Impressions from the side events and exhibition of the EB annual session


Monday, 10 June

  • Sweden-sponsored side event on the humanitarian–development–peace nexus, in cooperation with OSZ and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) partnership with WFP: Exploring WFP’s contribution to improved prospects for peace – a presentation of initial findings from the partnerships’ first country case studies (launch of SIPRI analysis).

Tuesday, 11 June

  • Switzerland-sponsored side event on Protection: Moving Forward on Protection – How WFP is Building Safer Environments for Beneficiaries with an update on the protection strategy/policy workstream from a practical perspective and to showcase how WFP has been moving forward on various protection-related issues since June 2018.
  • Australia, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Uganda and United Kingdom-sponsored event on disability and inclusion: The Power of Inclusive Design.  This event featured TEDx speaker Elise Roy, who also addressed staff in a separate side event.  Ms. Roy is a deaf human-centred designer, former lawyer, and public speaker who works in the vanguard of the disruptive innovation movement.

Wednesday, 12 June

  • Side event hosted by the WFP Southern Africa Regional Bureau on food insecurity in Madagascar with Foreign Minister of Madagascar, H.E. Naina Andriantsitohaina, and Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan: Engagement to Address the Dire Nutrition Situation in Madagascar.
  • Belgium, Luxembourg and Mozambique co-hosted cluster side event: Coordination in Emergencies – The Role of Clusters.  Working in partnership, the event highlighted the work of WFP-led or co-led humanitarian clusters in emergency telecommunications, globl food security and logistics.

Thursday, 13 June

  • A WFP Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau-sponsored high-level side-event to showcase WFP’s first regional strategy for the Pacific.

Friday, 14 June

  • WFP Alumni Network to launch a book on WFP Cross-border Operations.

By Sarah Colbourne, Executive Board Officer, Rome