The Nobel Peace Prize 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded to the World Food Programme for its efforts to fight hunger and food insecurity around the world.  The World Food Programme plays a major role in multilateral cooperation in making food security an instrument of peace.

The announcement was made in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen.

The Nobel Committee announced that the coronavirus pandemic has worsened a hunger crisis faced by millions of people around the world and called on governments to ensure that WFP and other aid organisations receive the financial support necessary to feed them.

What is World Food Programme?

The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid, and special operations. Last year, it provided assistance to almost 100 million in the face of acute food insecurity and hunger. It is the twelfth Nobel prize for a UN organisation or member.

It is founded in 1961.

It headquartered in Rome.

The Executive Director is David Beasley.

Activities of World Food Programme:

As the price of staples like wheat and rice jumped to a record high, dozens of poor countries suffered food riots, triggering political unrest and prompting rich countries to worry about the impact of hunger. The WFP threw itself at the issue, almost running out of money at one point, as it worked to help countries dealing with rising food costs.

Since then, it has played a major role feeding refugees from recent conflicts, including in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

 Nobel Peace Prize 2020 Candidates

There were 318 candidates,  211 individuals and 107 organisations – for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, which is the fourth largest number in the history of the prize.

The Nobel Peace Prize nomination included US President Donald Trump, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, and the World Health Organization.