Elon Musk has asked the Director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, David Beasley, to prove that two per cent of his wealth can solve world hunger.
Beasley was quoted by CNN to have said that a one-time payment of two per cent wealth of billionaires alike can solve global hunger, citing specifically the world’s two richest men, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Though Musk agreed to give his money but gave a condition that UN must publish how the money will be spent publicly.
“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,” Musk tweeted
“But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent,” he added
Musk, who is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has a total worth of over $300 billion.
Beasley later denied saying so.
The UN official reacted, “We’ve never said $6B [billion] would solve world hunger. This is a one-time donation to save 42 million lives during this unprecedented hunger crisis. The $8.4B you refer to covers what we needed to reach 115 million people in 2020 with food assistance.
“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.”
He also hit back at Elon Musk saying, “Let’s talk: It isn’t as complicated as Falcon Heavy, but too much at stake to not at least have a conversation. I can be on the next flight to you. Throw me out if you don’t like what you hear!”
Musk replied back, saying, “Please publish your current & proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where money goes.”
He even posted a link to an article that alleged s3xual abuse by UN officials.