The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres has said he was delighted by the decision of the Nobel Committee to award this year’s Prize for Peace to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
The World Food Programme is the world’s first responder on the frontlines of food insecurity.
Mr. Guterres said in a world of plenty, it is unconscionable that hundreds of millions go to bed each night hungry while millions more are now on the precipice of famine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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.
“There is also hunger in our world for international cooperation. The World Food Programme feeds that need, too. WFP operates above the realm of politics, with humanitarian need driving its operations. The organization itself survives on voluntary contributions from the UN Member States and the public at large,” Mr. Guterres said.
The UN Chief said such solidarity is precisely needed now to address not only the pandemic but other global tests of our time.
“We know that existential threats such as climate change will make the hunger crisis even worse.
“I warmly congratulate David Beasley, WFP Executive Director, and the entire staff of the World Food Programme, for advancing the values of the United Nations every day and serving the cause of “we the peoples” as the Organization marks its 75th anniversary year,” he added.