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WCC congratulates new head of World Food Programme

16 May 2017

As David Beasley assumed his new role of executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Council of Churches (WCC) offered its congratulations via a letter from WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

Beasley, formerly chair of the Center for Global Strategies, began his term on 4 April.

Tveit wished Beasley success in his new endeavors, and offered prayers for a dynamic and transformative leadership experience.

“We sincerely appreciate the work performed by the WFP in serving communities worldwide, especially those most in need of emergency assistance, relief, and rehabilitation, for food and sustenance, in situations of crisis and conflicts,” Tveit wrote. “We support WFP's reaching out to faith communities to strengthen the strategic and operational effectiveness of the work of WFP. We are keen to make this a reality.”

Tveit also acknowledged the WFP’s role in identifying faith communities as key players in providing emergency assistance, overcoming hunger and promoting health and wellbeing.

Next week, on 21 May, WCC will join other faith partners in observing a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, an appeal that has been endorsed by more than 75 organizations and churches representing more than one billion people worldwide.

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