The UN responded to Elon Musk with a clear plan of how his $6 billion donation would be spent



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The UN has provided Elon Musk with a "clear plan and open book" on how it would utilize $6 billion to solve world hunger.

Last month, the director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley told on CNN that a single donation from the United States' top 400 billionaires could help prevent a staggering 42 million people from dying of hunger this year.

Beasley proclaimed: "The world's in trouble and you're telling me you can't give me 36% of your net worth increase to help the world in trouble, in times like this?

"What if it was your daughter starving to death? What if it was your family starving to death? Wake up, smell the coffee, and help."

Beasley added: "$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don't reach them. It's not complicated."

In response to Beasley's comments, Musk responded on Twitter, writing: "If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it."

The Tesla CEO attached a CNN article in his tweet that had the headline: "2% of Elon Musk's wealth could solve world hunger, says director of UN food scarcity."

The entrepreneur continued: "But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent."

According to Forbes, 50-year-old Musk has a net worth of $151 billion.

In a series of responses, Beasley stated: "We need $6B plus NOW on top of our existing funding requirements due to the perfect storm from the compounding impact of Covid, conflict and climate shocks."

In a separate tweet, Beasley wrote: "6B will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to Covid/conflict/climate crises."

"Please publish your current & proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where money goes. Sunlight is a wonderful thing," Musk responded.

And earlier this week, after all the back and forth tweeting, Beasley has provided Musk with a link to the UN website which outlines where the money will be directed. He wrote alongside the link:
"The world is on fire. I've been warning about the perfect storm brewing due to Covid, conflict, climate shocks and now, rising supply chain costs.
"IT IS HERE. 45M lives are at stake-and increasing daily. If you don't feed people, you feed conflict, destabilization and mass migration.
"This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented, AND avoidable. @elonmusk, you asked for a clear plan & open books. Here it is!
"We're ready to talk with you - and anyone else - who is serious about saving lives. The ask is $6.6B to avert famine in 2022."


On the site, titled 'A one-time appeal to billionaires', the money is broken down the $6.6 billion as follows:

US$3.5 billion for food and its delivery, including the cost of shipping and transport to the country, plus warehousing and “last mile” delivery of food using air, land and river transport, contracted truck drivers and required security escorts in conflict-affected zones to distribute food to those who need it most.

US$2 billion for cash and food vouchers (including transaction fees) in places where markets can function. This type of assistance enables those most in need to buy the food of their choice and supports local economies. 

US$700 million for country-specific costs to design, scale up and manage the implementation of efficient and effective programmes for millions of tons more food and cash transfers and vouchers – adapted to the in-country conditions and operational risks in 43 countries. This includes  office and satellite-office facilities and their security, and the monitoring of distributions and results, ensuring the assistance reaches the most vulnerable.

US$400 million for global and regional operations management, administration and accountability, including coordination of global supply lines and aviation routes; global logistics coordination such as freight contracting; global monitoring and analysis of hunger worldwide; and risk management and independent auditors dedicated to oversight.

Further details on each point were provided on the site.

Musk is yet to respond to the breakdown, but let's hope this could be the start of something remarkably positive for the world.




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