The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 for its efforts to combat hunger in critical war-hit demographics, promoting peace, and “for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”
The announcement, made Friday at the Nobel Institute, Oslo, comes from the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen who announced this year’s Nobel laureate.
“As the UN’s largest specialized agency, the World Food Programme is a modern version of the peace congresses that the Nobel Peace Prize is intended to promote,” the Nobel Committee wrote in a release.
“In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Programme has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts.”
US President Donald Trump was one of last year’s nominees for the prestigious award and has been nominated again for the 2021 prize. 318 nominees were under consideration, of which 211 were individuals and 107 organizations.
Unlike every year, there was much less chatter and buzz near the institute where reporters from around the world dot to cover the event that gets global attention.
Addressing the media in a news conference, chairwoman Andersen said WFP was selected for the award because the committee wanted to shift the global attention to the chronic threat of hunger that millions face and are threatened with.
She said, UN’s WFP, sans the pandemic, is a worthy winner of the prize for their work, but the pandemic underscores the need for eliminating hunger more than ever.
The World Food Programme or WFP, based out of Rome says it helps 97 million impoverished people from 88 nations every year with food.
“WFP is deeply humbled to receive the 2020 #NobelPeacePrize,” the organization said in a Twitter courtesy.
WFP gets prize money of 10 million Swedish crowns, which is around $1.1 million and will be presented to the organization on 10th December, in Oslo.
So far, the institute has given away only 100 Nobel prizes since 1901 of which 24 went to organizations. Unlike the other Nobel prizes which are announced in Stockholm, the Peace Prize is awarded in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
On Monday, the Nobel Committee announced the Nobel Prize for Physiology and medicine for Hepatitis C discovery that damages the liver lining.
Tuesday, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for breakthroughs in the understanding of the mysterious cosmic black holes, and Wednesday’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry was given to a scientist for discovering a gene-editing tool.
On Thursday, Nobel Prize in Literature went to American author and poet Louise Glück for her ‘uncompromising’ work of literature.