US diplomat Cindy McCain to head up UN food agency

ROME – US diplomat Cindy McCain has been appointed new executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), the Rome-based UN agency said on Thursday.

Mrs McCain, 68, will replace Mr David Beasley in April, tweeted that she was “deeply honoured” to take over at the helm of an organisation which has been getting emergency aid to for nearly six decades.

The heiress to the Hensley Beverage Company in Phoenix, Mrs McCain is the widow of John McCain, the unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidate and Republican US senator from Arizona figure who died in 2018.

She is currently the United States' permanent representative to the UN in the Italian .

WFP, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020, provided aid to 158 million people in 2022, and received US$14 billion (S$18 billion) in funding.

The United States is the agency's largest contributor, ahead of Germany, Canada and Sweden.

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