UN’s World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize


Organisation wins prestigious award for efforts to combat hunger in war-hit areas

The World Food Programme has won the 2020 Nobel peace prize for its efforts to combat hunger and to improve conditions for peace in conflict areas.

The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, revealed the 2020 laureate at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, where coronavirus restrictions drastically reduced the usual throng of reporters in attendance.

The prize is worth 10m Swedish krona (£864,200; $1.1m).

This year, 318 nominees were known to be under consideration, 211 individuals and 107 organisations.

Other figures who were considered in the running for this year’s prize included the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, the Russian dissident and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, recovering from a nerve agent attack he blames on the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the World Health Organization for its role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

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