Nobel Peace Prize winner: Donald Trump misses out as United Nations handed top honour
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The US President had been in the running for the prestigious award.
But the UN’s food agency, the World Food Programme (WFP) won the Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.
The prize is worth ten million Swedish crowns, or around $1.1 million, and will be presented in Oslo on December 10.
The WFP, which is based in Rome, says it helps 97 million people in around 88 countries each year.
The food agency adds one in nine people throughout the world still do not have enough to eat.
Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference: “The need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more conspicuous than ever.”
She added the food programme is a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, with the coronavirus outbreak continuing to spread throughout the world boosting its relevance.
The Nobel committee said in its citation: “The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world.
“Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos …
“There is an estimate within the World Food Programme that there will be 265 million starving people within a year, so of course this is also a call to the international community not to underfund the World Food Programme.”
The World Food Programme said winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a “proud moment nothing short of a feat”.
Spokesman Tomson Phiri said at a briefing in Geneva: “The nomination in itself was enough but to then to go on and be named the Nobel Peace Prize winner is nothing short of a feat,”
He also referred to the agency’s work in providing food and supplies during the coronavirus pandemic when airlines were throughout the world were no longer operating,
The spokesman added it had gone “over and above the call of duty”.
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