İrem UZUN -TDO- This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas. The Norwegian Nobel Committee described the organization as "a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict".

The Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said that with this year's award the committee wanted to "turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger". "The World Food Programme plays a key role in multilateral co-operation in making food security an instrument of peace," she told a news conference in Oslo. “The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world. In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Programme has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts,” the committee wrote in a statement.

Hailing the WFP as the “world’s first responder” on the frontlines of food insecurity, Secretary-General António Guterres lauded the UN agency on winning the coveted award.    “The women and men of the WFP brave danger and distance to deliver life-saving sustenance to those devastated by conflict, to people suffering because of disaster, to children and families uncertain about their next meal,” Guterres said in a statement.    He drew attention to the plight of millions of people going hungry around the world, amid fears that the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen food security for millions more. WFP Executive Director David Beasley called the prize as "the most exciting point in time in his life".

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