The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.
Chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Berit Reiss-Andersen revealed the 2020 laureate at the Nobel Institute in Oslo Friday.
“The world is in danger of experiencing a hunger crisis of inconceivable proportions if the World Food Programme and other food assistance organisations do not receive the financial support they have requested,” the Committee said in a press release Friday.
According to the release, the committee emphasized that providing assistance to increase food security not only prevents hunger but can also help to “improve prospects for stability and peace”.
“With this year’s award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger,” the statement read. “The World Food Programme plays a key role in multilateral cooperation on making food security an instrument of peace, and has made a strong contribution towards mobilising UN Member States to combat the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”
Meanwhile, the World Food Programme conveyed its “deepest thanks” to the Nobel Prize committee for such an honor, saying peace and zero hunger go hand-in-hand.
“Deepest thanks @NobelPrize for honouring the World Food Programme with the 2020 #NobelPeacePrize,” said WFP in a tweet. “This is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand-in-hand.”
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.