US Ambassador Cindy McCain to go UN World Food Program


UNITED NATIONS — U.S. Ambassador Cindy McCain was appointed head Thursday of the U.N. World Food Program, the world’s largest humanitarian group which goals to assist almost 150 million individuals confronting conflicts, disasters and impacts of local weather change this 12 months.

The appointment of McCain, widow of Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain. was collectively introduced by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Qu Dongyu.

McCain has been the U.S. envoy to Rome-based WFP and FAO since November 2021, and the U.N. and FAO chiefs known as her “a champion for human rights” with “a long history of giving a voice to the voiceless.”

McCain will succeed David Beasley, a former South Carolina governor who has led WFP over the past six years together with by way of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide meals disaster sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Beasley was on the helm when the World Food Program was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 partially for being “a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”

Guterres and Qu praised Beasley for his “deep compassion.”

“He has humanized for the world the women and children most affected by hunger and has used his powerful voice to bring awareness and substantial resources to one crisis after another,” they mentioned within the joint announcement.

Beasley’s time period ends April 4 and McCain then takes over as govt director. Her appointment was made after session with WFP’s govt board.

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The board’s president, Poland’s Ambassador Andrej Pollok, welcomed her choice., saying she takes over “”at a second when the world confronts essentially the most critical meals safety disaster in trendy historical past.”

An advocate for youngsters, McCain has served on the board of administrators for Operation Smile, a nonprofit group devoted to addressing facial deformities for youngsters all over the world, visiting India, Morocco and Vietnam, the joint announcement mentioned.

McCain additionally based the American Voluntary Medical Team which offers emergency medical and surgical care to impoverished kids all through the world, the UN and FAO chiefs mentioned. And she traveled extensively in her private capability on behalf of WFP, visiting mom and youngster feeding packages in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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