The UN World Food Program (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for providing food to millions of people in a world where hunger becomes a “weapon of war” and is exacerbated by the pandemic of the new coronavirus.
She receives this award for “her efforts in the fight against hunger, her contribution to improving peace conditions in conflict-affected areas, and for her efforts to prevent hunger from being used as a weapon of war,” said the president. of the Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen.
By helicopter or on the back of a camel or elephant, WFP last year distributed 15 billion food rations and assisted 97 million people in 88 countries.
Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Rome, the WFP is funded by voluntary donations and defines itself as “the largest humanitarian organization” in a world where one in 11 people suffered from chronic food shortages in 2019.
THEY SEE IT AS AN INCENTIVE TO CONTINUE FIGHTING
Recognition with the Nobel Peace Prize gives the United Nations World Food Program more reasons to fight hunger.
In an interview with Pascal Beltrán del Río, for MultiCast Image, Gina Casar, undersecretary general of that program, stated that they are excited to have this recognition …
I am very happy and delighted by this recognition that gives us one more reason to work harder and better and end this problem of hunger, which should not exist ”, he said.
He added that “hunger has a lot to do with the possibility of having peace.”
Casar pointed out that this is a great recognition of the program and the more than 19,000 employees who risk their lives every day in places of conflict.
He explained that one of the most relevant places where they work is in Yemen, “a country that is on the verge, all the time, of entering a phase of generalized famine.”
In addition, they reported that they foresee that by 2021, due to the pandemic there will be 270 million people in a situation of hunger, 80% more than this year. “The World Food Program will need more funds,” he warned.
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