The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The price is an amount of approximately 950,000 euros converted.
According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the WFP contributes not only to combating hunger worldwide, but also to stability and peace by providing food to refugees and in the event of disasters.
The WFP is the largest humanitarian organisation in the field of hunger and food security in the world. Last year, the UN programme gave food aid to nearly 100 million people in 88 countries. That year, the number of people suffering from acute hunger worldwide rose to 135 million. The situation worsened mainly due to war and other armed conflicts.
318 candidates were nominated: 211 individuals and 107 organisations. The deadline for the nominations was February 1. As a result, individuals and institutions involved in the fight against the coronavirus had little chance of winning the price. The virus was officially declared a pandemic only in March.
However, the Nobel Committee believes that the WFP also plays a role in combating the suffering caused by the coronavirus. “Until the day theres a vaccine against the virus, food is the best cure for chaos.”
In advance, the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny were mentioned as potential winners.
On Monday, the Nobel Prize in Medicine went to the three scientists who discovered the hepatitis C virus. One day later, three scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their groundbreaking research into black holes. The Nobel Prize in Literature went to the American Louise Glück.