2020 Nobel Peace Prize: World Meals Programme Wins
The World Food Program, a United Nations organization that fights hunger and food shortages around the world, has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
WFP, which feeds more than 90 million people a year, has received the coveted prize “for fighting hunger, for helping to stabilize conflict-affected areas and for preventing the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” a Nobel Committee chair , by Berit Reiss-Andersen, said Friday.
“The coronavirus epidemic has contributed to a dramatic rise in the number of people affected by famine around the world,” he said.
“In the face of the epidemic, the World Food Program has shown impressive potential to expand its work.”
Reiss-Andersen cited WFP’s role in the coronavirus epidemic, which has caused millions worldwide to starve. “As the agency itself has said: Until the day we have a vaccine, food is the best vaccine against depression,” said Reiss-Andersen.
WFP, funded by voluntary donations, receives $ 1.1 million in funding. “This is a powerful reminder around the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand in hand,” WFP said in a statement Friday morning thanking the committee for the award.
One of the world’s most prestigious awards – and sometimes controversial -, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded more than $ 100 million back in 1901. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won last year to help “achieve world peace and unity” with a neighbor Eritrea. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who won in 2016, says the honor helped him achieve the “impossible dream” of ending a 40-year civil war.