United Nations’ World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021

The World Food Program, an agency of the United Nations, on Friday, won the Nobel Peace Prize for its fight against hunger around the world.

The Rome-based organization has continued to deliver food to regions ravaged by war and instability even during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“With this year’s award, the (committee) wishes to turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announcing the award in Oslo, per AP.

“The World Food Program plays a key role in multilateral cooperation on making food security an instrument of peace.”

The head of the organization said his entire team deserved the award.

“I know I’m not deserving of an award like this, but all the men and women around the world in the World Food Program and our partners who put their lives on the line every day,” David Beasley told The Associated Press by phone from Niger.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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