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Sweden adopts strategy for gender equality and sustainability within the UN World Food Programme

The Swedish Government has adopted a new two-year strategy for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which highlights the issues Sweden is to pursue to further strengthen the organisation’s activities. Increased local procurement, use of cash cards and coupons, and gender equality are some of our priorities. Another priority is the introduction of an environmental management system.

The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. Its primary goal is to save lives and fight hunger in disaster and emergency situations, using food assistance.

“The WFP plays an extremely important role in helping women, men and children in need. To tackle the challenges that are at record levels, where the need for urgent disaster relief has doubled in just four years, it is necessary for the WFP’s work to be honed further,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

Eighty per cent of the needs exist in areas affected by war and conflict. Many of these crises are becoming increasingly protracted, and many people are dependent on urgent disaster relief from the WFP and other actors for many years, sometimes decades.

“As the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and a major purchaser, the WFP has huge potential to influence matters in the long term as well. By purchasing more locally and giving those in need of help more cash cards and coupons, the WFP can strengthen local markets, agriculture and women’s economic position. If the WFP produces a plan for how to work in a more environmentally sustainable way, I am convinced it can work more efficiently, find synergies and free up resources,” says Ms Lövin.

The strategy is also part of Sweden’s efforts to ensure more strategic governance of the UN bodies to ensure long-term sustainable results.

In 2014, the WFP delivered 3.2 million tonnes of food assistance to approximately 80 million people in more than 80 countries. Sweden’s total support to the WFP in 2015 amounted to approximately SEK 725 million, of which SEK 550 million was core support. For 2016, core support will amount to SEK 600 million, but the total is not clear yet as payments may be made during the course of the year to specific crises.

Please visit the UN World Food Program http://www.wfp.org/

{Source: Government of Sweden – Annika Flensburg,Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin}

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