Joint statement by UNDP, WFP on cooperation between agencies

24 Sep 2010

Statement by Helen Clark UNDP Administrator and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on closer cooperation between their agencies

NEW YORK - Today we have signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement which aims to redouble our efforts to help the poor and hungry.

To help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we need to reach beyond business as usual to support countries build back better after conflicts and natural disasters and assist those nations that continue to struggle with protracted crises.

We have committed to collaborating in programmes that can bridge relief and recovery, such as Food for Work, and Cash for Work, that  help empower communities struggling to feed and shelter their families after a  natural disaster, or after emerging from conflict.  From this year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, to the recent floods in Pakistan, WFP and UNDP have been working together to provide this vital partnership  in the aftermath of disasters.

If we want to reach the Millennium Development Goals, we need to continue to work together to help countries build back better after these natural disasters and assist those nations that continue to struggle with protracted crises.

In 2009, WFP and UNDP collaborated in the field on 67 projects in 43 countries across the world.  This new global agreement will help to strengthen and develop further a relationship that is already delivering dividends for the poor and the hungry.