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UN agency, Italian energy company partner to combat hunger and climate change

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UN agency, Italian energy company partner to combat hunger and climate change

UN agency, Italian energy company partner to combat hunger and climate changeThe United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Italian energy company Enel announced today a new partnership to combat hunger and malnutrition while also reducing carbon emissions through the use of ‘green’ stoves and solar panels.The €8 million agreement was unveiled at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, where Enel pledged its commitment to support WFP’s humanitarian and environmental protection programmes such as the Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE), which provides schools, community centres and poor households with high-efficiency cooking stoves to cook food rations distributed by WFP.

SAFE also protects women against violence during firewood collection and helps combat deforestation and carbon emissions by using less fuel.

WFP has already distributed 140,000 stoves in Sudan, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Haiti. Through the new partnership, Enel and WFP will develop a business model to generate carbon emission reduction credits by analyzing the use of ‘green’ stoves.

Enel will also install solar panels to cut greenhouse gas emissions at UN humanitarian response sites used to store and handle emergency supplies in Italy, Panama, the United Arab Emirates and Ghana.

In addition, Enel Cuore, an independent, non-profit organization within the Enel Group, will support WFP’s activities in Latin America where the group is present.

The partnership is the result of a framework agreement for cooperation was signed in June 2011 by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran and Enel chief executive officer Fulvio Conti.

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About United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Fighting hunger worldwide

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The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

“In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.”

WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome — the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) — as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.

In 2011 we aim to reach more than 90 million people with food assistance in more than 70 countries. Around 10,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.

WFP’s five objectives:

  1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies
  2. Prepare for emergencies
  3. Restore and rebuild lives after emergencies
  4. Reduce chronic hunger and undernutrition everywhere
  5. Strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger

WFP’s Mission statement

WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. ¹ The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid.

Targeted interventions are needed to help to improve the lives of the poorest people – people who, either permanently or during crisis periods, are unable to produce enough food or do not have the resources to otherwise obtain the food that they and their households require for active and healthy lives.

Consistent with its mandate, which also reflects the principle of universality, WFP will continue to:

  • use food aid to support economic and social development;
  • meet refugee and other emergency food needs, and the associated logistics support; and
  • promote world food security in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations and FAO.

The core policies and strategies that govern WFP activities are to provide food aid:

  • to save lives in refugee and other emergency situations;
  • to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives; and
  • to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through labour-intensive works programmes.

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> United Nations (UN).

The General Assembly in session. Photo credit: UN / Eskinder Debebe The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals 192 countries.

When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes:

  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights;
  • and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

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