United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has nominated another former South Carolina governor to lead a major UN agency.
The Charleston Post and Courier reports that Haley this week sent a letter to the U.N. Secretary General’s Office that nominates David Beasley to lead the World Food Programme (WFP). In the letter, Haley said Beasley has the business and organization qualities needed to lead the WFP.
Beasley was elected governor in 1994 and served one term. The Darlington County Republican has since co-founded an international missionary aid firm Center for Global Strategies, Limited.
The WFP bills itself as the world’s largest humanitarian organization. It has a workforce of 13,500 people delivering food to more than 90 million people in 80 countries.
Haley’s letter said that the agency is facing formidable challenges in its mission to end hunger and malnutrition, whether it is in “Yemen, Syria, Somalia or dozens of places worldwide.”
“In his recent peace-building and development work, he honed the skills of international diplomacy, with an eye toward lifting up the vulnerable and disadvantaged,” the letter states.
She went on to mention corruption, terrorism and natural disasters as some of the major problems facing the organization’s effort to get food to those who need it desperately and are struggling to stay alive.