World Food Programme Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, on Thursday. 

WFP Executive Director David Beasley accepted the award in Rome, saying, “We stand at what may be the most ironic moment in modern history. On the one hand — after a century of massive strides in eliminating extreme poverty, today those 270 million of our neighbours are on the brink of starvation.  That’s more than the entire population of Western Europe.”

“On the other hand, there is $400 trillion of wealth in our world today.  Even at the height of the COVID pandemic, in just 90 days, an additional $2.7 trillion of wealth was created. And we only need $5 billion to save 30 million lives from famine,” Beasley added. 

The WFP was awarded the 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 director concluded his speech, with “Food is the pathway to peace.” 

The organization has assisted in feeding around 100 million people across the globe, especially in war-torn countries. 

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