The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded this year to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the Norwegian institute behind the prestigious prize announced on Friday.
Prize will be awarded later this year in Oslo
The WFP received the prize for, among other things, the fight against hunger and improving the conditions for peace in conflict areas. In addition, the organization, which helped nearly 100 million people in 88 countries last year, tries to prevent hunger from being used as a weapon.
“The WFP plays a key role in multilateral cooperation to make food security an instrument of peace,” said the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “It has made a strong contribution to mobilizing UN member states to combat the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”
The committee also states that the corona pandemic causes many more people worldwide to suffer from hunger. It is emphasized that even without the pandemic, WFP is “a worthy recipient” of the prize. “The pandemic and its challenges have reinforced the reasons for choosing WFP.”
The WFP has announced that it is grateful for the Nobel Prize, to which this year an amount of almost 1 million euros is associated. “This is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and no hunger go hand in hand,” said the UN organization.
The winners of the Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Literature were announced earlier this week. The prizes will be awarded remotely through a ceremony adapted to the corona pandemic.
This traditionally happens on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. The namesake and founder of the awards is also known as the inventor of dynamite. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, five years after his death.
Notable winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Malala Yousafzai. The award went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali last year for his efforts to resolve a long-term conflict with neighboring Eritrea.