World Food Programme awarded 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, on Friday, awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP).
The WFP plays an essential role in multilateral cooperation in making food security an instrument of peace. It contributed strongly towards mobilising the UN Member States to combat the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
“The WFP was honoured for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict,” said Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen.
“With this year’s award, the Committee wishes to turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger,” she said.
Apart from the WFP, 211 individuals and 107 organisations were nominated for this year’s prize including Greta Thunberg.