Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to World Food Program

World Food Program in South Sudan Source: Good News Network

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Program “for its efforts to combat hunger and bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas by seeking to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon.”

The World Food Program (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization that feeds the hungry.  In 2019, the United Nations’ WFP assisted nearly 100 million people in more than 80 countries to address acute hunger and systemic food insecurity.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the WFP has intensified its efforts to address the increased demand caused by the economic recession.  The organization stated, “Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos.”

In naming WFP its 2020 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the Nobel Committee emphasized that providing assistance to families in need and combating global food insecurities the WFP is working to promote peace and stability.

The WFP was an active participant in the diplomatic negotiations that culminated in May 2018 in the Security Council’s resolution that explicitly recognized food insecurity as a direct cause and contributor to conflicts.

The Nobel Committee stated in remarks that it wishes to “turn the eyes of the world towards… advancing the fraternity of nations referred to in Alfred Nobel’s will. As the UN’s largest specialized agency, the WFP is a modern version of the peace congresses that the Nobel Peace Prize is intended to promote.”

“The work of the World Food Program to the benefit of humankind is an endeavor that all the nations of the world should be able to endorse and support.”

Source: Good News Network