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[World Food Program] by Jorge Candeias, 28 July 2003

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Use of the flag

 I came cross an interview with James Morris, the director of the World Food Programme, published last 19 of July (2003).

The WFP is a UN agency that coordinates emergency food deliveries in those countries and regions where hunger is a major problem and the states have no means to provide this aid themselves. It has a site at where you can find more information.

The interview came illustrated with a photo of James Morris in front of a cloth, presumably a flag, bearing the organization's symbol. The site, however, shows the same symbol but with a different sigla. Where the picture has PAM, the site shows WFP. The site also shows the symbol on different backgrounds and in different colours. So what are the colours of the flag? The answer needed some digging, but at one can find a picture of a high
WFP official in front of a flag, in colour. It turns out that the flag is white with the symbol in UN blue.

But why different siglas? This is, apparently, a language thing, and there is the likeliness that other versions of the symbol (and therefore of the flag) are made with the sigla in different languages. WFP is the sigla in English, and that's probably how the standard flag appears. PAM is the sigla in Portuguese and a number of other Latin languages (in Portuguese the organization is called "Programa Alimentar Mundial"). So, there are at least these two variations of the flag, which I have drawn here.

Jorge Candeias, 28 July 2003

[World Food Program] by Jorge Candeias, 28 July 2003

The second one is also valid in Spanish-speaking countries, since "Programa Alimentario Mundial" is the Spanish name of WFP.

Santiago Dotor, 30 July 2003