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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Deputy FM meets UN's WFP Director General

  • [01] Deputy FM meets UN's WFP Director General

    The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and the Greek foreign ministry's Hellenic Aid on Friday made their first steps for the implementation of a strategy of cooperation, with a seminar which was held at the ministry for entrepreneurs who wish to participate in the international food aid programme.

    "Greece has the potential of playing a leading role, supporting the poor countries with its participation through the organisation in food aid programmes and at the same time the business and shipping community can participate in the promotion of their products or in the transportation of products which are sent to poor countries," said Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, who heads Hellenic Aid, in the presence of WFP Director General John Powell.

    Greece, which has been incorporated in the group of donor countries since 1999, and has humanitarian presence in 46 countries, signed last Spring in Rome a strategic agreement, which makes systematic its cooperation with WFP.

    Hellenic Aid over the past three years granted aid to WFP amounting to three million euros and the Greek ship owners received from the organisation, for the transportation of humanitarian products, 17 million euros, Stylianidis pointed out.

    On his part, Powell referred to the effectiveness of the organisation which he heads, saying that for every euro which is offered, 93 cents reach their destination. He said that in 2005, WFP sent aid to 97 million people in 80 countries, of which 58 million were childrem.


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