United Nations appoints David Beasley to run World Food Programme

Mar 29, 2017 09:01 IST

David BeasleyAntonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to run the World Food Programme (WFP).

The WFP executive board noted Beasley’s appointment in a letter to Guterres on 28 March 2017.

Beasley will replace Etharin Cousin, who has been serving as the Executive Director of the WFP since 2012.

Beasley was among 23 applications/nominations for the job.

Who is David Beasley?

Born on 26 February 1957, David Muldrow Beasley is an American politician.

From 1995 to 1999, he served one term as the 113th Governor of South Carolina, as a member of the Republican Party.

He began his political career as a member of the Democratic Party, but switched to the Republican Party in September 1991.

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About World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the UN.

It is the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.

It provides food assistance to an average of 80 million people in 75 countries each year.

It is headquartered in Rome.

It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and part of its Executive Committee.

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