World Food Programme awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2020

Added On October 10, 2020

 The United Nations' World Food Programme was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize at the Nobel Institute in Oslo on Friday.

News Hour reports.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BERIT REISS-ANDERSEN, Chairwoman of Norwegian Nobel Committee:
"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 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 WFP is the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. It's one of the 318 nominees under consideration by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Two hundred and eleven individuals and 107 organizations were whittled down to a shortlist of eligible candidates, from which the 2020 Nobel peace laureate was finally made.
The explanatory memorandum from the committee described the current global COVID-19 crisis as a catalyst for further victims of hunger, and praised the WFP for intensifying its work as "food is the best vaccine against chaos."
In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to nearly 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.