Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

Kurara Chibana has been appointed as the first National Ambassador to Japan for the WFP. At the Nippon Press Center Building in Tokyo on December 13, Elisabeth Rasmusson, WFP's Assistant Executive Director (right) gave her a commemorative coin as a symbolic payment for her dedication.


December 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Kurara Chibana, a 31-year-old model from Okinawa, as their first national ambassador to Japan. She will carry out a public relations role for the WFP during her two-year tenure. At the swearing-in ceremony at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Chibana said, “Through my passion and drive I would like to convey the mission of the WFP to as many people as possible. I will go wherever emergency relief efforts are happening.” Originally from Naha, Chibana came second in the Miss Universe Competition in 2006. Since her appointment as a WFP Celebrity Partner in 2007, she has been involved in public relations activities for school lunch programs in developing countries.

WFP’s Assistant Executive Director Elisabeth Rasmusson said at the press conference that they are proud to welcome Kurara Chibana as their first national ambassador to Japan. Rasmusson referred to the plight of the people in the Philippines, saying that in some cases food cannot be delivered because of significant damage to infrastructure. Reflecting on when she visited the Philippines after a typhoon hit in 2009, Chibana said, “Despite there being less news coverage now, the reconstruction has by no means ended. I would people to help us with fund-raising.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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