2020 Nobel Peace Prize: World Meals Program Wins
The World Food Program, a United Nations organization that fights hunger and food insecurity around the world, won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
The WFP, which feeds more than 90 million people annually, received the coveted award “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to improving conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas, and as a driving force in efforts to achieve.” Prevent hunger from being used as a weapon for war and conflict, “said Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen on Friday.
“The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a sharp increase in the number of hunger victims in the world,” she said.
“In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Program has shown an impressive ability to intensify its efforts.”
Reiss-Andersen cited the work of the WFP during the coronavirus pandemic that starved millions of people around the world. “As the organization itself noted, until the day we have a vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos,” said Reiss-Andersen.
The WFP, which is funded entirely through voluntary donations, will receive a cash award of $ 1.1 million. “This is a strong reminder to the world that peace and #zeroHunger go hand in hand,” said the WFP in a statement on Friday morning, thanking the committee for the award.
The Nobel Peace Prize, one of the most famous – and at times controversial – awards in the world, has been awarded more than 100 times since 1901. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won last year because he contributed to “achieving peace and international cooperation” in neighboring Eritrea. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who won in 2016, said the award helped him achieve the “impossible dream” of ending his country’s decades of civil war.