The UN World food program's symbol alongside the nobel peace prize

Berit Reiss- Andersen, on behalf of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announced Friday that the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize goes to the UN World Food Program’s (WFP) efforts.

The WFP effort aims to “prevent the use of hunger” as an instrument of “war and conflict,” per NBC News.

Efforts That Caught Nobel’s Attention 

Nobel recognizes the organization’s effort to “combat hunger” and its contribution to improving conditions in “conflict-affected areas”, said the chair.

Furthermore, WFP assisted individuals who are “victims” of critical “food insecurity and hunger,” 

The UN WFP is the “world’s largest humanitarian” agency “addressing” lack of food.

In fact, it promotes food security in almost “100 million people in 88 countries,” the Nobel Committee announced on its website.

Despite the pandemic, the WFP has “demonstrated an impressive ability” to amplify its endeavors,” Reiss-Andersen added.

A truck full of UN WFP aid on its way to its destination

The Reaction on Being the 101st Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The Rome-based WFP said on its Twitter account that it is “deeply humbled to receive” the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

WFP tweeted that the award recognizes the “work of WFP staff” who risk their “lives”.

Moreover, on the daily basis, the staff brings food and assistance to 100 million hungry individuals worldwide.

The head of the humanitarian group, David Beasley, even appeared ecstatic in the video posted on Twitter, according to NBC News.

In fact, Beasley said in the video that this is the “first” instance that he was at a loss for words.

He added that WFP crew are “out there” in the most depressed places worldwide fraught with “war, conflict, climate extremes…”

The Top Picks for 2020 

The world’s most prestigious Nobel Peace Prize has no shortage of candidates this year, happens to have 318 candidates, per Time.

Alfred Nobel established the committee in 1895 to pick winners in different categories such as literature, physics, chemistry, medicine, and economic sciences.

Despite not winning the actual prize, these favorites are worth mentioning:

  • Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who is at the forefront of the global youth-led movement against climate change.
  • Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden. Arden’s swift response to the pandemic helped the Kiwis maintain the lowest death toll worldwide.
  • Loujain al-Hathloul, a Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist tortured in prison for campaigning for reforms in the patriarchal society.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump, for his efforts to persuade Kim Jong Un to give up weapons of mass destruction.

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