UNITED NATIONS United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to operate the Rome-dependent Earth Foods Programme (WFP), at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed slashing funding for the entire world human body and its organizations.
Beasley will switch another American, Etharin Cousin, who has been the WFP government director considering that 2012. Washington was the top contributor to WFP in 2016 with $two billion, a third of the agency’s finances.
Trump has proposed an unspecified reduce in funding for the United Nations and its organizations. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, like Beasley, is also a former governor of South Carolina.
“Mr. Beasley has a prosperity of experience that would significantly profit WFP, the United Nations and the international community at large,” Guterres wrote in a letter, witnessed by Reuters, notifying the WFP government board of the appointment.
Guterres reported Beasley, who served as South Carolina governor from 1995 to 1999, was among the 23 programs/nominations for the job. The WFP government board noted his appointment in a letter to Guterres on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols Editing by David Gregorio)