The World Meals Program, a United Nations company that battles starvation and meals insecurity world wide, has gained the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
The WFP, which feeds greater than 90 million individuals a yr, earned the extremely coveted award “for its efforts to fight starvation, for its contribution to bettering situations for peace in conflict-affected areas and for appearing as a driving drive in efforts to forestall using starvation as a weapon of battle and battle,” the Nobel Committee’s chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen, mentioned Friday.
“The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a powerful upsurge within the variety of victims of starvation on this planet,” she mentioned.
“Within the face of the pandemic, the World Meals Program has demonstrated a formidable potential to accentuate its efforts.”
Reiss-Andersen cited the WFP’s work throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which has triggered thousands and thousands world wide to go hungry. “Because the group itself has said: Till the day now we have a vaccine, meals is the most effective vaccine in opposition to chaos,” Reiss-Andersen mentioned.
The WFP, which is funded fully by voluntary donations, will obtain a money prize of $1.1 million. “It is a highly effective reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand-in-hand,” the WFP mentioned in a assertion Friday morning thanking the committee for the award.
One of many world’s most well-known — and at occasions controversial — awards, the Nobel Peace Prize has been handed out greater than 100 occasions, going again to 1901. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gained final yr for serving to to “obtain peace and worldwide cooperation” with neighbor Eritrea. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who gained in 2016, has mentioned that the accolade had helped him obtain the “unattainable dream” of ending his nation’s decadeslong civil battle.