World Food Program names King Abdullah "Champion in the Battle Against Hunger"

January 30, 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) awarded its "Champion in the Battle Against Hunger" for 2008 Prize to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz at a ceremony held last night in Davos, Switzerland.


The prize was presented by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, who expressed great thanks to King Abdullah for his support. She described King Abdullah’s recent $500 million donation to the WFP as a beacon of hope for the poorest and neediest in the world.

Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Alireza accepted the award on behalf of King Abdullah. During his remarks, Minister Alireza declared, "I am honored to receive this distinguished award on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who, by accepting it, dispatches a broad message to the world that we have to bear a shared responsibility to combat hunger, which is of urgent importance in the light of the current economic crisis and its impacts."

A number of dignitaries attended the ceremony, including former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Saudi Ambassador to Switzerland Hazem bin Mohammed Kriqtly.