World Food Program Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Page all – appreciation Nobel 2020 in the field of peace is awarded to the World Food Program or World Food Programme (WFP).

The award announcement was made on Friday (9/10/2020).

Quoted from Nobel’s official website, the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to give the Award Nobel Peace Prize WFP for its efforts to fight hunger, as well as for its contribution to improving conditions of peace in conflict-affected areas.

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In addition, the corona virus pandemic that causes Covid-19 has contributed to a surge in the number of hungry victims in the world.

In countries such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, a combination of violent conflict and a pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people living on the brink of starvation.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee assessed that in the face of a pandemic, WFP has shown impressive capabilities.

WFP itself stated that as long as there is no vaccine to ward off the virus, food is the best vaccine to fight chaos.

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Food and war

WFP is a non-profit organization under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). The organization has been around since 1961.

In 2019, WFP provided assistance to nearly 100 million people in 88 countries who were victims of food insecurity and acute hunger.

Previously, in 2015, fighting hunger was adopted as one of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

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The WFP is the United Nations’ principal instrument to achieve this goal.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that in recent years, the food security situation in the world had worsened.

In 2019, 135 million people were suffering from acute hunger, the highest number in recent years. Much of the increase was due to war and armed conflict.

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This condition was exacerbated by the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus, which caused the global Covid-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that hunger and armed conflict had created a vicious circle.

War and conflict can lead to food insecurity and famine. However, hunger and food insecurity can also cause conflicts to flare up and trigger the use of violence.

“We will never achieve the eradication of hunger unless we also end war and armed conflict,” said the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

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Food sufficiency is a priority

world-food-programme-raih-penghargaan-nobel-perdamaian-2020?page=2″ style=”max-width: 100%;width:750px”>COMPASS / RIZA FATHONI A number of children made posters ahead of the celebration of World Food Day (WFD) which falls every October 16 in an activity titled Festival Road to Zero Hunger at Taman Menteng Jakarta, Sunday (7/10/2018). The World Food Organization (FAO) together with the Ministry of Agriculture, the United States Agency for International Development Assistance (USAID) and the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta are holding a festival that aims to increase public awareness and action to achieve a world free of hunger or #ZeroHunger by 2030.

Through the awarding of this award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee would like to emphasize that providing assistance to improve food security not only prevents hunger, but can also help improve prospects for stability and peace.

They assessed that WFP has set the right example in combining humanitarian work with peace efforts through a series of projects in South America, Africa and Asia.

The WFP has also contributed as an active participant in the diplomatic process, which culminated in May 2018, when Resolution 2417 was adopted by the UN Security Council.

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The resolution, for the first time, explicitly addresses the link between conflict and famine.

The Security Council also outlined the obligation of UN member states to help ensure that food aid reaches those in need, and condemns the use of hunger as a method of warfare.

For its contribution, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the WFP played a key role in multilateral cooperation in making food security an instrument of peace.

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WFP is also considered to have made a strong contribution to mobilizing UN member states to combat the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

They say the organization contributes every day to advancing the brotherhood of nations, as is written in the will of the late Alfred Nobel.

As the largest specialized agency of the United Nations, the WFP is the modern version of the peace congress that the Nobel Peace Prize aims to promote.

“The hard work of the World Food Program for the benefit of humanity is an effort that all countries in the world should support,” said the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

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