This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to the World Food Program (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and to improve conditions for peace in conflict areas. This was announced on Friday by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The United Nations World Food Program says it helps about 97 million people in 88 countries each year. According to WFP, one in nine people in the world does not have enough food.
“The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation has never been more important,” said Norwegian Nobel Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen at the award ceremony. She also praised the World Food Program as an important contribution to ensuring that hunger is not used as a weapon in wars and other conflicts.
The Nobel Committee noted that the covid-19 pandemic had exacerbated the situation of millions of people facing hunger. He also called on governments to provide WFP and other humanitarian organizations with the necessary financial support.
WFP spokesman Tomson Phiri said the organization is proud to win the award. “The beautiful thing about the World Food Program is that it not only provides food to people today and tomorrow, but also teaches them to take care of themselves in the future,” he added.
This year, representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Committee selected 318 candidates: 211 individuals and 107 organizations. Last year, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Prize for ending one of the longest conflicts in Africa.
The Peace Prize is the penultimate Nobel Prize announced this year. Gradually, the winners of the awards for medicine, physics, chemistry and literature were announced this week. On Monday, the public will learn the name of the winner of this year’s economy award.
In addition to the medal and diploma for the Nobel Prize winners, there is also a financial bonus, which this year amounts to ten million Swedish crowns (25.9 million crowns), which is one million Swedish crowns more than last year.