World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize. World Relieved That it Isn’t Donald Trump

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World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize. World Relieved That it Isn’t Donald Trump

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 was announced today, and the winner was the World Food Programme. The United Nations food agency works in 88 countries across the globe and reaches about 97 million people each year. While awarding WFP this year’s Nobel Prize, the chairwoman of the Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen said, “There is an estimate within the World Food Programme that… there will be 265 million starving people within a year, so of course, this is also a call to the international community not to underfund the World Food Programme.”

The Nobel Prize itself is a prestigious honour, and comes with a cash prize of 1.1 million US dollars. The WFP will be presented with the honour at a scaled-down ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December. WFP works toward the UN’s goal of eradicating world hunger by 2030. However, by their own estimates, at least one in 11 people worldwide still faces daily hunger. The Nobel Prize Committee also recognised WFP’s increased efforts in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, noting that the agency did an admirable job of responding to the changing global situation while remaining committed to its mission of delivering food to the needy.

WFP beat out hundreds of fellow nominees to receive the Nobel Prize. This year, there were 211 individuals and 107 organisations nominated for the honour. Alongside the eventual winner WFP, the World Health Organisation and teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg were among the frontrunners for the prize.

Responding to the Nobel Prize Committee’s announcement, WFP tweeted a statement thanking them for “recognition of the work of WFP staff who put their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world”.