We are very proud of our client, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), that has won the 2020 Nobel peace prize for its work to combat world hunger in warzones and war-crisis areas. This decision was announced during the 2020 laureate at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said the WFP was awarded the prize in an effort to “turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger”.
She added that the award was a call to the international community to increase funding for the UN agency, to ensure people were not starving.
The leading humanitarian organisation aids over 90 million people across 80 countries on a yearly basis by delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition.
Efforts during the global health crisis
The charity also contributed to efforts to combat hunger during this global health crisis on a large scale. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the virtually complete standstill of commercial air transport which came as a result of this crisis, the WFP kick-started a global logistics support system for cargo shipments to fly to all corners of the globe to ensure the delivery of vital medical and humanitarian supplies to developing countries.
This network helped bridge the gap in essential services, ensuring humanitarian and health responders on the frontlines of the pandemic can stay and deliver lifesaving assistance.
Reiss-Andersen added here that the WFP would have been worthy of the prize even before its efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, however its response to the virus had further strengthened the reasons for giving it to the WFP.
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