This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 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.”
Further the Norwegian Nobel Committee also emphasized that prospects for stability and peace is significantly increased by providing assistance to increase food security in addition to preventing hunger. It noted that the World Food Programme has been the leader in this aspect as it has combined humanitarian work with peace efforts by some of its pioneering and unique projects in South America, Africa and Asia.
The program has made a strong contribution towards mobilising UN Member States to address the problem of using hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, according to the Nobel Assembly.
The largest humanitarian organization, the World Food Programme promotes food security in over 88 countries in the world.
“The WFP has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize 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 Nobel Assembly noted.
The Nobel Prize honours people who “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”. The recipients are chosen by a panel in Oslo, Norway.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali was awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace last year “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.”
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 100 times to 134 Nobel Laureates – 107 individuals, and 27 organizations, between 1901 and 2019.
A gold medal and prize money of 10 million kronor (over $1.1 million) is given to the recipient of the prize which comes from a bequest left more than a century ago by the creator of the awards – Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.
The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation.
The Nobel Assembly noted that there has been a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of people living on the brink of starvation because of the combination of violent conflict and the pandemic in countries such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, it said. An impressive ability to intensify its efforts has been demonstrated by the World Food Programme in the face of the pandemic.
As the organisation itself has stated, “Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos,” the Nobel association quoted the World Food Programme.
(Adapted from BusinessInsider.in)