, when the conflict [with Israel] erupted this summer, it is important to have allegiances like this to ensure we can deliver aid quickly and effectively to those who need it most.”

WFP currently has more than 2,000 operational partnerships around the world, some with small community based organizations, and others with large international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The partnership between WFP and Islamic Relief will encompass everything from emergency operations where food is distributed rapidly to large populations in immediate need to longer-term interventions such as school feeding or rehabilitation programmes for countries emerging from natural or man-made disasters.

“I am very happy with this formalization of our relationship, as the signing of this memorandum of understanding brings this successful cooperation to the limelight,” Islamic Relief President Hany El Banna said, stressing that it offers new opportunities to “improve the way in which we serve the world’s poorest communities and our ability to empower them to lift themselves out of poverty.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Euro-Med Monitor: Sudan Military Coup Shatters Democratic Path, Threatens With Authoritarian Rule Return
The Sudanese army's seizure of power in the country diminishes the hard-won human rights and civil gains achieved after the December 2018 protests, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said today in a statement...More>>


Weather: Pacific Likely To Experience Double Dip La Niña Episode

The Pacific is likely to experience a rare occurrence of what is called a double dip La Niña in the coming months, Climate models and predictions tools used by Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological services (NMHSs) show...
More>>

CNS: Will India's 1 Billion Vaccination-dose-milestone Be Catalytic For Vaccinating All?

On 21 October 2021, India crossed its milestone of administering over 1 billion (100 crores) doses within 278 days since it began the vaccination rollout (on 16th January 2021)... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


Pacific: Young Climate Leaders Call For Urgent Climate Action Ahead Of COP26

Eight Pacific Young Climate Leaders shared their experiences of climate resilience and activism in an inaugural dialogue with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Mr Henry Puna on 21 October 2021... More>>

UN: With Clock Ticking, Sustainable Transport Key To Global Goals
From electric cars and buses to zero-carbon producing energy sources, new and emerging technologies along with innovative policy changes, are critical for combating climate change. But to be effective, they must ensure that transport strategies benefit everyone, including the poorest... More>>


COP26: 7 Climate Action Highlights To Remember

A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum... More>>