The World Meals Program, a United Nations company that battles starvation and meals insecurity all over the world, has gained the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
The WFP, which feeds greater than 90 million folks 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 pressure in efforts to stop using starvation as a weapon of conflict and battle,” the Nobel Committee’s chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen, stated Friday.
“The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a robust upsurge within the variety of victims of starvation on the planet,” she stated.
“Within the face of the pandemic, the World Meals Program has demonstrated a powerful capability to accentuate its efforts.”
Reiss-Andersen cited the WFP’s work in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, which has precipitated millions all over the world to go hungry. “Because the group itself has acknowledged: Till the day we’ve got a vaccine, meals is the most effective vaccine towards chaos,” Reiss-Andersen stated.
The WFP, which is funded completely by voluntary donations, will obtain a money prize of $1.1 million. “This can be a highly effective reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand-in-hand,” the WFP stated in a statement Friday morning thanking the committee for the award.
One of many world’s most well-known — and at times controversial — awards, the Nobel Peace Prize has been handed out more than 100 times, going back to 1901. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won last year for serving to to “obtain peace and worldwide cooperation” with neighbor Eritrea. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who gained in 2016, has said that the accolade had helped him obtain the “not possible dream” of ending his nation’s decadeslong civil conflict.