2020-10-09 16:30:48 UTC
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020
The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more
conspicuous than ever. 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, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in
conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent
the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
The World Food Programme is the worlds largest humanitarian organisation
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. In 2015, eradicating hunger was adopted as one
of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals. The WFP is the UNs primary
instrument for realising this goal. In recent years, the situation has taken a
negative turn. In 2019, 135 million people suffered from acute hunger, the
highest number in many years. Most of the increase was caused by war and armed
The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of
victims of hunger in the world. In countries such as Yemen, the Democratic
Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, the combination of
violent conflict and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in the number of
people living on the brink of starvation. In the face of the pandemic, the World
Food Programme has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts.
As the organisation itself has stated, Until the day we have a medical vaccine,
food is the best vaccine against chaos.
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.