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Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
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Josette Sheeran is the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 200617 , and began her tenure April 2007. Prior to this post, she served as the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in the State Department since August 2005.

As Executive Director of WFP, Sheeran is responsible for managing the world's largest humanitarian organization with nearly 11,000 staff worldwide. WFP provides emergency food aid to the world's hungry as well as addresses the causes of chronic hunger. The UN estimates that there are more than 850,000,000 hungry and malnourished people WHAT IS HUNGER? World Food Programme1 , disproportionately represented by women and children who are often victims of war and natural disasters; those who do not have access to safe drinking water or sanitation; orphans and families affected by HIV/AIDS; and schoolchildren in poor communities.

"I think we can, in our lifetime, win the battle against hunger because we now have the science, technology, know-how and the logistics to be able to meet hunger where it comes," Ms Sheeran said."World hunger can end in our lifetime: UN". Reuters in Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW, Australia: Fairfax Media, Ltd). 2007-04-19 2

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, who was told of the decision and jumped the gun on the official announcement, said the United States was very pleased and called Sheeran "extraordinarily well-qualified."Associated Press (2006-11-07). "U.S. diplomat to head U.N. food program". USA Today 3

Sheeran has outlined seven reasons why chronic hunger can be overcome and has expressed commitment to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger and poverty by 2015.Sheeran, Josette (2006-10-19). [ "Seven Reasons Why We Can End Hunger in Our Lifetime"] (PDF). The World Food PrizeDes Moines, Iowa4

"Those pictures of children with swollen bellies will be a thing of history."2

The World Food Programme, founded in 1963, last year provided food to more than 90 million poor people in more than 80 countries worldwide. Its annual budget was US$1.7 billion in 1993.The World Food Programme at 30: fighting hunger, feeding hope - includes statistics - United Nations developments UN Chronicle, Sept, 1993.5 In 2008, it had a budget of US$3 billion and employed 10,000 people in 78 countries.Not by bread alone Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI, April 21, 2008 "Sheeran heads a U.N. organization that employs 10,000 in 78 countries with a budget of $3 billion that rations food to some 80 million. Onetime deputy U.S. trade representative, she pushed the global food crisis to the top of the agenda for world leaders meeting in Washington for the spring meetings of IMF and the World Bank. She has also succeeded in making hunger the top priority for the next G8 meeting of industrialized nations in Tokyo July 7."6

In April 2008, Sheeran attracted worldwide attention with a speech in London warning about an impending worldwide food crisis, which she likened to a "silent tsunami"Time7 and lobbyed the United States and other governments to give more aid to the world's poor.UPI8 In January 2009, Sheeran called on the government of Israel to allow more UN food aid to the people in Gaza during the conflict there.UN to resume aid distribution in Gaza, AFP, January 10, 2009 UN to boost food distribution in Gaza, Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2009.10 

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