World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to combat hunger

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: October 9, 2020 3:23:04 pm

Nobel Peace Prize 2020, 2020 nobel peace prize, nobel peace prize award 2020, World Food Programme, World Food Programme Nobel prize, Nobel Prize 2020, Nobel Prize news, Nobel Prize 2020 news, World food programme UN, indian express newsThe World Food Programme’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. (Twitter/NobelPrize)

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Friday was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee.

“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,” Andersen was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

“The World Food Program plays a key role in multilateral cooperation in making food security an instrument of peace. It contributes daily to advancing the fraternity of nations mentioned in Alfred Nobel’s will,” she said.

Reacting to the announcement, a UN WFP spokesperson said that it was a “proud moment” and “nothing short of a feat”.

The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. According to its website, WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid, and special operations.

Along with enormous prestige, the prize comes with a 10-million krona ($1.1 million) cash award and a gold medal to be handed out at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death.

There were 318 candidates, 211 individuals, and 107 organisations nominated this year for the coveted prize. While the Norwegian Nobel Committee maintains absolute secrecy about whom it favors for arguably the world’s most prestigious prize, that has never stopped speculation ahead of the announcement.

UN WFP Nobel Prize In this Nov. 6, 2017 file photo, the U.N. World Food Program’s logo at the agency’s headquarters in New York. (AP)

Amongst those speculated to be nominated included US President Donald Trump, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, and the World Health Organization.

The deadline for this year’s nominations was February 1, which means that those on the front lines of fighting Covid-19 — which was only declared a pandemic in March — were unlikely to be contenders.

Earlier on Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus. Tuesday’s prize for physics honored breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize on Wednesday went to scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool.

The literature prize was awarded to American poet Louise Gluck on Thursday for her “candid and uncompromising” work. Still to be announced is the prize for outstanding work in the field of economics.

(Inputs from agencies)

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