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Mar 8, 2023

Cindy McCain named new UN WFP chief

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Ms. Cindy McCain
Ms. Cindy McCain

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has appointed Ambassador Cindy McCain as the next Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP).

For over 60 years, WFP has played a vital role in addressing global hunger, poverty, and undernutrition worldwide, helping feed millions of people in desperate need.

WFP plays a crucial role in the international community’s efforts to respond to the worsening global food security crisis.

She will take over from fellow American, David Beasley, Outgoing WFP Executive Director David Beasley has been serving WFP since 2017 whose six years term comes to end on April 4.

It is to be known that the United States is the largest contributor to the WFP which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

The wife of the late US Senator and Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, currently Cindy McCain is serving as the United States Ambassador to the UN agencies in Rome.

Ms. McCain is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. She has a long track record in non-profit and humanitarian work, having served on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E., CARE, Operation Smile, the Halo Trust and the advisory boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters.

“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and spend time both in Rome and in the field, deepening my understanding of WFP’s vital work, and making sure it continues to grow to meet the needs of a hungry world”, said Ms. McCain.

WFP provided more than 158 million people with food, cash and vouchers last year, more than in any previous year, and received a record US $14 billion in funding, the agency noted.