Addis Ababa October 9/2020 (ENA) The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded to World Meals Program (WFP) “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas”.
In its press launch, the Norwegian Nobel Committee acknowledged that the necessity for worldwide solidarity and multilateral cooperation is extra conspicuous than ever.
In 2019, the WFP supplied help to shut to 100 million individuals in 88 international locations who’re victims of acute meals insecurity and starvation, it added.
Eradicating starvation was adopted as one of many UN’s Sustainable Improvement Objectives in 2015, it mentioned, and identified “the WFP is the UN’s primary instrument for realizing this goal”.
Nonetheless, lately, the scenario has taken a unfavourable flip whereby 135 million individuals suffered from acute starvation in 2019, the very best quantity in a few years. Many of the enhance was brought on by battle and armed battle.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian group addressing starvation and selling meals safety.
The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a powerful upsurge within the variety of victims of starvation on this planet.
In international locations reminiscent of Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, the mix of violent battle and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise within the variety of individuals residing on the point of hunger.
Within the face of the pandemic, WFP has demonstrated a formidable skill to accentuate its efforts, it mentioned, and famous “as the organization itself has stated, “Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos.”
The Norwegian Nobel Committee emphasised that the world is in peril of experiencing a starvation disaster of inconceivable proportions if the World Meals Program and different meals help organizations don’t obtain the monetary help they’ve requested.
Mentioning starvation and meals insecurity could cause latent conflicts to flare up and set off using violence, the discharge identified “we will never achieve the goal of zero hunger unless we also put an end to war and armed conflict.”
The Norwegian Nobel Committee highlighted that offering help to extend meals safety not solely prevents starvation, however may also assist to enhance prospects for stability and peace.
“The World Food Program has taken the lead in combining humanitarian work with peace efforts through pioneering projects in South America, Africa and Asia,” it was indicated.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee known as upon the world to show eyes in the direction of the thousands and thousands of people that endure from or face the specter of starvation.
The World Meals Program performs a key position in multilateral cooperation on making meals safety an instrument of peace, and has made a powerful contribution in the direction of mobilizing UN Member States to fight using starvation as a weapon of battle and battle, it appreciated.
It’s to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the2019 Nobel Peace Laureate for his efforts to attain peace and worldwide cooperation, and particularly for his decisive initiative to resolve the border battle with neighboring Eritrea.