Head of Nobel Prize-winning UN World Food Program to stop


ROME — The chief director of the United Nations World Food Program, which received the Nobel Peace Prize two years in the past, says he’ll step down on the finish of a six-year time period heading the world’s largest humanitarian group.

David Beasley, a Republican, served one time period as South Carolina’s governor from 1995 to 1999. In an announcement Saturday, Beasley mentioned he’ll exit his function on the conclusion of his time period in April 2023.

“Serving in this capacity has been the greatest joy and deepest heartache of my life,” Beasley mentioned. “Thanks to the generosity of governments and individuals, we have fed so many millions of people. But the reality is we have not been able to feed them all — and the tragedy of extreme hunger in a wealthy world persists.”

Beasley was appointed to the U.N. put up in 2017 by then-U.S. President Donald Trump, and was beneficial for the job by Nikki Haley, one other former South Carolina governor. Haley additionally served because the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. throughout the Trump administration. Beasley succeeded Ertharin Cousin, an American lawyer and former U.S. ambassador.

The World Food Program received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for combating starvation and searching for to finish its use as “a weapon of war and conflict” at a time when the coronavirus pandemic threatened to exacerbate hunger.

In March 2022, Beasley’s time period was prolonged underneath the Biden administration for an additional yr. In September, he mentioned that when he assumed his function in 2017, solely 80 million individuals all over the world had been headed towards hunger. However local weather issues, the COVID-19 pandemic and the warfare in Ukraine elevated that quantity to 135 million.

The Rome-based World Food Program was established in 1961 on the behest of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and has introduced assist to a number of crises, together with Ethiopia’s famine of 1984, the Asian tsunami of 2004 and the Haiti earthquake of 2010.

Beasley mentioned the method to pick out his successor has already begun.

This story has been corrected to replicate that Beasley’s time period was prolonged in March 2022, not March 2021.

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