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UN World Food Programme For EWCII Bonn, 16-18 October 2003 The World Food Programme (WFP) is the frontline agency within the United Nations in the fight against global hunger. It operates at the request of National Governments and the UN SG In 2002, WFP assisted 72 million people in 82 countries suffering from hunger because of interrelated crises: natural disasters, conflict, extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Last year, WFPs largest challenge was to respond rapidly to an unprecedented number of weather-related disasters that caused large-scale food insecurity throughout Africa (Southern Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea) while meeting the needs of ongoing humanitarian operations worldwide.
UN World Food Programme For EWCII Bonn, 16-18 October 2003 DATABASE DEVELOPMENT Building an internal data- base that makes use of the wealth of information, historical data, and trends available globally. Includes data on natural hazards, refugees and IDPs, as well as internal WFP operational statistics. MONITORING SYSTEM Monitoring system based on external sources of special- ised early warning informa- tion and on internal WFP field reports. Monitoring covers drought, floods, tropical storms, socio-political trends, vol- canic and seismic activity. EXECUTIVE BRIEF: COUNTRIES OF CONCERN Other United Nations Agencies, NGOs, etc. Daily EWDs IM Platform Field level info exchange MGMT EPR Outputs Global forecasting Global mgmt plan Global resource positioning Contingency Planning (including inter-agency) Upfront EPR funding Policies and knowledge base (risk mgmt, mitigation, EPR) Security and staff safety Enhanced info-sharing with Gos, other UN agencies/partners, and donors Information preparedness tools Analysis and communication Hazard calendars Sample of Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Preparedness Process at WFP
UN World Food Programme For EWCII Bonn, 16-18 October 2003
UN World Food Programme For EWCII Bonn, 16-18 October 2003 Some lessons… Information mgmt is a complex process but the output message must be simple and accessible, tailored to mgmt decision making Messages must be accurate, comparable, consistent: standards are necessary to enhance global oversight, prioritisation and consolidation The EW function must be integrated into EPR frameworks and practice. EW standing alone is just information. Humanitarian organizations must invest on strengthening EW and EPR: an informed manager is a good manager. Good EW and EPR make all of us more accountable AND Donors must share responsibilities. The principle of accountability early warning – early action must extend to the whole international community.
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