United Nations World Meals Program wins the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
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The world’s largest humanitarian group was awarded the prize Friday for its “contribution to bettering situations for peace in conflict-affected areas and for performing as a driving drive in efforts to stop using starvation as a weapon of warfare and battle.”
Within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated the WFP had “demonstrated a powerful capacity to accentuate its efforts.”
“In nations reminiscent of Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, the mix of violent battle and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise within the variety of individuals residing getting ready to hunger,” it stated.
Certainly, the WFP itself had acknowledged: “Till the day we’ve a medical vaccine, meals is the most effective vaccine in opposition to chaos.”
The U.N. group stated in June it was ramping up the variety of individuals it assists to 138 million from a document 97 million in 2019 — “the largest humanitarian response in its historical past.”
In a tweet, the WFP supplied its “deepest thanks” for the award, saying that this was a “highly effective reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand-in-hand.”
The World Well being Group was tipped as a contender for the prize for main the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic. Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg was additionally among the many favorites to win, for her campaigning to attract consideration to the local weather disaster.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was as soon as once more on bookmakers’ lists, having acquired reward earlier on within the pandemic for successfully curbing infections and deaths from the coronavirus in her nation.
This 12 months’s peace prize was the a hundred and first to be awarded. There have been 318 candidates within the operating for the prize this 12 months, in accordance with the Nobel Institute. The document stands at 376 nominees in 2016. Nevertheless, the record of nominees is simply revealed 50 years after the prize is awarded.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gained the prize in 2019 for his efforts to realize peace with neighboring Eritrea.