EU-WFP cooperation

EU Status in WFP

Legally speaking, the EC is not a member of the WFP, but has a privileged status on its Executive Board and sits at the main table as special observer. This is a unique situation in the context of the Executive Board, which is a restricted body of Members who participate on the basis of a rotation system. This unique status offers the advantage for the EU to sit permanently at the Executive Board and is a reflection of the importance of the EU’s position as one of the major donors.

EU financial contribution to WFP

ECHO is among WFP’s top donors. Every year, ECHO supports WFP operations in more than 30 countries including responses such as in Haiti, Pakistan and the Horn of Africa. ECHO’s support also funds innovative new projects such as cash-and-voucher programmes as well as enhancements to WFP’s logistic capacity.

The European Union is one of the largest donors to WFP with a total contribution of € 250 million in 2015.

EU partnership with WFP

In order to consolidate their relations, the EU and the WFP signed on 2 September 2005, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), by which they confirmed their intention to establish a Strategic Partnership in order to fight world hunger. WFP is fully committed to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG2 ("end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture"). In order to maintain a close relationship with WFP, an annual Strategic Dialogue takes place every year. Besides, regular dialogue between the EU and the WFP is ensured by the EU Delegation in Rome and the WFP Office in Brussels, to enhance EU/WFP relations and improve EU's total contributions.

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