Bangladesh becomes WFP executive board president for 2022

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Bangladesh has unanimously been elected as president of the 36-Member Executive Board of the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP) for the year 2022.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative to the FAO, IFAD and WFP Md Shameem Ahsan assumed the charges as President by acclamation of all Member States on Monday, a foreign ministry press release said here today.

With the Presidency, Bangladesh will lead the Board supporting WFP efforts in providing life-saving assistance in humanitarian crises, particularly in conflict affected countries and under the current COVID-19 pandemic, which is lasting longer than expected.

In his introductory remark, Ambassador Ahsan reiterated that the WFP has a crucial role to play in supporting food security for many of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

“As members of the Executive Board, we have the responsibility to provide guidance and help WFP deliver on its mandate,” he added.