Nobel Peace Prize 2020: World Food Program wins

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The World Food Program, a United Nations agency fighting hunger and food insecurity around the world, has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

WFP, which feeds more than 90 million people a year, received the coveted award

Reiss-Andersen cited WFP’s work during the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused millions of people to go hungry around the world. “As the organization itself has said: until the day we have a vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos,” Reiss-Andersen said.

WFP, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations, will receive a cash prize of $ 1.1 million. “It is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and #ZeroHunger go hand in hand,” WFP said in a Friday morning statement thanking the committee for the award.

The Nobel Peace Prize, one of the most famous – and sometimes controversial – in the world, has been awarded more than 100 times, dating back to 1901. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won last year for helping ” peace and international cooperation ”with its neighbor Eritrea. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who won in 2016, said the accolade had helped him realize the “impossible dream” of ending the decades-long civil war in his country.



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