The Nobel Peace Prize Selection Committee announced today on October 9 that the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), commending the organization’s efforts to fight hunger globally, especially in areas of armed conflict.
The World Food Program is a humanitarian organization of the United Nations, responsible for fighting global hunger. It provides assistance to approximately 80 countries and approximately 80 million people every year. In emergencies, such as natural disasters and wars, the WFP will also go to the scene to provide food assistance to the people.
In 2019, the WFP has provided food assistance to nearly 88 countries. Besides that also provided food assistance to a total of 100 million people.
Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, stated that the WFP has played the role of an engine in preventing the use of hunger as a weapon of war in areas of armed conflict.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee pointed out that the global pandemic of the 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19, commonly known as Wuhan pneumonia) has caused a rapid increase in global hunger.
This is the 12th time that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has awarded the prize to relevant UN organizations or individuals. Agence France-Presse said that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee believes that it is obvious that it is now more than ever necessary to seek a multilateral solution to the food problem.
World Food Program (WFP)
Its full funding depends on donations. The organization said that last year they distributed 15 billion rations. In addition, the organization also provided assistance to 97 million people in 88 countries. Agence France-Presse said that this dizzying number is actually only part of the actual need.
The WFP claims to be the world’s largest humanitarian organization. The organization uses helicopters or elephants and camels to deliver food to people in need. Their actions are very necessary because that is 690 million people worldwide lacked food in 2019.
According to Reuters, in the context of the global pandemic of the new coronavirus, the number of victims of global famine has increased significantly.
Nobel Peace Prize
Earlier, the press freedom regulator, Swedish environmental protection girl Tomberg and the World Health Organization (WHO) were highly optimistic about winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The hottest candidates for this year’s Peace Prize include the World Health Organization (WHO), Swedish environmental protection girl Greta Thunberg. Furthermore, New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and US President Trump.
In addition, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Award Committee received a total of 318 nominations. Of which 211 were individuals and 107 organizations. Furthermore, the specific content of this huge list remains confidential.
The award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee was held on December 10 in Oslo, the capital of Norway. At that time, the winner will receive a gold medal, a certificate, 10 million Swiss crowns (about 950,000 euros).
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