Newsy 10 Oct 2020

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To U.N.'s World Food Program


Program officials told The Associated Press the organization shares the award with all of its partners who put their lives on the line every day.

Program officials told The Associated Press the organization shares the award with all of its partners who put their lives on the line every day.

9 October 2020

I am delighted by the decision of the Nobel Committee to award this year's Prize for Peace to the United Nations World Food Programme.

I warmly congratulate David Beasley, WFP Executive Director, and the entire staff of the World Food Programme, on this recognition.

The World Food Programme is the world's first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity.

In a world of plenty, it is unconscionable that hundreds of millions go to bed each night hungry. Millions more are now on the precipice of famine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In my ten years as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, I had the privilege to work hand-in-hand with my colleagues from the World Food Programme.

I have seen them in the most remote and dangerous locations with enormous courage, dedication and competence serving the most vulnerable of the vulnerable people of this world.

There is also a hunger everywhere for international cooperation. The World Food Programme feeds that need, too. WFP operates above the realm of politics, with humanitarian need driving its operations. The organization itself survives on voluntary contributions from UN Member States and the public at large.

Such solidarity is precisely needed now to address not only the pandemic, but other global tests of our time. We know that existential threats such as climate change will make the hunger crisis even worse. We know that achieving zero hunger is an imperative for peace.

A hungry world is not a peaceful world.

I salute the women and men of the World Food Programme — and indeed the entire UN team — for all their efforts to advance the cause of peace and the values of the United Nations today and every day.
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The UN agency is the largest humanitarian organization in the world that addresses hunger and promotes food security. "With this award, we wish to turn the world's eyes to the millions of people who face hunger and food poverty," Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the committee, announced in Oslo.

In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are the victims of acute food insecurity and hunger. The Rome-based WFP has also been instrumental in working to fight increased hunger caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Reiss-Andersen noted, adding that food insecurity is also a driving cause of conflict in the world.
World Food Program spokesperson Tomson Phiri paid credit to the U.S. among other donors after the U.N. body was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

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