On October 9, 2020 Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 to the United Nations(UN) World Food Programme(WFP) for its efforts to fight hunger, for its contribution to improving peace conditions 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.
- As the largest specialized agency of the United Nations, the World Food Program is a modern version of the Peace Congresses, that the Nobel Peace Prize aims to promote.
About World Food Programme:
i.UN’s World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, that addresses hunger and promotes food security.
ii.In 2019, it provided assistance to about 100 million people in 88 countries, who were victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.
iii.The UN adopted, eradicating hunger as one of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. It is to be noted that WFP is the UN’s primary instrument to realize this goal.
iv.In spite of pandemic, WFP has proved an impressive ability to increase its efforts.
v.It took an active part in the diplomatic process that culminated in May 2018 in the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 2417, which for the first time openly addressed the link between conflict and hunger.
The Nobel Laureates will receive a Nobel diploma, a Nobel Medal and a document confirming the Nobel Prize amount of 10 million Swedish kronor (more than USD 1.1 million).
i.List of Indians who bagged Nobel Prize in Peace
- Mother Teresa won this prize in 1979 and became the 1st Indian citizen to bag this award.
- Kailash Satyarthi, the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan won in 2014 along with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan.
ii.Notable winners of Nobel Prize in Peace include,
- Nelson Mandela won in 1993 along with Frederik Willem de Klerk,
- Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America won in 2009,
- European Union bagged the award in 2012 among others.
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About World Food Programme:
HeadQuarters– Rome, Italy
Executive Director– David Beasley