Nobel Peace Prize awarded to World Food Program

Nobel PrizePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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This year’s Nobel Peace Prize goes to the World Food Program. The Swedish Academy announced the information on Friday. 

The organization receives the Peace Prize for its efforts in the fight against hunger, for its contributions to creating conditions for peace in conflict-prone areas, and being a driving force in the work against the use of hunger as a weapon in war and conflict.

The chair of the Nobel Committee told news bureau NTB that she hopes the award will create awareness of all starving populations in the world.

“Especially for us who live safely in the West. We do not see hunger. We have not experienced hunger,” Reiss-Andersen said.

“It is also necessary to create this attention to develop an understanding that all world societies must contribute to fighting hunger.

“All countries capable of doing so must contribute to solving this problem,” she added.

WFP’s background

The World Food Program (WFP) is a UN organization. It’s the world’s largest humanitarian organization, which aims to fight hunger and poverty.

It was created in 1963 as part of the “Food for Peace” program.

Currently, the organization conducts emergency relief work and development projects with around 11,000 employees.

It contributes food and assistance to 86 million people in over 80 countries.

Funded by voluntary contributions

The organization is financed by voluntary contributions from states, private organizations, companies, and individuals.

Norway is one of its largest contributors.

The Nobel Prizes are usually awarded during traditional ceremonies on December 10. 

However, the corona pandemic made this year’s award process different. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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