The UN World Food Program has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The UN World Food Program has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The United Nations agency, the World Food Program, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, with the committee recognizing efforts to combat an increase in hunger as a coronavirus epidemic. Has turned the world upside down with devastating effects.

The committee noted that the work of the organization addressing hunger also laid the foundation for peace in war-torn countries.

The United Nations Body – the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger and promoting food security – provided aid to nearly 10 million people in 88 countries last year. But in many countries, especially war-torn, there is a mixture of conflict and epidemics The number of people on the brink of starvation increased rapidly.

“In the face of the epidemic, the World Food Program has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts,” the Nobel Committee said.

The World Food Program, established in 1961 after President Dwight Eisenhower’s proposal, is a major behind-the-scenes player in helping people affected by the world’s most devastating humanitarian catastrophes, including the famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s and the war in Yugoslavia. 1990s, 2004 Asian Tsunami and 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

While the organization is still responding to natural disasters, it is doing most of its relief efforts to help people in areas of armed conflict, and that crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic.

The selection of the UN agency as the recipient of the Peace Prize is also significant amid continued tensions from the United States under the Trump administration in support of the global organization. Since Mr. Trump took office, the United States has withdrawn from a number of United Nations organizations and reduced funding for others, including those involved in humanitarian relief work. President Trump provided funding to the World Health Organization, the UN agency coordinating the global response to the epidemic. This spring.

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In a post on Twitter, the World Food Program responded to the award, calling it a “powerful reminder” that peace and #ZeroHunger go together. “

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed He was awarded the 2019 prize for his work in resuming peace talks with neighboring Eritrea, which eventually led to the gradual normalization of relations and the end of years of war between the two countries.

He was also recognized for his work in entering a new era of diplomatic and trade relations. By the end of the year, however, Mr Abi faced allegations of heavy-handed crackdown on political protests in his country and then left a news conference. His acceptance speech Amidst controversy.

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Michael Schwartz Contributed report.

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